Friday, 10 February 2012

Urban Skate Jam! Victoria Park E3

Can your child skate or wants to learn or find out more? Then this is the place to come to. Okay its not specifically for special needs but they should cater for it

Its a one day extravaganzy which includes free skateboarding lessons
Monday 13th Feb
contact Dave Hime
0208 533 2057
for more information

Friday, 3 February 2012

Not Hackney or Waltham Forest but Newham

Are you aware that your Wednesday will never be the same? Tower Hamlets have an inclusive sports evening for not just children on the autism spectrum but any child with a disability.

Primary school age children
6.00 to 6.45 swimming in the training pool
7.00 to 8.00 Inclusive sports activities in the sports all

Venue: Mile end Leisure Centre, near Mile End Station on the central line
Contact Marianne Sharpe on 07984 815 760 for further info!

Hackney to Waltham Forest

I have since moved to Waltham Forest so now I will be posting things to do in Hackney AND Waltham Forest!! Double for your trouble!!

Return of the Mack

Okay, it has been ages since i have posted, hope you guys had a great Christmas and a happy new year even though its February!! Look out for some new things to do in Hackney

Friday, 11 March 2011

The Mighty Mega Sounds Club. FREE Satruday Club based at Discover in Stratford

The Mighty Mega Sounds Club is full of exciting musical and creative acitivities. Each sesssion is packed full of singing, dancing, moving and music. make your own instruments, take part in fun art actvities as you play and explore

time: unknown
Fee: Free
call 020 8536 5555 for more information

19 April 8 May 2011 :Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge -Drum specifically for those on the Autism Spectrum

Talk about proactively, Olly Cart has put together another production, this play is called Drum and will be running at Unicorn Theatre which is based in London Bridge on Tooley Street, cheap tickets! Loads of days over the easter half term to choose from. Tickets cost £12 for a carer and one child ...
check out the website!

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Half Term Activities winter 2011

Half term London events and activities promise to keep the kids busy this February, with a range of activities, exhibitions and workshops taking place throughout the month. See below for activities to keep boredom at bay during the half term holidays.

Doctor Who at Half Term
Kids of all ages (and adults) can take part in one of the Time Lord's adventures at this special interactive exhibition, which includes TARDIS sets, props from the latest series and video clips from Matt Smith.

Doctor Who Experience London

Natural History Museum
Take the kids to the Natural History Museum for a range of activities for plenty of half term fun. There's the state of the art Cocoon installation within the Darwin Centre with interactive exhibits and talks guaranteed to keep the nippers happy, as well as stunning images in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Cocoon at Darwin Centre

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Museum of Childhood
Kids can go on a discovery trail of the Museum of Childhood's collection with and get arty with all manner of special workshops over the spring half term.

Half Term at Museum of Childhood

Experience historical London
Take the little ones back in time at the Museum of London. Enjoy storytelling sessions, craft and drawing workshops and even meet Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Half Term at Museum of London

Museum in Docklands
Loads of fun half term London events will be taking place at the Museum in Docklands. All things east London will be explored - kids can get involved with art workshops, while the younger ones will love listening to some storytelling.

Half Term at Museum of London Docklands

Horniman Museum
A cracking place to take the little 'uns this half term, Horniman Museum has loads of exciting exhibits and displays. There are special kids events featuring craft sessions and tours around the museum with Mr Horniman himself.

Half Term at Horniman Museum

Imagine Childrens Literature Festival
Throughout half term, the Imagine Childrens Literature Festival is once again hosting fun and interactive literary events, as well as comedy shows, family friendly films and poetry workshops.

Imagine Childrens Literature Festival

Dinosaurs Unleashed
Take your children to meet a giant reptile or two over half term at The O2, which is hosting the Dinosaurs Unleashed show. See the huge animatronic creations and come face to face with the tyrannosaurus rex.

Dinosaurs Unleashed Tickets

O2 ice rink
Also open for half term at The O2 is the venue's ice rink. If you missed out on skating around the ice at Christmas, there's still time to go slip sliding around the ice with the kids.

