Building Stronger Communities

We’ve been inspiring, developing, and supporting communities since 1997.

In 2021, we were awarded the Freedom of the Borough Award for our work supporting residents during COVID. We mobilised over 2,000 volunteers to deliver food, prescriptions and essential items, provide emotional support to isolated residents, and support the vaccine rollout.

We bring communities together to build a better Hackney.

We are Volunteer Centre Hackney.

Senior Leadership Team

Lauren Tobias


Jane Tyler

Deputy CEO

Charlotte Handel

Deputy CEO

Heads of Services

Jane Tyler

Head of Volunteering

Bridget Akinbolaji

Community Befrienders Programme Manager

Joanne Hunt

Community Health Champions Programme Manager

Richard Howlett

Step Up Programme Manager

Sally Altan (neé Carpenter)

Resident Engagement Lead

Claire Ferrigi

Our Place Programme Manager, Together Better Programme Manager

Valentina Ines La Mela

Together Better Team Leader

Iulia Teodorescu

Communications Coordinator