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Want to know what's happening in and around your local area?

There are lots of different groups running in Hackney the links on this page take you to more information about specific activities.

We will try to keep you up to date with specialist SEND relevant groups in Hackney and update this page at least once a week.

Local Offer - Face to Face information sessions

If you have questions or need help understanding how to use the Local Offer or someone to do the searching for you, you can get face to face support during a Local Offer surgery. These are run on the last Tuesday of the month at... The Resource Centre at Hackney Ark At these surgeries the Local Offer Coordinator can help you to find and print the information from the website that you need. The Local Coordinator is not a case worker and will not be able to advise you about individual situations.  In order to be as helpful as possible a representative from Hackney's Short Breaks team and a representative from Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service) will also be offering face to face support at these sessions. 

The next Face to Face session will be Tuesday 27th June 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 session or twighlight session. Please check back for times.

New for 2017 from Short Breaks

Short Breaks Individual Budgets Pre-Paid Card

Short Breaks are delighted to announce the arrival of pre-paid cards!

The service will be moving away from BACS transfer in July, so that parents and carers can pay for their child’s social and leisure activities and record expenditure in a much easier way.

Parent / Carers who get an Individual Budget (IB) will receive a new pre-paid card once you have returned all satisfactory receipts for your child or young persons last payment.

Please note: You must return receipts for your last payment before being issued with your pre-paid card.

All families will soon be getting a guide in the post that will outline how your new card will work, it is the same as using a debit card.

If you require more information then please come along to one of our workshops. 

The Workshop will run on the twice each day on following dates;

  • Tuesday 20th June 11- 12noon or 12-1pm
  • Thursday 22nd June 11- 12noon or 12-1pm
  • Tuesday 27th June  11- 12noon or 12-1pm
  • Thursday 29th June 11- 12noon or 12-1pm

The Workshops will be taking place throughout June but do not worry if you are unable to attend as there will be other workshops in the near future.

Location: Hackney Ark (Donald winnicott Room), Downs Park Road, London E8 2HY. 

Spaces are limited so please call 020 8356 6796 to book your place.


Key Words Spoken Poetry

If you have ideas, but find the act of writing frustrating, Key Words Spoken Poetry is for you!

A FREE project for 14-16 year olds who have dyslexia or other challenges with writing.

 In 6 after school workshops during the second half of summer term, you will develop your own spoken word poetry with the help of a professional poet and a drama director.

Using games and drama activities to generate ideas, Key Words Spoken Poetry will culminate with a performance for friends and family at Chats Palace, Hackney.

The performance will be recorded and you’ll be given a copy.

WHEN: 4pm – 6pm, Wed 7, 14, 21, 28 June, Wed 5, 12 July, Performance 19 July

WHERE: Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, London, E9 6DF


To apply simply visit:

In addition, if you want, you can send in a short 30 second video application to: explaining why you want to take part.

 Got any questions? Then please call - 020 8964 5060 to speak to Holly or Ruth.

Discover Young Hackney

The Discover Young Hackney festival returns for it’s biggest year ever in May 2017. The youth arts festival will offer young people a chance to discover pathways to careers in the arts.

The festival runs from May to September and involves over:

  • 150 artists
  • 50 volunteers
  • 400 young participants
  • over 3,000 audience members in venues across the borough

If you want to try acrobatics or play the zither, whether you’re a professional or a beginner, the festival aims to offer something for everyone.

Healthwatch Hackney Annual General Meeting 12th July 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Help Healthwatch Hackney celebrate another successful year of influencing local health and care services at our Annual General Meeting.

The Healthwatch AGM is an opportunity to:

  • Hear about Healthwatch Hackney’s achievements during 2016-17
  • Have your say on our priorities for the year ahead
  • Meet our board members

The second part of the AGM will focus on mental health in Hackney with a chance for people have their say on:

  • Support for children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Adult mental health services – what’s working and what could be improved
  • Mental health services under City and Hackney’s integrated commissioning plans

Please book your place here. 

Phone: 020 7923 8358


Help make Hackney an accessible place for everyone...

Having a disability can sometimes make getting around difficult. Hackney Council is trying to change that by launching a new campaign, Hackney an Accessible Place for Everyone, to highlight and address the access needs of disabled people.

As part of this campaign the Council is organising five guided visits to specific areas in Hackney:

•            Stamford Hill

•            Abney Park

•            Hackney Central

•            Dalston, and

•            Shoreditch

These 5 areas are experiencing changes and development and the council want to ensure the needs of disabled residents are taken into account as this happens.

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member with the responsibility for Equalities said: "Hackney an Accessible Place for Everyone, is an initiative to highlight and address the needs of people who have difficulty moving around, including disabled people, older people those with young children. This programme will be an opportunity for the Council to hear their views, first-hand experiences and recommendations for future improvement and to help shape the borough to make it an accessible place for everyone."

Local residents, Councillors and council staff explore the 5 areas together and make suggestions about how access can be improved. They want to look at how having limited mobility, vision, hearing, a learning difficulty or other type of impairment can sometimes mean signage on the road, no ramp access or no specialised facilities can make even a simple trip to the shops challenging.

The visits  will run from Wednesday 21 June - 17 July and will last around 3 hours.

15 local disabled people, Councillors, and council staff working in relevant departments like Planning, Transportation and Town Centre Management have received training to lead the visits but more people are need to be involved and help identify areas for improvement. The Council is still looking for 20 more Hackney residents to participate who are disabled or have difficulty moving around.

If you would like to take part please contact:


Phone:  0208 356 772

Text: 07941 687 153

Please say which visit you would like to attend by 12 noon on Monday 19 June.

If you need any support to help you participate such as information in large print, or British Sign Language, please let the team know when you make contact. 

Page last updated 15/06/17

NEW parent-led Down’s Syndrome group

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

Date: Saturday 8th July 2017

Time:2:00 -4:00 pm

Other session dates:

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

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

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

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

Hackney SENDIAGS - Information and Advice Service

SENDIAGS Knowledge is power sessions for parents.

The Hackney SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service (SENDIAGS) is an arm's length service providing impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and young people and children with SEND. 

Face to Face advice available by appointment OR at drop in sessions

Find out more about SENDIAGS sessions:

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

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

Find out more about the service and their useful SEND information leaflets:

Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)

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

The Short Breaks Hit Squad and Young Hackney Youth Sports Unit joined forces to trial a Youth Club for young people with high functioning ASD – for those who struggle to attend mainstream youth clubs.

The club is also suitable for 8-14 years with mild language delay.

Due to the success of the Wednesday Pearson Street high functioning ASD Sports and Youth Club, the group will be extended  for the Summer term.

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

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

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.

KIDS Adventure Play - Hackney inclusive Fun Days fundraising events June and July

KIDS Adventure Play – Hackney is not only an amazing space for local disabled children and those with special educational needs to play and have fun, but it is also a lifeline to parents and children alike.

KIDS are facing financially challenging time and need help to raise money to carry on providing essential play opportunities and respite to children with additional needs and disabilities.

“This is a vital service to the community they serve. Not only providing a rich play environment for children to play, learn and develop, but also managing to put inclusion at the fore front of their activities and ensure that no child misses out on these opportunities because of special need or disability.” - Nick Jackson, Play Development Manager, Hackney Council