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Hackney Community Learning Festival




TSSA Learning is joining up with providers in Hackney to develop learning initiatives for local workers, their friends, family and the wider community.

Accredited or non-accredited; for fun or professional development, we believe that learning and educational opportunities should be at the heart of our communities and open to everyone. Working with Union Learning Reps and Community Learning Champions we will be hosting a number of workshops and events throughout the borough.

Making Learning Work – TSSA Hackney Festival - 9-17th February We are launching this exciting new initiative with a week long learning festival. See below for details of the programme.

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Saturday 9th February

Festival Launch

What: TSSA Hackney Community Learning Festival launch event with:

  • Interactive stalls; information from local colleges, community groups and other learning providers. Careers advice; info on healthy living; navigating the education system and much more.
  • Workshops and tasters sessions include:
  • Hackney Stream – Have your voice heard on radio. Come and learn some of the tricks of the trade of broadcasting. And get your opinion across via Hackney Stream who will be broadcasting from the event.
  • African Dance & Drumming. Performance and mini-workshop
  • Make good films with your mobile device and show them to the world in just 15 minutes. Bring your smartphone, tablet, digital SLR or video camera and learn these essential skills. With Richard Hering from visionOntv.
  • ‘Dismantling Architecture’ a paper model and sketching workshop using charcoal and chalk . The workshop breaks down and demystifies some of the methods of basic design for architecture, introducing you to some sketching techniques using paper modelling. This workshop is designed for those who have little to no drawing or design experience - although all levels of experience are welcome!
  • Getting active in your community. Feel passionately about an issue in your community and want to form an effective group, but don’t know how to get started? Learn how to bring people together to have a voice locally. Workshop led by the TSSA Community team
  • ‘Know your housing rights!’ a housing rights workshop for private renters in Hackney led by Digs Hackney Renters Campaign group and journalist Ben Reeves Lewis.

Where: ELISE Centre,24-30 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ
When: Saturday 9th February, 12.00-5.00pm
Book your place:


Monday 11th February

Hackney’s growth and history in relation to transport

A local history talk by Joel Kosminsky, retired life- long transport worker and former TSSA executive committee member, on Hackney borough, including Hackney's growth and history in relation to Transport London. Doors open at 7.15pm, talk will start promptly at 7.30pm.

Where: Trinity Centre, Beechwood Rd, London E8 3DY
When: Monday 11th February, 7.15 – 8.30pm


Tuesday 12th February

Back to School – Understanding the National Curriculum

Looking to support your child’s education? Attend this event and get to grips with Key Stages 1 & 2. Meet the Families First partners who are working with families to improve educational attainment.

Where: Hackney CVS, 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, E8 2LY
When: Tuesday 12th February, 9.30am-12.00pm. Hot lunch provided. Info & booking:

Mary Seacole – the Black Florence Nightingale?

What: A panel discussion on the life and work of Mary Seacole and her relevance today. Mary Seacole was a Jamaican born nurse who fought prejudice to care for British soldiers during the Crimean War. Come and hear why she was voted by the public one of the greatest Black Britons of all time. This will also be an opportunity to discuss wider issues around the school National Curriculum. Led by TUC Race Equality Officer Wilf Sullivan. Panelists include Hackney Councillor Patrick Vernon OBE, Poet and Trade Union activist Zita Holbourne & Operation Black Vote Director Simon Woolley.

Where: Dalston CLR James Library, 24 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3AZ
When: Tuesday 11th February, 7 – 8.30pm

Volunteering - what can it do for you?

New year, new you? Volunteering can be a rewarding and exciting way to gain new skills and different experiences - from gardening to mentoring others - there are 400+ different volunteer roles available every month. Find out more and discover the ideal volunteering role for you!

Where: Volunteer Centre Hackney, Unit 12 - 13 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, E8 2LY
When: Tuesday 12 February, 6.00-7.30pm Info & booking:


Wednesday 13th February

Improve your Literacy & Numeracy Skills

If you need to improve your skills to get on to a course or apply for that dream job, the Learning Trust is here to help you. Come along to one of our monthly assessments for Literacy and Numeracy.

Where: Wentworth Children’s Centre, Granard House, Bradstock Road, E9 5EX
When: Wednesday 13th February, 9.30am-12noon
Info & booking:

Artburst >Into the Night!

