Hackney Projects

HIAC: Hackney Information and Advice Consortium

The HIAC Project has been running for 10 years and offers advice in 26 GP Practices across Hackney on a wide range of issues such as Welfare Benefits, Housing, Debt, Employment issues, help at home for over 60’s, help with forms such as DLA, AA, Tax Credits and much more. Contact: Carly Bond (020 8510 1962)

HAP: Hackney Advice Providers

Hackney Advice Providers is a new project commissioned from April 2014 and is an innovative approach to reaching some of most deprived communities in Hackney. We work with people who find it difficult to use more generalist services, by reason of language, culture, status or age. Hackney Advice Providers involves 12 local community organizations that serve local Hackney people with information and advice, provided in community venues across the borough.


The purpose of this project is to develop a bespoke course which can support people with epilepsy to manage their condition better. The course is based on the expert patient’s model. 4 courses are being delivered in Hackney and Tower Hamlets based on the bespoke model. The project is being run in partnership between SAfH and the Epilepsy society. Contact: Jaber Khan (020 8510 1964)

Peoples Network 

The People’s Network is a user led user run recovery group, made up of black men with a lived experience of mental illness, who live in Hackney. Members come together to share experiences, good food and to learn for themselves what recovery means on their own terms. Members are the voice of other service users in the borough and the network aims to influence policy by promoting members to become representatives. Contact: Stephen Laudat (07941 076 746)


The 4sight project is a user run Monthly Sunday lunch with food, music and activities such as drumming workshops, salsa and bingo for those living with mental ill health in Hackney. Most members come from an African or Caribbean background. Contact:  Neil Thomas (0208 510 1973)

Mental Health Advisory Group

The MH advisory group is an elected group of members with a lived experience of mental illness who advise the mental health Programme Board (MHPB) in Hackney. The MH advisory group, with the MHPB’s support, aims to become the “real commissioners of mental health services in Hackney” within the next five years.  The advisory group meet regularly to share experiences/ issues affecting local people, share best practice and plan meetings with the MHPB.

Supporting the Education and Empowerment of Patients and Carers [SEEPAC]

Supporting the Education and Empowerment of Patients and Carers [SEEPAC]. We are working with Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University London [QMUL] to undertake an analysis of practice that educates and trains patient and carers in self-care or empowers them to manage health.


We conduct a range of training for groups and individuals. Working with Westminster Council we have recently ran a bespoke accredited training programme in Diabetes Mentoring: a community development approach. We have a partnership with WEA (Workers Education Authority) and the Open College Network who are helping us to accredit some of our training programmes. Contact: Rupesh Shah (0208 510 1967)