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

Inclusive Swimming- Clissold Leisure Centre, Stoke Newington

Disability Swimming- all levels, beginners, intermediary and advance
Tuesday 5-6pm
Clissold Leisure Centre, Stoke Newington N16
Swim costume
Just turn up and tell reception you are here for the disability swimming

Inclusive Basketball- Tower Hamlets

Basketball- does cater for children with disabilities
Primary school kids both boys and girls have the chance of learning new skills and meeting other children of their age on Saturday mornings at Mile End Park Leisure Centre. They learn the fundamentals of basketball and get the opportunity to represent their borough in the mini youth games. This session is coached by an energetic fully qualified basketball coach.
Saturdays 10-12
Mile End  Sports Centre
190 Burdett Road
Mile End

E3 4HL
Fionnuala  on  07984815762 or email on

Inclusive gym- Stamford Hill


Kids gym, learn to skills e.g balancing, hand eye coordination, taking turns
4pm- 5pm on Mondays, term time only
Stamford Hill Community Centre, off Stamford Hill
Wear appropriate sportswear
Call Emilio 07967322376

Monday, 20 September 2010


Family Action
Hackney young Families  Support Services
Offers support and advice for young parents
Up to 18
0207 275 7733

Health Services

First Steps
Aims to help children, young people and families with emotional, behavioural and social concerns
134 Kingsland Road E28DY

Why do you like Hackney?

Well i like Hackney because its such a diverse culture of people, food and things to do! sometimes its like a treasure trove, there are so many 'diamonds in the rough'!

I also like Hackney because its near the city which means its extra easy to get home or go out at night! Anyways, enjoy!!