O2 Ice Rink

Zippos Circus
Perfect for little clowns with a love of the big top, Zippos Circus arrives in Croydon just in time for the half term holidays.

Zippos Circus London

Head to the state of the art BFI IMAX cinema to see the latest film releases on the UK's largest screen, such as the 3D Disney adventure Tangled.

Tangled at IMAX

Theatre tickets
Take in a West End performance or two this half term. With tickets available for shows including Billy Elliot, The Lion King and Grease, there's plenty to keep even the harshest young critics entertained.

Half Term London Theatre Tickets

Tower of London
Little warriors are bound to enjoy a trip to the Tower of London over the half term holidays this year, where they can gaze at the formiddable armour in the Fit for a King display.

Fit for a King Exhibition

Marvel Super Heroes 4D
Head to the Marvel Super Heroes attraction at Madame Tussauds to see The Hulk, Spider-Man and Wolverine waxwork figures, experience a multi-sensory 4D cinema experience and get involved with a series of interactive displays.

Marvel Super Heroes at Madame Tussauds

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Autism: What games to buy. What skills to promote

Whether you want to find a fun game to push your child’s skills or you are looking for a new game for family game night, The Brain Trainer store is your one stop shop. Here at the Brain Trainer, Dr. Parker, the director, is always looking for new and exciting games that will push cognitive skills.
Looking to push certain skills, try these games.
Attention – concentration of the mind on a single object or thought.
The following games push sustained attention; the ability to stay on task for an extended period of time.
  • Selective attention; the ability to remain on task when another action is present.
  • Divided attention; the ability to switch back and forth between two tasks quickly.
  • Attention to detail; focusing on visual or auditory details.
    • Hue Knew? – by MindWare
    • Pattern Play – by MindWare
Logic and Reasoning – the ability to find patterns and problem solve. Finding alternative ways to look at or deal with situations.
  • Chocolate Fix – by Think Fun
  • Set Cubed – by Set
  • Solitaire Chess – by Think Fun
  • Noodlers – by MindWare
Math Skills – the ability to accurately add, subtract, multiply or divide. These games focus on ways to make basic arithmetic skills more automatic.
  • 7 ate 9 – by Out of the Box
  • Flip 4 – by MindWare
  • Math Dice – by Think Fun
  • Math Dice Jr. – by Think Fun
  • Zingo 123 – by Think Fun
Memory – the ability to recall previously learned information. Working memory focuses on information that is currently being worked on, while short and long term memory focus on information that was learned over a period of time.
  • Rock – by Out of the Box
  • Letter Flip – by Out of the Box
Processing Speed – the speed at which the brain processes information. Makes completing tasks faster and helps with sports such as basketball, football and soccer.
  • 7  ate 9 – by Out of the Box
  • Rock – by Out of the Box
Verbal Expression – the ability to convey a message verbally. Verbal expression looks at a person’s ability to accurately and fluently express themselves.
  • Word On The Street – by Out of the Box
  • Word On the Street Jr. – by Out of the Box
  • Smart Mouth – by Think Fun
  • Thumb Balls - by Actions in Motions
Visual Processing – the ability to process and make use of visual images. Helps one create mental picture faster and more vividly; helps one understand and “see” word math problems and read maps.
  • Backseat Drawing – by Out of the Box
  • Noodlers – by MindWare
  • Q-Bitz - by MindWare
  • Quirkle – by MindWare
  • Squint – by Out of the Box
Work Attack – the ability to convert graphic images into intelligible language. These skills are necessary to read, and working to improve them helps make reading more accurate and fluent.
  • Letter Flip – by Out of the Box
  • What’s GNU? – by Think Fun
Looking for fun party games?
Try the following:
  • Smart Mouth – by Think Fun
  • Word on the Street – by Out of the Box
  • Qwirkle – by MindWare

