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Looking for something to do? 

Want to know what's happening in and around your local area?

There are lots of different groups running in Hackney the links on this page take you to more information about specific activities.

We will try to keep you up to date with specialist SEND relevant groups in Hackney and update this page at least once a week.


Young Hackney:  What’s going on for young people in Hackney?


Hackney Libraries - regular sessions

Hackney Central Library 

Free, confidential, face-to-face advice to anyone concerned about debt and money problems. Toynbee Hall's expert advisors can help you in complete confidence with all types of financial problems. Mondays, 1pm-3pm

Phone: 020 7392 2953

email: advice@toynbeehall.org.uk


Hackney Community Law Centre pop-up shop

Mondays, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Speak to qualified advisors about your housing issues. 

No appointment necessary.

Free - Hackney Residents only


Shoreditch Library - Regular events

Drop in computer sessions for people with learning disabilities. Thursdays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


Find out more: Regular session at Hackney Libraries


NEW SESSIONS 

Hackney Forest Schools - A session especially for children with additional needs aged 5 -16 years old.

 The HIT squad and Hackney Forest Schools team have joined together to create an after school Forest Schools club for children with additional needs.

The sessions start on 27th September 2017 - Wednesdays (term time only)

Cost: £60 for 6 weeks or £10 per session

Where: Meet at Clapton Park Children’s Centre

Time: 3:45 pm - 5:45pm 

The children will then travel down to the marshes, which are wheelchair accessible and approximately a 5 minute walk for non-wheelchair users.

A trained member of staff will then run a group session in a section of the marshes where children can learn, explore and experience nature in a safe environment.

The group will be run by trained staff but children will need to be accompanied by a carer. Parents will be responsible for supervising their children or young person’s quieter time and visuals.

To find out more please contact the HIT squad: hitsquad@homerton.nhs.uk


Page last updated 10/10/17


Face to face training and information sessions from the Local Offer...

Local Offer - Face to Face training and information sessions

If you have questions or need help understanding how to use the Local Offer or someone to do the searching for you, you can get face to face support during a Local Offer surgery.

These are run on the last Tuesday of the month at... The Resource Centre at Hackney Ark At these surgeries the Local Offer Coordinator can help you to find and print the information from the website that you need. The Local Coordinator is not a case worker and will not be able to advise you about individual situations.  In order to be as helpful as possible a representative from Hackney's Short Breaks team and a representative from Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service) will also be offering face to face support at these sessions. 

Last Tuesday of the month 10am - 12pm.

Next session dates:

  • 24th October
  • 28th November

 

Hackney SENDIAGS - Information and Advice Service knowledge is power and drop in session information...

 

Date: Wednesday 18 October 2017

Venue: Meeting Room 5, Hackney Learning Trust

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Deliver by: Hackney SENDIAGS

This free workshop will enable you to:

  • Build a positive relationship with your child’s school
  • Know your rights and responsibilities
  • Prepare for meetings with the school and other agencies
  • Understand features of effective communication
  • Understand what makes a meeting effective?
  • Understand how to effectively raise concerns with your child’s school

Places are limited so please book your space, by Monday 16 October 2017

SENDIAGS KIP session - Communicating Effectively with your Child’s School - Flyer

Future dates for SENDIAGS KNowledge is Power sessions (some topic yet to be confirmed) 


The Hackney SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service (SENDIAGS) is an arm's length service providing impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and young people and children with SEND. 

Face to Face advice available by appointment OR at drop in sessions

Hackney SENDIAGS Autumn Term 2017 Drop-in session - Flyer

Hackney SENDIAGS Spring Term 2018 Drop-in sessions- Flyer

Hackney SENDIAGS Summer Term 2018 Drop-in sessions - Flyer

Hackney SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power - Session dates 2017-2018

Service offer SEND information leaflets can be found here: Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)


Parent carer lead groups SEND specific...

Hackney Downs Syndrome Community group

Hackney Downs Syndrome Community group is a parent led group. We want to build a supportive

community around children in the borough with Down’s Syndrome. Parents and children (including siblings) are welcome to come along and get to know each other, share ideas & experiences and meet professionals who work with our children

ACTIVITIES

  • Indoor & Outdoor play
  • Sensory room
  • Films & Board games for older children
  • Refreshments (bring a cake or biscuits to share)
  • Music & Craft sessions
  • Meeting Health and Education professionals

Meetings are held Saturdays 2 - 4pm

Session dates:

  • 9th December
  • 4th February 2018

This group hopes to run organised ‘workshops’ and advice sessions with specific professionals at future sessions.

