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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 of interest to families of and young people with SEND in Hackney.

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


6th Form Open days at Hackney Community College at New City College:

  • Wednesday 9 May 2018
  • Wednesday 27 June 2018

Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm 

Venue: Shoreditch Campus,

              Falkirk Street,

              N1 6HQ

Phone: 020 7613 9123

Find out more:  6th Form and College Open Days in Hackney

Find out more: Hackney Learning Trust - Education for those aged 16 – 19

Find out more: Out of borough 6th Form Open Days - dates and times


Short breaks

"Short Break" is thought of as any daytime social or leisure activity or service that
both:

  • allows a disabled child or young person to have an enjoyable breakaway from their main carer, and
  • gives their carer a break from their caring responsibilities

They enable disabled children and young people to have the chance to develop new friendships, take part in new experiences and to have fun doing positive activities like sports, music, youth clubs and much more.


"Short Breaks" forms one element of the support offered in Hackney to disabled children, young people and their families. 

To keep up to date with the latest news from Short Breaks in Hackney see their blog. 

Find out more: http://www.shortbreakshackney.com/blog


     

    Page last updated 20/04/18


    Hackney and City Children's Disability Forum CCG

    The Huddleston Children's Disability 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.

    The Children's Disability Forum (CDF) City and Hackney are holding their next informal meeting for parents. CDF Parents Peer Support Sessions are opportunities to discuss issues that affect parents raising children with disabilities.

    Parents meet and support each other in a relaxed and informal environment.

    Some groups are topic themed and we discuss a specific issue.

    Recent topics include:

    • Learning to draw
    • meditation and relaxation

    Sessions are for any parents/carers of disabled children living in City and Hackney.


    Parent Peer Support group - A chance to get to know each other in a safe space.

    Discussion: ‘What it was like getting a diagnosis for my child’

    What was your experience of getting a clinical diagnosis for your child, come and share your stories and enjoy meeting other parents who have gone through similar experiences.

    Date: 25th April 2018

    Time: 11am until 1pm

    Venue: The Huddleston Centre. 30 Powell Road, London, E5 8DJ

    Contact: Anjie Mailey - Coordinator

    Phone: 0208 985 9089 

    Joint face to face training and information sessions from Hackney's Local Offer and other SEND services...

    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:

    • The Resource Centre
    • Hackney's Short Breaks team 
    • Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service) 
    • Prospects Careers Service / SEND advisor
    • CCG Children's Disability Forum Coordinator

    will also be available at these sessions and able to offer face to face advice. 

    Next session joint face to face session date  2018:

    Dates and times:

    Last Tuesday of the month

    10am - 12pm (although the SENDIAGS service stay until 2pm)

    • April 24th
    • May 29th
    • June 26th
    • July 31st
    • No session in August

    Parent carer forum sessions and parent run groups...

    Hackney Independent Forum for Parents/Carers of Children with Disabilities (HiP)

    HIP invites parents and carer to attend training on…

    Finance and Resources in Schools and how to get the best support for your child.

    This training workshop will help you get a better understanding about how schools spend money allocated to support your child's needs.

    Topics covered include:

    • Roles and responsibilities of mainstream schools and special school for children with       SEND

    • How finance work in schools?

    • The legal responsibilities of teachers and Governors

    • What to do when things go wrong?

    This training will be provided by Dreyfus Training and Development specialists in providing training and consultancy services for schools and local authorities in the area of developing provision for pupils with SEND.

    Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.

    Date: 25 April 2018 Wednesday

    Time: 9:30 - 1pm

    Venue: Halkevi - Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre

    Booking is essential. Click HERE to secure your place.

    Contact HIP for more information: 0798 5739 851

    Hackney SENDIAGS ...

    The Hackney SENDIAGS provides 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. 

    SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power (KIP) workshop for parents and carers - dates and session information... 


    Topic: Behaviour for Learning and School Exclusions

    Date: 25.04.18  

    Venue: Meeting room 5 – Hackney Learning Trust


    Topic: In Year Transition

    Date: 23.05.18  


    Topic: Secondary School Transfer

    Date: 20.06.18  


    Dates: As above or in flyer

    Venue: All session held in meeting room 5 – Hackney Learning Trust

    Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm


    Places are limited so it is advisable to book a places

    Phone:  0207 275 6036 or

    e-mail: SENDIAGS@learningtrust.co.uk

    SENDIAGS Knowledge is Power - session topics and dates-2018


    Advice session information...

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

    Hackney SENDIAGS Spring Term 2018 Drop-in sessions- Flyer

    Hackney SENDIAGS Summer Term 2018 Drop-in sessions - Flyer

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

    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

    Contacts: 

    • 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

    Dates:

    • Wednesday 14th March
    • Wednesday 18th April
    • Wednesday 16th May
    • 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

    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. 

    NOTE: THIS GROUP IS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY.

    IF YOU HAVE A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON WHO IS AUTISTIC PLEASE SEE INFORMATION ON AUTISM SPECIFIC GROUPS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS ABOVE.

    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:

    • 29th January
    • 26th February
    • 26th March
    • 30th April

    Please call the CAMHS for find out more: 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 4p

    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

    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 

    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 -  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

    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. 

    Venue:

    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: steven.wynne@remark.uk.com 

    Or text him on: 07949028346  

    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

    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

    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

    e-mail: las@hoxtontrust.org

    Contact - (previously known as Contact a Family)

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

    Find out more: https://www.cafamily.org.uk/advice-and-support/money-benefits-work-and-childcare/

    If you'd like information or a benefits check, call 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: http://www.accesstosports.org.uk/hackney/ 


    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

    e-mail: j.animashaun@homerton.nhs.uk

    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!)

    When:

    • 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: http://www.stratfordeast.com/your-visit/access/

    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

    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

    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: www.shortbreakshackney.com


    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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