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The Children’s Disability Forum - City and Hackney

Homerton Grove Adventure Playground,
Wardle Street,
E9 6BX
Telephone: 0208 985 9089


Who we are...

The Children’s Disability Forum City and Hackney helps provide peer support for parents and carers.

We are a users led forum for parent-carers to come together to talk about health and social issues and challenges they face raising a child, children or young person with a disability. 

What we do...

Sharing and supporting

Our parent-carer led forum is an opportunity to come together and discuss health and social issues or challenges faced when raising a child, children or young person with a disability. The forum is an opportunity to share thoughts and useful information with each other.

Discussions with disabled young people is about what matters most to them when they think about their health. One-to-one appointments are available to meet and talk openly with young people or their parent-carers about their experiences related to disability, health and social issues.  

Informing and influencing 

Themes emerging from this work and discussions with young people and parent-carers are fed back to be taken into consideration by City & Hackney's NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) during further service development. 

Information and signposting

The Children’s Disability Forum also offer an information and signposting service. If we don’t have the information you need about local health services, we will help you try and find it.

High quality, creative activities for young disabled people

During the Summer holidays The Children’s Disability Forum provides a week long programme of high quality, creative activities for young disabled people aged 12-25 years old. These activities focus on promoting the “voice” of young disabled people and finish with an event or performance for; parent-carers, friends and family, interested service leads and people of influence in all sectors. 

Since 2016 we have partnered with Hackney Empire and other partners to run the Summer programme. You can find out more about this work in the reports listed in the download section of this page. 

    Come and join us...

    ● 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?

    We believe that "Together we can make a difference!". 

    We are always looking for more young people under 25 who live in City and Hackney, have a disability or additional needs and want to be part of a small group that we hope will make a difference to the lives of other young people. If this sound like something you would like to be involved in get in touch with us.

    Call the Huddleston Centre and leave us a message with your phone number or email address: 0208 985 9089


    Record Last Updated on: 22/09/2020

    Local Offer


    We do not provide specialist support.

    We are not a counselling service and are not qualified to provide this support.

    We offer facilitated peer support from like-minded people.  

    Time / Date Details

    Time of day

    • Morning
    • Afternoon

    Session Information

    Check our website or call us to find out more

    Other Details

    Who is eligible?

    The Children’s Disability Forum does not have regular set days for activities and groups.

    Sessions are arranged and advertised to members with plenty of notice.

    Call the service to find out more or check the website. 

    Referral required?


    Referral Details

    Formal referrals from other services are not required.  

    Self-referrals are warmly welcomed

    What to do if you have a complaint

    Feedback is important to services and helps them understand how to make sure people using the service have a good experience. 

    If you have feedback about this service, something you liked or were not happy with, you can talk about it with the worker or service manager who will try to help. 

    Please contact us by phone or e-mail. 


    How to Get Here

    Mini buses are available for children attending youth groups who are not able to travel on public transport. Transport provided by the service must be arrange with us in advance. 

    Our main venue is wheelchair accessible and there is a lift to all public areas. 

    Please note: We are in a temporary venue and sessions or activities may take place at other venues but we always prioritise the access of our parent-carers and young people. 

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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.

    Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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