A version of the flyer can be found in the download section of this page. 

Venue: Linden Children's Centre, 86-92 Rectory Road, London, N16 7SH

To find out more or to be added to the contact list for future meetings, please contact: hackney_downs_syndrome@hotmail.com


HiP - Hackney Independent Parent's forum 

HiP - Hackney Independent Parent's forum is run by parents and carers and is for anyone whose child (aged 0-25) has any kind of disability, SEN or additional needs.

HiP work with education, health and social care professionals and providers to try and get families’ voices heard wherever decisions are being made.

HiP is part of a wider network of parent carer forums know as The NNPCF. This is a network of local forums who meet in local and regional settings, working together to effect local and national service improvement through participation and co production with parent carers.

HiP's FaceBook page and mailing list is the best way to find out about future events. 

Find out more: Hackney Independent Forum for Parents/Carers of Children with Disabilities (HiP)

SEND specific information sessions for parents of children or young people with additional needs

Supporting parents and carers of Young people with autism - Topic information  sessions

A series of groups for parents of young people with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

All sessions are facilitated by Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapists but allow a space for parents to share experiences, ideas and concerns regarding each topic.

WHEN:           First Friday of the Month

TIME:              9.30am to 11.30am

WHERE:         City and Hackney CAMHS, 15 Homerton Row, E9 6ED

SUPPORTING PARENTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)

The sessions are facilitated by Psychology and Occupational Therapy with Guest Speakers from Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology and Hackney specific support.  

WHEN: First Friday of the Month

TIME: 9.30am to 11.30am

WHERE: City and Hackney CAMHS, 15 Homerton Row, E9 6ED

Typical topics covered:

  • Hackney Independent Parents (HIP) - parents/carer forum
  • Sensory and emotional regulation in ASD
  • Talking about the ASD Diagnosis with your Child
  • Supporting Sibling Relationships in the context of ASD
  • Managing Puberty and Social Functioning
  • Supporting Social Skills and Peer Relationships
  • Parenting Stress: A Mindfulness Approach
  • Developing Independence skills
  • Managing Arguments and Miscommunications 
  • Managing School and ASD
  • Anxiety and Anger Management
  • Dealing with demands

Next sessions: 

  • Friday 3rd November 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Anxiety and Anger Management
  • Friday 1st December 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Dealing with demands

Contacts: 

  • Dr Laura Roughan, Clinical Psychologist - 0203 222 5600
  • Heather Scott, Occupational Therapist Hackney ARK - 0207 0147025

Autism Parents Coffee Morning

Want to meet other parents of children with ASD?

Want to share your experiences with other parents and hear theirs?

Want to get ideas for how to help your child?

 CAMHS run Autism Parents Coffee Morning sessions every month. 

As well as being able to meet other parents there is an opportunity to meet with an Occupational Therapist & a Clinical Psychologist individually for 20 minutes to discuss anything specific that’s on your mind about your child.

  • Wednesday – 18th October
  • Wednesday – 15th November
  • Wednesday – 6th December

Please note—this is a group for parents/family/carers ONLY.

If you are a professional and you would like more information about the group, please call CAMHS Disability: 020 7014 7071

This group is for parents who have children with Autism / Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and who have been known to Hackney Ark currently or in the past.

Unfortunately we cannot provide a crèche and it is not suitable to bring children to this group.

To find out more phone:  Lizzie Hampson - 0207 014 7071 


CHAMS Cafe

CHAMS Cafe is an emotional support group for parents and carers of children with special needs who do not have autism but are known to CAMHS.

This group is for parents of children and young people with a Learning Disability. If your child or young person has autism please see the other information on this page for groups that you are welcome to attend. 

At each session there will be a chance to think about staregies to use at home. A Play Specialist will also be available to support play development and offer activities for the Toy Library for the children. 

No creche is avaialble but children are welcome to join their parents for these informal meetings. 

CAMHS Cafe is held on the last Monday of the month.

Next dates:

  • Monday - 25th September
  • Monday - 30th October
  • Monday - 27th November

Please call the CAMHS for find out more: 020 7014 7071


Learn Makaton - Courses for Parents and carers:  

What is Makaton?

