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

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

Page last updated 15/06/18

Open Day Hackney Community College - New City College

Date: Wednesday 27 June 2018

Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm 

Venue: Shoreditch Campus, Falkirk Street, N1 6HQ

Phone: 020 7613 9123


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: Secondary School Transfer 

Intended Audience: Parent/carers of Year 5 Children who receive additional support at school / SEN Support but do not have an EHC Plan. 

Venue: 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


SENDIAGS Knowledge is Power - session topics and dates-2018

SENDIAGS 1:1 Advice session information

By appointment OR at drop in sessions. 

Hackney SENDIAGS Summer Term 2018 Drop-in sessions - Flyer

SENDIAGS Coffee mornings

Additional opportunities to come and discuss your child's transfer to primary or secondary school and meet other parents going through the process. 

Date: 2nd July 

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Venue: Hackney Ark, Downs Park Road, E8 2FP. 

Date: 3rd July 

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Venue: Ann Tayler Children's Centre, 1 - 13 Trangle Road, E8 3RP

Date: 4th July 

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Venue: Hackney Ark, Downs Park Road, E8 2FP. 

Date: 5 th July 

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Venue: Ann Tayler Children's Centre, 1 - 13 Trangle Road, E8 3RP

 Phone: 0207 275 6036

Service offer SEND information leaflets can be found here: Hackney SENDIAGS

Celebrate Autistic Pride day with Young Hackney on June 18th

‘Monday Extras’  

Come to Young Hackney - Forest Road Youth Hub to chill out, try an activity and give us feedback on our plans to make our hubs more accessible for more young people.

Senior Youth Club for young people aged 13-19 (25 with additional needs and or disabilities)

Date: June 18th 2018
Time: 6-8.30pm

Activities will include: 

  • Games - Board games, England Vs Tunisia World Cup game (7pm kick off) Football skills
  • Arts -  World Cup country flags, Cushion design
  • Eats - Make foods from World Cup countries
  • Spotlight activity -  Autistic Pride day Film screening + discussions

Please call Roger or Nina on 0208 356 2200 to find out more.

Young Hackney - Autistic Pride Day Event 18th June (flyer)

SEND Face to Face information sessions

Local Offer - SEND Face to Face training and information sessions

If you have questions or need help understanding how to use the Local Offer website or someone to do the searching for you, you can get face to face support during a SEND Face to Face training and information sessions.

These are run on the last Tuesday of the month at The Resource Centre at Hackney Ark.

Hackney's Local Offer Coordinator can help you to find and save information from the website about SEND service that you need.

In order to be as helpful as possible a representative from these services able to offer face to face advice:

  • 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

Date: Last Tuesday of the month during 2018

  • June 26th
  • July 31st
  • No session in August

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

Hackney HIT Squad / Summer Afternoon Event...

Come and find out more about fun Leisure Activities for young people with additional needs in Hackney.

Some of Hackney’s fantastic providers will be running taster sessions of different sports, gardening, yoga and arts and crafts activities including: 

  • Face Painting
  • Refreshments
  • Gardening
  • Yoga
  • Looming
  • Playground
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sports

Short Breaks staff will be on hand to help support children but parents will still need to stay with their child.

At the Summer Afternoon event you can find out about what activities are available during the summer and discuss current leisure provision for families in Hackney.

Families do not need to be known to Short Breaks and the event will be an opportunity to meet Dawn from the service and sign up.

Under 5s are welcome but the activities aimed at this age group are limited.

Please e-mail/call to book so the numbers of those interested can be planned for.  

Date: 26th June 2018

Time: 3.30-5.30

Venue: Hackney Location (e-mail for details)


Phone: 02070147025

Hackney and City Children's Disability Forum CCG

Children’s Disability Forum Parent Peer Support Group

Would you like to get out and enjoy some time doing something different together with other parents?

If the answer is YES please come and join us on our day out to Tate Modern.

Date: 11th July

Time: 10am - 4:00 pm

The minibus will pick us up at 10:00am (sharp please) at The Huddleston Centre.

From there you will be driven to Tate Modern where you will be free to enjoy time walking around the exhibitions with the group

OR if you prefer spend some time looking around by yourself.

Lunch will be at 1:00pm. Please bring a packed lunch so we can have a picnic lunch.

After lunch we could spend time with each other maybe taking a stroll along the river (weather permitting).

We will aim to leave Tate Modern at 3.15pm to get back to The Huddleston centre at 4:00 pm.

Please e-mail soon if you would like to join us. There are only 14 spaces on the bus!!!

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Confirm your place asap by contacting:

Don’t forget a packed lunch!!

Children’s Disabilty Forum – Tate Modern parent/carer peer support group Summer outing

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 carer forum sessions and parent run groups...

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

HiP will be holding regular drop in sessions at Hackney Ark - Resource Centre

Hackney Ark,
Downs Park Road,
E8 2FP

Contact HiP to find out more about:

  • being on the steering committee
  • representing HiP at meetings or
  • to share information and experiences about using disability services for a child or young person

e-mail and phone contact details above.

Date: Drop in sessions will be on Thursdays term time.

Time: A representative for HiP will be available from 9:30am - 12:30pm. 

Venue: Hackney Ark Resource Centre

Contact HIP for more information.

Phone: 0798 5739 851

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

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. 


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  

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

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:

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: 

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

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

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

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