Saturday, 12 February 2011

understanding benefit changes Feb 2011

Confused by all the benefits changes? – help is at hand from Contact a Family
To help parents make sense of the recent welfare reforms announced by the Coalition Government and what the changes will mean for them, Contact a Family has produced a free guide to Future Benefit Changes.
Derek Sinclair, Senior Welfare Rights Specialist at Contact a Family, said: “The recently announced benefits changes amount to the biggest shake up to the benefits system in generations.  Changes include replacing means tested benefits such as income support with a new 'universal credit', major reform of Disability Living Allowance and cuts in housing benefit. It is really important that parents with disabled children understand what these changes will mean and that is why we are making our guide to Future Benefit changes available to them for free.”
The changes will impact on all families with a disabled child.  While some of the changes will not take affect for a year or two, others will start to impact from this April - including changes in housing benefit for many private tenants, and a number of tax credit cuts including reduced help with childcare costs.
While many of the changes proposed will mean cuts in financial help – there is some good news. One of the changes being made in April will allow children aged 3 or above who have a severe visual impairment to start qualifying for the high rate of the DLA mobility component.

Weekly Ballet Classes in NW London, supports those on the spectrum!

icandance caters for people with social, emotional, physical and cognitive disabilities.
icandance mixes ballet and free movement to encourage creativity, social interaction and confidence in each dancer.  icandance's unique approach to dance integrates the use of specialised educational methods, developmental movement, expressive dance, therapeutic interventions and ballet techniques.  Visit for more information or contact ( Juliet 07931 533 955 or email:

Cyber Safety: Interactive E Safety Game

There is a new internet safety game for 8 – 10 year olds called ‘Star Riders’.  This interactive game requires the user to answer questions about internet safety to increase the amount of time they have to collect stars and avoid nasty icons.  There is a leader board to encourage users to improve.  The questions users are asked will be changed every few months to reflect new themes.   
You can access this game at

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Using ordinary games to expand expressive language

use ordinary games to expand your child vocab
good games include branded games from Orchard

Teach your child to cook

did you know that there are cookbooks out there for those on the spectrum? Okay they are not specifically for them but because there are loads of pictures in them they can easily pick up how to cook! prices are quiet reasonable so check out the link, you can also find them on ebay!

okay, it only caters for those from a British background but you can always tailor things by taking your own pics and making a list of things that you use in the kitchen

Monday, 31 January 2011

Autism Viewings at Stratford Picturehouse

Autism Friendly Kids' Club
at Stratford Picturehouse

Regular Autism friendly screenings take place at Stratford Picturehouse on the first Saturday of each month as part of their Saturday Kids' Club screenings

Friday, 28 January 2011

Theatre: And The Rain Falls Down 24th Feb to 12th March 2011

And The Rain Falls Down is a visually stunning celebration of the watery things of the world.

Imagine a world where every drop of water has a life of its own. Imagine a place where rainbows form from umbrellas, where fountains spout from plugholes, and where rain really does fall down.

And The Rain Falls Down, a piece about drips, drops and downpours, is staged by Fevered Sleep, the creators of The Forest and Brilliant.

And The Rain Falls Down is aimed at theatregoers aged three and four years old and features opportunities for children to get wet. If your child wishes to join in, the Young Vic suggests you bring a change of clothing and a towel. Changing areas will be provided.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Active Fitness: Clissold Leisure Centre 11-15 Year olds

Active Fitness

Dedicated and supervised sessions introducing 11-15 year olds to using gyms and equipment correctly in a fun environment.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
4.00pm-4.45pm & 4.45pm-5.30pm
Saturday & Sunday
 12.00noon-1.00pm & 1.00pm-2.00pm
Clissold Leisure Centre.
Cost: from £2.15 per session (with Key Card)
Britannia Leisure Centre.
Cost: free (if attending with The Key)

Britannia and Clissold Park Softplay Activities £1

Activities for disabled children

Soft Play

A fun filled environment designed to challenge and stimulate children through innovative play sessions
9.30am-11.30am (under 5’s) & 10.30am-11.30am (5-12’s)
Britannia Leisure Centre
Cost: £1.00
Parental/Carer supervision required

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Aspergers Syndrome HFA Social Group

AS children are often left out socially and Val Schlanker, one of our parents, would like to co-ordinate a group for Asperger and high functioning children aged 9 - 13 to meet up for social activities eg. bowling, etc.
If you would like to participate with your child, please email Val on

