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Looking for something to do? 

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

There are many different groups running in Hackney the links on this page are a good source of information.

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.

Local Offer - Face to Face 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. 

The next date for a  Local Offer Surgeries at Hackney Ark - Resource Centre is: 30/05/17 

Parents have said that if they are working it can be hard for them to make these sessions during working hours. We are looking into making a date for an early bird session or twighlight session. Please check back for times. 

The Garden School are fundraising...

The Garden School is an “outstanding” Special School taking children aged 4-16 years. All pupils have a diagnosis of autism (ASD).

Eleven employees and two school governors from The Garden School will be running the Hackney Half marathon 'Run Hackney'  

The half marathon takes place on the 30th April 2017. Most of the runners are new to running especially at this level.

Parents are also involved and are completing a 5k sponsored walk.

Parents will be met by pupils from the school at the finish line where they will all have a picnic. The parents 5K walk takes place on the 26th April 2017

You can donate to the staff running the half marathon here:

You can donate to the parents 5K here:

All money raised will be used for the school.

What is the money for?

Over £1,000 has already been raised during World Autism Week but more is needed to be able to reach the target.

Due to the high needs of the children at the school, many families find it difficult to find appropriate after school and holiday provision.

The money raised through this fundraising campaign will be used to set up a highly specialised and free after-school club.

There are also plans in place to start up a subsidised provision for the school's pupils during the school holidays.

To find out more about the schools continuing fundraising efforts follow them on:

Twitter: @TheGardenN16

The Garden’s School  blog on the school’s website will give you more information on autism, the school and the fundraising activities:

Discover Young Hackney

The Discover Young Hackney festival returns for it’s biggest year ever in May 2017

NEWS Update - 10 April 2017

Discover Young Hackney returns for 2017. The youth arts festival will offer young people a chance to discover pathways to careers in the arts.

The May to September festival will involve over 150 artists, 50 volunteers, 400 young participants and over 3,000 audience members in venues across the borough.

If you want to try acrobatics or play the zither, whether you’re a pro or beginner, there will be something for you.

Page last updates 26/04/17

NEW parent-led Down’s Syndrome group

Please see the below information about the NEW parent-led Down’s Syndrome group being established in Hackney. The first session went well and dates for future sessions are below:

Next session information...

Date: Saturday 20th May  2017

Time:between 2-4pm

Venue: Linden Children’s Centre,

Proposed future dates of Hackney Downs:

20th May

8th July

7th October

9th December

4th February 2018

Please use the contact number on the flyer below if you need more information. 

If you are free and would like to drop by, we’d love to see you.   The aim is to set up some more organised ‘workshops’ or advice sessions with specific professionals.

Hackney SENDIAGS - Information and Advice Service

SENDIAGS Knowledge is power sessions for parents.

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 is available by appointment OR at drop in sessions.

Please see below or the download section of this page for flyers. 

Knowledge is Power Spring Term - information sessions for parents

All sessions take place on a Wednesday from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Other useful information on and provided by this service can be found by clicking in their service entry here...

Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)

Speech and Language Therapy - Transition to secondary school information session

If your child is receiving speech and language therapy, is on the case load of the service and is in Year 6 about to make the transition to secondary school, then you can attend this session to find out more about the process and support.

Theatre Royal Stratford East

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:

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

Drop In is for children and young people aged 0-18yrs

There are no appointments, 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 with an occupational therapist.

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

See flyer in the download section of this page or see dates and times below...

2017 Dates:

Time : 9.30 –12.00

Thursday April 20th

Thursday May 18th

Thursday June 22nd

Thursday July 13th

Click link for contact details and more information: Children’s Occupational Therapy 

Supporting Parents of Young People with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)

A series of groups for parents of young people with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The sessions are facilitated by Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy but allow a space for parents to share ideas and concerns regarding a particular topic.


WHEN:           First Friday of the Month (no group in August)

TIME:              9.30am to 11.30am

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

Please call us if you would like to find out more information (Dr Laura Roughan, Clinical Psychologist 0203 222 5600 or Heather Scott at the ARK 0207 0147025

Flyer available in the download section of this page....

Autism Parents Coffee Mornings at hackney Ark