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HOW WAS THE COMMUNITY AFFECTED?. IMPACT ON RESIDENTS Some people were (are?) forced to stay in homes feeling frightened and unprotected (then and now) Reduced trust in others of their neighbours of the police to protect them Huge impact on how people identify with the local area

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IMPACT ON RESIDENTS

  • Some people were (are?) forced to stay in homes
    • feeling frightened andunprotected (then and now)
  • Reduced trust in others
    • of their neighbours
    • of the police to protect them
  • Huge impact on how people identify with the local area
    • does it still feel like home?
  • IMPACT ON BUSINESSES
  • A real mix of responses by thoseowning businesses in the localarea
  • Turkish & Kurdish community coming together to ‘defend’ their livelihoods
  • Others seen to be pulling down shutters and closing early
  • Some not heeding the warningsand staying open
    • Could they have avoided confrontation?
  • Some staff seen turning on their own employers
but not all recollections are negative
BUT NOT ALL RECOLLECTIONS ARE NEGATIVE
  • Those consulted report some very positive outcomes – in particular the way the community ‘rallied round’ to help in the clear-up
  • Others point out that events have highlighted, for some, a need for the local community to pull together (with encouragement)

“The community was brilliant. They all came together to help those who were effected”

“The disturbances have shocked people into becoming more aware of the need to get together, but they don’t see the mechanism or opportunity to get together”

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- WHERE WERE THEY? - SLOW TO RESPOND

NOT IN CONTROL

- THE CLEAR UP WAS HANDLED WELL - GOOD THAT THEY ARE DOING THIS WORK

COMMUNITY GROUPS CAME TOGETHER POSITIVELY

- SENTENCING AS DISPROPORTIONATE - HIJACKED FOR POLITICAL GAIN

the community wants a voice how can they have a say
THE COMMUNITY WANTS A VOICE => HOW CAN THEY HAVE A SAY?
  • Community consultation is felt to be key – people feel the council need to listen to them
    • and that means really ‘listening’ and taking action, more so than just ‘hearing’
    • open up dialogue to discuss reasons for the disturbances and come up with joint solutions
    • examine the current modes of consultation and engagement, are they fit for purpose?
  • Consultation needs a particular focus on youth engagement
    • they have demonstrated that they want a voice
    • think about creative solutions to encourage more civic minded attitudes

HOW DO WE MEANINGFULLY ENGAGE WITH THE ‘WHOLE COMMUNITY’?

focussing on positive outcomes for younger people
FOCUSSING ON POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE
  • Show young people some respect!
  • Jobs for young people
    • More vocational and apprenticeship opportunities in the area
  • More youth related activities – youth clubs need to be engaging and exciting
    • more structured activities, teach discipline
    • deliver youth services using more community based organisations
  • More mentoring programmes in schools and youth centres

=> increase funding to key youth and family related services

  • Decrease university fees – or subsidise those on lower incomes (a more progressive system?)
a review of community policing
A REVIEW OF COMMUNITY POLICING
  • Less aggravation of young people – the police need to be more respectful – in particular towards young black men
  • Explain/justify stop and search and use it more sensitively
    • re-introduce stop & search leaflets/tickets explaining reasons
  • Training for the police on respecting the public and also on cross-cultural issues and engaging vulnerable people
  • Community reparations (“restorative justice”) – make offenders give something back to the local area
  • Greater police presence (friendly presence) – increase confidence and re-build community trust
  • Give the public an opportunity to negotiate and have ‘proper dialogue’ with the police
investing in hackney s future
INVESTING IN HACKNEY’S FUTURE
  • People need to see that Hackney is serious about its future
  • How to encourage investment and regeneration?
    • will the local community see any benefits from the Olympics?
  • Help to develop local business and enterprise
    • tax breaks/incentives to open businesses in poorer areas
  • Making the local people a part of that future
    • “sincere, sustained user-involved approach from the council”
  • More affordable and decent homes for local people
    • Renovate old estate houses
  • Want the government to demonstrate that this country is being prioritised and invested in

=> over and above oversees military action and aid

=> government sponsored work programmes

promoting community cohesion
PROMOTING COMMUNITY COHESION
  • How to stop clustering immigrant groups and communities together => need policies to encourage greater integration throughout the borough
  • Encourage people to talk to one another and move out of their ‘sub-communities’

=> how can that be facilitated?

  • Greater wealth distribution

=> people feel that the rich are getting richer, the poor getting poorer

improving the situation for future generations of young people in hackney
IMPROVING THE SITUATION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN HACKNEY
  • A call for more positive role models for young people
    • need to allow them to grow up in a safe and positive environment
    • develop a more altruistic attitude, sense of pride in their community, and better social skills
  • Encourage a focus on parenting skills – it all starts there
  • Can we stop people being so materialistic?
  • Boredom = criminality
    • need more for young people, more activities, more education, more jobs and training
  • Give young people more responsibilities – help them to grow up positively
budget priorities
BUDGET PRIORITIES

Job opportunities for 16-24

Youth work

Job opportunities for 18 plus

Improved community relations

Developing local business and enterprise

Greater enforcement activity

Community reparations – offenders ‘giving back’ schemes

Intergenerational activities

Community pride and volunteering initiatives

acknowledgements
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • Mouth That Roars
  • Newlon Fusion
  • North London Muslim Community Centre
  • Off Centre
  • Pembury TRA (PETRA)
  • Rising Tide Trust
  • St James Church
  • Skyway
  • Social Action for Health
  • Trinity Centre
  • White Kat
  • YOH
  • Youth Skills Network
  • The Sharp End
  • Stop falls Network
  • Wayside Community Centre
  • Outward
  • Hands Inc
  • Balik Arts
  • Calibre Minds
  • Claudia Jones Organisation
  • The Crib
  • Dakrobi Arts
  • Hackney Francophone Organisation Network
  • Immediate Theatre
  • Let’s Get Formal
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Thank you

For further information contactpaul.harvey@ipsos.comon 020 7347 3000