Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Jobs at the Olympics

There's good news if you are 16 or over and looking for a job at the Olympics. Hackney Council is offering support to all Hackney residents age 16+ to apply for Olympic Games-time jobs. From now until the end of March, Hackney Ways into Work employment advisers will be running job application sessions at Springboard, The Levy Centre, 18 – 24 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD. The centre will be operating 3 days per week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays. Hackney residents wishing to book application sessions should call the Ways into Work team on 020 8356 5700 (Olympic Jobs Hotline).

Friday, February 03, 2012

Olympic Legacy for Hackney Residents

Even if you have not been successful at getting tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Hackney residents have already benefited from the Olympics.

At this week's Shoreditch Neighbourhood Committee, residents learned that as well as have a one in four chance of getting tickets for the Hackney Weekend 2012, Hackney Council has also bought 500 tickets for the Olympic Games. These will go to both young and older people in the borough.

Hackney residents over 50 years of age have also benefited from the New Age Games, a free activities programme, offering 20 sports including aerobics, fencing and archery.

Hackney residents have been able to 48 hour priority for number of test events.  More test events will be held so even more residents will be able to see test events in the Olympic park before the London 2012 Games start.  For further information on tickets to test events, read Hackney Today in the coming weeks.

The Olympic Torch will come to Hackney on 21 July and will be celebrated with the One Hackney Festival.  More information will be posted on this blog and on the council website.

Some Hackney residents have successfully applied to work in the Olympic Park during the London 2012 Games.  Vacancies have not yet been filled so see the Hackney website if you would like a London 2012 job.

Further benefits including a new Hackney Park on the edge of the Olympic Park, new changing rooms and an Adidas Zone on Mabley Green as well as new changing rooms on Hackney Marshes.

If you have been successful at applying for tickets, Hoxton Councillors hope that you have an enjoyable time.  Please share you stories and pictures of the London 2012 Games and test events by leaving a comments or tweeting a picture to @welovehoxton.

Radio 1 Hackney Weekend

The Radio 1 Hackney Weekend will take place on Hackney Marshes from 23 to 24 June 2012.  Headline acts include Leone Lewis, Florence and the Machine, Tinie Tempah and Plan B.  It will be the biggest ever free-ticketed event with 100,000 tickets available.

There will be six stages, including the Radio 1 Main Stage, the 1Xtra Arena, Dance Arena and the BBC Introducing Stage.  To celebrate local talent, the Introducing Stage will feature events from East London.

For more information on ticketing and the line-up please visit the BBC website here.

Hackney Weekend will be a great opportunity for  Hackney residents and business.  There will be workshops  at the R1 Academy in Hackney, open DJ sessions, visits from top artists and DJs and 20% of food concessions within the site will go to Hackney businesses.  50%  of tickets will be allocated to Hackney residents so be sure to register online.

To apply for tickets you must be over 16 years old by 23 June 2012.  Once registered online, you can apply for tickets by phone or online using computers at any of the boroughs libraries, youth centres or schools.

If you are interested in becoming a Hackney volunteer visit the Hackney website here.  The closing date for applications is 13 February.

If you are an East London act or if you know an East London act that would like to perform on the Introduction Stage, you can upload your music to the BBC website here.