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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.

HiP's Festive Caribbean Lunch & Annual General Meeting

Date: Wednesday 13 December 
Time: 9.45am-2.30pm 
Venue: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE

Booking required register: here

  • Celebrate HiP's achievements and help shape the forum's work
  • Taste food from the Caribbean
  • Free massages with Yoga Home
  • Talk on benefits with Department of Work & Pensions
  • Free raffle draw
  • A chance to feedback on council's SEND funding consultation
  • Electing HiP officers for the coming year

Interested in helping to lead the forum? HiP have vacancies for the following roles:

  • Forum Co-chairs (role can shared by up to four people)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Find out more by coming to the event. 

Phone07985 739851 

Hit Squad are running a Festive Event  event at Hackney Ark

Join in with a range of activities and find out more about leisure activities for children and young people with SEND in Hackney.

Providers information stalls, activities ranging from music, arts and crafts, festive lego, boccia, sports and more. 

Places are limited so booking is required. 


Phone: 0207 014 7025

Date: 19th December

Time: 3.30 pm -5.00 pm

Venue: Hackney Ark

Find out more: Hit Squad Festive Event Flyer

Important SEND consultations currently taking place….

In addition to the following updates there are some important SEND consultations currently taking place.

These include:

  • NEW - SEND Funding
  • SEND Provision Capitol Grants consultation - phase two
  • SEND Provision Capitol Grants consultation updates from phase one

You can find out more about these and what other SEND consultations are currently open and how you can take part here: SEND - consultations

This page is kept regularly up to date with consultation and engagement opportunities. 

Hackney’s Sixth Form and Colleges open days / open evenings for entry in 2018…

Dates for school and college open days already confirmed as of 27th September 2017.

Confirmation of remaining dates will be added to this information.

Details can change at short notice, we strongly recommend checking the date and time before attending.

Many schools prefer parents and prospective students to book a place for particular dates and times.

Contact details available via the following links.

Find out more:  6th Form and College Open Days in Hackney

Find out more: Hackney Learning Trust - Education for those aged 16 – 19

Find out more: Out of borough 6th Form Open Days - dates and times

Launch of AccessHE Online learning platform…

Founded in 2011 as a key division of London Higher, AccessHE is the London wide organisation that aims to support the progression of under-represented groups to higher education (HE).

It does this by enabling HE institutions (HEIs), schools and colleges to achieve their objectives on widening access to HE.

Countdown to NCOP

Over the summer, the AccessHE London NCOP team has been busy preparing the delivery of sessions for the current academic year, including new career IAG sessions.

Read more...   

University of East London joins AccessHE

We are delighted to welcome the University of East London (UEL) to the AccessHE membership and look forward to working together on a number of collaborative projects.


Page last updated 07/12/17

Joint face to face training and information sessions from Hackney's Local Offer and other SEND services...

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:

  • The Resource Centre
  • Hackney's Short Breaks team 
  • Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service) 
  • Prospects Careers Service / SEND advisor

will also be available at these sessions and able to offer face to face advice. 

Dates and times:

Last Tuesday of the month

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

Next session date:

  • No session in December but back in 2018

SENDIAGS drop in sessions still running on 12th and 19th December. 

Hackney SENDIAGS - Information and Advice Service knowledge is power and drop in session information...


Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Venue: Meeting Room 5, Hackney Learning Trust

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Deliver by: Hackney SENDIAGS and Hackney's Local Offer website coordinator

This free workshop will enable you to:

  • Understand the role of the local authority, schools, SENCO and teachers
  • Understand the graduated approach, what the law and Code of Practice say?
  • Understand the roles of other practitioners
  • Understand what actions your child’s school can take to help them with their additional needs
  • Understand how you and your child can be involved
  • Understand what a local offer is and how to find out more about it using Hackney's Local Offer website

Places are limited so please book your space, by Monday 20th November 2017

SENDIAGS Knowledge is Power session SEN Support / The Local Offer

Future dates for SENDIAGS KNowledge is Power sessions (some topic yet to be confirmed) 

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:

  • 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's Festive Caribbean Lunch & Annual General Meeting

Date: Wednesday 13 December 
Time: 9.45am-2.30pm 
Venue: Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE

Booking required register: here

  • Celebrate HiP's achievements and help shape the forum's work
  • Taste food from the Caribbean
  • Free massages with Yoga Home
  • Talk on benefits with Department of Work & Pensions
  • Free raffle draw
  • A chance to feedback on council's SEND funding consultation
  • Electing HiP officersfor the coming year

Interested in helping to lead the forum? HiP have vacancies for the following roles:

  • Forum Co-chairs (role can shared by up to four people)
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Find out more by coming to the event.

Phone:  07985 739851


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 a good way to find out about future parents carers forum events events and activities. 

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

Typical topics covered:

  • Hackney Independent Parents (HIP) - parents/carer forum
  • Sensory and emotional regulation in ASD
  • Talking about the ASD Diagnosis with your Child
  • Supporting Sibling Relationships in the context of ASD
  • Managing Puberty and Social Functioning
  • Supporting Social Skills and Peer Relationships
  • Parenting Stress: A Mindfulness Approach
  • Developing Independence skills
  • Managing Arguments and Miscommunications 
  • Managing School and ASD
  • Anxiety and Anger Management
  • Dealing with demands

Next sessions: 

  • Friday 3rd November 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Anxiety and Anger Management
  • Friday 1st December 2017, 9.30am-11.30am - Dealing with demands


  • Dr Laura Roughan, Clinical Psychologist - 0203 222 5600
  • Heather Scott, Occupational Therapist Hackney 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 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: 020 7014 7071

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.

