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Huddleston Centre

30 Powell Road,
E5 8DJ
Telephone: 020 8985 9089


The Huddleston Centre provides a fun and creative safe space for young disabled people in Hackney.

Making friends providing support:

Regular weekly groups provide a variety of social opportunities and fun activities:

  • Immediate Theatre - Mondays
  • HenPower - Tuesdays
  • Cool Gang Club – Tuesdays (for those aged 9-15years)
  • Access Project - Wednesday
  • Social Club - Fridays (for those aged 16-25years)


Creating a voice and a safe space for young disabled people in Hackney

Our vision is that children and young people with disability living in Hackney are afforded every opportunity to thrive, achieve their potential and that their rights and interests as individuals are met.

Supporting and enabling young disabled people to live the life they choose.

The Huddleston Centre supports The Children’s Disability Forum City and Hackney


The Huddleston Centre is a Short Breaks provider

The Centre can provide:

  • support workers
  • fully accessible transport and
  • specialist equipment

…to enable local young people to have a Short Break.

Short Breaks allow young people with a disability to have an enjoyable break away from their main carer and gives their carer a break from their caring responsibilities.

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).

Find out more: Short Breaks

Services run mainly in the evenings and after school or college.

Depending on funding additional holiday schemes and some Saturday Projects are run.

Activities vary and are based on:

  • what the members request
  • issues that members face
  • developing skills and independence
  • activities the members enjoy

Regular clubs include...

The Cool Gang Club 

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

  • Recreational Activities
  • Social opportunities
  • Educational activities

Day: Tuesday's term time

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

Find out more: contact the service and ask for Cassandra

Huddleston centre - The Access Project

Excercise and swimming for young people aged 9 - 17 years old who have profound disabilities. Support provided on a one to one basis.

Young people come to the centre and a drop off service can be provided to bring them home afterwards.

It may be possible to arrange for school transport (if they recieve this service) to bring them to the centre to meet up for the session.

Venue: Sessions take place at The Britannia Leisure Centre.

Meet at The Huddleston Centre and please bring a swimming costume, towel and light snack.

Day: Wednesday's Term Time

Time: 4:15pm - 7:30pm

The Huddleston projects aim to accomodate all the support needs, triggers, personal care needs, allergies of it's members. These are discussed in the referral meeting where a suitable project will be identified.

The Huddleston Centre has a referral process- please see the notes below.

Record Last Updated on: 12/10/2018

Time / Date Details

Time of day


Session Information

Monday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday 10am - 9.30pm
Wednesday 10am - 7.30pm
Thursday 10am - 10pm
Friday from 10am - 10pm
Please note: times may vary depending on projects that are running
Please contact for more information
Evening projects run term time only
Some projects may vary as funding is to run a certain amount of club nights for the year

Other Details


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

Referral required?


Referral Details

Access Criteria

  • 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

Anyone can make a referral for a young person to attend the centre. You can self-refer; key workers, social workers, teachers, SENCO, and family can also refer you/young people.

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have a complaint, you would contact the supervisor or Project Manager.  Following that, you would contact the Director. If you are still not happy with the response/decision, you would contact the Management Committee.

You can give feedback through the same channels as well as the sessional staff.

If there is someone specific you feel comfortable talking to, get in touch and we can see if we can arrange this.

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


SEND Personal Budget - Notes

Please contact the centre for more information

How to Get Here

Buses: 48, 55, 106, 253, 254, 425, 488

Train: Clapton

Parking: private car park, limited free parking on Powell Road

Transport to service? The Huddleston encourages independent travel but do offer a pick-up and drop-off service for most of the projects that are run.

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