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Hackney Local Offer regular updates...

Hackney's Local Offer website development involves attending a wide range of meetings, forums and opportunities with teams, services, parents and young people.

This work is intended to help increase the wider understanding of SEND and local processes as well as the availability of local services and support. 

We already share updates information with partners including the parent carer forum/HIP and school SENCOs but please share widely so that as many people as possible can benefit from the information and any of the opportunities referred to. 

Click on the drop down bars below to see what information has been added or changed and what local and national issues are being further explored that are relevant to those with and those working in SEND support services.   

Last updated: 17/07/19

Summer Updates 2019...

Here are some upcoming events leading into Summer for parents and carers and young people with SEND.

We frequently update the “What’s on? page and more information will be added over the next few weeks.

Young Hackney’s Summer Programme

Hackney Learning Trust - information about summer Playschemes

Hackney Family Information Service FaceBook page is a great source of information about events in and around Hackney.

Hackney Village 2019

Hackney Village is a unique and exciting annual theatre programme for young disabled people living in Hackney. Hosted by Hackney Empire and coordinated by the Children’s Disability Forum and the Huddleston Centre this week of creative activity for young people aged 11-25 offers them the opportunity to collaborate with practicing actors, musicians, artists and designers, to create and develop their own performance showcased at the end of the week live on stage at Hackney Empire’s Stage 2.

Note: Booking is essential. Complete the form and make sure it is returned by 8th August to guarantee your place.

Find out more: Hackney Village – creative theatre programme 2019


 "Visuals Making" workshop

This free parent "Visuals Making" workshop will be led by a Hackney Ark Children’s Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist.

This practical session will have parents making visual resources to support the communication and independence of children and young people with SEND.

Date: 24th July

Time: 12:00am - 1:00pm

Venue: Hackney Ark

Find out more: "Visuals Making" workshop

CDF (Children's Disability Forum) Coffee and collage - parent carer session

Parents and carers are invited to a Coffee and Collage session with City and Hackney's Children's Disability Forum (tea and other refreshments will also be available).

During this feedback session parents and carers will be encouraged to make collages as we discuss experiences.

The artwork and feedback from the session will be used to inform the NHS on how to strengthen health services for children and young people in City and Hackney.

Date: 24th July

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00pm

Venue: Dalston Curve Garden

Find out more: CDF (Children's Disability Forum) Coffee and collage - parent carer session

Hit Squad - Summer Event

Families are warmly invited to the HIT Squad Summer Event on the 19th July at Pearson Street Playground. 

Leisure providers in Hackney will be giving information about activities that their organisations provide for children with additional needs.

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to meet with providers find out about activities and perhaps try taster sessions.

Date: 19th July

Time: 3:30pm - 6pm

Pearson Street Adventure Playground

28 Pearson Street



E2 8EL

Find out more: Hit Squad - Summer Event

Hackney Carnival Collective

After two years of hugely success projects, we're delighted to be working with Access All Areas again to bring you a FREE carnival project this summer.

Are you aged 16 -25?

Do you have a learning disability and/ or autism?

Want to learn new skills and perform in Hackney Carnival?

This summer, 16 - 25 year olds with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism are invited to join the Hackney Carnival Collective.

You'll work on creating music, movement and costume, all the while collaborating with professional artists.

Participants can sign up to one or both parts of the projects as follows:

Part 1 with HACKNEY SHED

31st July - 2nd August 11am – 4pm

To book a place on Part 1 please contact:

or call 07927 082 592


27th August - 30th August, 11 - 4pm

and Hackney Carnival rehearsal and performance: 7th and 8th September, 11am - 4pm

To book a place on Part 2 please contact:

or call 0207 613 6445

Both projects take place at CHATS PALACE

Address: 42 – 44 Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney E9 6DF

Nearest Station: Homerton

If you are interested or know someone who might like to get involved then let us know.

Of course, if you've any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

If you don't consider yourself to have learning difficulties/disabilities but would still like to get involved then get in touch with me:

 DisABILITY Fun Day - 25 July

Special family event designed for people with disabilities of all ages.

Information and fun activities.

Venue: Hub building in East Park – Victoria Park

Date: Thursday 25th July

Time: 11am-3pm

For more information contact:

Summer Careers Festival

Come and get advice and support following exam results and leaving school.

Local colleges, training providers, apprenticeships, employment opportunities and specialist support will all be at the event, to help you succeed.

Date: Friday 23 August

Time: 12–3pm

Venue: Assembly Halls, Hackney Town Hall, Reading Lane, E8 1EA

Phone: 020 8356 5720


Free swimming

Hackney residents who are aged under 18, over 60, disabled,

or a carer can swim for free at Britannia, Clissold and King’s

Hall leisure centres.

Disabled people and their carers can also

swim for free at London Fields Lido.

An annual Pay & Play card (costing £1.35) is required along with relevant ID on arrival.

Spring updates 2019...

Please find what we hope is useful information to share with; children and young people with SEND, their parents/carers, and other professionals working to support them.

We have listed upcoming sessions and events and information of note to those with SEND.

Some sessions run through the academic or calendar year.

Sessions for parents and carers…

New for 2019 extended times and new venue for joint information sessions

At these sessions you will be able to talk to representatives from the following services:

  • Prospects
  • Short Breaks
  • Hackney’s Local Offer website coordinator
  • SEND relevant guest services when available – February’s guest will be Hackney Supported Working Service who will attend between 3 – 4pm

These SEND information sessions have been deliberately planned to run later into the evening (7pm) so that working parents can attend.

Where: Hackney Learning Trust, 2nd Floor reception area, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, E8 1GQ

When: Term Time - Last Tuesday of the month 2pm – 7pm

Date: Spring Term 2019 - 29th January, 26th February, 26th March

Summer Term 2019 - 30th April, Half Term, 25th June

CAMHS Café - CAMHS Cafe is an emotional support group for parents and carers of children with special needs/ learning disabilities who DO NOT have autism but are known to CAMHS. Sessions are held at Hackney Ark. The group is a chance to meet other parents of children with special needs. At each session there will be:

  • A chance to share experiences with and hear from other parents.
  • Think about and discuss strategies to use at home.
  • Speak with a Play Specialist will also be available to support play development and offer activities from the Toy Library for the children.

There will also be an opportunity to meet with a CAMHS clinician individually for 20 minutes to discuss anything specific that’s on your mind about your child. During busy periods we will offer these 20 minutes slots on a first come first served basis.

CAMHS Cafe is held on the last Monday of the month. Dates for 2019:

  • Monday January 28th
  • Monday February 25th 
  • Monday March 25th 
  • Monday April 29th 
  • Monday May 27th 
  • Monday June 24th 
  • Monday July 29th 
  • No session in August
  • Monday September 30th
  • Monday October 28th
  • Monday November 25th
  • No session in December

Please call the CAMHS Team to find out more:  0207 014 7071

ASD Parents coffee morning - CAMHS autism parent/carer coffee mornings is a regular group run by CAMHS Disability Service and Children's Occupational Therapy from Hackney Ark. The group is for families who have children with autism / autistic spectrum disorder ASD and who have or are known to Hackney Ark services.

Do you want to meet other parents who have children with autism?

Want to share your experiences with other parents and hear theirs?

Do you want to get ideas about how to help you child as they get older and change?

Time: 10am - 12pm

Dates for 2019:

  • Wednesday 23rd January
  • Wednesday 27th February
  • Wednesday 27th March
  • Wednesday 24th April
  • Wednesday 22nd May
  • Wednesday 26th June
  • Wednesday 24th July
  • Wednesday 28th August
  • Wednesday 25th September
  • Wednesday 23rd October
  • Wednesday 27th November
  • Wednesday 18th December

Venue: Hackney Ark Resource Centre, Hackney Ark, Downs Park Road.

 SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power parent information sessions

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.

Part of the support offered to parents and carers from this service is a regular series of Knowledge is Power information sessions.

These sessions  provide useful advice and insights into national and local processes.

Next session:

Education Health and Care Plans: Planning for Outcomes

What is an EHC Plan?

What does it look like?

What should be in it?

What are outcomes?

Why are outcomes important?

What health and social care topics could be included in EHC plans?

  • Date: 27.02.19 Venue: Hackney Learning Trust, Floor 2, Meeting Room 5
  • Annual Review: Making it Work for You - Date: 20.03.19
  • SEND and Transport - Date: 24.04.19
  • Social Communication and Assessment Clinic - Date: 22.05.19
  • Secondary School Transfer - Date: 05.06.19
  • Social Care and SEND: How they work together - Date: 19.06.19

The current session information flyer and timetable is available from the download section of this page.

Staff are encouraged to print off and display in settings where parents can see the information.

Parents and carers are encouraged to save the date for sessions that are of interest and relevant to them. 

Find out more: SENDIAGS Knowledge is Power parent information sessions – 2018 – 2019 programme flyer

Educational Psychology Service (EPS) Parent Advice sessions

A Parent Advice Service is run by the EPS independently of its work in schools. This service is open to:

  • all children and families living in Hackney including those children not yet in school
  • children who are out of school
  • children who live in Hackney and attend school in other boroughs

Venue: Hackney Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Time: 2pm - 4pm every Wednesday, during term times only.