Makaton is a language programme based on a selected list of everyday words, used with children, young people and adults around the world.

Makaton uses speech, signing and symbols to support the development of communication and language skills.

Where can you learn Makaton? 

Parent Makaton training courses are run 3 times a year, for parents who have a child known to the Speech and Language Therapy service who would benefit.

The courses are accredited by the Makaton Charity and parents who complete the course will receive course books and a certificate.

Find out more: Children's Speech and Language Therapy - Makaton

Children’s Occupational Therapy - Drop in sessions

Do you have any questions about your child's independence or participation in everyday activities?

For some advice or tips on supporting your child to develop their independence skills with everyday activities come and speak to an occupational therapist:

  • Self-care (e.g. washing, dressing, feeding)
  • Play and leisure activities
  • Accessing school activities

Children's Occupational Therapy - Drop In is for children and young people aged 0-18yrs. You will no needs an appointment, this is a first come first serve clinic, so you may have to wait to be seen.

Children and young people will be seen for 15 minutes by an occupational therapist.

You are welcome to attend without your child if you prefer to speak to an Occupational Therapist about your concerns. 

Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm

Session dates:

  • October 19th 
  • November 16th 
  • December 21st

Find out more: Occupational Therapy - drop in sessions flyer

Find out more: Children’s Occupational Therapy 

Pre-School drop-in for children aged 0 - 4 with a visual impairment

These drop-in sessions are for children with a visual Impairment and their families. 

Activities on offer at the sessions:

  • Sensory room and specialist toys for the children
  • Opportunities to meet other families
  • Support and advice

Dates and times:

Tuesday -  26 September 2017 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  28 November 2017 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  23 January 2018 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  6 March 2018 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  8 May 2018 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  26 June 2018 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Venue: Linden Children's Centre

Contact: Melanie Norton, Specialist Teacher for Visual Impairment

Phone: 020 8820 7620

VI Drop in session flyer 2017-2018


Talking Walk-in (drop in speech and language therapy assessments for early years)

If your child is under 5, and having difficulties talking, communicating, drinking or swallowing, the Speech and Language Therapy service may be able to help.

Dates for Talking Walk-in session are kept up to date on the Speech and Language Therapy Service's own website. 

Find out more: Get Hackney Talking - walk-in in session dates

Find out more about this session: Talking Walk-in (drop in speech and language therapy assessments for early years)

Early years activities - children aged 0 - 5...

Children’s Centres are designed specifically for families with children aged under five living in Hackney. 

They offer:

  • FREE stay and play sessions
  • nursery and child-minders  (you have to pay for these)
  • Health services
  • family support
  • help and support to get into training and employment

Some activities take place in the centre, and some nearby.  

Find out more: Children's Centres in Hackney

What activities are available?

Find out more: Children’s Centre Activity Timetables


Hackney PlayBus

Hackney PlayBus has been providing free play and support for families in East London for over 40 years.

Hackney PlayBus is a fully converted double decker bus that is taken to estates and parks, Children's Centres and other venues in and around East London.

Parents and their children under 5 years old are welcome to join the PlayBus for Music and Movement and Messy Play sessions.

All PlayBus activities are free to attend.

Outdoor play is encouraged in all weathers by providing a wide range of outdoor toys and shelter when the weather requires it.

Find out more: Hackney PlayBus

Youth Clubs for those with additional needs...

The Cool Gang Club - Huddleston Centre

This is a group for young people with disabilities who are aged 9 - 15 years old.

  • Recreational Activities
  • Social opportunities
  • Educational activities

Day: Tuesday's term time

Time: Collection from home by the Huddleston between 6 - 7pm returned home between 9pm - 10pm

Find out more: Huddleston Centre

Find out more: contact the service and ask for Cassandra


Remark! St John's Deaf Youth Club

Remark! is a Deaf led organisation and provides a range of services for deaf people in the community.

Admission forms for playscheme are in the download section of this page or directly from the organisation.

You can also see more about what activities will be available in the Playscheme Timetable.These are added when we are informed sessions are running. 


Youth Club runs on a Wednesday evening from 4:30-6:30pm at

Venue:

St John's Deaf Community Centre

258 green Lanes

Manor House

London, N4 2HEClub in Manor House for young Deaf adults aged 14-21yrs.

