Support Services

There are a range of support services available to the public. In this section you can find information and contact details for these services

Carers are the bedrock

Dementia Carers

Hackney Carers Centre

National Diabetes Prevention Programme 

Support Organisations for Visually Impaired and Disabled People in Hackney

Minor Eye Conditions Service

CAMHS Alliance for City & Hackney support children, young people and their families when they have difficulties with their emotional well being, relationships, behaviour or mental health. CAMHS also have a Youtube channel​ where you will be able to view videos and webinars produced by our CAMHS colleagues. 

Smokefree Hackney is a free stop smoking service, supporting Hackney residents to live a healthy and smokefree life. With our help, you are four times more likely to quit than if you go it alone.

Talking Therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT for short), involve talking with a trained professional to help you find ways to manage your mind and make changes, so you can live life to the full. They are recommended treatments for a wide range of issues, including low mood and anxiety. 

Breast Feeding Drop-In Sessions in Hackney is a service providing support and information about breastfeeding. The drop-in sessions are a great place to meet other parents and also provides information on other local services. Breastfeeding drop-in sessions are currently suspended due to COVID-19. Please visit Homerton Health Visiting for further details and support with breastfeeding.  

Hackney Exercise Opportunities
Hackney Leisure & Physical Activity Team have been working closely with its delivery partners to provide exercise opportunities for Hackney residents during the pandemic and beyond. 
The following information provided by the Council in respect of exercise is for informational and educational purposes only.  Please consult your doctor or health care professional before undertaking any physical exercise or activity, particularly those with medical conditions.  All physical activity and exercise by children should be undertaken with appropriate parental supervision and guidance.  If you experience any pain, discomfort or other injury please consult your doctor or healthcare professional and seek medical advice.
Exercise considerations
  1. Wear comfortable clothing/footwear. 
  2. Ensure you have enough room to do the exercises.
  3. Bring water to your workout.
  4. Please ensure you do the warm-up component before progressing to the main exercises as this will get the body ready for exercise and help prevent the risk of injury to muscles and joints. Also please ensure you cool-down after the main activity as it will aid the body to return to its pre-exercising state and help to reduce soreness and stiffness.
  5. Should you feel severe discomfort/pain during exercising stop the activity.

Fit 4 Health - Exercise After Stroke Scheme

Exercise with Fit 4 Health instructor Helen McGinley who delivers a gentle exercise routine. Suitable for beginners and those with mobility issues. To view the video visit or
New Age Games - 50+ Programme
Exercise with New Age Games instructor Rosaleen Lyons with this afro-soca exercise video routine. Suitable for beginners. To view the video visit or
Rosaleen Lyons Afrocafitness Beginners Chair Based Class - (20 minutes) To view the video visit
Walking Together 
Sean Gubbins delivers a range of  self-led walks across Hackney for lockdown.
Sean has used his knowledge and creativity to offer self-led history focused walks to do in your permitted daily exercise during the current lockdown. The routes are snippets of Walk Hackney’s walks, devised and led by Sean Gubbins since 2002. 
To relieve pressure on the parks at this time, these routes are largely through local streets. Please remember to:
  • Keep to the 2 metre social distancing from people you pass by;
  • Take care crossing roads - use controlled crossings where possible.
To view these walks please visit - 
Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

People who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will be fast-tracked into the flagship Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Rapid access to the programme has been rolled out following research that revealed those living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with COVID-19. The programme, which supports people to lose weight and adopt healthier habits, is the first national initiative of its kind in the world and has already helped hundreds of thousands of people.

The public will be able to use an online tool, hosted by Diabetes UK, to calculate their risk of developing the condition Type 2 diabetes by answering a series of basic questions including age, weight and ethnicity.

FAQ's for the programme can be found here.