Booking information: The EPS advise parents to phone in advance to book a 30 minute appointment slot as the service has proven very popular. Appointments are not guaranteed without an advanced booking. Phone: 020 8820 7519

Find out more: Education Psychology – Parents Advice Service

Hackney Ark Parent Workshops

(This session runs   directly after the AS1 parent support group session help in the same room)

  • Date: 15th February - Topic: March Supporting services for families in Hackney Local offer Key-working and Resource Centre Introduction to the Hackney Local Offer. Information from the Key-working service about, including some practical advice April Break due to School Holidays
  • Date: 17th May - Topic: Toilet training children with additional needs OT / Continence advisor / Psychology Would you like some advice about toilet training for your child?
  • Date: 21st June - Topic: Sleep – Advice from Support Services SCOPE and Family Fund Alternative services offering input around sleep.
  • Date: 19th July - Topic: Leisure and community activities Short Breaks Hit squad. Do you want to know what after school and holiday activities are available? Would you like your child to socialise more with peers?
  • Date: August Break due to School Holiday
  • Do you want to know how to support physical activity for your child? How physical activity can promote well-being for you.
  • Date: 18th October - Topic: Feeding and nutrition for children with additional needs SLT / Dietician / OT Supporting feeding, mealtimes and nutrition for children with additional needs.
  • Date: 15th November - Topic: Mental health and managing emotions for young people with additional needs Psychology team TBC

When: 3rd Friday of the month, 11:30-12:30, following the As1 parent coffee morning

Where: Hackney Ark, Resource centre (next to reception)

Who: For parents of children who attend Hackney Ark

These are drop-in workshops – so no booking required.

If you need an interpreter please advise us 1 week in advance by calling 0207 014 7025.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call the therapy team at Hackney Ark and ask for Sarah Jones (OT), Rachel Clifford (SLT) or Ewa Poniecka-Hanscombe (Physio)

Phone: 0207 014 7025

As 1 parents support group

As 1 parents group invites you for coffee, cake and conversation. This is an opportunity to enjoy an informal chat with like-minded parents /carers. These session runs directly before the parents information workshops held in the same room.

Time: 10 - 12:30

Date: Every Third Friday of the Month during 2019

  • Friday 15th March
  • Friday 19th April
  • Friday 17th May
  • Friday 21st June
  • Friday 19th July
  • Friday 20th September
  • Friday 18th October
  • Friday 15th November

For more information about the sessions or what we do please do contact us. 


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Children’s Physiotherapy drop in session at Hackney Ark

Children’s Physiotherapy drop in sessions are for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-18yrs. You do not need 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 min by a physiotherapist.

At the sessions you can; discuss any concerns or questions about your child’s development with a physiotherapist, get advice or tips on your child's development from a physiotherapist.

Find out more:  Children’s Physiotherapy drop in sessions flyer 2019

Children's Occupational Therapy Drop In clinic

The Children's Occupational Therapy (OT) team assess children aged 0 - 18 who are experiencing functional difficulties with everyday tasks due to a physical and or neurological disability. Difficulties may include:

• Self-care – dressing, using cutlery

• School activities - using scissors, changing for PE classes

• Play and leisure activities

The Children's Occupational Therapy drop in clinic is for children and young people aged 0-18yrs. There are no appointments and operate a first come first serve clinic. You may have to wait to be seen. Children and young people will be seen for 15 minutes with an occupational therapist. Parents are welcome to attend without their child if they would prefer to speak to an OT about any concerns.

CAMHS ADHD parent information sessions

These run the first Tuesday of every month and are facilitated by NDT nursing and psychology.

These sessions will cover topics including: Understanding ADHD – psychoeducation and an overview of medication, managing behaviours associated with ADHD, managing family stress associated with ADHD.

Please note: In accordance with NHS ADHD Treatment guidelines from NICE (2018) parents must attend the ADHD parent information sessions before further treatment will be considered.

Times: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: CAMHS, 15 Homerton Row, Hackney, E9 6ED

Dates for 2019:

  • Tuesday 5th February
  • Tuesday 5th March
  • Tuesday 9th April
  • Tuesday 7th May
  • Tuesday 4th June
  • Tuesday 2nd July
  • No session in August
  • Tuesday 3rd September
  • Tuesday 1st October
  • Tuesday 5th November
  • Tuesday 3rd December

To find out more or discuss a referral to the sessions please contact:

Ellen O’Gorman (Assistant Psychologist) on 020 3222 5600

Consultations and engagement opportunities

There are 3 consultations that may be of interest this month. Two of these are national: the NHS consultation - mandatory training for health and care staff on learning disabilities and autism and the British Dyslexia Association consultation for the all-party parliamentary group on Dyslexia


Hackney and the City of London autism survey

The council has launched a survey to collect the views of autistic residents across Hackney and the City of London. This is the first time autistic people and their families in City and Hackney have been asked their views in this way. The questions in this survey are for autistic people and is mainly designed to capture the views of autistic residents of Hackney and the City of London.

If you are autistic this is your chance to have your say about your experience and any gaps in support. Carers, please support your loved one to complete the survey or do so on their behalf if they are unable to.

If you are completing this as a carer for an autistic person please answer the questions with or on behalf of them. Please complete the survey and share it widely with friends and relatives who live in the area.

Find out more: Hackney and the City of London autism survey

 NHS consultation - mandatory training for health and care staff on learning disabilities and autism

The NHS is consulting on mandatory training for health and care staff on learning disabilities and autism. Below is a link to the consultation and more information if you want respond. There's also an Easy Read version available for those that need it.

Find out more: NHS consultation - mandatory training for health and care staff on learning disabilities and autism

British Dyslexia Association consultation

The British Dyslexia Association has teamed up with expert on dyslexia’s impact on families, John Hicks, to launch a survey on the subject. The British Dyslexia Association are working to make early identification and tailored specialist support the norm. In March, John Hicks with be joining dyslexics young and old, other experts, and the BDA to discuss with the survey findings with politicians in Westminster at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia.

Take the survey: BDA Dyslexia Survey

Short Breaks Hackney - Procurement

The London Borough of Hackney, City of London Corporation and the City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wishes to engage/work in partnership with Providers to deliver a range of Short Breaks services for disabled children and young people in the City and Hackney.

The aim of the Disabled Children's Service is to promote and provide a range of high quality, responsive, cost effective services which are available in the local area for disabled children and their families/carers to assist them in attaining and maintaining their optimum quality of life.

The London Borough of Hackney and it Partners are seeking to establish a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People. The DPS will replace the existing Framework Agreement. The DPS will comprise of six (6) Categories which are as follows:


Category 1 - Holiday play-schemes,

Category 2 - After school clubs/activities,

Category 3 - Weekend clubs activities,

Category 4 - Teenage clubs/provision,

Category 5 - Outreach-based 1:1 activities and

Category 6 - Highly Specialist needs 1:1.

The DPS will be for a period of five (5) years. It is intended that the DPS will begin in November 2019.

Find out more about Short Breaks Hackney:

Leisure opportunities for young people

Kench Hill

Please find attached a booking form and details of Kench Hills next Short Break. The previous break last summer was fully booked, with several new families attending.

Hackney Short Breaks permit siblings and other carers to accompany children, using funds from Individual Budgets to pay for the subsidised cost. The breaks are especially popular for children with ASD and Sensory Impairment. All families are welcome, including those where children may not be registered with Short Breaks but would benefit from intervention to support the family e.g. De Beauvoir School funded families to attend Short Breaks.

We are now taking bookings for February 22-24th (the weekend at the end of half-term), with the possibility of coach transport from Hackney on Friday morning.

Future dates: April 17-19th (Easter holidays);

May 31st - June 2nd (end of half-term).

Hit Squad - activities recommended by parents

Hit Squad have recently included a summary of activities recommended by parents in their Local Offer entry. 

Find out more: Parent recommended activities for Young People with additional needs list (updated January 2019)

Hackney Captains

As you may know we have set up a Youth Council in Hackney Ark. This is a space for young people with additional needs to give us feedback about our Hackney Ark health services (including Physio, OT, SLT, Community Paediatrics, Audiology, CAMHS, First Steps, Community Nursing, Keyworking etc) and change things for the better!

We’d love to see some new faces! It’s great for the CV, they get free pizza AND they get to make the Ark better for young people!

We already have lots of exciting things that we would like them to help us with; including some flyer designs, improving the Ark waiting areas and the opportunity to become judges on a funding panel. They can really make a difference to how the Ark works with young people with additional needs.

Hackney Captains is open to any young person aged 13-19 who have been known to any Hackney Ark service.

They are welcome to attend alone or with a friend/family member if they would like this.

Although we can’t provide 1:1 support, the venue is accessible and we will have SLT present if the young person may benefit from their support on the day.

Date: Our next meeting is on Monday 25th February 4.30-6.00pm at Forest Rd Youth Centre

Shared Lives 

(new information on Hackney’s Local Offer)

Shared Lives is a national scheme that helps match people who need support with a Shared Lives carer. There are around 150 Shared Lives schemes across the UK. Hackney Shared Lives Scheme matches people living in the borough who need support with an approved carer taking part in the scheme.

Each person is given time to get to know each other and develop an understanding of their interests and needs.  They then choose to share their family and community lives together. This may be for day support, respite, or to move in with their shared lives carer.

We provide people over the age of 18 who have assessed support needs, with the opportunity to live an ordinary life with a family/carers for either a short time or longer if needed depending on the needs of the person.

Find out more: Shared Lives - Hackney

SENSE - East London Befriending service

(new information on Hackney’s Local Offer)

Sense - East London Young People’s Project is a new and exciting buddying project for young people aged 14 – 25 who are living in east London.

The project focuses on the difficult transition from child to adult services and provides opportunities for young people to make friends, socialise in their local community and gain valuable life skills like independence.

Find out more: SENSE - East London Befriending service

Project Search – Hackney

Hackney Council’s Project Search internship programme helps young people with SEND (special educational needs and disability) develop real work skills, in a real work environment. Young people on the programme will be based on site at Homerton Hospital and take part in work placements in different departments throughout the academic year.

Find out more: (Project SEARCH - Hackney) Hackney Supported Internship Offer

Young people wishing to apply for this programme can do so online:

(Tick the Supported Employment box)

If you have any questions or need help applying please contact the service by phone.

020 8356 5700 (ask for Supported Employment)

English Folk Dance and Song Society - Outreach Sessions

English Folk Dance SS have funding to deliver outreach sessions in schools and settings in North London signposting young people to our new band. These sessions will include tutor performances, singing, music-making and dancing, with English folk arts and culture at its heart.

If you would like us to deliver an outreach session with your organisation, please do get in touch. Please help us spread the news about our new band by sharing this information within your networks and with your people.  We want to reach lots of young people!

For more information, postcards or flyers, please do get in touch and we will send them to you.  Contact:

Romana Ashraf - Marketing and Venue Sales Administrator (part-time, Mon-Tue Venue Sales / Wed-Thu Marketing) English Folk Dance and Song Society

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY

Phone: 20 7485 2206 ext.228

e-mail: Romana Ashraf                              


Local Good news stories on SEND…


Success for Supported Interns in Hackney

Hackney Learning Trust has been working in partnership with some of the UK’s leading providers of supported employment services to develop Supported Internship programmes for young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability). These programmes help young people gain skills and experience and build confidence.

One provider, the Tower Project, Job Enterprise and Training Services (JET) designed a Supported Internship Programme specifically for young people in Hackney to help them move into paid work in the hospitality and leisure sector. In London only 7% of people with a learning disability are in paid work despite young people with SEND being able to and wanting to work. Last year 70% of the young people from Hackney who took part in JET’s Supported Internship moved into a paid job at the end of the programme.

These interviews share their advice to others trying to decide what to do after college.

They hope their experiences will encourage and inspire other young people with SEND to believe in themselves and take part in similar programmes to help them find work as well.

Find out more: Success for Supported Internships in Hackney

Young Offending Team in Hackney awarded a Quality Mark 

Hackney Youth Justice Service for children in trouble with the law has been working with other teams to be more aware of and sensitive to the communication and language difficulties experienced by many of their service users. Over half of the young people known to Youth Justice Service in Hackney did not understand vocabulary commonly used such as ‘breach’ or ‘comply’.

Hackney’s Youth Justice and Speech and Language Teams have been successfully working with young people, police officers and the community to:

•            raise awareness of these issues and   

•            support vulnerable young people

In recognition of the work in securing better outcomes for children and young people with SEN, Hackney's Young Offending Team have been awarded a Quality Mark (January 2019).

Congratulation to both the Youth Justice Service and the Speech and language Therapists who worked on this. 

The NEW Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR)

Improving life after childhood brain injury - The Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR) is a community-based service within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT). They offer assessment and neuropsychological rehabilitation for children with an acquired, non-progressive brain injury as a result of an accident, injury, illness or other condition. They are an innovative specialist service, the first of its kind, in the UK and provide support across the East of England and further afield.

Find out more:

Local support:

Please share with any interested parties especially parents or carers and consider including in your newsletters.

December festive activities and new year programmes...

Free opportunity for children with learning disability / SEN and their families to see Jackson's Lane 2018 Christmas show The Gingerbread Man

Free opportunity for children with learning disability / SEN and their families to see Jackson's Lane 2018 Christmas show The Gingerbread Man, with special interventions in place to ensure your warm welcome, promote your childrens' engagement with the story, and create a quality family experience for you to share together.

This is an early trial of a service to connect families of children with learning disabilities / SEN and make it easier for them to have everyday fun in everyday places, alongside everybody else. 

The show is 50 minutes long, and afterwards you'll be invited to join a short discussion about your experience to feed into developing this service, due to launch early 2019.

Date: Friday December 14th 2018

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM 

Venue: Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, 269A Archway Road, London, N6 5AA 

Register: Free chance to see The Gingerbread Man Friday 14 Dec 1:30pm

Christmas Disco fundraiser hosted by the Huddleston Saturday Club

Date: Saturday 15th December

Time: 2pm - 5pm

The Huddleston Centre provides a fun and creative safe space for young disabled people in Hackney to make friends and receive support.

The event will help raise funding for the centre and help them continue to provide a range of activities for young people in Hackney. 

Huddleston Christmas Disco fundraiser 15th December - flyer 

Come and join us to have some fun and bring your pennies for: 

  • Food and drink
  • Raffels
  • Silent Auction
  • Lucky Dip
  • Face painting
  • Hand massage 

Contact the centre for more information. 

Phone: 020 8985 9089


HIT Squad festive event

HIT Squad is holding a festive event. There will be a wide range of leisure providers coming to offer taster sessions and a range of fun festive themed activities. Come and find out more about fun leisure opportunities in Hackney for children and young people with additional needs. We’re hoping lots of families can attend!

Date: Thursday 20 Dec from

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 

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

Phone: 020 7014 7035


Pearson Street Adventure Playground Saturday SEND stay and play sessions

Pearson Street Adventure Playground is an adventure playground open to all children and young people in Hackney. We offer a free, drop in, play and youth club service for children and young people aged 6 to 16, funded by Young Hackney (Hackney Council).

Hackney Play Association at Pearson Street Adventure Playground are offering Saturday sessions specifically for children and young people with: 

  • a disability
  • learning or cognitive difficulty 
  • sensory impairment of difficulty 

Parents and carers must stay with their child or young person but can socialise together while play workers help engage their children in play activities and making friends. 

Sessions are held during school term time 12pm - 4pm.

Find out more: Pearson Street Adventure Playground - Saturday stay and play drop in sessions for children with a disability

Hackney SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power - Parent/Carer SEND information sessions 2019

Topic: Preparing for Adulthood & Post-16: Moving on to Training and Education

Date: 16.01.19

Venue: Meeting Room 5 Hackney Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, LondonE8 1GQ

Come and find out more about:

  • Update on approach to Post-16
  • Post-16 Education Health and Care Plans
  • Preparing for adulthood objectives
  • Planning from Year 9
  • Overview of the service provided by Prospects
  • Which sixth form can my child go to?
  • What courses can my child do and where?
  • Where can my child go if they do not meet the criteria for sixth form?
  • Provision between 16-19 and 19 -25
  • What parents and young people need to know about Post-16 options
  • Mental capacity and voice of the young person

Find our more: Hackney SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power - Parent/Carer SEND information sessions 2018/19

Sleep Right - Scope's free service for families of disabled children who have problems sleeping

Sleep Right is a free service from Scope which helps families of disabled children aged between 2 to 18 years old in East London who have problems sleeping.

Sleep Right offers a one to one meeting with parents to assess the sleep issues their child is experiencing.

A tailored sleep routine is written for the child and a weekly phone call is offered over a 6-week period to support the parents with the implementation of the routine. During the 6 weeks the parents can attend up to 3 learning sessions to help them understand the importance of sleep.

The one to one meeting and learning sessions will be held at various locations across the borough.

Find out more: Sleep Right - Scope

Parent Empowerment Programme – PEP Talk

PEP Talk is a series of 5 session blocks of early intervention designed to develop your child's communication, language and learning. It teaches you strategies to empower you to continue to facilitate your child’s development and support their learning every day. PEP Talk will empower you to use strategies to help develop your child's everyday skills and support them to reach their maximum potential.

Session blocks will be run by different resident therapists throughout the year including Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Sensory Integration and Dance Therapists.

PEPTalk is suitable for children who’s families are concerned about their child’s communication and learning development, for children waiting for assessments and for those with a diagnosis of Autism and other Special Educational Needs. Sessions will be tailored to meet your child’s individual needs, and support them in achieving their targets. There will be groups held for Under 5s and another group for 5+.

The Programme - An initial consultation in which we can discuss your child's needs and work together to set targets.

5 x 45 minute play based small group sessions with each session focusing on a different theme essential for developing communication and learning skills. There will be a maximum of 6 children in the group. Children will learn in a specialised sensory environment.

A learning profile for your child will be developed which you can share with other professionals to provide them with information on how to support your child.

PEP Talk sessions will be arranged throughout the year and will be lead by different therapists. In January Louisa , an Occupational Therapist & Advanced Sensory Integration Therapist is leading

To talk about your child, find out more and register your interest in the PEPTalk Series please contact Laura.


Find out more: PEP Talk (Parent empowerment programme)


English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) have an exciting new initiative called Folk Unlimited.

Folk Unlimited will introduce creative, inclusive, multi-sensory band sessions for disabled young people aged 12 – 24, their carers and friends.

Come to a Folk Unlimited session and:

  • Learn to play, sing and arrange songs and tunes from Britain and across the globe
  • Learn and explore new instruments and accessible technology
  • Learn new skills with fantastic tutors
  • Make new friends
  • Perform at events
  • Work towards an Arts Award


You don’t need to have any experience of playing an instrument or folk music to take part. Carers are welcome to join in too, or can have a break in our café just outside the rehearsal space.

Folk Unlimited launch on Sunday, 20 January, 2019  - free sampler session.

2019 term dates:  

Spring Term: (20 Jan) 3rd and 17th  February, 3rd and 17th  March

Summer Term: 28th April, 19th  May,  9th  23rd  June,  6th  July

Termly fee: £20 / £16 concessions

Financial assistance for young people with transport or fees if needed. 


