Hannah worked at Impact Hub King’s Cross for over three years in different capacities in a range of roles, most recently as Community Manager. In the role, she was in charge of looking after the community of 300+ social entrepreneurs and ensured that each member had everything they needed to be supported in running their business and making an impact.
Amongst many things, the role found Hannah organising events like Fuckup Nights and Food Talks, producing impact reports and facilitating member connections on a global scale. A big area of interest for her was better connecting Impact Hub King’s Cross to the communities locally which is how she started working with Urban Partners.
Hanna is now in the process of moving to New York to pursue a masters at Parsons in design for social innovation, with the intention to continue to work with communities in urban settings to create a better, fairer world for all.
1. When did you start working/socialising in the area?
I started working in the King’s Cross area in early 2016 as I began volunteering at Impact Hub King’s Cross. It wasn’t until I joined the team full time later in that year that I started enjoying the area more. The first month in King’s Cross I completely blew my monthly budget eating out at all of the great places locally.
2. How has the area changed since then?
Impact Hub King’s Cross has been on York Way for ten years and we are very aware of how the area has changed over time which has always been an interesting dimension in my work. In the grand scheme of things I haven’t been working in the area very long, the biggest changes I have witnessed have been the development of Coal Drops Yard and joining areas.
3. What’s your favourite place in the area and why?
There are lots of different places that I love in King’s Cross. Some are open spaces like Granary Square – KERB market food and sitting in the sun is my perfect lunch activity. Others are local businesses and restaurants like Housmans Bookshop, Drink Shop Do and The Skip Garden. And of course, Impact Hub’s beautiful space as it has been a home away from home for many years.
4. What do you love about our neighbourhood?
King’s Cross is such a vibrant area with everything you could ever need from day to night.
5. What’s your favourite community activity in the area?
Apart from the aforementioned sitting on the ‘grassy’ steps in the sun, I have really enjoyed being a member of fitness club Frame. It has helped me find balance with work and be around others seeking the same.
6. What is your favourite aspect of the work Urban Partners does?
Bringing together local organisations to support the local communities and economy – which I’d say encompasses all you do.
7. What’s the best community initiative you have seen in the local area?
The Urban Partners Homework Club for the way it utilises unused office space in the evening to support local school children is brilliant. I am also a big fan of Small Works in the Priory Green Estate who support small businesses and Islington grassroots organisations.
8. What challenges will the area face in the future?
As the area continues to develop and bring in the biggest companies in the world it will be vital to continue to support the local communities. This means supporting small local businesses and business owners, ensuring pathways into work locally for all ages and keeping spaces open for all.
9. Where do you see our neighbourhood in the next ten years and what kind of image will it have?
My hope for Kings Cross is that it continues to be a dynamic and vibrant place to live and work, for all.
10. What famous quote would you used to describe Urban Partners and why?
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt