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Looking for something to do? 

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

Going out and meeting other people is an important part of life for everyone. 

There are lots of different activities and groups for families and young people living in Hackney. 

On this page of Hackney's Local Offer website we will try to keep you up to date with activities and sessions that may be of particular interest to families of and young people with SEND living in Hackney.

We will try to update this information at least once a week.

Hackney Learning Trust - Holiday Playschemes

If your child has additional needs and would require a support worker to access the scheme, please contact

Anthony Greenidge (Children’s Inclusion Officer) on 020 8820 7517

Page last updated 06/07/18

Hackney Summer Activities Guide - for those aged 0 – 19 (some activities are available for young people with additional needs aged up to 25 years old)

Including the following...

Access to Sports Summer Programme:

This summer holiday Access to Sports Project are offering a wide variety of sports activities for young people ages eight to 19 (or up to 25 with additional needs), including:

  • Archery
  • Futsal
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Handball
  • multi-sports
  • rugby
  • tennis
  • basketball
  • athletics and more!

Check online for additional programmes.

Book or find out more:




Phonel: 020 7686 8812


Young Hackney Sport Competitions and Roadshows

Young Hackney is organising sports competitions or festivals every Wednesday throughout the holidays.

Activities include football, tennis, rounders and athletics.

Inspire family Fun Day

The Young Hackney Sports Unit invites young people with special educational needs and disabilities to take part in a fun sport and physical activities festival.

Friends and family are welcome to join in with activities such as boccia and goalball.

Venue: Shoreditch Park, 188 New Road, Hoxton, N1 5E 24

Dates: July & 7 August

Times: 12noon-2pm



Free swimming

Hackney residents who are aged under 18, over 60, disabled,

or are a carer can swim for free at:

  • Britannia Leisure centre
  • Clissold Leisure centre
  • King’s Hall Leisure centre

Disabled people and their carers can also swim for free at London Fields Lido.

An annual Pay & Play card (costing £1.30) is required along with relevant ID on arrival.

Clissold Park Paddling Pool

The paddling pool is open 11am to 7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, along with bank holidays.

It's closed for cleaning on Mondays and Thursdays. 

London Fields paddling pool.

The paddling pool is open 11am – 7pm everyday except cleaning days which are Mondays and Thursdays.

Adress: London Fields Westside E8 3EU

Get messy! Junior arts sessions every week

Check with your local Young Hackney centre for information.

Just turn up.


Age: 6-12


Dalston Square Summer Fun

Dalston Square is set to host a free, drop-in cultural activities and events space throughout the summer.

This will include live music and pop-up play sessions.

Find out more:

Find out more: Hackney Summer Activities Guide - for those aged 0 – 19 (some activities are available for young people with additional needs aged up to 25 years old)  

The Hackney Carnival Collective is returning!

  • Are you aged 16 -25?
  • Do you have a learning disability or autism?
  • Want to learn new skills and perform in Hackney Carnival? 

After a hugely success project last year, we're delighted to be working with Access All Areas again to bring you a FREE carnival project this summer.

From July to August, 16 - 25 year olds with learning difficulties/disabilities or autism are invited to join the Hackney Carnival Collective.

You'll work on creating music, movement and costume collaborating with professional artists.

 Part: 1 with Hackney Shed

25th – 27th July, 11am – 4pm

Booking e-mail: / Phone: 07950 838 238


Part: 2 with Access All Areas - plus a chance to perform in Hackney Carnival on Sunday 9th Sept

Date: 28th – 31st August

Time: 11am - 4pm

Booking e-mail:  / Phone: 0207 613 6445

Project venue: Chat’s Palace 42 – 44 Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney, E9 6DF

Nearest Station: Homerton

Sign up to one or both parts of the project.  If you are interested or know someone who might like to get involved then please fill out and return the application form.

If you have any questions please do get in touch.
If you don't consider yourself to have learning difficulties/disabilities but would still like to get involved then still get in touch:

Places are limited so please do reply as soon as possible.

Hackney Carnival Collective - flyer

Participant Registration Form- Carnival Collective 2018

The Bridge School - Summer Activities for children and young people with complex needs and or disabilities

  • Monday 23rd July - Community activities/boat trip to Greenwich
  • Tuesday 24th of July - Swimming/shopping and baking/cooking
  • Wednesday 25th of July - Horniman Museum/Crystal Palace Park
  • Thursday 26th of July - Kensington Gardens
  • Friday 27th of July - Crazy golf/pink club space Brockwell Park
  • Saturday 28th of July - Day trip to Cambridge
  • Monday 30th of July - Community activities/yoga class
  • Tuesday 31st of July - Swimming/shopping and baking/cooking
  • Wednesday 1st of August - Science Museum/community activities
  • Thursday 2nd of August - Cycling in Burgess Park/shopping and baking/cooking
  • Friday 3rd of August - London zoo trip
  • Saturday 4th of August - Day trip to Brighton
  • Monday 6th of August - Crazy golf/prom club – community activities
  • Tuesday 7th of August - Swimming – shopping and baking/cooking
  • Wednesday 8th of August - National history museum/community activities
  • Thursday 9th of August - Cycling in Burgess Park– Shopping and baking/cooking
  • Friday 10th of August - Horse riding / ferry Putney to London Bridge
  • Saturday 11th of August - Day trip to Margate Beach
  • Monday 13th of August - London aquarium/London Eye
  • Tuesday 14th of August - Swimming – shopping and baking/cooking
  • Wednesday 15th August – Museum of childhood Bethnal green/community activities
  • Thursday 16th of August - Cycling in Burgess Park – shopping and baking/cooking
  • Friday 17th of August - Crazy golf/prom club – Brockwell Park
  • Saturday 18th of August - Rochester Castle/bowling in Rochester
  • Monday 20th of August - Shopping and baking/cooking – Buckingham Palace
  • Tuesday 21st of August - Swimming – shopping and baking/cooking
  • Wednesday 22nd of August - Hyde Park – cinema/theatre
  • Thursday 23rd of August - Cycling in Burgess Park – shopping and baking/cooking
  • Friday 24th of August - Kayaking London Chelsea
  • Saturday 25th of August - Winchester Castle
  • Monday 27th of August - Crazy golf/punk club – community activities
  • Tuesday 28th of August - Swimming – shopping and baking/cooking
  • Wednesday 29th of August - London aquarium – London Eye
  • Thursday 30th of August - Cycling in Burgess Park – shopping and baking/cooking
  • Friday 31st of August - Kayaking London Chelsea
  • Saturday 1st of September - Day trip to Canterbury


Residential trip: Welsh farm excursion - Long weekend trip to a fully functional Welsh farm

Dates: Friday 25th August - Monday 28th August

Costs: All activities cost ranging from £135 per day for a base place cost upwards depending of the level of support individuals may require.

See brochure details: Bridge Special School – 2018 Summer Activities

Phone: 02077038587

e-mail: or


Venue: 148 – 150 and 167 Old Kent Road, London, SE15TY (activities venue as listed)

Find out more: The Bridge School - Summer Activities 2018

National Citizen Service (NCS)

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government backed scheme, which aims to bring young people aged 15 - 17 from all different backgrounds together and offering new experiences to help build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

The NCS challenge offers:

  • A stay at an outdoor activity centre
  • The opportunity to gain new skills
  • A way to meet new people and make life-long friends
  • The chance to plan & run a project
  • A great experience for a CV

Run during summer and half-term, NCS involves a short time away from home, trying new things as well as taking part in a team project in the local community and much more!

Comments from families and young people…

"Sam is on the autistic spectrum and goes to a special school...this was his first chance to mix with his mainstream peers...and he got on great!!" Parent of 2017 NCSer

“NCS is a great opportunity for your child to meet new people and build confidence.  My son is non-verbal but everyone I spoke to along the way put the effort in and reassured me they would do everything they could to help him participate.” Parent of 2017 NCSer

"Rachel, my Support Worker, was amazing and always pushed me out of my comfort zone when I needed help to do it.”  Young person 2017 NCSer



Youth Hostel Accommodation (YHA) - England and Wales

Young people face many challenges including; financial hardship, homelessness, disability, long-term illness, bereavement, caring for a parent and other circumstances that limit children’s opportunities to explore the world and their place in it. YHA are here to reach, and create new opportunities for, those in the greatest need (

With over 150 hostels, including city hostels, coastal locations and rural locations, across England and Wales offering camping, cabins and glamping in key locations YHA provide amazing places to stay and unique opportunities to explore.