Outreach Sessions

English Folk Dance SS have funding to deliver outreach sessions in schools and settings in North London signposting young people to our new band. 

These sessions will include tutor performances, singing, music-making and dancing, with English folk arts and culture at its heart. 

If you would like us to deliver an outreach session with your organisation, please do get in touch.

Please help us spread the news about our new band by sharing this information within your networks and with your people.  We want to reach lots of young people!

For more information, postcards or flyers, please do get in touch and we will send them to you.  Contact:

Romana Ashraf - Marketing and Venue Sales Administrator

(part-time, Mon-Tue Venue Sales / Wed-Thu Marketing)

English Folk Dance and Song Society

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regent’s Park Road



Phone: 20 7485 2206 ext.228

e-mail: Romana Ashraf                               



National Centre for Circus Arts Junior Sensory Circus and Youth Sensory Circus classes

New Junior Sensory Circus and Youth Sensory Circus classes are starting in January 2019 at National Centre for Circus Arts.  

These Sensory Circus classes are designed specifically for young people aged between 8-15 on the autistic spectrum who would like to learn some new and exciting circus skills in a relaxed and supported environment.

What’s different about this class?

  • 1:4 teacher-to-student ratio with our teaching team
  • Held in quieter and smaller spaces
  • A mixture of free-play and structured sessions to match participants’ needs
  • A ‘quiet zone’ area available throughout the sessions for participants to use at their own request
  • A full familiarisation pack and optional familiarisation sessions at the beginning of each term

Booking for both classes is available now from our website.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch.


Phone: 020 7613 4141


Oily Cart’s - Hippity Hop hits the stage

Hippity Hop opens at arts depot, North Finchley for Christmas 2018.

Arts Depot Box Office: 020 8369 5454

This is total tactile theatre for tinies and, going by the concentration of these audiences, totally successful.” - The Stage

'Gives the very young a real taste of the wonder of theatre.' - The Guardian

Come along to experience the puppetry, rap, music and movement of the first ever interactive hip hop show for young children aged 2-5.

Features music specially created by rap artist BREIS, artwork by street artist Carleen de Sözer, a cast featuring MC Solocypher and Oily favourite Katherine Vernez Gray, and musician Kadialy Kouyate performing on the kora.

Relaxed/enhanced version for children aged 2-8.

Following it’s festive run at artsdepot, Hippity Hop will hit the road in January 2019.

You can catch the show at Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London (8th & 9th Feb).

Stratford Circus Arts centre Box Office: 020 8279 1080


Hackney Shed – National Theatre Connections 2019 programme

  • Are you aged 16 – 25?
  • Do you enjoy performing?
  • Would you like to meet new people in an inclusive environment?
  • Do you identify as having a learning a disability and or autism?

If the answers are yes, Hackney Shed Collective part of Hackney Shed, an inclusive children’s and young people’s theatre company based in Hackney, could be for you!

Rehearsals of this brand new play will be held every Thursday in term time January – March from 6pm- 8pm at Sutton House, E9 6JQ.

There will also be two full day rehearsals in February half term

Final performances will be at; Sutton House on Thursday the 4th April and The Theatre Royal Stratford East on Saturday 6th April

Places are limited for this project so to guarantee a place please get in touch as soon as possible.

Get involved or find out more…



Hackney Youth Parliament

Young people across Hackney have voted to decide who will represent them on the Hackney Youth Parliament. Following voting in schools and youth hubs across the borough 20 young people aged 11-19 were elected and welcomed into office by Mayor Philip Glanville, in the Town Hall Chamber, on 19 October.

The new Youth Parliament will meet every week and have a range of priorities they want to address during the two years they will be representing young people in Hackney.

These include community safety, feminism, disability awareness and housing.

They will decide what to focus on first, using the results from The Hackney Young People’s Survey, their own research and focus groups to assist them.

Find out more: Hackney Youth Parliament


Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus at Barbican

Please see below an opportunity from Barbican regarding this accessible performance for young people with SEND.

Barbican invite you to their latest offer: free tickets to a relaxed performance of Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus by Circa and post show activities.

The performance takes place at 11am on Wednesday 19th December. 

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus is suited to those with learning disabilities, sensory or communication needs.

There will be a ‘chill-out space’ available in the Pit foyer should you need to leave the performance and you will be very welcome to come back in at any point.

We would love if your group could come but please note we have a limited amount of tickets, so please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested 

For limited allocation of free tickets for young people email:

For more info please contact Sophie:

August - Exam results support...

With exam results about to be announced we hope the following information, opportunities and events help during the next few weeks.

 Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

Raising the Participation Age (RPA) is a government measure which requires young people to continue learning​ or training until their 18th birthday.

Many young people are not sure what to do after they have finished school but there are many ways to find out more about different options that are available.



Study Programmes

Students aged 16 – 18 attending further education colleges will be enrolled on Study Programmes made up of different elements or a menu of learning that helps prepare young people for adult life including finding work.


Qualifications – Your vocational or academic qualification will make up the main part of your programme.

You will be exploring your collections of A’level subjects or B’tech subject through practical work and theory.


English and Maths- It is the government’s wish that all young people achieve a minimum grade 4 (previous grade C) or higher mark in their Maths and English exams.

Colleges will help people who have not already achieved these results retake them again.

Those that have achieved the required grades or above will be supported to extended their subject knowledge to higher level.


Work experience – A minimum of 30 hours work experience will be included as part of a study programme.

Colleges will have links with organisations and employers that will help students find opportunities to meet this requirement.

This may be condensed into consecutive weeks or spread across your time at college.


Personal Social development – To enable all students to develop, formulate ideas, express opinions and achieve their potential they are supported to become independent and self-motivated learners. Students will be supported to continue developing an understanding of themselves and others through tutorials and learning about equality and diversity.

BSiX sixth form college

 BSiX offer courses at all levels from entry through to advanced.

BSix is committed to helping student get the qualifications they need and to developing the skills, qualities and attributes necessary for successful progression.

Find out more: BSiX 6th Form College

New City College – East London

New City College is east London’s largest college, created by bringing different colleges together.

Epping Forest College joined the merger on the 1st August 2018.

Campuses in four boroughs across East London ensure that young people have access to a large choice of courses and training, preparing them for adult life.

Choose from a wide range of courses available at New City Colleges including A Levels, BTECs and other Diplomas, for students aged 16-18.

Find out more: Information for 16-18 Students

National Exams Results Helpline

The National Careers Service provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.

The Exams Results Helpline is available from 16th August 2018 to provide additional support at exams results time.

When you call the helpline you can speak to a careers adviser about the different options available to you for the next phase of your life.

The Helpline is open 7 days a week from 8am - 10pm.

Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

Phone: 08800 100 900

Prospects Careers Service post exams advice sessions

 On GCSE Exams Results Day and the day after results Prospects are running an Open House.

Young people and their parents or carers can come and get face to face advice and information about next options.

Prospects will also be attending Hackney Councils Careers Fair on the 30th August.

Open House dates:

Venue: Hackney Learning Trust

Date: Thursday 23/08/18

Time: 1.00 to 5.00


Venue: Hackney Learning Trust

Date: Friday 24/08/18

Time: 9.30 to 5.00

Find out more: Prospects Careers Services


Careers Festival Hackney Town Hall

To help 16-20 year olds who are getting their GCSE and A-level exam results

make decisions about what to do next Hackney Council is hosting a FREE careers fair on:

Date: Thursday 30 August

Venue: Hackney Town Hall

Time: 1-4pm.

The event will be showcase over 20 training providers offering information stalls and one-to-one expert support.

Information will be available on opportunities in a variety of industries including:

  • fashion,
  • construction,
  • arts
  • hospitality
  • horticulture and
  • media

Young people who come along will also be entered into a free prize draw to win Love to Shop vouchers.

Find out more: Hackney Careers Festival 30th August

Hackney’s Supported Internships

Hackney’s Supported Internship provider programmes.


Hackney 100 work placements

 For young people living in Hackney aged 16-19 who are:

  • passionate about success
  • Want to earn money outside school hours
  • build up their CV’s


Hackney Council are working with Inspire! to create 100 work placements for young people aged 16 – 19 years old.

The work placements are offered in exciting businesses across Hackney and include opportunities in:

  • technology
  • fashion
  • media
  • financial services and
  • hospitality

 Find out more: Hackney 100 work placements

 Apprenticeships at Hackney Council

An apprenticeship is a full time job with at least 20% of your time spent studying.

Apprenticeships last from one to four years, depending on the qualification you’re taking.

There are more than 100 apprentices at the council’s award-winning programme.  

Regularly recruitment takes place throughout the year with the main recruitment focus taking place in the summer.

Find out more: Apprenticeships – Hackney Council

Hackney Works 

Hackney Works is a free employment support service run by Hackney Council that supports people who live in Hackney to find employment. It is a service that has developed out of the Ways into Work programme. The service offers employment support to people who live in Hackney and are out of work or on a low income, want to help you to find a job or an apprenticeship,  are just starting out, haven't worked for years or want a change of careers.

Find out more: Hackney Works

Hackney Supported Employment Service

Hackney Council’s Supported Employment Service helps people with disabilities who live in Hackney find work matched to their individual needs and interests. Helping people find work empowers individuals, helps them meet other people, make friends and earn their own money. Supported employment is an evidence based and personalised approach to working with people with:

  • learning disabilities
  • autism and/or
  • mental health difficulties

Supported employment can help support people to find, try out and keep real paid jobs.

