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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.

Exam Results - Advice sessions from Propects careers service, post 16 education and training providers and Young Hackney

A-Level Results Day Thursday 17th August

 Prospects Careers Service drop in advice session – A-Levels results day

  • Thursday 17th August at Hackney Learning Trust 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Friday 18th August at Hackney Learning Trust 1:00pm – 5:00pm


GCSE’s Results Day – Thursday 24th August

Prospects Careers Service drop in advice session – GCSE results day

  • Thursday 24th August at Hackney Learning Trust 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Friday 25th August at Hackney Learning Trust 9:30am – 5:00pm

Find out more about Prospects: Prospects Careers Services


If you have just received your exam results and do not know what direction you would like to go next, then this event is for you. You can get advice and support about your next steps and find out more about your options.  Local colleges and apprenticeship providers will also be there so you can find out more about what is available in the Borough and London wide.

Date:  1ST September 2017

Venue: Forest Road Youth Hub - 29 Forest Road, E83BY

Time: 2-6PM

Free: All 16 - 19 year olds welcome including parents and carers.

For more information please contact Peter Algacs on:

Phone: 020 8356 2849

Parallel London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - fully accessible fun run and free family festival

Parallel London is a fully accessible fun run and free family festival “celebrating inclusivity”.

It is the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

When: Sunday 3rd September 2017

Sign up for the “Accessible Fun Run” and “Super Sensory 1Km” both specially designed to… “get everybody involved whatever their background, ethnicity or disability... It just shows that everybody is equal, and for a day it makes people realise that.” Matt Hampson

There’s a 10km, 5km, 1km, 100m and the Super Sensory 1km.

All ages and abilities. No cut off times. Everybody running side by side.

Find out more: Parallel London - Accessible Fun Run

Find out more: Parallel London - Super Sensory 1Km

Parallel London 2017 free family festival will feature nine exciting zones plus additional activities and have something for everyone,


  • Innovation Culture Zone
  • Active Lifestyle Zone
  • Livability Zone
  • Family Zone
  • Technology Zone
  • Mobility Zone
  • Personal Development Zone
  • Travel and Leisure Zone
  • Food and Drink Zone
  • Main stage
  • Workshops
  • Parallel Beats

Find out more: Parallel London – Free Family Festival

Summer Activities in Hackney

Playschemes in Hackney

Summer is a busy time for everyone. Playschemes and Summer activities are designed to help keep young people active and busy, have fun and make friends. 

This page is just one source of information about what is available. 

Find out more: Hackney Learning trust - Holiday Playschemes

Young Hackney summer holiday programme - 2017

Young Hackney summer holiday programme will start on Monday 24th July to Friday 25th August 2017.

Find out more: Young Hackney - Summer Activities 2017- Information and Timetables  (including membership and consent forms)

For any questions about the programmes please contact:

Modi Abdoul: 02083564164

Or contact the hubs directly:

Edge – Phone: 0208 356 1063,

Forest Road – Phone: 0208 356 2200. 

Discover Young Hackney

The Discover Young Hackney - youth arts festival runs from May to September. 

It offers young people a chance to discover pathways to careers in the arts 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.

Find out more:

Young Hackney:  What’s going on for young people in Hackney?

Hackney Libraries Summer 2017

Hackney's Libraries run regular session for a range of ages and abilities.

Find out more: Hackney Libraries - Summer programme

Hackney Central Library - Regular events

Free debt advice with Toynbee Hall - Mondays, 1pm-3pm

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.

Find out more:

Phone: 020 7392 2953


Hackney Community Law Centre pop-up shop

Mondays, 3.30pm-5.30pm

Speak to qualified advisors about your housing issues:

•            rent arrears

•            landlord issues

•            eviction notices and more

The sessions are kindly sponsored by the Council and Matrix chambers.

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

Page last updated 16/08/17

Face to face training and information sessions from the Local Offer...

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 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. 

Last Tuesday of the month 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 or twilight session.

Please check back for future times. 

Hackney SENDIAGS - Information and Advice Service

SENDIAGS Summer Service Closure Message

Hackney SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service, including Independent Supporters will be closed from:

Monday 7th August until Friday 1st September 2017

For general information on local services and support for children and young people with SEND please visit:

Email and voicemail messages, received, will be responded to, once the service reopens

Monday 4th September 2017.