YHA Breaks Programmes aim to reach young people and families with the most challenging lives and provide them with life changing experiences. Breaks programmes are usually for children between 8 and 18, but please check the specific programme for more information or contact our customer services team.


Free carers membership is available on request; this provides a membership discount to carers travelling with a disabled person.

To enquire please contact our customer services department: 0800 0191 700

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 Play Bus

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

Social clubs and groups for young people with additional needs...

Targeted Health Outreach Team run services for young people who have additional needs e.g. Learning Disabilities, autistic spectrum condition including Aspergers or those with physical disabilities. 

They specifically work with those who have no input from social work services. 

  • are aged 14 - 19
  • have special educational needs (SEN) or a disability
  • would like some support around developing their independence and improving their health wellbeing

Sessions on offer from this service:


The Huddleston Centre - Cool Gang Club

The Cool Gang club is for young people with disabilities who are aged 9 - 15 years old.

At the sessions you can:

  • take part in fun activities
  • meet other young people your age
  • learn how to do new things

Days: Tuesday's term time

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

Friday Young People's Social Club at The Huddleston Centre

This sessions is aimed at older young people. 

  • Social Club - Fridays (for those aged 16-25years)

At the sessions you can:

  • take part in fun activities
  • meet other young people your age
  • learn how to do new things

Find out more: Huddleston Centre

Find out more: contact the service and ask for Cassandra

Remark! Deaf Youth Club

Remark! is a Deaf led organisation and provides a range of activities for young people who are deaf and aged 14-21yrs.

Remar!Playschemes run every half term and are open to those aged 6-16yrs.

Admission forms for playschemes can be requested directly from the organisation.

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

Activities: 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. 


St John's Deaf Community Centre

258 green Lanes

Manor House

London, N4 2HE

The youth club and playscheme are getting more and more popular and would love to welcome more children and young people.

Parents/Guardians or young people can email: 

Or text him on: 07949028346  

Free legal advice for parents/carers and young people including help with form filling

Hackney Information Advice Consortium (HIAC) - Bookable advice sessions on a range of topics are available in GP surgeries across Hackney

Hackney Information Advice Consortium (HIAC) can offer professional advice in a range of languages:


  • Bengali
  • Urdu
  • Turkish and
  • Kurdish

…on a broad range of topics including:


  • Welfare benefits
  • Benefit entitlement checks
  • Help with form filling, these include Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Carers Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance forms.
  • Housing advice
  • Debt advice
  • Legal advice
  • Referrals into specialist areas such as immigration and employment
  • Sign posting into training, employment and education opportunities


Find out more: Hackney Information Advice Consortium (HIAC)

Information & Advice - Hackney Ark Resource Centre

Information and advice about disability services in Hackney. 

Help with DLA and PIP form filling by appointment. 

Find out more: Information & Advice - Hackney Ark Resource Centre

City & Hackney Carers Centre

Find out more: City & Hackney Carers Centre

Who we are:

Hackney Community Law Centre is a charity employing solicitors and paralegals to provide FREE and independent legal advice and representation to people living, working or studying in the London Borough of Hackney and neighbouring boroughs.

What we do:

We offer free specialist legal advice and support with debt advice and form filling.

Hackney Community Law Centre - Pop-Up Advice Shop Dalston...

FREE advice at the pop up is made possible thanks to volunteer lawyers from Debevoise and Plimpton LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, students from BPP Law School and staff from the London Borough of Hackney Libraries Service.

Form filling clinic…

The Dalston Pop-Up Advice Shop form filling clinic provides free assistance to help Hackney residence complete:  

  • Personal Independence Payment Forms
  • Disability Living Allowance Forms
  • Employment Support Allowance Forms

Free legal advice

The Pop-Up Advice Shop also offers free legal advice to help Hackney residents with consumer and debt issues.

This may be suitable for you if:

  • You owe money
  • You been contacted asking for the return of the money/payment of the debt owed

Find out more: Hackney Community Law Centre

Hoxton Trust - Legal Advice Service

Hoxton Trust has a free Legal Advice Service. You can call to discuss your concerns or attend a drop in session.