Find out more: Hackney Supported Employment Service

National Citizen Service (NCS)

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government backed scheme, which aims to bring young people aged 15 - 17 from all different backgrounds together.

The National Citizen Service offers new experiences to helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

The NCS challenge offers:


  • A stay at an outdoor activity centre
  • The opportunity to gain new skills
  • A way to meet new people and make life-long friends
  • The chance to plan & run a project
  • A great experience for a CV


Run during summer and half-term, NCS involves a short time away from home, trying new things, taking part in a team project in the local community and much more!

Find out more: National Citizen Service (NCS)

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

UCAS is the centralised service that students use to apply to university. Their website explains more about the routes available to young people who are leaving schools and college


  • applying to university
  • going on a gap year
  • starting an apprenticeship
  • finding internships, or
  • starting your working career


The UCAS website has lots of useful information and videos explaining different choices for young people leaving school.

Find out more: UCAS – What are my options?

 Very good luck to everyone on exam results days!

Hackney’s Local Offer website May SEND updates...

Here are the May updates from Hackney’s Local Offer website for young people with SEND aged 0-25 and their families.

Please pass this information on to those who would find it helpful and consider printing off information to display in your settings for parents/carers and young people less likely to access digital information. Please also support those less confident and experienced with accessing SEND information digitally to use the website as a helpful tool to contact and find out more about services.

Joint SEND face to face information and advice sessions continue to take place on the Last Tuesday of the month at Hackney Ark. Flyer attached. Next sessions 26th June and 31st July.


Provision Mapping and Management Guidance

The new provision mapping and management guidance document for schools produced after the recent workshops for schools will be available on Hackney’s Local Offer soon. We are currently looking at the most helpful way of sharing documents on the website.

The sessions were very well received and free to attend. We hope to be running them again soon and will keep you informed.

Let’s talk about neuro-disability: Workshops for Parents

When: 3rd Friday of the month, 11:30-12:30, following the As1 parent coffee morning

Where: Hackney Ark - Donald Winnicot room (opposite reception)

Who: For parents of children who have a neuro-disability (some talks focus on mobility difficulties)

Flyer attached. Some sessions specifically aimed at parents of children who have a motor difficulty (e.g. back care, pain). 

All parents who are interested are welcome to attend.

These sessions are run ‘in association’ with As 1 a parent led support group, and follow on from their regular coffee mornings in the Resource Centre from 10-11.30.

KIDS - Independent Support Update

Over the past four years KIDS have been commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children to provide Independent Support for parents, children and young people.  

The Independent Support programme was always intended to be a time limited resource, supporting the transition from Statements to Educational Health and Care Plans,

and will come to an end on 31 July 2018.

“KIDS are proud to have been a part of this programme which has enabled our staff to support 1000’s of families.”

Find out more:


From August 2018 advice and support will continue to be available to families through their local SEND Information, Advice and Support Services

Find out more:


Information and advice can also be sought through the national freephone helpline run by Contact. 

Helpline hours - Monday-Friday, 9.30-5pm.

Phone: 808 808 3555

Find out more:


 SEND Provision Plan of Intent - information and updates...

SEND Minister, Nadim Zahawi has very recently announced an additional £50 million capital funding for local authorities and "children with additional needs". The funding is  to help increase places in  "good" schools and to improve facilities. We are waiting for more information on this but you can keep up to date on the progress of this project on Hackney’s Local Offer.

Find out more: SEND Provision Plan of Intent - information and updates

SEND consultations and engagement opportunities

Some of these are consultations and calls for evidence are local and some are national.

You can find out more about all of these consultations at

Call for young people to join a new - Young Person’s Voice Health Forum

The Children’s Disability Forum and Huddleston Centre are looking for young people who are under 25 years old, have a disability or additional need and live in City and Hackney to be part of a small group that we hope will make a difference to the lives of other young people. We believe that "Together we make a difference!" but we need you (young people) too.


● Do you want to be part of a small group of young people who would like to discuss different topics with each other?

● Do you have things you would like to say to other young people about what it is like to live with either a disability or a special need?

● Would you like to be one of the forum committee?


If you are interested in being part of this group or finding out more e-mail Anjie on:

Or phone the Huddleston Centre and leave a message for Anjie with a contact phone number or email address: 0208 985 9089


City and Hackney’s Children’s Disability Forum, The Huddleston Centre and Hackney Empire, collectively known as Hackney Village ran a fantastic joint project for young people with  additional needs and disability last Summer. They are hoping to do the same again this year. We will keep you informed about dates and booking information when it is available.

Find out what Hackney Village 2017 was all about: Hackney Village Summer 2017


The Advocacy Project Hackney - Help to shape Hackney’s new commissioning strategy...

The Advocacy Project - Hackney are running a Service user consultation about:

• Housing Related Support

• Floating Support

• Housing with care services


The 6 week consultation will be open on 21st May and close on 1st July.

Find out more: The Advocacy Project - Hackney - Supported Housing consultation leaflet  

For any queries about the consultation contact: The Advocacy Project - Hackney.


Phone: 02039607910

HiT Squad survey

Short Breaks hit squad are a team of health professionals who work with leisure and activities providers and children to make sure that all children can access and enjoy their chosen Short Break activity. They would like to hear from parents in Hackney to find out more about their experiences of using current leisure services and activities and about any services that families would like to be able to access. Please take the time to complete their online survey...

Find out more:

Extending Rights to Personalised Budgets

Within the NHS, there is an ever-growing shift towards personalisation of health and care.

Personal health budgets are the current mechanism to deliver this. Currently however, only certain groups have a right to personal health budgets.

This consultation is exploring extending this right to other groups who could benefit from a more personalised approach to their health and care and the potential to incorporate additional funding streams into that budget.

Find out more: Extending Rights to Personalised Budgets

This consultation opened 6 Apr 2018

This consultation closes 8 Jun 2018

Phone: 02072106350


Elective home education: call for evidence

There has been a significant rise in the number of SEND Pupils choosing elective home education nationally because of unsatisfactory experiences in school.

Between January 2016 and October 2017 the number of home-schooled children increased by 21 per cent to around 45,000 according to ADCS research, although the government believes the true figure could be even higher.

Find out more: Elective home education: call for evidence

New services and updated information

HiP will be holding regular drop in sessions at:

Hackney Ark - Resource Centre.

Hackney Ark,

Downs Park Road,



E8 2FP


Drop in sessions will be on Thursdays during term time.

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

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

Phone: 07985739851


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

Short Breaks - Hackney - duty statement

A "Short Break" is thought of as any daytime social or leisure activity or service that: allows a disabled child or young person to have an enjoyable breakaway from their main carer,

AND gives their carer a break from their caring responsibilities. Each year local authorities are required to publish a Short Breaks -  Duty Statement setting out what provision is available.

Find out more: Short Breaks Hackney -  Duty Statement 2018 - 2019


Updated services…

Hackney ESOL Advice Service

The ESOL Advice Service in Hackney works with lots of ESOL organisations to help you to find a suitable class.

Advice sessions run from the last week of September to the last week of June each academic year.

There are no advice sessions during school holidays and we are also closed for 4 weeks from the second week of December.

You can join a FREE English class by coming to one of the ESOL advice sessions.

Please check our website for the latest session information - Hackney ESOL Advice Service

Find out more: Hackney ESOL Advice Service


Language Resourced schools – new named contact

Find out more: Language Resourced Schools in Hackney

SALT article developmental language delay article refresh and updated terminology.

Find out more: Speech Language and Communication Needs – questions and answers

Off Centre and Family Action are due to join forces to deliver services to children and young people.

Updated contact details and address for Off Centre services. 

Find Out more: Off Centre - Counselling, Advice and Information Service for Young People

 New Services! The Advocacy Project

The Advocacy Project believes that when an individual has a voice, understands their rights and makes choices, real change can happen.

Advocacy helps by supporting marginalised people to speak up, understand their rights and make choices.


  • Advocacy helps people speak up about things that are important to them. Sometimes people need support expressing what they want to say and having their point of view taken seriously.
  • An Advocate is there to be on someone’s side. They can help a person access information, explore options, and understand their rights – so they can make the decisions they want about their life.


Find out more: The Advocacy Project

Find out more: The Advocacy Project – Hackney Mental Health Voice

This means that City and Hackney MIND are no longer providing advocacy services but do continue to provide a range of services, support and projects that benefit those living in the borough.

This includes:

  • Low mood? Support from the service for those experiencing low mood including specific courses.
  • Carers? Specialist support for carers of those with learning disabilities and poor mental health to enable them to meet their own wellbeing needs. This can include 1:1 emotional support
  • Stressed? Stress management. Courses and talking therapies where you can speak with a trained professional who can help you explore difficult feeling
  • Anxiety? Counselling and anxiety management skills including mindfulness courses
  • Advice and support on benefits entitlement? Free confidential advice and support on welfare rights and benefits advice service
  • Help finding work? Individual free tailored support to find work and stay in a job

Find out more: City and Hackney MIND


MIND also have an excellent resource explaining more about therapies to support those experiencing anxiety, low mood, depression and other mental health difficulties.

Find out more: MIND – types of talking treatment

Prospects Careers Services

Prospects Careers Advice Plus - offers impartial information, advice and careers guidance for young people who live in Hackney.

