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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.
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 Face to Face session will be Tuesday 27th June 10am - 12pm.
Some 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.
New for 2017 from Short Breaks
Short Breaks Individual Budgets Pre-Paid Card
Short Breaks are delighted to announce the arrival of pre-paid cards!
The service will be moving away from BACS transfer in July, so that parents and carers can pay for their child’s social and leisure activities and record expenditure in a much easier way.
Parent / Carers who get an Individual Budget (IB) will receive a new pre-paid card once you have returned all satisfactory receipts for your child or young persons last payment.
Please note: You must return receipts for your last payment before being issued with your pre-paid card.
All families will soon be getting a guide in the post that will outline how your new card will work, it is the same as using a debit card.
If you require more information then please come along to one of our workshops.
The Workshop will run on the twice each day on following dates;
- Tuesday 20th June 11- 12noon or 12-1pm
- Thursday 22nd June 11- 12noon or 12-1pm
- Tuesday 27th June 11- 12noon or 12-1pm
- Thursday 29th June 11- 12noon or 12-1pm
The Workshops will be taking place throughout June but do not worry if you are unable to attend as there will be other workshops in the near future.
Location: Hackney Ark (Donald winnicott Room), Downs Park Road, London E8 2HY.
Spaces are limited so please call 020 8356 6796 to book your place.
Key Words Spoken Poetry
If you have ideas, but find the act of writing frustrating, Key Words Spoken Poetry is for you!
A FREE project for 14-16 year olds who have dyslexia or other challenges with writing.
In 6 after school workshops during the second half of summer term, you will develop your own spoken word poetry with the help of a professional poet and a drama director.
Using games and drama activities to generate ideas, Key Words Spoken Poetry will culminate with a performance for friends and family at Chats Palace, Hackney.
The performance will be recorded and you’ll be given a copy.
WHEN: 4pm – 6pm, Wed 7, 14, 21, 28 June, Wed 5, 12 July, Performance 19 July
WHERE: Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, London, E9 6DF
To apply simply visit: www.turtlekeyarts.org.uk/spoken-poetry
In addition, if you want, you can send in a short 30 second video application to:
email@example.com explaining why you want to take part.
Got any questions? Then please call - 020 8964 5060 to speak to Holly or Ruth.
Discover Young Hackney
The Discover Young Hackney festival returns for it’s biggest year ever in May 2017. The youth arts festival will offer young people a chance to discover pathways to careers in the arts.
The festival runs from May to September and involves over:
- 150 artists
- 50 volunteers
- 400 young participants
- over 3,000 audience members in venues across the borough
If you want to try acrobatics or play the zither, whether you’re a professional or a beginner, the festival aims to offer something for everyone. http://www.discoveryounghackney.com/
Healthwatch Hackney Annual General Meeting 12th July 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Help Healthwatch Hackney celebrate another successful year of influencing local health and care services at our Annual General Meeting.
The Healthwatch AGM is an opportunity to:
- Hear about Healthwatch Hackney’s achievements during 2016-17
- Have your say on our priorities for the year ahead
- Meet our board members
The second part of the AGM will focus on mental health in Hackney with a chance for people have their say on:
- Support for children’s mental health and wellbeing
- Adult mental health services – what’s working and what could be improved
- Mental health services under City and Hackney’s integrated commissioning plans
Phone: 020 7923 8358
Having a disability can sometimes make getting around difficult. Hackney Council is trying to change that by launching a new campaign, Hackney an Accessible Place for Everyone, to highlight and address the access needs of disabled people.
As part of this campaign the Council is organising five guided visits to specific areas in Hackney:
• Stamford Hill
• Abney Park
• Hackney Central
• Dalston, and
These 5 areas are experiencing changes and development and the council want to ensure the needs of disabled residents are taken into account as this happens.
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member with the responsibility for Equalities said: "Hackney an Accessible Place for Everyone, is an initiative to highlight and address the needs of people who have difficulty moving around, including disabled people, older people those with young children. This programme will be an opportunity for the Council to hear their views, first-hand experiences and recommendations for future improvement and to help shape the borough to make it an accessible place for everyone."
Local residents, Councillors and council staff explore the 5 areas together and make suggestions about how access can be improved. They want to look at how having limited mobility, vision, hearing, a learning difficulty or other type of impairment can sometimes mean signage on the road, no ramp access or no specialised facilities can make even a simple trip to the shops challenging.
The visits will run from Wednesday 21 June - 17 July and will last around 3 hours.
15 local disabled people, Councillors, and council staff working in relevant departments like Planning, Transportation and Town Centre Management have received training to lead the visits but more people are need to be involved and help identify areas for improvement. The Council is still looking for 20 more Hackney residents to participate who are disabled or have difficulty moving around.
If you would like to take part please contact:
Phone: 0208 356 772
Text: 07941 687 153
Please say which visit you would like to attend by 12 noon on Monday 19 June.
If you need any support to help you participate such as information in large print, or British Sign Language, please let the team know when you make contact.
Page last updated 15/06/17