About Us

Choice in Hackney

  ABOUT US


Vision:

• An inclusive society where Disabled people are able to participate fully and equally

Mission:

• Build disabled people’s knowledge and confidence about rights and opportunities to achieve independence, control and choice over how they live their lives;

• Create opportunities for disabled people to fulfil their ambitions and take an active part in their community.

Objectives:

1. Meet major evidenced unmet needs of disabled people through providing high quality services, resulting in positive outcomes.

2. To be the foremost representative of disabled people in Hackney - helping them to access their rights; and

3. Strengthen the management and operational systems of CHOICE.


  HISTORY

CHOICE IN HACKNEY was founded in 1992. It originally consisted of two part-time advocates and a Co-ordinator. Now, the organisation has grown to include one Director, three part-time advocates, an Advocacy Training & Employment Coordinator, Support Planning & Brokerage Officer and two part-time Projects Administrators who work on the Volunteering Project – Befriending Plus.
Today, CHOICE IN HACKNEY is one of the largest Disabled People's Organisations in Hackney. We assist over 200 disabled people a year to access services, challenge injustice, improve their employability prospects, live actively and participate in society..

We are currently funded by:


London Borough of Hackney , City of London, City and Hackney MindSociete Generale, East End Community Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

User involvement is one of our key strengths as we believe strongly in the importance of users shaping the direction that our organisation takes; This has lead to the development of two new services in 2009: our Volunteer Service and Advocacy Training Employment Service.
These services continue to run successfully today.In 2014 we began offering Support Brokerage and Support Planning training, and we are now offering brokerage services to assist disabled people in developing support plans. 347 people used CHOICE services from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014.
CHOICE IN HACKNEY is still expanding today and will soon be offering even more training and other services to disabled people. Board of Trustees CHOICE'S Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation.
The Director of CHOICE is responsible for the day-to-day management of the association. The majority;of our board members are disabled people and service users.
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the work that CHOICE undertakes, then consider joining our board of trustees! For further information please click on the links for a role description and application form below. Become a Trustee and join our team of talented people helping us grow!.


  THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


The CHOICE IN HACKNEY Annual General Meeting 2014 was held on Tuesday the 4th of December 2014. It was attended by CHOICE IN HACKNEY Trustees, service users, volunteers from the Volunteering Project, trainees from the Advocacy Training & Employment Project.At this meeting the Annual Report was circulated which contained updates from each of the key projects, a financial summary, statistics for the year and reports written by key members of CHOICE staff.
The contents of this report were then described and discussed.
An awards ceremony was held for outstanding volunteers and graduates from the Advocacy & Employment Course. Each volunteer and trainee were awarded a certificate by CHOICE IN HACKNEY's Chairperson, Mary Julian.
A number of discussions were then held.
The first was "Legal Aid and Judicial Review Changes proposed by the Government" By Alex Rook, the Vice-Chair of CHOICE in Hackney and Partner of Irwin Mitchell LLP.
This was then followed by a question and answer session and a general discussion on the way forward for CHOICE in Hackney.
This was an opportunity for all attendees to make suggestions and comments about CHOICE in Hackney's services, which were heard by the CHOICE in Hackney board and development staff. The next Annual General Meeting will be held at the end of 2015.
If you are interested in attending, then please contact us:

info@choiceinhackney.org