Various workshops such as 'healthy eating' and 'money management' are on offer and there is also time to make new friends and play table tennis competitions. 

Every half term we hold a playscheme which is open to those aged 6-16yrs.

Both the youth club and playscheme are continuously growing and would love to welcome more children and young people.

Parents/Guardians or young people can email: steven.wynne@remark.uk.com 

Or text him on: 07949028346  

Hackney and City Children's Disability Forum CCG

The Children's Disability Forum City and Hackney are holding their next informal meeting for parents.

Date: October 11th

Venue: Huddleston Centre

Time: 11am until 1pm

Topic: Cerebral Palsy - Guests speakers from The London Centre for Cerebral Palsy

All parents of children with disabilities are welcome to come.

Please come and join them for coffee/tea and biscuits.

Find out more: Children’s Disability Forum – Session Topic Cerebral Palsy – 11/10/17 - Event Flyer

Contact: Anjie Mailey - Coordinator

Children's Disability Forum - City and Hackney

Huddleston Centre

30 Powell Road

London

E5 8DJ

Phone: 0208 985 9089 


Children’s Disability Forum Parents Peer Support Session: Within this group we discuss issues that affect parents raising children with disabilities.

Parents meet and support each other in a relaxed and informal environment. Sometimes the groups are topic themed where we will discuss a specific theme.

Recent topics include:

  • Learning to draw
  • meditation and relaxation

This sessions are for any parents of disabled children living in City and Hackney.


The Huddleston Disabled Children's Forum is a recently commissioned forum that seeks the views and opinions of young disabled people in Hackney from parents and young people themselves.

Find out more: The Children’s Disability Forum City and Hackney

This group is able to make recommendations to the Clinical Commissioning Group for City and Hackney giving parents a say in the services that are provided.

Sessions for brothers and sisters of children with additional needs...

CAMHS Disability run a club for siblings of children who access services at Hackney ARK (i.e. siblings of children who have additional needs).

The clubs are run through the CAMHS Disability team and usually run over the school holiday times.

There are two clubs; one for primary aged (6 – 11 years) siblings and another for secondary aged (12- 18 years) siblings. 

These clubs aim to provide a fun and supportive place for young people to share their experiences and connect with other siblings of children with additional needs.

Find out more: CAMHS Siblings Group Video

Contact CAMHS: 020 7014 7071


Resources for autism - SIBS Club

SIBS Club is a program for children with autism and their families. We focus on meeting the individual needs of each child and also fostering a relationship between the siblings.

This is a safe space to talk, a place to take part in fun group activities and even going on outings. We will also talk about being a sibling to someone who is autistic and how it may be affecting them.

This club is specifically aimed at a younger age range between 8 to 12 years old, but we are happy to think about those who are outside of this age range. 

Where?

The Shipman Centre:

Shipman Youth Centre

Prince Regent Lane

Newham

London E16 3JH

When?

The club will be held every other Wednesday from 6pm – 8pm

The first session will be on Wednesday 2nd November and will be for parents to stay too if wanted and to learn more about siblings groups

There will be a charge of £6 per session, subsidies available

Contact us

Phone: 020 8458 3259

E-mail: charlotte3@resourcesforautism.org.uk

Web: Resources for Autism

Hackney Community Law Centre - Free legal advice and help with form filling

Hackney residents who have a consumer legal dispute or who need help to complete one of the disability benefits application forms (PIP, ESA, DLA) can get help from Hackney Community Law Centre.

Sports activites for those with additional needs...

Inspire Sports Club is run by Young Hackney Sport Unit and HiT Squad

It is a sport and physical activity group for young people aged 7-14 years who have additional needs.

These sessions are suitable for young people with mild to moderate social communication, physical or learning needs.

The club staff ratio is 1 adult to 4 children / young people.

The Inspire Sports Club is for young people who want to try a variety of different sports and physical activities

and hang out in a relaxed, unpressured and fun space.

What activities will there be?

  • Trampolining, basketball, boccia, badminton, football and other sports
  • Opportunity to join individual or group sporting activities
  • Relaxation activities
  • Opportunities to make friends and hang out with other young people
  • Quiet areas
  • Parents are welcome to stay in the centre but also free to leave

 

Cost: FREE

When: Every Thursday 3:45pm to 5:15pm - Running over term time and holidays (with the exception of 7th September)

Where: Britannia Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Rd, London N1 5JU

Places are very limited, and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

To register your child’s for a place please email with your child’s name, age and your

contact number: YHSportsunit@hackney.gov.uk

We will call you back to give you more details, and to check the group is suitable for your young person. 