Information for sessions in 2017 - 2018

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

Hackney SENDIAGS Autumn Term 2017 Drop-in session - Flyer

Hackney SENDIAGS Spring Term 2018 Drop-in sessions- Flyer

Hackney SENDIAGS Summer Term 2018 Drop-in sessions - Flyer

Hackney SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power - Session dates 2017-2018

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

Parent carer lead groups SEND specific...

Hackney Downs Syndrome Community group

Hackney Downs Syndrome Community group is a parent led group. We want to build a supportive

community around children in the borough with Down’s Syndrome. Parents and children (including siblings) are welcome to come along and get to know each other, share ideas & experiences and meet professionals who work with our children


  • Indoor & Outdoor play
  • Sensory room
  • Films & Board games for older children
  • Refreshments (bring a cake or biscuits to share)
  • Music & Craft sessions
  • Meeting Health and Education professionals

Meetings are held Saturdays 2 - 4pm

Session dates:

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

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

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

Venue: Linden Children's Centre, 86-92 Rectory Road, London, N16 7SH

To find out more or to be added to the contact list for future meetings, please contact:

HiP - Hackney Independent Parent's forum 

HiP - Hackney Independent Parent's forum is run by parents and carers and is for anyone whose child (aged 0-25) has any kind of disability, SEN or additional needs.

HiP work with education, health and social care professionals and providers to try and get families’ voices heard wherever decisions are being made.

HiP is part of a wider network of parent carer forums know as The NNPCF. This is a network of local forums who meet in local and regional settings, working together to effect local and national service improvement through participation and co production with parent carers.

HiP's FaceBook page and mailing list is the best way to find out about future events. 

Find out more: Hackney Independent Forum for Parents/Carers of Children with Disabilities (HiP)

SEND specific information sessions for parents of children or 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).

All sessions are facilitated by Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapists 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


The sessions are facilitated by Psychology and Occupational Therapy with Guest Speakers from Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology and Hackney specific support.  

WHEN: First Friday of the Month

TIME: 9.30am to 11.30am

WHERE: City and Hackney CAMHS, 15 Homerton Row, E9 6ED

Topic cover...

  • Friday 6th January 2017, 9.30-11.30am - Hackney Independent Parents (HIP)
  • Friday 3rd February 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Sensory and emotional regulation in ASD
  • Friday 3rd March 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Talking about the ASD Diagnosis with your Child
  • Friday 7th April 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Supporting Sibling Relationships in the context of ASD
  • Friday 5th May 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Managing Puberty and Social Functioning
  • Friday 2nd June 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Supporting Social Skills and Peer Relationships
  • Friday 7th July 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Parenting Stress: A Mindfulness Approach
  • Friday 4th August 2017, 9.30-11.30am - Developing Independence skills
  • Friday 1st September 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Managing Arguments and Miscommunications 
  • Friday 6th October 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Managing School and ASD
  • Friday 3rd November 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Anxiety and Anger Management
  • Friday 1st December 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Dealing with demands

Find out more: Contact Dr Laura Roughan, Clinical Psychologist 0203 222 5600 / Heather Scott at the ARK 0207 0147025

Autism Parents Coffee Morning

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 & a Clinical Psychologist individually for 20 minutes to discuss anything specific that’s on your mind about your child.

  • Wednesday – 18th January
  • Wednesday – 22nd February
  • Wednesday – 15th March
  • Wednesday – 19th April
  • Wednesday – 17th may
  • Wednesday – 21st June
  • Wednesday – 19th July
  • No session in August
  • Wednesday – 20th September
  • Wednesday – 18th October
  • Wednesday – 15th November
  • Wednesday – 6th December

Please note—this is a group for parents/family/carers ONLY.If you are a professional and you would like more information about the group, please call CAMHS Disability on 020 7014 7071

This is a group for parents who have children with Autism / Autistic SpectrumDisorders (ASD) and who have been known to Hackney Ark currently or in the past.

Unfortunately we cannot provide a crèche and the group is not suitable for children.

To find out more phone:  Lizzie Hampson - 0207 014 7071 


CHAMS 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.

This group is for parents of children and young people with a Learning Disability. If your child or young person has autism please see the other information on this page for groups that you are welcome to attend. 

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:

Monday - 25th September

Monday - 30th October

Monday - 27th November

Please call the CAMHS for find out more: 020 7014 7071

Learn Makaton - Courses for Parents and carers:  

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

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

There are no appointments, 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 with an occupational therapist.