  • Nightingale Practice on Tuesdays between 2.30pm and 5.30pm
  • Greenhouse Walk Practice on Tuesdays between 2:30pm and 5pm
  • Barton House Health Centre on Wednesdays between 2pm and 5pm

They can advise on:

  • Welfare
  • Benefits
  • Debt
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • consumer and
  • education issues

Phone: 020 7613 4174


Contact - (previously known as Contact a Family)

Useful information on benefits and money matters can be found on their website.

Find out more about Contact's benefits advice helpline

Contact's freephone helpline open Monday-Friday, 9.30-5pm.

Phone: 808 808 3555

Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) - Hackney Advice Service

Find out more: Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) - Hackney Advice Service


Sports and active sessions for young people with SEND...

Young Hackney Sports Unit, 

YH Inspire sessions are for young people who are aged 6 - 24 and have additional needs e.g. Learning Disabilities, autistic spectrum condition including Aspergers or those with physical disabilities such as CP (Cerebral Palsy). 

Young Hackney Sports Unit works in collaboration with other services to provide opportunities for young people with SEND. 

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: 

Inclusive Sports at Leisure Centres in Hackney 

Short Breaks - HiT Squad are a team of health professionals who work with providers to make sure children and young people can access and enjoy their chosen short break activity.

New leaflets from HiT Squad detailing inclusive activities from the leisure centres in Hackney are available on below:


Find out more:

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

Next session dates 2018:

Mondays 2018:

  • June 4 th
  • June 11 th
  • June 18 th
  • June 25 th
  • July 2 th
  • July 9 th  

Time: 4.30—5.30pm

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

Places are limited so call Joanna to confirm your child’s place.

Phone: 020 7014 7025


Find out more: 2018 flyer - Football sessions for children with motor coordination difficulties

London Sparrows - Wheelchair Basketball Club

The London Sparrows formerly known as the Hackney Sparrows is the oldest wheelchair basketball club in London (and one of the best!)


  • We train twice a week Friday evenings and Saturdays afternoons and welcome new players.
  • If one of the teams has a match training will be cancelled.
  • Matches take place throughout September-May.
  • Ask to see our fixtures for more information.
  • Training stops in August when we take a break before the season starts again in September

Those wishing to come to sessions regularly need to pay £10 pounds a month (which is outstanding value for a quality experience and venue) If you just want to try it out, it's free.

Find out more: London Sparrows - Wheelchair Basketball Club

Inclusive Family Taster Session at The Castle Climbing Centre

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

Hackney Shed Collective

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

Find out more: Hackney Shed

Immediate Theatre weekly youth theatre

FREE  inclusive, interactive and imaginative sessions that provide a safe space for young people to:

  • express themselves
  • develop their acting & performance skills
  • build confidence & independence
  • encourage team building & social skills
  • support speaking & listening
  • Work towards performances for family & friends

Immediate Theatre run a weekly youth theatre in partnership with the Huddleston Centre.

Find out more: Immediate Theatre – youth theatre for young people with disabilities

Theatre Royal Stratford East

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

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:

Sessions for those with additional needs at Hackney's Libraries...

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


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

Pre-School drop-in for children aged 0 - 4

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)

Familiy pre-school drop in sessions for children with visual impairments... 

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 -  TBC - 2018/19 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  TBC - 2018/19 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  TBC - 2018/19 - 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

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 for 2017

  • December 21st

Session dates for 2018:

  • Thursday January 18th
  • Thursday February 15th
  • Thursday March 15th
  • Thursday April 12th
  • Thursday May 17th
  • Thursday June 14th
  • Thursday July 12th

Find out more: Occupational Therapy - drop in sessions flyer 2018

Find out more: Children’s Occupational Therapy 

SEND specific information and advice sessions for families of children/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).

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


  • Friday 5th January  - Supporting Social Skills and Peer Relationships
  • Friday 2nd February - Sensory and emotional regulation in ASD
  • Friday 2rd March - Talking about the ASD Diagnosis with your Child
  • Friday 6th April - Using social stories to support your child
  • Friday 4th May - Supporting Sibling Relationships in the context of ASD
  • Friday 1st June - Managing Puberty and Social Functioning
  • Friday 6th July - Parenting Stress: A Mindfulness Approach
  • Friday 3rd August - Developing Independence skills
  • Friday 7th September - Managing Arguments and Miscommunications
  • Friday 5th October - Managing School and ASD
  • Friday 2nd November - Anxiety and Anger Management
  • Friday 7th December - Dealing with demands


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

Flyer available from the download section of this page. 

