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Huddleston Centre

Address:
Forest Road Youth Hub,
Hackney,
London,
E8 3BY
E-mail: [info@huddlestoncentre.org.uk, cassandra@huddlestoncentre.org.uk]
Telephone: 020 8985 9089
Website: www.huddlestoncentre.org.uk

Description

Who we are...

The Huddleston supports and enables young disabled people to live the life they choose by creating a voice and a safe space for young disabled people in Hackney.

Our vision is for children and young people with disability living in Hackney to have ongoing opportunity to thrive, achieve their potential and have their rights and interests as individuals met.


What we do...

The service provides a safe space for young disabled people in Hackney to make friends, take part in regular weekly social, fun, creative activities and opportunities.

Our services for young people run mainly in the evenings after school or college or in some instances the holidays.

We also partner with the CCG Children’s Disability Forum City and Hackney who run engagement opportunities and information and feedback sessions for families and young people about their experiences, priorities, views and wishes which can be shared with health commissioners.


Cool Gang Club

What: The Cool Gang Club is for young people with disabilities aged 9 - 15 years old to take part in; recreational Activities, Social opportunities, educational activities. 

Day: Tuesday's term time

Time: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm @ Forest Road Youth Hub

Travel: We encourage independent travel to all of our activities but the Huddleston centre also provides a pick-up and drop-off bus service for members in need of travel support. Please contact the service for more details.


Access Project

What: Exercise and swimming for young people aged 9 - 17 years old who have profound disabilities. Young people eligible for Short Breaks can access this for free. 

Travel: We encourage independent travel to all of our activities but the Huddleston centre also provides a pick-up and drop-off bus service for members in need of travel support. Please contact the service for more details.

Venue: Meet at Forest Road but sessions take place at The Britannia Leisure Centre.

Note: Please bring a swimming costume, towel and light snack.

Day: Wednesday's Term Time

Time: 3:30 pm - 7:30pm @ Forest Road Youth Hub to travel to Britannia Leisure Centre. 

Travel: We encourage independent travel to all of our activities but the Huddleston centre also provides a pick-up and drop-off bus service for members in need of travel support. Please contact the service for more details.


Huddleston Social Club

What: Weekly Friday night social club for young people aged 16-25 years. Members  take part in a range of activities including outings, learning about health and independence, games, sports, and film nights.

The Social Club is funded by The Huddleston Centre and supported by private donors.

Venue: Forest Road Youth Hub

Day: Friday’s term time

Time: 6pm – 10pm 

Travel: We encourage independent travel to all of our activities but the Huddleston centre also provides a pick-up and drop-off bus service for members in need of travel support. Please contact the service for more details.


Short Breaks at Huddleston

The Huddleston is an approved Short Breaks provider for Hackney providing a wide range of activities for young people with disabilties age 9-17 to access during the holidays.

We do everything from cinema trips, ice-skating, adventure walks, sports and cookery classes. Please contact the service for more details.

Short Breaks are for eligible young people aged 9-17 years who are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) at middle or higher rate.

Find out more: Short Breaks

Time: Half-terms, Easter and Summer Holidays. Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:30 pm

Travel: We encourage independent travel to all of our activities but the Huddleston centre also provides a pick-up and drop-off bus service for members in need of travel support. Please contact the service for more details.


Limitless (previously known as Hackney Village)

Limitless 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 offers an opportunity to collaborate with practicing actors, musicians, artists and designers, to co-create and develop their own show performed to the public live at the end of the week on stage 2 at Hackney Empire.

This is a popular project and booking is essential and accepted from June in the year it takes place. Contact the service to find out more. 

Notes

Huddleston venue and location update

Due to ongoing maintenance work at the premises at St James Church, The Huddleston Centre is currently running all programmes and activities from the Young Hackney Forest Road Hub in Dalston. This is a great venue, fully accessible, and will be the temporary location until confirmation of a permanent location (hopefully in Spring 2020).

Record Last Updated on: 25/11/2019

Local Offer

Description

The Huddleston projects aim to accommodate all the support needs, triggers, personal care needs, allergies of members. These are discussed in the referral meeting where a suitable project or activity will be identified. Huddleston’s referral process is detailed below.

Time / Date Details

Session Information

Evening projects – Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Term Time only
Short Breaks activities 9:30am - 4:30pm during school and college holidays or half terms

Other Details

Costs

Small membership fee for the year
Some activities may ask for a contribution e.g. bowling, cinema but parents/cares/members are pre-informed

Who is eligible?

  • Disabled young people/adults aged between 9 - 25
  • Living in the Borough of Hackney
  • For some projects, you will need to be registered with Short Breaks

Referral required?

Yes

Referral Details

Anyone can make a referral for a young person to attend Huddleston activities.

Self-referrals from families and you/young people are welcomed. 

Service providers including; key workers, social workers, teachers, SENCOs family support workers may also make referrals. 

To make a referral contact the service or e-mail the Huddleston Youth Project Manager:  cassandra@huddlestoncentre.org.uk

What to do if you have a complaint

You can give feedback through sessional staff as well as the contact below. If there is someone specific you feel comfortable talking to, get in touch and we will try to arrange this.

If you have feedback or a complaint please contact the Supervisor or Project Manager. 

If this does not resolve your concern please contact the Huddleston’s Director.

If you are still not happy with the response/decision you can contact the Management Committee.

Can parents & young people buy this service as part of their SEND personal budget?

Yes

SEND Personal Budget - Notes

Please contact the centre for more information

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243, 277, 488 

Train: Dalston Junction

The Huddleston encourages independant travel to all activities but also provides a pick-up and drop-off bus service for members in need of travel support.

Please contact the service for more details.

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