Email Befriending


Many individuals with ASDs are skilled with IT, and prefer to communicate through the written word rather than face-to-face conversation.
Email befriending accommodates this, and is available via the NAS, aiming to reduce social isolation, broaden the range of social experiences open to individuals, and to build supportive relationships.
For more information contact or visit

Travel Assistance Scheme

Travel Assistance Scheme

This service is available to all disabled people in London to give them the confidence to use public transport.
It offers Travel Mentors to provide advice and a maximum of ten accompanied journeys.
As Travel mentors are not allowed to act as support workers they will not push wheelchairs or carry shopping.
The service is available Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and is free of charge. For more information call 020 7027 5822 or email

Kidscape Bullying Workshops

Bullying Workshops

Kidscape offer workshops for children who are being bullied at school.
Most of the workshops are held in London and they are free. Parents can book their child on a course by contacting Kidscape.
A high percentage of participants are on the autistic spectrum. More information on

Autiplan software

Autiplan is is web-based calendar software designed with ASD needs in mind. It features a wide choice of pictorial images to display and print out in a daily schedule.
It is only requires a web browser to access it after registering, and the basic version is free for private use by families.
Further information

Disability Student Allowance

Disability Student Allowance not to be confused with Disability Living Allowance

DSAs are available to full and part time students of all ages to help pay for anything that would aid studying, such as equipment and transport.
A diagnostic assessment is mandatory to prove eligibility.
Students are encouraged to make applications early to avoid delays when starting courses.
Apply online at finance or request further information by contacting Please note that DSAs are not repayable.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Winter Holiday playschemes December 2010

Are you aware that there are winter holiday playschemes? Well nor did i until i got it through the post!! There are five short break schemes happening all over Hackney this year
The Huddleston Centre 02089859089 contact Cassandra Delisser or Nick Davies 0208 985 9089
Kids Adventure Playground 0207 014 7109 contact the short breaks team
Laburnum Boat Club 0207 729 2915 contact Charlotte Walker
Step by Step 020 8806 4130 ext 58 or 59
Tyssen Primary School, Autism Resource Base 0208 806 4130 contact Verona de Medeiros
Please note this is a one off service and will not count towards your 100 hours

Extra support is also available during the school holidays and throughout the Short Breaks year with our 1-1 services that offer individual play support in the home and community.
Amonet 0207 093 4710  contact Nicole Veeramootoo
Ezer Leyoldos 0208 880 2488 contact Toby Berger
Kids Outreach 0208 806 6149 contact Michael Singh
Resources for Autism 0208 458 3259 contact Liza Dresner
This will be included in your 100 hours
To get more information or to sign up your child/ren onto a service, you need to contact the services directly

Gatwick and Special Needs

Gatwick has opened a new dedicated channel through passport control for children and adults with special needs and disabilities- particularly if they have any special equipment like wheelchairs. To speed up the process, they now have better technology to scan special equipment/ metal framing. But you should also tell your airline when booking travel.

Autism Suppport Services Helpline

Helpline 0845 603 79 54

runs from 10.30am ti 3.30pm Monday to Friday. It offers confidential impartial information and support to parents and other family members, individuals and voluntary and statutory organisation. They have a wide ranging database of information and fact sheets that we can send out to you on request. Some of the queries coming through the helpline this quarter have highlighted the ongoing difficulties carers face.

Angel Shed Theatre: Looking for new recruits:Islington

Angel Shed theatre has just opened its application process. They are welcoming new application to join both the Children and Youth Theatre Groups

If you are aged between 7 and 16 and would like to join them on a Thursday evening at city and islington College to enjoy an hour or of creativity, fun and confidence building then get in touch.

Tel 07910 822 412

Autism Friendly Performance: The Snow Queen

Polka Theatre World Class Theatre for Children presents Snow Queen for children aged 6-11

autism friendly performance on Thursday 30 December at 11am
The performance  duration is 1hr and 45 mins tickets £14/£10

check out the website

Please note this theatre is based in Wimbledon SW London

Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas Film Classics at Stoke Newington Town Hall 20/12/2010

A day of festive film fun, grab some popcorn and watch amazing Christmas classics on 20th December 2010 . The films are
Elf (11am)
White Christmas (2pm)
Its a Wonderful Life (7.30pm)

Stoke Newington Town Hall
Church Street
N16 0JR

for info contact

Panto Season

the Christmas period is now apon as and therefore there are loads of pantos in store for those that love them!!