Find out about creatures that come out while you’re asleep! Join the friendly team at Artburst for 90 min of story-telling, art, drama, music and movement inspired by nocturnal creatures. Specially tailored workshops for all children aged 2-5 and their parents or carers living in Hackney.

Where: 253 Hoxton St, N1 5LG
When: Wednesday 13th February, 10.30am-12 noon or 1.00-2.30pm
Info & booking:

Everything you wanted to know about modern Apprenticeships but where afraid to ask.

What are modern apprenticeships? Who are they for and what do they offer? A lunch-time briefing that will answer these questions and give guidance on quality apprenticeship schemes. This briefing is for those considering Apprenticeships and for families that want to know more. Hear from the Skills & Development Agency and other experts.
Lunch will be provided.

Where: Hackney CVS, 84 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, London E8 2LY
When: Wednesday 13th February, 12.30 – 2pm

African Dance and Drumming Workshop

Emashi African Arts & Entertainment, known as Emashi, are Europe’s longest running African dance & drumming group. Join them for this interactive and energising workshop at the rehearsal/class space they have occupied every Wednesday since 1986.

Where: Northwold Community Hall, Northwold Estate, Upper Clapton, E5
When: Wednesday 13th February, 6.00-8.00pm Info & booking:

Memoir Writing

Writing the story that only you can tell. Get some hints, tips and exercises that will help you write your amazing story — as only you can. Workshop led by Words of Colour Productions.

Where: Dalston CLR James Library, 24 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3AZ
When: Wednesday 13th February, 7pm-9pm


Thursday 14th February

Love your Neighbour – Safeguard Hackney’s Children

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility - but how do we put that belief into practice? Attend this workshop and meet local residents who are community safeguarding champions delivering training around issues such as Child Protection and anti-Bullying. Also learn where to get information on Cyber Safety and Domestic Violence.

Where: Hackney CVS, Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, E8 2LY
When: Thursday 14th February, 9.30am-12.00pm Hot lunch provided. Info & booking:

Write Away! Creative Writing for Beginners

Have you ever wanted to write? Come and have a go in a friendly and supportive environment. This workshop will introduce various kinds of creative writing including poetry and fiction. We will explore techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping your inner creativity as well as developing your skills and improving style. Workshop facilitated by Ngoma Bishop from the House of AMAU

Where: Trinity Centre, Beechwood Rd, London, E8 3DY
When: Thursday 14th February, 7.00-9.00pm Info & booking:


Friday 15th February

Improve your Reading Skills with our Book Club

Would you like to improve your reading skills? Book Club is a great way to improve your reading ability with other people at different reading levels.

Where: Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP.
When: Friday 15th February, 10am-1pm. Info & booking:

Computer skills workshops

Learn new or brush up on existing computer skills with group and one-one assistance.

Where: Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP.
When: Friday 15th February, 10 – 2pm

Love Food Hate Waste

Passionate about food or the environment? Take part in this fun session and learn how you can save food, money and the environment - and then discover how to inspire friends, family and neighbours. An ideal introduction to saving food, this is also a great opportunity to try out volunteering as everyone who attends is a ‘Food Champion’. Project info:

Where: Volunteer Centre Hackney, Unit 12 - 13 Springfield House, 5 Tyssen Street, E8 2LY
When: Saturday 16 February, 11.00am-1.00pm
Places are free but please book in advance by

Local family History workshop

Family History in many ways gives an insight into the story of Hackney and its rich cultural heritage. Come along to a special workshop run by Patrick Vernon OBE (Every Generation) and Hackney Archives to find out about how you can explore your family history and how that fits into the wider history of Hackney.

What: Led by Patrick Vernon and Hackney Archives.
Where: Dalston CLR James Library, 24 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3AZ
When: Friday 15th February, 2 – 4pm


Sunday 17th February

Fuel Poverty Action

Come and discuss fuel poverty, how it effects you and what we can all do together to stop it. This is workshop open to all

Where: Eastern Curve Garden - Entrance to the Garden is located next to the Hackney Peace Carnival Mural, at 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
When: Sunday, 17th February, 12 – 1.30pm

End of Learning Festival celebration

Come and celebrate the end of a great week. With live music, spoken-word. Enjoy some home-made pizza baked in the Garden’s own clay oven. Come and mix with other lovers of learning in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

Where: Eastern Curve Garden - Entrance to the Garden is located next to the Hackney Peace Carnival Mural, at 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF
When: Sunday, 17th February, 2 – 6pm