Take a tour of Hackney Council’s community halls with new online booking system

Residents and organisations looking for a venue for their party, meeting or special event can now take a virtual tour of all Hackney Council community halls and find the one best meeting their needs through a new online system.

Hackney Council manages bookings for 37 community halls across the borough. It will be  the first local authority in the country to offer a fully online process for people to have a virtual tour of the halls, book them and pay once the payment option becomes available shortly.

People will still be able to make payments by cash at the Council’s self service payment centre or sending in a cheque if needed

The Council’s Community Halls Team has worked with specialist company Kajima Community to develop the site - https://communityhalls.hackney.gov.uk/ - which also provides information including the size and location of each hall.

This is to make it as easy as possible for people to find the right hall to meet their needs - whether it's for a meeting, party, wedding, arts and craft classes or fitness class.

The community halls are used regularly by a wide range of groups including lunch clubs, martial arts groups, holiday playschemes, parties, conferences and church groups. They offer a low cost option for groups looking for space, with discounted rates for community  use.

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Resident Participation

Our halls are hugely popular venues and play a vital role in helping bring local communities together. 

They are used for social events, helping people develop new hobbies and skills, get fit, or to find out how they can get involved in initiatives and plans to enhance their local area.

We are always looking at ways we can make it easier for our residents to use the services we offer. I am delighted that we will be the first council in the country to provide a fully  automated system for people to see everything our halls have to offer and book the most appropriate one for them.

I am sure it will bring immense benefits to residents and local organisations alike and help our community spaces continue to go from strength to strength.

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Resident Participation