Check out the usual suspects
Hackney Empire: Jack and the Beanstalk
Runs on to the 9th Jan 2011

Most schools take their students to this but incase if you want to watch it again

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Mabley Meadow Seed Sowing Day 6/11/2010 11-4

Sow wildflower seeds and plant bulbs to help turn a corner of Mabley Green into a beautiful bee and butterfly friendly meadow next spring. some gardening tools will be provided but bring your own. meet at the corner of Lee Conservancy and Eastway e9


Chatsworth Road Market 07/11, 05/12 and 12/12 11-3pm

Check out the newly revamped outside market on Chatsworth Road, this is just a pilot to start with....

Heart of Hackney Walk 13/11/2010 2-4pm

More walking
come and walk around Hackney Central and discover the secrets of the ancient parish of Hackney. however this is for 16+

check out

Fancy a bit of walking: Historical Walks in Whitechapel and Hackney 20/11/10

Fancy a bit of walking and finding out the history of Hackney at the same time?
Meet at Hackney Central Library
Saturday 20/11/2010
start time 11am
a free step counte for every person that turns up. Any questions please phone 02073643776

Bonfire and Fireworks Displays in Victoria Park and surrounding areas

For those kids who love the sensory celebration of fireworks check out the link below to dont forget fireworks are loud, so if your child cannot tolerate the loud bangs please watch from a distance

Monday, 11 October 2010

12th Hackney Scouts Firework Display at Fairmead Campsite Epping Forest 6/11/2010

Family Fireworks evening Saturday 6th November, remember to wrap up warm. This event is unsuitable for children who dont like loud noises. Call Nicola to reserve your place.
020 79238750

Games at the campsite with scout members
Sausage and mash
Sing along with the scouts

Childrens Winter Party at the Carers Centre 11/12/2010

Winter Party for children with disabilities or special needs and their families
They will provide an afternoon of fun and foood
No need to call them yet, if you are registered they will call you

party will be at th Conference Room, 96 Springfield House


Monday, 4 October 2010

Help for long Term Health Conditions: Self Management

do you have a long term health condition such as heart/lung disease,back pain, diabetes, migraine, arthritis, IBS, osteoporosis.ME, MS, crohn', stroke, depression, parkinsons etc.

Join a six week free course (2 1/2 hours per week) Challenging your condition self management course and learnnoew ways to deal with your condition. Topics include pain/symptom managment, relaxation, exercise, healthy eating, fatigue, dealing with negative feelings and relationships with health professionals.

Next courses Autumn and Summer. For information contact
0207 380 6509

book online at

Strong and Flying Group Wednesday 4.30-6pm

Acrobatic and acro balance group. Free workshops
8-12 year olds
boiler Room, Community Hall, George Downing Estate of Cazenove Road n16

Ha Ha Ha Hackney- A Night of Comedy at the Carers Centre £10 11/10/10

A night of comedy at the carers centre 11/10/2010 7.15 to 11pm. this is to help raise funds to provide short breaks  for disabled children in Hackney.

Featuring Imran Yusuf from Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow plus others.

Venue:Hackney Carers Centre 5 Tyssen St E8  2LZ for more info contact Dave on

Creative Music Workshop Stoke Newington Library 12/10/2010

Creative Music workshop 12 oct 4.30 to 6pm

Joe Robinson will host a music session that encourages all to get creative. Bring your own insruments and join this fun musical session.No booking required. Stoke Newington library N16 0JS. call if  age appropriate for your child 02083565230

Free Adult Weight Counselling Service at The Ivy Centre Every Tuesday

Hey! now we have no excuse not to be fit! Get advice from the resident health advisor who is based at The Ivy Centre, St Leonards, Nuttall Street, N1 5LZ. She is offering 6 sessions of 1 to 1 support to help with weight loss. The main purpose of the sessions is to work with you, to support you to find ways to make changes to your lifestyle to promote weight-loss.

