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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.

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 with Hackney's Local Offer Rep - at Hackney Ark - Resource Centre: 30/05/17 - 10:00 - 12:00pm

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.

Kidzmania  ‘autism hour’

Kidzmania have excitingly agreed to trial an ‘autism hour’ at their soft play centre in Hackney on Thursday May 25th 3.30-5.30pm

  • The session is for children aged 0-10
  • staff will be trained in autism
  • the session will be held during a quieter time
  • There is a reduced rate of £3.50 per hour

Places are limited and are on a first come first served basis.

If the session goes well, Hit Squad hope this will become a permanent feature and that parents will be able to regularly register for it.

Turn up on the day or to find out more information call HiT Squad on 020 7014 7025


Volunteering Event

Volunteering Matters will be celebrating Volunteers' Week 2017 (1-7th June) with local organisations, partners and volunteers by holding a volunteer fair.

This event is intended to provide a space for organisations to promote what they do and tell people how to get involved in volunteering. Join them to:

•          celebrate all the great achievements of volunteers

•          meet new volunteers

•          find out about other organisations

•          talk about potential opportunities for people with additional needs

Volunteering Matters and other partner organisations will be providing talks on the power of volunteering. Volunteering Matters will be celebrating the amazing things volunteers are already doing in the borough, with a certificate presentation ceremony at the fair. Also available: Free lunch / fun activities corner / pool table, table football and much more.

When: Friday 2nd June 2017

Time:12:30pm  – 3:00pm

Venue: Pembury Community Centre, Dalston Lane, London, E8 1HL

 To find out more click here:

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.

Page last updated 22/05/17

NEW parent-led Down’s Syndrome group

NEW parent-led Down’s Syndrome group in Hackney.

Date: Saturday 8th July 2017

Time:2:00 -4:00 pm

Other session dates:

  • 7th October
  • 9th December
  • 4th February 2018

Please use the contact e-mail on the flyer if you need more information. 

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

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

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 available by appointment OR at drop in sessions

Please note the following we have just been informaed that the following event has been cancelled due to staff sickness. 


Please see below for flyers.

SENDIAGS - Secondary School Transfer - Event Flyer Final - 7th June 17

SENDIAGS - Secondary School Transfer - Event Flyer Final – 21st June 17

SENDIAGS - Communicating with your child's school - Event Flyer Final – 28th June 17

SENDIAGS - Drop-in advice sessions - Summer Term 1 - 2017

SENDIAGS - Drop-in advice sessions - Summer Term 2 - 2017

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

Other useful information about the service andSEND information provided by this service can be found by clicking in their service entry here:

Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)

Pearson Street Club - Sports and Youth Club for children and young people with high functioning ASD

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 will be extended  for the Summer term.

There only a few spaces left, but the group is running a waiting list and is planning to roll out the club to 2 other Youth Clubs on the other side of the borough from September.

This is currently for 7-14 year olds only but if there is enough interest we will look at making a group for younger and older age groups. .

The group will be changing to Monday evenings.

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

Time: 4-5.30pm

Where: Pearson Street Adventure Playground.