Students from five Hackney schools came together to compete in an acting competition at Bsix College in Clapton on Friday.

Hackney Foodbank is braced for Christmas as it struggles to cope with a 54 per cent increase in the number of people using its services this year.

Hackney Council has launched a campaign to challenge long-held myths surrounding sexual harassment and get people to "Reframe the Night" rather than blame the victim in the run up to Christmas.

An all-female acrobatic theatre company has launched a fundraiser to keep its classes free and affordable for young people in Hackney.

Homerton based charity Mind in City and Hackney recently launched IRIE mind - a specialist mental health service for the African and Caribbean community.

Homerton firefighters are interested in tackling loneliness in the area as well as saving lives.

An artist who picked up her paint brush again in later life has had her work exhibited at Hackney Picturehouse.

Rotunda in Kings Cross recently launched its Sunday Beef Club - a lavish four-course meal brimming with canapés, seafood, aged beef and fruit-filled desserts.

Volunteers from the Hackney Christmas Dinner project want to make sure young people leaving care this year have an unforgettable Christmas day. They're asking people to help by buying a Madlug backpack and other gifts on their John Lewis gift list by December 8.

Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton returned to Better Health Bakery in Haggerston on Saturday.

Two women who run a project to tackle social isolation within the Somali community want to get the word out about their work.

Barge East is a 114-year-old Dutch barge turned floating bar and kitchen docked upon the River Lee. Its seasonal menu and casual take on fine dining offers comfort and warmth to those who step on board - a little culinary escape from the hustle and bustle of east London life.

Kids from Hackney's German Saturday School made their own lanterns and showed them off at a procession in London Fields to celebrate St Martin's Day last week.

Earlier this year Clapton playwright Tamara von Werthern and more than 1,000 other people of all ages from around the world wrote a letters to the earth in the run up Extinction Rebellion's summer uprising and climate school strikes.

Hackney author, poet and story teller Sandra A. Agard, released her first non-fiction book this month.

Despite 3,000 miles of land and sea between them, two hospitals - one in Hackney and the other in the Israeli port city of Haifa - have been connected for decades through work exchanges.

Young people have designed and built a new community space at Flanders Way in Homerton.

Hoxton market's Studio Phase Hair and Beauty Salon was named best Hair and Beauty Salon of the Year in East London last month.

Students and staff at Daubeney Primary School swapped their uniforms for pink outfits and wigs to raise money and awareness for charity Breast Cancer Now.

A new NHS dementia care service for City and Hackney patients launched last week, aiming to improve the way they are cared for.

For decades, a little shop on Ridley Road has been Hackney's first and only Somali community centre, where women go to discuss the issues affecting their lives and to get support and advice.

A Homerton youth centre invited rapper and activist Akala to speak about music, race, class and the culture of education in Britain in celebration of Black History Month.

Jason and Emma Ash have created a free app being trialled in Hackney to help parents save money on toys and kids items - and combat the millions of tonnes of household waste that goes to landfills each year.

Michael Stankard left alcohol - and a career in the City - behind to sell non-alcoholic beers in Hackney.

"We weren't angels. Our behaviours were bad, but we weren't bad people. There's no justice in judging youth as criminals."

For almost a decade, Nathaniel Court residents have put up with "unbelievable noise" and dust caused by the largest single-site estate regeneration project in Europe being built in their backyard - but they refuse to back down when it comes to protecting the community garden they've built together.

Two hundred volunteers grafted for five months to transform a bland Homerton roof into a community rooftop garden - and the results are stunning.

A social club that's been helping Hackney's elderly Caribbean population beat loneliness for more than three decades can bring back its lifeline transport service thanks to a Lottery grant.

Open Doors Baptist Church celebrated 150 years of music, activism and worship at the weekend.

Police are investigating claims an officer assaulted a former middleweight boxing champion at Hackney Carnival last month.

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