Special visit: the famous Hackney Playbus will make an appearance at the festival

Hackney Council is putting on a free festival for its tenants and leaseholders at the Town Hall on 14 March.

The inaugural Your Homes event is billed as an opportunity for people to “share stories and celebrate their estates” with games, live entertainment and workshops.

Residents will also get a chance to tell council bosses about their experiences with housing services and to “hear how improvements are being made across the board”.

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, said the festival is a “great opportunity for people to come together, learn some useful information, take part in fun activities and talk directly with housing staff”.

Those who sign up to attend can pick up plenty of freebies, including swimming sessions, walking tours and exercise classes.

On the day, there will be live performances from local musician Josh Tenor and up-and-coming artists and poets on the main stage.

For younger children, there will be craft workshops, dancing and even a visit from the famous Hackney Playbus in Town Hall Square.

Saying sorry: Councillor Clayeon Mckenzie

Cabinet Member for Housing Services Cllr Clayeon Mckenzie

People can also find out more about the council’s new repairs report service, get advice on changes to benefits and take part in engagement workshops, for which they’ll receive a £20 voucher.

Cllr McKenzie added: “We want council services to meet the needs of our residents and this event will ensure local people are listened to and are at the heart of the services that work for them.

“Why not start spring with the Your Homes Festival – come along, enjoy the free activities, have a great day and get your voice heard.”

The festival will take place on Wednesday 14 March from 3-7pm at Hackney Town Hall.

Residents can sign up for the event online at www.hackney.gov.uk/housing-get-involved or over the phone on 020 8356 7845.

For more information, please contact Hackney Council Resident Participation at get.involved@hackney.gov.uk

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