She will look at why you think your weight has gone up, how you have gotten on with weight loss in the past, taking what has worked and building on it, and planning in advance for the difficult times that may be ahead. The sessions last 30 minutes and appointments are available on a Tuesday between 9.30-12.30 am and 4.00-6.30 pm. The appointments are located at the Ivy centre, at St Leonards. You can make an appointment by calling 020 7683 4103

she will took about reasons that have stopped you loosing weight in the past and strategies you could use

Appointments are available from 9.30-

Contact Susan Chambers 020 7683 4425 on or email her on

over 19s only

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Scrutiny launches review of services for disabled children and young people 11/10/2010

A review has been launched in Hackney to help improve the quality of local services available to disabled children and young people.
The Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission will be looking into what access disabled children and young people have to key local services and whether any improvements can be made to make it easier to use these services.
As part of the review, the commission is also going to be examining the current level of support available to the parents and carers of disabled children and young people, and whether the services on offer from partner organisations are suitable and accessible.
Chair of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission, Councillor Gulay Icoz, said: "What we really need to address with this review is whether disabled children and young people from all communities in the borough have access to the many excellent services currently on offer across Hackney.
"As part of this review, we will be looking at a range of essential local services including leisure centres, libraries and parks to see if they are meeting the needs of our disabled children and young people.  If we do find there are any barriers which are preventing them from taking part in any leisure, cultural or development opportunities, we will be making recommendations to improve the way these are provided."
Commission members will be talking to parents through the Hackney Families Together Forum and other groups to get views on how services and service accessibility can be improved for disabled children and young people.
The Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission is very keen to hear parents' views about how services in Hackney can be improved for disabled children and young people. They should contact 020 8356 3441 or email: before Monday, 18 October 2010.
The Commission is also encouraging local residents to attend the next meeting of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission on Monday, 11 October 2010 from 7.00pm in Hackney Town Hall. At this meeting, a wide range of representatives will be giving evidence to the commission about how services can be improved. 
A full report with recommendations of the services for disabled children review is due to be published in January 2011

Adidas Outdoor Gym- Mabley Green

Did you know that Adidas are sponsoring an outdoor gym called an Adizone on Mabley Green? Its near Lee Conservancy Road E9,  nearly under the bridge. its to celebrate Hackney being one of the five Olympic boroughs for 2012...Go and check it out with the kids, they will love the bright colours, and since it is outdoors they can shout as much as they want! Also good if your child is hyposenstive.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Parent to Parent 24 hour Free Support Line

Sometimes all you need is someone to talk to who is in the exact position as you are then look no further. There is a  Parent to Parent Line free, 24 hour confidential telephone support service offered by volunteer parents to other parents of an adult or child with an autistic spectrum disorder 0800 9 520 520

Autism Helpline (including Aspergers )

For people with autistic spectrum disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome. Information and advice for family friends and carers.
Autism Helpline (including Aspergers) open Mon – Fri 10 am – 4 pm 0845 070 4004 Minicom 0845 070 4003

Friday, 24 September 2010

Space Safari: National Maritime Museum till 30/09/2010

Interactive Story Telling with Drumming Shoredtich Library 23/10/2010 2-3.30pm

Saturday, 23 October 2010 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Interactive story-telling, drumming and craft session with Grace Igbekele For children aged 5-11. No booking required. Age group: Aged 5 - 11. Shoreditch Library, 80 Hoxton Street London N1 6LP Disabled access: yes. Contact: General Enquiries. Email: Telephone: 0208 356 4350

Hackney Today- Events 20/09/2010 edition

Find events that you want to attend in Hackney 20/09/2010 edition,
click on the link below

Chris Wood Light Exhibition 25/09/2010 and 26/09/2010 only 11am to 4pm

Event is Free: Saturday 25/09/2010 or sunday 26/09/2010

Is your child facinated with patterns/ colours? Why not take them to this free exhibition at The Print House.

