End of year message


Dear supporter,


Hackney Giving would like to wish all our colleagues and supporters a well-deserved festive break after another busy year. Thank you to the groups who have been working at a grassroots level in Hackney and the City supporting local residents. Thank you also to all the supporters of Hackney Giving – without you we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.


The cost of living has been an issue throughout 2023; since January, we’ve distributed £442,818 via 84 grants for projects supporting people with food, bills payments or with meals served in a community setting, such as lunch clubs and outside school provision.


This year we also funded projects supporting people directly affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, as well as working with the NHS on two grants programmes: we funded seven projects providing information and guidance to people who are experiencing Long COVID and ten small projects helping to reduce barriers to health and financial information. In total this year, we’ve made 104 grants, worth £542,166.


We were delighted to be chosen by London Fields Lido as a charity partner, and also by staff at the Burberry shop in Homerton and at Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch – a big thank you is due to all the businesses and individuals that have given through Hackney Giving this year. Our team is expanding for 2024, meaning that we can tell the stories of Hackney Giving and the voluntary and community sector more widely, and work with more businesses to connect them with communities in Hackney and the City.


For now, the Hackney Giving team would like to wish you a peaceful festive period and a Happy New Year. We look forward to working with you again in 2024.


Best wishes,

Sarah Watson

Development and Programme Manager, Hackney Giving. 


Local partnership: London Fields Lido 

We’re excited to be chosen by London Fields Lido as their current charity cause. Swimmers and team members at Hackney’s beloved outdoor pool have donated towards Hackney Giving’s cost of living appeal.


The lido is also helping to raising awareness of Hackney Giving – see if you can spot our leaflets next time you go for a swim.


Rafal Cymbalista, General Manager at London Fields Lido, says: “London Fields Lido is a sports facility, yet it is also a centre for the Hackney community. This year, it has been our privilege to direct our support to Hackney Giving, feeding back to the community that keeps us running.”


To donate to the London Fields Lido and Hackney Giving fundraiser, please visit our Just Giving page.  


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Funding for groups supporting residents with cost of living

Hackney Giving grants have been helping people across the area with food and essentials, bill payments, outside school provision and hot meals in a community space.


Thanks to generous donations from businesses and individuals, Hackney Giving has been able to fund four projects to help residents to deal with the increased cost of living. There have been previous rounds of the Cost of Living grants.


Debby Sprung, from the Butterfly Club – Echod Cancer Care, explains some of the difficulties children face and how a Cost of Living grant has helped them to support these children. She says: “The Butterfly Club, thanks to your support, has been able to step in and provide a ray of hope during these difficult times. We’ve used your donation to serve nutritious dinners at our after school club, and to date, we’ve already provided 420 meals to these families.”


About Hackney Giving

Hackney Giving is a local giving fund offering a simple, effective and co-ordinated way for givers to support grassroots community projects. Once we have raised funds, we distribute the money to local not-for-profit organisations through an open and transparent grants making process. 


The Hackney Giving programme is run by Hackney CVS, registered charity 1069736. Hackney CVS has been working with charities in the borough since 1997. Hackney Giving has clear guidelines on who can apply and the type of project that will be funded, meaning you can give with confidence on how your gift will be used.


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