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As1 – parent support group

c/o Hackney Ark Resource Centre,
Hackney Ark,
Downs Park Road,
E8 2FP
Telephone: 07951583223 (10am – 5pm)


Who we are...

As1 (as one) are registred charity offering a parent led support group for parents and carers of children, young people and young adults who have special educational needs and or disability (SEND). 

As1 offers a community of like-minded individuals with shared experiences who provide friendship, support and understanding for one another.

As1 believe parents are experts by experience and that they can use their experiences to help each other.

What we do...

We offer an online support network, run coffee mornings and support groups, organise days out and events while aiming to raise awareness of the role of parent-carers. 

As1 Coffee, Cake and Conversation sessions 2020

Monthly coffee mornings run from Hackney Ark Resource Centre on the third Friday of the month and offer an opportunity to meet up in person, talk, share, and offer support and understanding. 

Time: 10am - 12:30pm

Date: Third Friday of the month as below for 2020

Friday 17 th January

Friday 14 th February

Friday 20 th March

Friday 24 th April

Friday 15 th May

Friday 19 th  June

Friday 17 th July

Friday 18th September

Friday 16 th October

Friday 20 th November 

These sessions offer a chance to enjoy an informal chat with likeminded parents /carers.

If you would like As1 to provide a service to establish a SEND parent-carer coffee morning in your setting, please contact Charlotte and Kiesha for more details.

Record Last Updated on: 30/09/2019

Time / Date Details

Session Information

Phone calls within working hours 10am - 5pm
WhatsApp and FaceBook groups available during and outside of working hours
Monthly meetings 3rd Friday of the month

Other Details

Who is eligible?

Any parent of a child, young person or young adult with additional needs with or without a diagnosis is welcome to attend the group.

Those wishing to attend do not have to live in Hackney and are welcome at the group wherever they are from.

Referral required?


What to do if you have a complaint

If have feedback or a concern about the service please speak with the parent leading the session who will listen and try to resolve your concern.

Feedback is welcomed as it helps As1 do more of what is helpful and improve things that are not as helpful.  

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 56, 276, 149, 67, 76, 243

Train: Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Downs

Parking: limited parking for those attending appointments and sessions

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

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