Glass and light artist Chris Wood is known for her large scale wall panels of optical light that transform light into patterns of colour.

The exhibition includes a new series of small scale light installations that react to the light and activity within the space.

Remember to prep your child before going to any type of exhibitions like this as they might begin to stim/ perservate

Dr Who at the Wembley Arena in October 2010

Some of our children are obssessed with Dr Who, well if they can tolerate the noise (use ear muffs) then they why not take them to see Dr Who at Wembley Arena?

Dr Who at the Wembley Arena in October 2010

Thursday, 23 September 2010

City and Hackney Carers Centre ESOL classes

These classes have not yet been organised but if you have an interest please contact the carers centre on  0207 923 8750

City and Hackney Carers Centre Drama Therapy tbc

For carers
Date and price to be confirmed
Drama therapy uses the healing aspects of drama and theatre as a therapeutic process which includes
stage direction
drama techniques
character development
hot seating
speaking and listerning in teams
games and dance

To register your interest please call 020 7923 8750

City and Hackney Carers Centre Latin Dance Therapy from 30/09/2010 £2

For carers

Discover the hidden dancer in you. become an expert in Latin Dancing, Mambi, ChachaCha, Afro Cuban etc

Each week you wil lbe taken through a series of steps (foootwork) leading up to simple Carribean routines. Easy to follow choreography and turn tups that wil leave you feeling toned, relaxed and confident.

starting Thursday 30th September at 3.30pm
£2 for carers
£5 for everyone else
Please call 0207 923 8750 to register

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Celebrate 65 Years of Thomas the Tank Engine with Vue Cinemas

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine and his antics, Vue Cinemas are showing a new 60 minute feature called Thomas and Friends: Misty Island Rescue. Show starts at 10.30 on 2 or 3rd of October 2010. The nearest Vue to Hackney is Angel, Islington... (bus 30, 56, 38 and 73 go directly there from Hackney). Book your tickets NOW as seating is already limited!|5894|

You can also win a Thomas the Tank Engine Set by entering the competition below. Competition closes on 30th September, so get your skates on!!

Limited Showing of Thomas the Tank Engine`

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Extra Support

online support

Great resources including online anonymous help
ASD forum


ESOL classes through The Learning Trust

ESOL education
The Learning Trust has ESOL classes in different parts of Hackney, free for those on benefits. An assessment is needed first
All over Hackney
An assessment is needed
The Learning Trust
1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ, Thursdays 1-3pm
Linden children’s Centre
86-92 Rectory Road, N16 7SH
Tuesdays 1-3pm
Or Robin Redwood Resources Centre
440 Seven Sisters Road, N4 2RD
Mondays  4-5.30

Helen O Grady Drama Classes throughout Hackney

Creativity/ arts
Helen OGrady use creative drama to support and encourage your child.
ring  Classes throughout Hackney  5-17
Nicola Gossip or Andrew Mayer  0208 360 4020

Drama Classes, Wally Foster Com Centre, Mabley Green (Kingsmead)

Creativity/ arts
Drama classes
 At the Wally Foster Community Centre, opp Mabley Green.

Other classes are also available please contact the centre
Term time
Homerton Road, Marsh Hill, E9
£40 per term
Different courses for different ages
Phone (do not text) the drama classes contact Nadine or Claudia on 07865 390 987. They can also do local school pick-up!

Accessing multimedia,Mare Street

Acting Up.
A charity that helps people with communication difficulties access multimedia, please call to get further clarification
Call John or Nick on 0207 241 2368

Hackney chicken shed- Drama classes, Clapton

Hackney chicken shed.
Tuesday evenings
B6 Sixth Form College
Brooke House,
Kenninghall Road, London, E5 8BP
Call for details
Tel: 07950 838 238
If you child is aged 6-11 check this link

Shoreditch Spa

Shoreditch Spa
Gives effective and practical solutions and complementary therapies
Please check out the timetable on the website
Ring for info
170 Pitfield Street, N1
Contact for info
0844 225 2054

Exercise: Drumming Circle, Lower Clapton Road

Drumming Circle
St John at Hackney
Lower Clapton Road E5
(near somerfields)
First Sunday of the month
St John at Hackney church
You can bring your own instruments
£5 (£3 conc)
All abilities and ages
Go in through the main entrance to the church.

