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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 that may be of particular interest to families of and young people with SEND living in Hackney.

We are happy to hear from anyone about events or sessions that may be of interest to children and young people aged 0-25 who have additional needs. Please contact us if you are running an activitie or have heard of something that would be of interest to others. Contact us.

Page last updated 12/10/18

Social clubs and groups for young people with additional needs...

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  

Free legal advice for parents/carers and young people including help with form filling

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



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 about Contact's benefits advice helpline

Contact's freephone helpline open Monday-Friday, 9.30-5pm.

Phone: 808 808 3555

Sports and active sessions 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: 

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

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

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


Other useful information about opportunities in and around Hackney....


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

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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