You are welcome to attend without your child if you prefer to speak to an Occupational Therapist about your concerns. 

See flyer in the download section of this page or see dates and times below...

2017 Dates:

Click link for contact details and more information: Children’s Occupational Therapy 

Early Years sessions for children with additional needs run by specialist services

Jumping Beans 

Jumping Beans - Children know to services will be invited to the group. 

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

Dates: Wednesday mornings term times


Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contact: Early Support Team

Phone: 020 8820 7124 or 020 8820 7125

New dates for September and beyond coming soon. 

Drop in sessions for children aged 0 - 4 with a visual impairment

These are drop-in sessions for children with a visual Impairment and their families. 

Activities on offer at the sessions:

  • Sensory room and specialist toys for the children
  • Opportunities to meet other families
  • Support and advice

 Session dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • Tues 24 Jan 2017 10-12
  • Tues 7 March 2017 10-12
  • Tues 9 May 2017 10-12
  • Tues 27 June 2017 10-12

New dates for September onwards coming soon.

For more information contact:

Melanie Norton, Specialist Teacher for Visual Impairment

Phone: 020 8820 7620

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)

Early years, children aged 0 - 5 years of age, activities...

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 PlayBus

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

Youth Clubs for those with additional needs...

The Cool Gang Club - Huddleston Centre

This is a group for young people with disabilities who are aged 9 - 15 years old.

  • Recreational Activities
  • Social opportunities
  • Educational activities

Day: Tuesday's term time

Time: Collection from home by the Huddleston between 6 - 7pm returned home between 9pm - 10pm

Find out more: Huddleston Centre

Find out more: contact the service and ask for Cassandra

Remark! St John's Deaf Youth Club

Remark! is a Deaf led organisation and provides a range of services for deaf people in the community.

Admission forms for playscheme are in the download section of this page or directly from the organisation.

You can also see more about what activities will be available in the Playscheme Timetable.These are added when we are informed sessions are running. 

Youth Club runs on a Wednesday evening from 4:30-6:30pm at


St John's Deaf Community Centre

258 green Lanes

Manor House

London, N4 2HEClub in Manor House for young Deaf adults aged 14-21yrs.

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. 

Every half term we hold a playscheme which is open to those aged 6-16yrs.

Both the youth club and playscheme are continuously growing and would love to welcome more children and young people.

Parents/Guardians or young people can 

Or text him on: 07949028346  

CCG Hackney and City Children's Disability Forum

The next Children's Disability Forum City and Hackney:

Children’s Disability Forum Parents Peer Support Session: Within this group we discuss issues that affect parents raising children with disabilties.

Parents meet and support each other in a relaxed and informal environment. Sometimes the groups are topic themed where we will discuss a specific theme.

Recent topics include:

  • Learning to draw
  • meditation and relaxation

This session are for any parents of disabled children living in City and Hackney.

Next session dates TBC

The Huddleston Disabled Children's Forum is a recently commissioned forum that seeks the views and opinions of young disabled people in Hackney from parents and young people themselves.

See link for more information: 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.

Next session dates:

The Children’s Disability Forum City and Hackney Summer Programme

This years amazing Hackney Village event will be an exciting adventure for nearly forty young disabled people across City and Hackney.

Coming together with theatre experts Hackney Empire to take part in drama, theatre, music, arts and crafts across five full days. In co-production with The Huddleston Centre and The Children's Disability Forum for City and Hackney.

The event will conclude on Friday 25th August with a half hour performance from all the young people.

This year we have the main stage at Hackney Empire itself!!

 We cordially invite you to come and watch the show.

It is important that you let us know that you will be coming so that your name can be added to the guest list. Also the names of any guests you would like to bring.

Venue: Hackney Empire

Date: 25th August

Time: 14:45 for a 15:00 start.

(Please try to be on time as the show is about half an hour long)

We look forward to hearing you are coming!


2nd exciting year of Summer activities run by CDF and Hackney Empire.

See flyer below. Booking essential.

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

The first session will be on Wednesday 2nd November and will be for parents to stay too if wanted and to learn more about siblings groups

There will be a charge of £6 per session, subsidies available

Contact us

Phone: 020 8458 3259


Web: Resources for Autism

Hackney Community Law Centre