Friday, November 22, 2013

Dalston Futures is taking off!

More than 45 people attend Dalston meeting on community organising
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Those of you who were not at the recent 'Dalston Futures' meeting may have wondered what we got up to. Well the film crew from East London Lines who recorded the event have just pasted their story and you can view it here:

The meeting discussed the issues that Dalston people care about, and how we can build an inclusive voice that can raise community concerns in a way that cannot simply be ignored.

At the end of the meeting, everyone agreed to take ten copies of a paper based version of our survey and get these completed before the next meeting.

If you were at the meeting, then please let us know how you are getting on with getting them completed (email us on

If you were not at the meeting and would like a copy of the paper-based survey, please drop us an email and we will forward one to you.

In the meantime, we have been contacted both by the police and the local council, both keen to work with us. So we are already being seen as influential, a good start, but there's a lot more to do if we are to begin to be able to create change for the benefit of the community.

Next steps
We have an on-line survey please visit if you would like to take part.

Our next meeting is at the Trinity Centre on Beechwood Road on Tuesday 10 December at 6.30pm (as ever we commit to finish promptly by 8pm). We will have a speaker on planning issues in Dalston and lessons learnt from the Sainsbury’s/Wilmer place campaign. But we will also discuss what we need to do to create a strong inclusive community group capable of exerting real influence over decision makers in the area.

How you can help:
We are encouraging people to register to attend the next meeting

We want as many people as possible to get involved so please forward this email onto friends and neighbours. If you use twitter or facebook, then please post the following message:

Love this video of the Dalston Futures meeting: if you want to get involved visit: Please RT

Inevitably this initiative has begun with just a few people, but we need more people to take on a role in helping us get organised between meetings. If you have some time, and want to get more involved, please drop an email to

Who are Hackney Unites?
Dalston Futures is an initiative of Hackney Unites, a community coalition for social justice. We are not aligned to any political party or ideology, and work when we can with people with a wide range of political views. We believe that our communities can prosper when we work together, and that if we want to see positive change in our communities then we need to work together to make that change happen rather than leaving it to someone else.

Please forward on this email to people who may be interested. If you wan tto join our emailing list then please visit:


John Page
Hackney Unites


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