Drop in advice services:

  • Tuesdays: 6-9pm via Facebook
  • Tuesday: 1.00 to 8.00 (Drop-in) Forest Road Youth Hub 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY –
  • Wednesdays:1pm-8pm (drop in) The Edge Youth Hub, 7 Woodberry Grove, N4 1SN
  • Thursdays: 1pm – 5pm (drop in) Hackney Learning Trust, 2nd Floor, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1CQ
  • Fridays: 1pm – 5pm (drop in) Hackney Learning Trust, 2nd Floor, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1CQ
  • Last Tuesday of the month 10:00am – 12:00pm Hackney Ark Resource centre

Find out more: Prospects Careers Services

Find out more: Careers guidance and access for education and training providers - Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff January 2018

The Clifden Centre

Homerton Hospital offers a full range of sexual health services at four locations across Hackney and City offering free and confidential advice and support. The Clifden Centre is one of the settings.

New clinic times have been added to the website.

Find out more: Clifden Centre - Homerton Sexual Health Service

The Right Choice Clinic

Patients who have a special educational need or disability can attend the sexual health services during regular clinic hours, but also have the option of attending The Right Choice Clinic where making an appointment allows more time for your appointment if you need it. Easy Read information also available.

Find out more: The Right Choice – Connect Hackney

Volunteer Centre – Step Up

Step Up - supported volunteering & employment project could help you find useful and supportive placements. Step Up is an innovative project that supports people with mental health problems to access volunteering as part of their mental health recovery and personal journey towards employment. Volunteering has many benefits to mental, emotional and social wellbeing.

Find out more: Volunteer Centre – Step Up

Immediate Theatre – Employability What’s your story?

What's your story? is an there stage employability skills course aimed at people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and live in Hackney.

Using theatre and film-making techniques to build core skill sets, they work with you to develop your employability skills and support you on to positive pathways.

Find out more: Immediate Theatre Employability Programme - What’s your story?


Activities and events

Keen London - 1:1 Supported Sports and Games Sessions for Disabled Children

KEEN London is the only charity in London providing one-to-one support at free sports and activity sessions for children with additional needs or disabilities aged 5-14.

No child should miss out on the benefits of sports and physical activity and with the support of our amazing volunteers, our weekly sessions give our athletes the chance to:

  • play games
  • make friends and
  • most importantly, have fun!

At our sessions, each athlete is paired with a trained volunteer coach for individual support. This means they benefit from one-to-one attention and care.

It also means parents/carers can leave their children in a secure and safe environment. We do not operate a drop in service, all athletes must be registered.

Please contact the service to check for availability.

Find out more: Keen London - 1:1 Supported Sports and Games Sessions for Disabled Children

Circus for Young People with Autism

As part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2018 the National Centre for Circus Arts outreach programme is running two free circus workshops for young people with autism.

These sensory circus sessions are specially created for participants with autism. The National Centre for Circus Arts runs many classes for children and young artists and we know that the best circus happens when everyone comes together. We need young people with autism to come and help to test our activities and make sure they work well.

We want these workshops to become the beginning of more regular inclusive circus classes at our centre.

If your organisation is involved with any young people who would benefit from this workshop please forward this opportunity on to them!

Who: Young people aged 8 – 11 years old

Date: Thursday 7th June

Time: 4;00pm – 5:00pm

Find out more:

Who: Young people aged 12 - 15 years old

Date: Thursday 7th June

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Find out more:

Booking essential as places are limited e-mail to reserve a place.


Contact: Ella Kenny

Phone: 020 7613 8266

Short Breaks and HiT Squad -  Summer Afternoon Event

Hackney Short breaks service and Hit Squad are running a Summer event for families of and young people with additional needs to come and

find out more about fun activities and leisure services in Hackney.

Date: 26th June

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Booking required:

Disability Sport Coach

Disability Sports Coach believe that disabled people should be physically active. We create worthwhile sport and physical activity opportunities that have a positive impact on disabled people's lives.

All disabilities and impairments are welcome at our clubs. Club Hackney is one of our busiest clubs and our members are particular fans of Tennis and Boccia.

Find out more: Disability Sport Coach

FESTABLE - National event

FESTABLE is The UK’s first National Festival of Specialist Learning debates the key issues facing young people with disabilities and learning difficulties and looks for solutions.

It’s an opportunity for professionals, parents and young people to join forces and work together. Hosted by National Star at its fully accessible campus near Cheltenham.

One of the keynote speakers is the excellent Stephen Parsons who’s previous role was as one of Hackney’s long term Speech and Language Therapist. 

Find out more:

ADHD workshops for parents/carers run by CAMHS

Specialist CAMHS are running drop in information sessions on ADHD.

Sessions will cover definitions, causes, other commonly occurring difficulties, information and support.

The use of medication and how this works, potential risks and benefits, assessments to see if this is a suitable option.

The group is aimed at parents/carers who have a child with a diagnosis of ADHD and want to find out more.

Young people aged 11 – 16 with a diagnosis are also welcome to attend. There are no crèche facilities.

There is no need to book but please contact the service in advance if you need an interpreter.

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Date: Thursday 23rd June

Topic: What is ADHD?


Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Date: Thursday 5th July

Topic: ADHD and medication.

Venue: Both sessions will take place at CAMHS, 15 Homerton Row, E9 6ED

Offer of free support to use Hackney’s Local Offer website for parents/carers and setting’s staff

If you have groups of parents and or staff (8 or more) who need to access SEND information on services and support in Hackney but are less confident in using the website I can come and run a session to demonstrate and support them to become more familiar with Hackney’s Local Offer website.

I can show them how to make a bespoke directory of relevant information to print if you have the facilities or save digitally if that is helpful for them. Alternatively I am happy to suggest information to print off and display in your settings.

Contact me via the contact button at the top of every page of the website.

Hackney’s Local Offer website April's SEND updates...


  • HIP event - Provision Management training parents event
  • CDC event and
  • Provision Management - training for professionals
  • SENDIAGS – Behaviour for learning


SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power (KIP) workshop for parents and carers - Annual Review – Making it Work For You.

For those parents whose children have an EHC Plan and for those that are currently going through the EHC Needs process.

  • Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Venue: Meeting Room 5 – Hackney Learning Trust   

Future events, topics and dates available on : Hackney Local Offer – What’s On?


Recommended by parents:

Hackney’s Local Offer website is coproduced with parents and carers. This helps us capture some of the helpful information discovered by them and share it with others.

Ambitious About Autism  school exclusions guide

'School Refusal' (also referred to as School Anxiety; School Phobia; Emotionally Based School Non-Attendance; or Anxiety Based School Avoidance) is a term used to describe the reaction of children and young people who experience extreme anxiety and distress in relation to attending school.

Two new guides on School refusal have been recommended by parents for inclusion on Hackney’s Local Offer website.

nfis – School’s guide to supporting a child when they struggle to attend school

nfis Parent’s guide to supporting a child when they struggle to attend school

We hope other parents and schools find these helpful in trying to address issues related to school refusal.

New information on Hackney’s Local Offer website

New documents:

Hackney Learning Trust has recently published a Position Statement: Approaches to Autism.

You can find this document on Hackney’s Local Offer in the Help and Advice article “What is autism?” or via the link below.

Find out more: Hackney Learning Trust -  Position Statement: Approaches to Autism

School exclusions

The Government has commissioned a review of school exclusions. The Secretary of State for Education has asked Edward Timpson to lead this review.

Edward Timpson was previously Minister of State for Children and Families who over saw the implementation of the SEND reforms and whoes previous responsibilities included special educational needs and disabilities.

The Government supports head teachers in using exclusion as a sanction where it is warranted. This review will explore how head teachers use exclusion in practice, and why some groups of pupils are more likely to be excluded.

Find out more: DfE - A Review of School Exclusions: terms of reference

Hackney’s Learning Trust’s Exclusions Team has produces a Parents Promise Leaflet. You can find this in the download section of the Help and Advice article School exclusions - information and advice or via the link below. Find out more: Hackney’s Learning Trust’s Exclusions Team - Parents Promise Leaflet.

New entries in the directory…

St Mary’s Secret Garden - natural wellbeing service for individuals with support needs - Horticultural Therapy for people with disabilities, those experiencing mental health issues and older residents with long term health needs. We use nature, our garden and gardening as a means to improve skills, wellbeing and create a sense of belonging.

Find out more: St Mary’s Secret Garden - natural wellbeing service for individuals with support needs

SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) -  is the only dedicated support network in the UK for families of children and young adults with undiagnosed genetic conditions.

It is free for any family in the UK with a child (0-25) affected by an undiagnosed genetic condition to join SWAN.

Find out more: SWAN (syndromes without a name)


Safe Haven Basketball 

Safe haven basketball -  is a disability inclusive Basketball club for 11 - 24 year olds. All abilities are welcome.

Find out more: Safe Haven Basketball Club - Inclusive basketball

Updated information…

Ellie is back from leave and available to help parents: Information & Advice - Hackney Ark Resource Centre

Refugee Workers Cultural Association - is an educational and social charity organisation that exists to help relive poverty, members of the community and improve the conditions of life particularly for those of Kurdish or Turkish decent who live in Hackney.

Find out more: Refugee Workers Cultural Association

Parenting programmes available in Hackney - A range of parenting programmes are available in Hackney. Below you can find information about SEND specific sessions.

The sessions are for families who all have children with additional needs and are a good way to meet other parents and share experiences and tips.

We try to keep these updated on Hackney’s Local Offer websites “What’s On?” page.

Positive Parenting - Positive Parenting provides a support to parents who have a child with mild to severe learning difficulties.

Parents are supported to develop positive strategies in parenting children with special needs.

Each session helps parents to develop their understanding of relevant issues, share and learn from each other.

Parents attending should have a child with a 3-8 years old developmental level.

Note: These sessions are for children without autism who are also known to Hackney Ark.