Autism Parents Coffee Morning

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

  • 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 and a Clinical Psychologist individually for 20 minutes to discuss anything specific that’s on your mind about your child.

Venue: Hackney Ark, Resource Centre

Time: 10am to 12pm


  • Wednesday 13th June
  • Wednesday 11th July

 Further dates to be confirmed

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.

Flyer available from the download section of this page. 

To find out more contact CAMHS Disability: 0207 014 7071 

Call Lizzie Hampson on 0207 014 7071 to find out more


CAMHS 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.

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:

  • 18th June
  • 30th July

Contact CAMHS to find out more.

Phone: 020 7014 7071

Speech and Language Theraphy run Makaton classess for parents/carers and others...

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

Educational Psychology and support for your child:

If your child is having difficulties at school, first talk to your child’s teacher or headteacher. The process for schools to follow for pupils with SEND is outlined in the SEND code of practice 2014/15

Teachers, with your help and the help of your child, will draw up a plan of action and set reviews of your child’s progress. If after some time your child does not make progress despite help, the school may ask SEND service for specialist advice to suggest other ways of helping. The educational psychology service may be asked to provide advice at this stage.

 Parents cannot refer their children directly to this service but we do offer open access advice sessions. Parent advice sessions are run by individual Education Psychologists on a rota basis.

 Who can attend?

  • Parents and carers of children and young people who live in Hackney.
  • Young people who live in Hackney.  
  • Social workers with parental responsibility and
  • Early Years practitioners, provided parental permission has been given.

Where: Hackney Learning Trust

When: Wednesdays during term time between 2pm and 4pm

What happens at the sessions:

  • Each advice appointment lasts for no more than half an hour.
  • No assessments are carried out with children and young people.

Good to know:

Parents are encouraged to ring and make an appointment but may still drop-in on the day if an appointment is available and they are prepared to wait.

Find out more: Hackney Learning Trust - Educational Psychology Service – Parents Advice Session

Find out more: Hackney Learning Trust Educational Psychology Service

The Sensory Team Thurday drop in session

The Sensory Team is based within Hackney’s Adult Social Care Services and is for people who are:

  • visually impaired
  • deaf or hard of hearing
  • both of the above

The service aims to give practical information and advice about the registration process and about help, support or services available locally and nationally.

Sensory Team drop-in clinic

Time: Thursdays 10am – 12noon

Venue: Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, Hackney, E8 1DY

Please ask at reception for room G.45

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. 


The Shipman Centre:

Shipman Youth Centre

Prince Regent Lane


London E16 3JH


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

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

Contact us

Phone: 020 8458 3259


Web: Resources for Autism

WalkingTogether – programme of guided walks in Hackney

  • Weekly walk round Clissold Park - Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm
  • Weekly walk round London Fields - Wednesdays, 12.15pm-1pm
  • Weekly walk round Hackney Downs Park - Thursdays, 10.30am-11.15am (walk starts on 14th June)
  • Hackney Diabetes Centre walks (for diabetic patients only) Mondays, 10-11.30am and Wednesdays, 2-3pm
  • Hackney Marshes Discovery Walk – Themed Walk – Date: Sunday 22nd July 2018
  • Nordic weekly walking - Wednesdays, 2pm-3.15pm -  Attendance is on a first come, first served basis. £2 per person - to cover equipment costs. Starts and ends at Leaside Trust Spring Lane, London E5 9HQ

Note: Some walks require a booking to be made by email or that you contact the walk organiser in advance.

For further details visit:

Other useful websites....

Useful organisations and websites....

Sessions and events for young people in Hackney?

Young Hackney: Young Hackney - What's on? 

Short Breaks...

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

5 to Thrive

Making small changes can make a big difference to the way you feel. More information about City and Hackney's set of five things that people can do to improve and support their own mental health and wellbeing and understand what is available locally can be found on the 5 to Thrive website.  

Find out more: 5 To Thrive - Events

Find out more: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – What’s on

Find out more: City of London – What’s on – Things to do

Find out more: Hackney Council 'What’s On' – Things to do

Find out more: Mumsnet

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