Family Learning Festival- Hackney Libraries 23-30/10/2010

Family Learning Festival Families take part in free, fun and informal learning activities at Hackney libraries. Activities include music workshops, painting and jewellery making or you can even start to learn a language with our Spanish taster sessions, get tips about healthy food, or just brush up on your basic Maths skills.
23-30 October
Hackney Libraries
Contact: Amber Linell. Tel: 020 8356 1630

Drop in Sessions - Stamford Hill

Drop in computer session for people with learning difficulties
Stamford Hill Library
Not specific

0208356 3000 ask for Stamford Hill Library

Drop in Sessions -Shoreditch Library

Drop in computer session for people with learning difficulties
Thursday 2-4pm
Shoreditch Library
Not specific
0208 356 3000 ask for Shoreditch library

ESOL classes- Hackney Central

ESOL Library
Metropole Learning – Free English and computer courses for parents. Metropole Learning is offering parents free English and computer courses..
Monday from 4 – 5.30pm
Hackney Central
Come to the library for a free assessment interview with our advisors. Call Jyoti on 07931 844687 for further information

ESOL classes

ESOL Library
ESOL classes for adults
Tuesdays 6-8pm
Homerton library
Homerton library
0208 3561690

Event: Celebrating Our Lives 02/10/2010

The BIG Do,- Celebrating Our Lives
an organisation that supports learning disabilities.
Make new friends, workshops, food, music and more
Between 1 and 9pm
Petchey Academy, Shacklewell Lane
Contact Pohwer Advocacy on 0300 456 2361

Event: Victoria & Albert A Display about autism

Welcome to our World Living with Autism.
A display exploring life through the eyes of children with autism
Until 20 March 2011
V&A Museum Get off at Bethnel Green Station
Victoria and Albert Museum, near Bethnal Green tube station

Access to Sports

The Access to Sports Project
In conjunction with other boroughs sports activities are held throughout the week at different parks like Millfields Park
Different Parks in Hackney and other boroughs
Checkout the website for further info as each sport has different contacts

Inclusive Junior Cycling: for those that cant ride Victoria Park

Junior BikeWorks: All Ability Cycling. No matter the disability they will teach you how to ride!

Meet at Unit 8 Gun Wharf, 241 Old Ford Road, Victoria Park E3 5QB at 1pm prompt
Get a 277 or 425, get down at Victoria Park roundabout
Alternate Saturdays
Always ring first 12pm to 1pm
Ride around Victoria Park
But meet at BikeWorks
No, all bikes and scooters are provided
This club is for juniors who want to know how to ride but don’t. Please ring  Nicki for further clarification and to confirm what and what they do not provide. This club is held before the All Ability Club..Junior club starts on 09/10/2010

Inclusive cycling: for those that can ride Victoria Park

BikeWorks: All Ability Cycling. This club is for adults with a learning disability who already know how to ride. An adult will need to ride with them

Meet at Unit 8 Gun Wharf, 241 Old Ford Road, Victoria Park E3 5QB at 1pm
Get a 277 or 325, get down at Victoria Park roundabout
Alternate Saturdays
Always ring first 1pm to 3.30pm
Victoria Park
But meet at BikeWorks
No, all bikes and scooters are provided
0208 980 7998
All weather cycling

Inclusive badminton- Britannia Leisure Centre

Mixed ability badminton
Britannia Leisure Centre
5 and upwards
Sharon Barnes on 07960 749467 or email

Inclusive Freesbie- Stoke Newington

Clissold Park Ultimate Frisbee Club, (CURVE) all abilities welcome
Clissold Park
All abilities and ages

Inclusive Swimming- Clissold Leisure Centre, Stoke Newington- Adults

Disability Swimming, learn how to swim regardless of ability
6-7pm Tuesday term time
Clissold Leisure Centre, Stoke Newington
Swim costume
Just turn up and tell reception you are here for the disability swimming