For parents of children with Complex needs

  • 6 weekly sessions
  • Each session runs for 2 hours
  • 8 -10 families in a group
  • Each group is led by clinical psychologists.

Topics covered includes:

  • Building positive relationship your child (praise and play)
  • Understanding your child’s behaviour as a way of communication,
  • Managing challenging behaviours
  • Attitudes and beliefs regarding parenting a child with special needs

Contact: Miri Sizak-Cohen 020 7014 7071

Cygnet group - The Barnardos Cygnet Programme is a 6 week programme for parents of children aged 8 and above who have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder.

It brings parents together for weekly group training sessions with the aim of helping them:

  • develop an understanding of their child’s condition
  • develop their child’s communication
  • find ways to manage their child’s behaviour

The programme is free.

Aimed at parents known to Hackney Ark. Parents who are interested will need to be referred.

Self-referrals are accepted from families who have been known to CAMHS Disability.

Crèche provided on request.

Refreshments provided

Date: May – June 2018 - 6 weeks (Term time only)

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

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

This group is currently full but is operating a waiting list.

Please contact:  Lizzie Hampson (020 7014 7071) for further information.

CAMHS Café - is a group for parents and carers of children with moderate-severe disabilities (not autism) already known to Hackney Ark.

This is a group for parents/carers only.

If you are a professional who is interested in the group

Parents welcome to drop in any time between 10am-12pm, on the last Monday of every month.

The programme is free.

No crèche provided but children are welcome in the group.

Refreshments provided.

Dates: Last Monday of every month (Term time only)

  • 30/04/18
  • 21/05/18
  • 25/06/18
  • 16/07/18

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

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

Contact: Miri Sizak-Cohen 020 7014 7071

ASD parents coffee morning -  is a group for parents and carers of children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder known to Hackney Ark.

Please note this group is not suitable for parents of children who are currently waiting for an assessment of autism or undergoing an assessment of autism.

This is a group for parents/carers only. Professional interested in the group can contact the service to find out more.

The programme is free.

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

Refreshments provided.

Parents welcome to drop in any time between 10am-12pm.

Date: Wednesdays (Term time only)

  • 18/04/18
  • 16/05/18
  • 13/06/18
  • 11/07/18

Time: 10am-12pm

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

Contact: Lizzie Hampson - 020 7014 7071

A parenting programmes guide is also available from Hackney Family Information Service: Hackney Learning Trust - parenting programmes guide

Children's Disability Forum (CDF) City and Hackney - Parents Peer Support Sessions - are opportunities to discuss issues that affect parents raising children with disabilities and offer a chance to get to know each other in a safe space. Topic for Discussion: Your experience of getting a clinical diagnosis for your child. Come and share your story and enjoy meeting other parents who have gone through similar experiences.

  • Date: 25th April 2018
  • Time: 11am until 1pm
  • Venue: The Huddleston Centre. 30 Powell Road, London, E5 8DJ

Contact: Anjie Mailey – Coordinator  0208 985 9089

SEND Tribunal: single route of redress national trial - The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a two-year trial.

The trial will apply to decisions made or EHC plans issued/amended from 3 April 2018.

Find out more: What is a tribunal?

Beyond Feelings - is a community counselling service providing high quality low-cost counselling for a range of issues at an affordable rate.

Find out more: Beyond Feelings Community Counselling Service

Best start HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young) - is a popular 8 week FREE fun programme designed to give babies and young children (0-5 years) a good start and to help the whole family to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Find out more: BEST Start with HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young)

Wheelchair basketball - The London Sparrows formerly known as the Hackney Sparrows is the oldest wheelchair basketball club in London and welcomes men, women, juniors, seniors and both disabled and able-bodied players.

Find out more: London Sparrows - Wheelchair Basketball Club

PATOSS - is the Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) and is concerned with helping the teaching and support of individuals with SpLD: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD and Aspergers syndrome. Find tutors and assessors on-line, book conferences and training events, access information about Specific Learning Difficulties, download free resources, purchase resources.

Find out more: PATOSS

Carers Card – helps you receive discounts on goods in some Hackney retailers, leisure centres and alternative therapists participating in the scheme including pharmacies, a florist, cafes and restaurants, the Rio Cinema, opticians, jewellers and many more.

Find out more:

Short Breaks – keep up to date with activities on Hackney’s Short Breaks blog:

Shelter – London Advice Service:  information, advice, support, legal services and campaigns on issues related to homelessness

Shelter’s Hackney Family Service supports families who are at risk of homelessness and dealing with other issues. Free appointments for expert housing advice on a range of housing topics, signposting to community advice surgeries that provide tailored advice on housing and welfare benefits.

Find out more: Shelter - Hackney and London Advice Service

New address and contact details - London Gypsy Travellers - supports Travellers and Gypsies living in London:

  • influence decisions affecting their lives
  • to improve their quality of life and the opportunities available to them
  • to challenge the discrimination they routinely experience

Find out more: London Gypsy and Travellers

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 or both. The Sensory Team provides specialist equipment to aid mobility, communication & daily living according to their assessed needs. The Sensory Team run a drop-in clinic every Thursday morning 10am  – 12pm.

Please ask at reception at the Hackney Service Centre for room G.45. Find out more: Sensory Team

Free Hackney Local Offer website training for parents and staff to become confident and familiar with the site and understand it’s remit and benefits.  

  • Hackney’s Local Offer coordinator can come into setting to speak with groups of parents and carers and or staff about the website and introduce them to using it to find helpful information.
  • It may be possible to attend parents evenings at schools with higher numbers if SEND pupils with an information table and assist parents in finding useful information using it.
  • On the Last Tuesday of every month there is a FREE drop in session at Hackney Ark. Poster attached.

Updated information and regular dates for ongoing support and information sessions for parents can be found on the What’s On? page.

Find out more: What’s on?

Please keep using and signposting parents to the information on it.

Hackney’s Local Offer website is collaborative website. If you find something SEND relevant worth sharing we can look to see if it’s possible to include it.

Links to Hackney Learning Trust’s new website have been updated. If you come across any broken links or incorrect information please let us know via the contact up button in the top bar of every page on the site so that we can correct it.

Please make sure information about your service and what it offers is current, helpful and accurate.

Please continue to encourage parents and carers to use the website as a useful tool in helping them with SEND related support, planning and queries.

Please help parents who are less confident in using the site to benefit from the information by printing relevant entries using the shortlist function or direct them to the last Tuesday sessions or help them contact the relevant organisations that can help.

Hackney Local Offer website March SEND updates...

Please see below for new and enhanced information added to Hackney’s Local Offer website.

City of London are Having their Ofsted and CQC Joint Local Area SEND Inspection this week so we wish our colleagues there well.

Hackney's Joint Local Area SEND Inspection took place from the 27th November - 1st December 2017. Information about the inspection and results from Hackney’s SEND Inspection have been published.

Find out more:  Ofsted and CQC Local Area SEND Inspections

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: Short Breaks - Hit Squad

Special Care and Paediatric (children’s) Dental Service for children with SEND who need enhanced support from a dental service. It provides dental care to children and adults with special dental care needs. Hackney had a new provider for this service and the new contact details and links have been updates on the site. The service still runs from St Leonards in Kingsland Road.

Find out more: Special Care and Paediatric (children’s) Dental Service

Information for professionals

SEND Provision Management Training - final 2 sessions

Hackney is delivering refresher training to SENCO’s and key professionals who support schools on provision management.

The half day training sessions will be delivered by Mary Hrekow - Dreyfus Training & Development. SEND Provision Management Training Poster attached

Date: Tuesday 24/04/18

Time: 9.30 – 12.30  or 1.30 – 4.30

Venue: Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Rd, London E8 3ND

Book your place via Eventbrite:


After discussion at the SENCo forum we thought the following information would be helpful.

Hackney SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service (SENDIAGS) - SENDIAGS remit is to provide information, advice and support (IAS)  to parents carers of and young people with SEND.

Hackney SENDIAGS are a statutory service funded by Hackney Learning Trust. The relationship is arm's length and impartial. SENDIAGS offers the following services to parents, carers or young people themselves:

  • helping  thinking about contribution for any assessment
  • information on support including Independent Support if they are going through an EHC needs assessment or transfer review
  • helping  to prepare for meetings and have an effective say in discussions about support and provision
  • signpost the above group to relevant local and national sources of information, advice and support
  • support through attendance at meetings when appropriate
  • meeting with parent support groups and forums
  • runs a range of training and events which are focused on SEND related topics

See flyer attached to e-mail for next event. SENDIAGS Service leaflet also attached.

Note: The transfer deadline to have moved entirely from the old system to the new system (EHC Plans) is very close and all those working to support parent carers and young people are working very hard to meet this deadline in addition to their other work. If you are trying to contact SENDIAGS please leave a message and contact details and someone will get back to you.

Find out more: Hackney - SENDIAGS

Hackney Independent Forum for Parents/Carers of Children with Disabilities (HiP) - HiP is run by parents and carers for anyone whose child (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’s work is heavily supported by parents and carers who volunteer their time because they are passionate about helping other families and children and young people with disabilities.   

