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Hackney Local Offer Summer Schemes

Here are some upcoming events leading into Summer for parents and carers and young people with SEND

Young Hackney’s Summer Programme

Hackney Learning Trust - information about summer Playschemes

Hackney Family Information Service FaceBook page is a great source of information about events in and around Hackney.


Hackney Village 2019

Hackney Village is a unique and exciting annual theatre programme for young disabled people living in Hackney. Hosted by Hackney Empire and coordinated by the Children’s Disability Forum and the Huddleston Centre this week of creative activity for young people aged 11-25 offers them the opportunity to collaborate with practicing actors, musicians, artists and designers, to create and develop their own performance showcased at the end of the week live on stage at Hackney Empire’s Stage 2.

Note: Booking is essential. Complete the form and make sure it is returned by 8th August to guarantee your place.


Find out more: Hackney Village – creative theatre programme 2019



"Visuals Making" workshop

This free parent "Visuals Making" workshop will be led by a Hackney Ark Children’s Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist.

This practical session will have parents making visual resources to support the communication and independence of children and young people with SEND.


Date: 24th July

Time: 12:00am - 1:00pm

Venue: Hackney Ark


Find out more: "Visuals Making" workshop



CDF (Children's Disability Forum) Coffee and collage - parent carer session

Parents and carers are invited to a Coffee and Collage session with City and Hackney's Children's Disability Forum (tea and other refreshments will also be available).

During this feedback session parents and carers will be encouraged to make collages as we discuss experiences.

The artwork and feedback from the session will be used to inform the NHS on how to strengthen health services for children and young people in City and Hackney.


Date: 24th July

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00pm

Venue: Dalston Curve Garden


Find out more: CDF (Children's Disability Forum) Coffee and collage - parent carer session


Hit Squad - Summer Event

Families are warmly invited to the HIT Squad Summer Event on the 19th July at Pearson Street Playground. 

Leisure providers in Hackney will be giving information about activities that their organisations provide for children with additional needs.

This is a fantastic opportunity for parents to meet with providers find out about activities and perhaps try taster sessions.


Date: 19th July

Time: 3:30pm - 6pm


Pearson Street Adventure Playground

28 Pearson Street



E2 8EL


Find out more: Hit Squad - Summer Event


Hackney Carnival Collective

After two years of hugely success projects, we're delighted to be working with Access All Areas again to bring you a FREE carnival project this summer.

Are you aged 16 -25?

Do you have a learning disability and/ or autism?

Want to learn new skills and perform in Hackney Carnival?

This summer, 16 - 25 year olds with learning difficulties/disabilities and/or autism are invited to join the Hackney Carnival Collective.

You'll work on creating music, movement and costume, all the while collaborating with professional artists.

Participants can sign up to one or both parts of the projects as follows:


Part 1 with HACKNEY SHED

31st July - 2nd August 11am – 4pm

To book a place on Part 1 please contact:

or call 07927 082 592



27th August - 30th August, 11 - 4pm

and Hackney Carnival rehearsal and performance: 7th and 8th September, 11am - 4pm

To book a place on Part 2 please contact:

or call 0207 613 6445


Both projects take place at CHATS PALACE

Address: 42 – 44 Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney E9 6DF

Nearest Station: Homerton


If you are interested or know someone who might like to get involved then let us know.

Of course, if you've any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

If you don't consider yourself to have learning difficulties/disabilities but would still like to get involved then get in touch with me:



DisABILITY Fun Day - 25 July

Special family event designed for people with disabilities of all ages.

Information and fun activities.

Venue: Hub building in East Park – Victoria Park

Date: Thursday 25th July

Time: 11am-3pm

For more information contact:



Summer Careers Festival

Come and get advice and support following exam results and leaving school.

Local colleges, training providers, apprenticeships, employment opportunities and specialist support will

all be at the event, to help you succeed.


Date: Friday 23 August

Time: 12–3pm

Venue: Assembly Halls, Hackney Town Hall, Reading Lane, E8 1EA

Phone: 020 8356 5720



Free swimming

Hackney residents who are aged under 18, over 60, disabled,

or a carer can swim for free at Britannia, Clissold and King’s

Hall leisure centres.

Disabled people and their carers can also

swim for free at London Fields Lido.

An annual Pay & Play card (costing £1.35) is required along with relevant ID on arrival.