Access to Sports Hackney Coaching Programme

The Access to Sports Project delivers a wide range of Sporting Activities for Children and Young People in Hackney.

Activities and projects currently include:

  • Holiday programmes
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • coaching sessions
  • tournaments
  • coach education
  • leadership courses and
  • competitive teams

The Hackney page on the Access to Sports website has up to date programme information. 

Find out more: http://www.accesstosports.org.uk/hackney/ 


Pearson Street Youth and Sports - Monday Club

The Short Breaks Hit Squad and Young Hackney Youth Sports Unit joined forces to trial a Youth Club for young people with high functioning ASD – for those who struggle to attend mainstream youth clubs.

The club is also suitable for 8-14 years with mild language delay.

Due to the success of the Wednesday Pearson Street high functioning ASD Sports and Youth Club, the group was extended  for the Summer term.

Young Hackney is a service for all young people in Hackney to enjoy their youth and become independent and successful adults

Every week there will be a choice of activities including:

  • Access to large adventure playground
  • Opportunity to join individual or group sporting activities such as basketball, rowing machines, football
  • Opportunities to make friends and hang out with other young people
  • Every week will finish with relaxation activities

The group will run from the 12th June to 17th July on Mondays 4 -5.30pm at Pearson Street Youth Club. 

Parents need to email: hitsquad@homerton.nhs.uk to register interest.

A social story is available for those that might need it.

The group will be changing to Monday evenings.

NEW SESSION INFORMATION FOR AUTUMN COMING SOON

When: Mondays from 12th June 2017-17th July,

Time: 4-5.30pm

Where: Pearson Street Adventure Playground.


No Limits - Inclusive Sports Clubs:  

No Limits - Inclusive Sports Clubs is an organisation running differnt inclusive sport clubs for children and Young people aged 5 - 25 years old with additional needs and who live in Hackney.

See sessions flyer here: No Limits - Inclusive Sports Clubs 


No Limits - Multi Sport Pan Disability Sports Club

For Children & Young People aged 5 – 25 with SEN/D and their friends and family.

Multi sports, often featuring cricket.  

Day: Mondays 

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Venue: Clissold Leisure Centre, 63 Clissold Rd N16 9EX

We may be able to offer assistance with transport home for those with particular difficulties. Please contact the organiser to discuss: 

Name: Alan Walsh

Phone: 07974 891932

E-mail: AlanWalsh@blueyonder.co.uk


No Limits -  Archery Club 

For Children & Young People aged 5 – 25 with SEN/D and their friends and family.

Turn up and shoot Arrows for Free! 

Day: Tuesday (Term time only)

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Kings Hall Leisure Centre39 Lower Clapton Rd E5 0NU 


No Limits 2 - Multi Sports Club 

Targeted mainly (but not exclusively) at young people with autism.

For Children & Young People aged 5 – 25 with ASD (SEN/D) and their friends and family.

Day: Thursday (Term time only)

Time: 3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Venue: Britannia Leisure Centre, 40 Hyde Rd N1 5JU, 


All 3 clubs are free and require no advance booking.

Just turn up and join in.

For more information to discuss any issues related to attending contact:

Name: Alan Walsh

Phone: 07974 891932

E-mail: AlanWalsh@blueyonder.co.uk


Huddleston centre - The Access Project

Excercise and swimming for young people aged 9 - 17 years old who have profound disabilities. Support provided on a one to one basis.

Young people come to the centre and a drop off service can be provided to bring them home afterwards.

It may be possible to arrange for school transport (if they recieve this service) to bring them to the centre to meet up for the session.

Venue: Sessions take place at The Britannia Leisure Centre.

Meet at The Huddleston Centre and please bring a swimming costume, towel and light snack.

Day: Wednesday's Term Time

Time: 4:15pm - 7:30pm

Find out more: Huddleston Centre


Football sessions for Children with Motor Coordination Difficulties

These sessions are for children aged 5 - 12 years of age who have difficulty with motor coordination. 