Forum activity include:

  • passing on information to parents and carers about services their child/young person might use
  • taking parents’ concerns forward to service managers and representing parents on various boards and committees related to the SEND reforms
  • training and mentoring parents interested in becoming representatives
  • helping to improve access to and communication between families and services
  • organising training days and consultation events for families to feedback on current services
  • linking with forums in the UK to share ideas

HiP is part of a wider network of parent carer forums known as The NNPCF working together to effect local and national service improvement through participation and co-production. Parent Carer Forums include parent carers with a range of experiences in Health, Education and Social Care as their children have a wide range of conditions. Forums receive a small grant from the Department of Education to help them engage with wider groups of relevant parents. This funding covers costs for events and some of the administrative costs of running the organisations. Parents carer forums may also be asked by their local authorities to assist with specific work that meets the aim of increasing and facilitating parental engagement. Funding for these arrangement may be agreed.

Information about upcoming HiP events for parents and carers from HiP. Please pass this information onto parents and carers in your settings or that you work with.

  • Open Day Event "Re-group and recruit" Come and meet other parents, share your views and concerns, compare your child’s EHC Plans with others.

Help shape inclusive leisure activities -  HIT Squad are hoping to set up more inclusive leisure activities in Hackney and would like to hear from parents about what sort of groups are wanted and what is and isn’t working now.  Relaxed and interactive chat with other parents and carers living in Hackney and service providers. Lunch also provided.

Date: 23 March

Time: 9:30am to 1pm

Venue: Pembury Community Centre - 1 Atkins Square, E8 1FA

  • The Law In A Day: Key legal issues in health, education and social care for disabled children and young people aged 0-25 and their families. Steve Broach top legal SEND expert and a chance to book 1:1 advice with a SEND law professional. 

Date: 26 the March:

Time: 9:30am to 2:30pm

Venue: Forest Road Youth Club, 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY

Booking Essential via Eventbrite:

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


Information relevant to young people with SEND

6th Form Open days at Hackney Community College at New City College:

  • Saturday 17 March 2018
  • Wednesday 28 March 2018
  • Wednesday 9 May 2018
  • Wednesday 27 June 2018

Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm (Wednesday) 11.00am – 3.00pm (Saturday)

Venue: Shoreditch Campus,

              Falkirk Street,

              N1 6HQ

Phone: 020 7613 9123

Contact details for school and college 6th Forms

Hackney’s Supported Internships - Hackney’s Supported Internship providers have all enhanced the information on their programmes. Links below:

Raising awareness of young people’s mental health matters - Hackney CVS is holding an Free interactive learning event, ‘It’s okay – let’s talk about us – you are not alone,’ This event will include talks from mental health professionals and provide an opportunity for young people to normalise the discussion around mental health.

  • Date: Friday, 23 March 2018
  • Time: 5.45pm -  9.00pm
  • Venue: Hackney CVS, The Adiaha Antigha Centre, 24-30 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ

Booking form:


The Big Do - Save the Date! - HIVE will be holding the Big Do this year. The Big Do is a regular coproduced event for adults with learning disabilities.

  • Information stalls from a wide range of services
  • performances
  • workshops for attendees
  • lunch
  • opportunities to socialise and meet other people


Date: March 21st 2018

Venue: Stoke Newington Town Hall. Church Street. N16 0JR.

Contact: Joan Foley - Empowerment Support Worker

Phone: 0300 456 2370


Information and advice for parents, carers and young people

New article - A new article is available on benefits and financial help for families and people who have additional needs and or disabilities. There is a ”Who can help” section at the end of the article which identifies organisations in Hackney and elsewhere that provide more personalised advice and practical support. Please do share with parent carers and others.

Find out more: Money matters - benefits and sources of financial help...

SENDIAGS - Knowledge is Power (KIP) workshop for parents and carers - Annual Review – Making it Work For You. For those parents whose children have an EHC Plan and for those that are currently going through the EHC Needs process.

Flyer attached.

  • Date: Wednesday 21 March 2018
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Venue: Meeting Room 5 – Hackney Learning Trust   

Independent Support update from The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) -  The Department for Education has extended the Independent Support programme, managed by the CDC, for a further two months. Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the CDC, said: “The Council for Disabled Children is pleased that the Department for Education has chosen to extend the Independent Support programme for a further two months, so that parents and young people continue to have access to valuable support as they navigate through the Education, Health and Care (EHC) planning process”

Find out more:

Find out more: Independent Support from Hackney SENDIAGS

Find out more: Independent Support Services at KIDS

Parents one stop advice surgery - Parents and relatives often need advice from a range of agencies but are unable to access support Monday to Friday. Hackney CVS and family support organisations are working together to offer a one stop family advice session. Advice and support can now be accessed at this Saturday Parents Advice Surgery

  • Date: Saturday, 24 March 2018,
  • Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Venue: Hackney CVS, 24-30 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ

Parents can get free 1:1 guidance and support from a range of organisations: 

  • Health and Children's mental well-being, ELFT
  • Education, Leaps & Bound
  • Education Services and CEN  
  • Housing, Shelter 
  • Employment, African Community School 
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drugs Awareness, Peer Influence and Drugs Awareness, Parents Voice
  • Fathers Support, Father 2 Father 
  • Budgeting and finance, Skillspool Training

To book a place contact:

Book by Wednesday 14 March 2018 

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)


SEND Consultation updates

Investing in New SEND Provision - consultation feedback and update

Hackney Council, along with other local authorities, has been allocated government capital grants funding to invest in provision for children and young people with SEND specifically those with Education, EHC Plans. This grant funding is to be used to develop new places or expand existing provision to help meet the increase in pupils with EHC Plans in the borough. A report on this consultation is available now and  a plan of intent for the SEND capital funding and an accompanying cover report will be published on Hackney’s Local Offer website by Wednesday 14 March.

SEND Funding Arrangements Consultation findings

Hackney Council has published the findings of the SEND Funding Arrangements Consultation which ran from 31st October until 21st December.

We have listened to feedback during the consultation, and in useful meetings with parents and teachers, and as a result I will recommend to Cabinet next month that we do not to go forward with the proposed changes. Instead we will work together to find a way to ensure pupils with SEND continue to receive the support they need, but in a way that is sustainable in the long term.” Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor.

To keep up to date with SEND relevant consultations check the consultations and engagement opportunities page of Hackney’s Local Offer.

Find out more:

Updated information and regular dates for ongoing support and information sessions for parents can be found on the What’s On? page.

Find out more: What’s on?

Please keep using and signposting parents to the information on it.

Hackney’s Local Offer website is collaborative.

If you find out about anything SEND relevant worth sharing with others send it through so we can look at the possibility of including it.

We are in the process of updating all links to Hackney learning Trusts new website.

Please make sure information about what you do is helpful and accurate.

If you spot any broken links or incorrect information please let us know via the contact up button in the top bar of every page on the site.

2019 New Year updates....

Employability programme “London Futures” for young people Learning Disabilities and or mental health difficulties

New employability programme “London Futures” from The Change Foundation, for young people with Learning Disabilities and or mental health difficulties.

Start date is 18th January but there is flexibility to join later in the year. Please contact the service for specific details.

Find out more: The Change Foundation - London Futures


Care Trade – The Autism Project Supported Internship

Care Trade – The Autism Project Supported Internship 2 year programme are holding open days/ information sessions on:

  • Friday January 11th
  • Friday 1st February

Attend to find out about more about these autism specific supported internship for 18-25 year olds.

For more information or to book a place please contact:

Jemma Dear - The Autism Project Manager


Phone: 07432570350

Are you the parent of an autistic adult aged 18-25?

Hackney Ark are developing an ASD Coffee Morning specifically for parents of 18-25 year olds.

Do you have questions about adulthood, mental health services, or need to chat with other parents and professionals to support family life?

If you or someone else you know might be interested, please come along to one of these sessions at Hackney Ark:

  • Tues 22nd Jan, 10am-12pm
  • Tues 26th Feb, 10am-12pm

Find out more or book to attend, please call CAMHS Disability and ask for Lily Levy or Janine Michelotti: 020 7014 7071


Hackney SENDIAGS – Knowledge is Power parent information sessions

Topic: Preparing for Adulthood & Post-16: Moving on to Training and Education

  • Update on approach to Post-16
  • Post-16 EHC Plans
  • Preparing for adulthood objectives
  • Planning from Year 9
  • Overview of the service provided by Prospects
  • Which sixth form can my child go to?
  • What courses can my child do and where?
  • Where can my child go if they do not meet the criteria for sixth form?
  • Provision between 16-19 and 19 - 25
  • What parents and young people need to know about Post-16 options
  • Mental capacity and voice of the young person

Date: Wednesday 16th January 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue: Meeting Room 5, 2nd Floor, Hackney Learning Trust

Contact SENDIAGS to find out more.


Phone: 020 7275 6036


CAMHS ADHD Parent information sessions

First Tuesday of every month.

Time: 9:30 – 12:30pm

Venue: CAMHS, Homerton Row, E9 6ED

Sessions will cover:

Understanding ADHD – psychoeducation and medication overview

Managing behaviours associated with ADHD

Managing family stress associated with ADHD

To find out more or book a place contact: Ellen O’Gorman – (Assistant Psychologist) 020 3222 5600


Mind The Gap – a transition group for teenagers with high functioning autism

This group of sessions is for teenagers with high-functioning autism aged 14 – 18 the age when the move into adult life is taking place.

Using the research and toolkit from #KNOWYOURNORMAL the group aims to look at

What ASD is and what it means for you – 16th January

Interests, hobbies and routines – 23rd January

Health and self-care – 30th January

Relationships – 6th February

Mental Health and Wellbeing – 13th February

The final session will be a trip chosen by the young people either during half term week / 20th February or the following week 27th February.

To find out more or get referred contact: Ellen O’Gorman @ CAMHS –  020 3222 5600 or Miranda Gavin @ Hackney Ark 020 7014 7176

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