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. 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 with a visual impairment

These drop-in sessions are 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

Dates and times:

Tuesday -  26 September 2017 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  28 November 2017 - 10:00am-12:00pm

Tuesday -  23 January 2018 - 10:00am-12:00pm

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

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 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 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 email: 

Or text him on: 07949028346  

Hackney and City Children's Disability Forum CCG

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.

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 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.

Next Session...

Fancy making your own Christmas cards? We are running a card making workshop.

Come and make a few cards and meet other parents.

There will be some light refreshments and Christmas carols playing of course! 

Even if you do not celebrate Christmas then come and meet other parents/carers and get creative making cards of your choice...all welcome! 

Date: 12th December

Venue: Huddleston Centre

Time: 11am until 1pm

Session Flyer for Christmas Card Making - Parents Peer Support session CDF

Next Topic Specific Session

Date: 16th January 2018

Venue: Huddleston Centre

Time: 11am until 1pm

Topic: Downs Syndrome

Speaker: Hackney's Designated Medical Officer - presentation and discussion.  

All parents/carers of children with disabilities are welcome to come.

Please come and join the sessions for coffee/tea and biscuits.

Contact: Anjie Mailey - Coordinator

Children's Disability Forum - City and Hackney

Huddleston Centre

30 Powell Road


E5 8DJ

Phone: 0208 985 9089 

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 - Free legal advice and help with form filling

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

Sports activites for those with additional needs...

Inspire Sports Club is run by Young Hackney Sport Unit and HiT Squad

It is a sport and physical activity group for young people aged 7-14 years who have additional needs.

These sessions are suitable for young people with mild to moderate social communication, physical or learning needs.

The club staff ratio is 1 adult to 4 children / young people.

The Inspire Sports Club is for young people who want to:

  • try a variety of different sports and physical activities
  • and hang out in a relaxed, unpressured and fun space.

There are two groups a Junior group and a Seniors group. Both run on Thursdays term time. 

What activities will there be?

  • Trampolining, basketball, boccia, badminton, football and other sports
  • Opportunity to join individual or group sporting activities
  • Relaxation activities
  • Opportunities to make friends and hang out with other young people
  • Quiet areas
  • Parents are welcome to stay in the centre but also free to leave


Cost: FREE

Find out more: Inspire Sports Club - Young Hackney Sports Unit

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: 

Pearson Street Youth and Sports - Monday Club

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 was extended  for the Summer term.

Young Hackney is a service for all young people in Hackney to enjoy their youth and become independent and successful adults

Every week there will be a choice of activities including:

  • Access to large adventure playground
  • Opportunity to join individual or group sporting activities such as basketball, rowing machines, football
  • Opportunities to make friends and hang out with other young people
  • Every week will finish with relaxation activities

The group will run from the 12th June to 17th July on Mondays 4 -5.30pm at Pearson Street Youth Club. 

Parents need to email: to register interest.

A social story is available for those that might need it.

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.

No Limits - Inclusive Sports Clubs:  

No Limits - Inclusive Sports Clubs is an organisation running differnt inclusive sport clubs for children and Young people aged 5 - 25 years old with additional needs and who live in Hackney.

See sessions flyer here: No Limits - Inclusive Sports Clubs 

No Limits - Multi Sport Pan Disability Sports Club

For Children & Young People aged 5 – 25 with SEN/D and their friends and family.

Cricket / Multi sports.  

Mondays  - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Clissold Leisure Centre, 63 Clissold Rd N16 

Assistance with transport home for those with particular difficulties may be possible. Please contact the organiser to discuss: 

Name: Alan Walsh

Phone: 07974 891932


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 2017/18:

Mondays 2017:

  • November 6 th
  • November 13 th
  • November20 th
  • November 27 th
  • December 4 th
  • December 11 th 

Mondays 2018:

  • February 12 th
  • February19 th
  • February 26 th
  • March 5 th
  • March12 th
  • March 19 th


  • 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 please call Claire Davey to book. 

Phone: 020 7014 7025


The Castle Climbing Centre- Inclusive Family Tasters Sessions

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

Inclusive Notes Therapeutic Choir

Inclusive notes is a new specialist therapeutic choir for children with additional needs specifically autism who live in or close to Hackney and are aged 5 -11.

The target group for this choir is children with autism who attend mainstream school.

Find out more: Inclusive Notes - Therapeutic Choir 

Hackney Shed Collective

Are you a budding performer, aged between 16 and 25? Hackney Shed is a local performing arts group. 

Their summer project is focused on those with special and educational needs, but open to everyone who loves to collaborate and wants to perfect their performing skills.

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.

See link: Audio brochure of Theatre Royal – Stratford East

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:

Kidzmania - session especially for children with Autism:

A session especially for children with Autism:

Due to the success of the Kidzmania's trial ‘autism hour’ sessions, regular autism specific sessions will be starting from Thursday 8th June 2017.

Kidzmania will close to the public for 2 hours every Thursday (term time only) so that children with ASD (aged 0-10) can have a safe space to enjoy the soft play, socialise and develop their physical skills.

Kidzmania Autism Hour - Session Days:  Thursday (term time only)

Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm

As always children will need to be supervised by their parents or carers.

Based on parental feedback from the trial it was agreed that there would be a limit to the number of children to ensure that it does not become too overwhelming for those attending.

Parents can call to reserve / guarantee a place, or they can turn up on the day.

Session entry will be first come first served. There is a possibility that if it is too full those arriving later may be turned away. Booking is advised. 

Find out more: Kidzmania - autism session flyer

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

Further useful information....

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

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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