Sessions are delivered by coaches from Leyton Orient Football Club. 

Children taking part will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in football sessions of five weels and lasting one and a half hours each. These cost £4:00 per session. 
  • Meet other children who have similar difficulties
  • Attend football tournaments throughout the year alongside other London boroughts

Mext session dates are:

Tuesdays 4th September - 9th October

Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm

Venue: The Garden School, Wordworth Road, N16 8BZ

Places are limited so please call Claire Davey to book. 

Phone: 020 7014 7025

claire.davey@homerton.nhs.uk


The Castle Climbing Centre- Inclusive Family Tasters Sessions

Inclusive taster sessions are a pathway to discovering that climbing is within the realms of everyone’s ability and focus on the fun activity of climbing and the safety skills involved.

The 1.5 hour session is ideal for participants and their family/carer/guardian to do together and climb as a group.

Each taster session will be tailored to the participant’s needs and abilities.

‘Have a Go' sessions are for over 16's with physical or non-physical special needs.

Find out more: Inclusive Climbing Session

Creative opportunities and session - visual arts and music

Inclusive Notes Therapeutic Choir

Inclusive Notes Therapeutic Choir - Using music for fun and therapeutic gain. 

Inclusive notes is a new specialist therapeutic choir for children with additional needs living in or close to Hackney and who are aged 6-11.

The target group for this choir is children with autism and ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) who attend mainstream school. For more information on this service see here... Inclusive Notes - Therapeutic Choir 


Hackney Shed Collective

Are you a budding performer, aged between 16 and 25? Hackney Shed is a local performing arts group. 

Their summer project is focused on those with special and educational needs, but open to everyone who loves to collaborate and wants to perfect their performing skills.

Where? Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby's Walk, E9 6DF

When? 2-4 August 11am - 4pm

Places are limited. Booking required.

e-mail: barry@hackneyshed.org.uk 


Theatre Royal Stratford East

Theatre Royal Stratford East are committed to making the theatre accessible to everybody.

See link: Audio brochure of Theatre Royal – Stratford East

Touch Tours

One hour before an audio-described performance, blind and partially sighted patrons are invited to interact with the set, costumes and props and gain a detailed description of what’s on stage. Book your space in advance.

Signed Performances

Sign language interpreted performances for Deaf/deaf British Sign Language Users

Relaxed Performances

These performances are designed to welcome people with an Autism Spectrum, sensory or communication disorder or learning disability and allow movement in and out of the auditorium and there is less emphasis on the audience being quiet during the performance.

To see what the next upcoming access performances are click on the link: http://www.stratfordeast.com/your-visit/access/

Kidzmania - session especially for children with Autism:

A session especially for children with Autism:

Due to the success of the Kidzmania's trial ‘autism hour’ sessions, regular autism specific sessions will be starting from Thursday 8th June 2017.

Kidzmania will close to the public for 2 hours every Thursday (term time only) so that children with ASD (aged 0-10) can have a safe space to enjoy the soft play, socialise and develop their physical skills.

Kidzmania Autism Hour - Session Days:  Thursday (term time only)

Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm

As always children will need to be supervised by their parents or carers.

Based on parental feedback from the trial it was agreed that there would be a limit to the number of children to ensure that it does not become too overwhelming for those attending.

Parents can call to reserve / guarantee a place, or they can turn up on the day.

Session entry will be first come first served. There is a possibility that if it is too full those arriving later may be turned away. Booking is advised. 

Find out more: Kidzmania - autism session flyer

Further information...

Useful organisations and websites....


Young Hackney:  Visit the "What's on?" section of Young Hackney's website...

What’s going on for young people in Hackney?


Short Breaks: Find out more about what Short Breaks are and who to conatct  in Hackney: Short Breaks

Short Breaks website: www.shortbreakshackney.com


5 to Thrive

5 to Thrive is all about making small changes can make a big difference to the way you feel. City and Hackney take the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, a set of five things that people can do to improve and support their mental health and wellbeing.  

It might be:

  • learning mindfulness
  • joining a free exercise class
  • reconnecting with your neighbours
  • finding out more about volunteering and mentoring

5 to Thrive helps you get the most out of what is available locally.

For more infomation click on: 5 To Thrive - Events


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – What’s on

City of London – What’s on – Things to do

Hackney Council 'What’s On' – Things to do

Mumsnet

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