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Hackney Ark Resource Centre e-newsletter

23 April 2014

Welcome to the Hackney Ark “Resource Centre” weekly newsletter! We are here to keep you informed!

22nd  April 2014

Resource centre news

Tell us what you think!!!

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The Resource Centre weekly newsletter has received some fantastic feedback that has been valuable and has helped us to identify the type of content that parents/carers and professionals would like to see.

In order for us to continue improving your Resource Centre weekly newsletter, we need your views… Please can I ask for one minute of your time to complete the short online survey? (Only six questions)

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Mighty Mega Saturday Club for Children with Disabilities/SEN

When:  Saturdays from 26th April 
Time:   10am – 12pm
Where: Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383 – 387 High Street, Stratford

The Mighty Mega Saturday Club for children with disabilities/SEN has a new term starting on Saturday 26th April. This term join us for spectacular interactive storytelling sessions. Join in with songs and rhymes, costumes, lights and puppets as stories are brought to life. Explore our magical story bags and sensory story boxes as we explore stories old and new from around the world.

The club takes place in the fun and unique environment of the Discover Children’s Story Centre. Children can choose to play and explore in our multi-sensory indoor and outdoor play spaces, take part in arts and craft or join in with the storytelling sessions.

Call 020 8536 5555 or email to book your space now! The club is as always completely free and the whole family is welcome to join in.


peoplesKnowledge is Power

Date:   Wednesday 30 April 2014

Venue: Hackney Learning Trust – 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ

Time:       9.30am-12.30pm

For parents and carers of young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) age 13-25

 This free workshop for parents and carers will include information on

  •  Changes and the effect of service provision for 13-25
  • Options for young people with SEN in mainstream, special school and college

places to learn, train and work

  • Education for young people with SEN aged 13-25
  • Impact of the new Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Benefits and what is affected
  • How the new personalised budgets works
  • Where to go for more information, advice and support
  • Are you wondering about your teenager’s future?

If your answer is yes……     

You need information on the Preparation for Adulthood process and services available to you and your child with   special educational needs

Come along meet with professional and talk with other parents/carers


  • Light refreshment provided.
  • Call on 020 7014 7123 or email to book your place. 
  • Need an interpreter, please let us know by 27th April 2014.-+


hackney parent partnership service is a confidential, arms-length service based at Hackney ARK, Downs, Park Road E8 2HY.  ‘helping you to help your child’


Want to become a Volunteer Independent Supporter?

(Support for Children & Young People)

Independent Supporters are trained volunteers that help parents/carers through procedures involved in dealing with their child’s Special Educational Needs.


  • Do you have knowledge or experience of Special Educational Needs and Disability?
  • Have you got the skills and experience of working with parents and young people?
  • Are you aware of the SEN reform?
  • Do you want to be trained to make a difference? (all training accredited)

If your answer is YES Please contact Hackney Parent Partnership Service on: 020 7014 7123 or


Special Needs Website for the Jewish Community

  Jweb – Jewish Learning Disabilities networking

  • Chat on jweb forum
  • Exchange goods and information on the noticeboard
  • Tell us what you are doing
  • Share your news
  • List your events & activities for FREE Bringing the Jewish Learning Disability Community Closer. Find jweb on Facebook


Jewish Mental Health Forum

Next Meeting, 12th June ‘14

The eleventh meeting of the Jewish Mental Health Forum takes place on Thursday, 12th June ‘14, at 2.30pm, at The Brenner Community Centre, 91-93 Stamford Hill, London N16 5TP.

Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin MBE, licensed addiction counsellor, and Steven Mervish, substance misuse therapist, will speak at the meeting. The title of their presentation will be ‘the road to addiction’.

Rabbi Sufrin is a consultant to Norwood Drugsline, founder and former Executive Director of Drugsline, orthodox Rabbi and community activist with 23 years’ experience in the field of addiction.

Steven Mervish is an outreach worker and schools educator for Norwood Drugsline, with more than 20 years’ experience as a counsellor and rehabilitation worker within the field of addiction.

The Forum also provides an opportunity for agencies and professionals active in Jewish mental health to
       – discuss & learn about initiatives being undertaken by one another
       – network, collaborate and share information.

If you would like to come to this meeting, please contact Clive Helman so that a place can be reserved for you. 

Please reply by email to: by telephone: 020 8458 2223 or to postal address: Olympia House, Armitage Road, London NW11 8RQ. 

Past Presentations & Other Mental Health Information

* Click on the link Jewish Mental Health Forum to view presentations from previous Forum meetings. Please note that to access a presentation you should click on the presentation followed by the blue ‘Open’ box in the bottom right hand corner.

* Do you have any flyers, articles, newsletters, publicity etc. that you would like to post to the Jewish Mental Health Forum link ? Please forward copies to


Children’s Centres Health Days

 Cluster E Children’s Centre  will be holding a series of Health Awareness days throughout the summer.

 Come along and meet the professionals.

 There will be stalls offering:


  • Information & Advice, Healthy Recipes
  • Refreshments, Tasty Snacks
  • Smoothie Making, Workshops and more….

 Come along, have fun and find out more about keeping you and your children fit and healthy.

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Family Weekend 2014 for Visually Impaired Children

Date: 28th – 31st August
Location: PGL Boreatton Park, Shropshire
Theme: Seaside

The family weekend is our biggest event of the year with over 200 attendees! It is a great chance to try new experiences, meet new people and share stories. We provide some amazing activities for you and your children, as well as the chance to attend workshops and talks. It is our most popular event so sign up now to avoid disappointment. The minimum age for this event is 5 years old. Sorry, there is no crèche this year and we cannot accommodate children younger than 5.

The theme for the weekend this year is “Seaside”. There will be a fancy dress party on Sunday evening with prizes for best dressed family and best dressed individuals!

This year the family weekend will be at PGL Boreatton Park, an activity centre in the countryside of Shropshire. Boreatton Park is the biggest most popular PGL Centre set in the woodland grounds of a huge mansion. You will be sleeping in the “Tall Timber” lodges, these are authentic wooden cabins set in the woodland grounds that will provide that true feeling of an outdoor adventure. Each cabin has bunk beds and an en suite bathroom with shower and toilet facilities.

Like last year we have a huge range of activities including quad biking, giant swings, zip wires, swimming and many more. The activities will be run by the fantastic PGL staff who ensure everyone has an amazing time. There will be 3 warm meals per day provided by PGL as well as free tea and coffee all day.


Places are limited so please complete your application form as soon as possible.

For more information please call us on:
01908 240831 or email