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Hackney Ark Resource Centre Weekly e-Newsletter

25 June 2014

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


23rd June 2014



Resource Centre News

A New Rompa Corner Is Being Installed In The Resource Centre!

The Resource Centre Will Be Temporarily Closed On The 07th &  08th July To Have A New Sensory Corner Installed.

Rompa pic1

The Advice & Information Officers will be based in the Donald Winnicot Room (Opposite Reception on the Ground Floor) You can visit us there.

Call us on: 020 7014 7110 or email us at:


Hackney Ark Resource Centre is now handing out Food Bank Vouchers

 Food bank

Hackney Foodbank provides short term emergency food to an individual or family in crisis while a long term strategy is developed. Normally enough food for 3 days (one voucher) should be sufficient to cover the immediate crisis. They provide non-perishable groceries, not pre-cooked meals, and so are most useful to people who have access to kitchen facilities and some storage. Therefore, they are not of good use to people who are not housed.

If you have any questions about this, please do get in touch with us.

The Resource Centre is also a collection point for Hackney Foodbank. Please help local people in crisis by buying items from the list below!

Milk (UHT or powdered), Unrefrigerated Fruit Juice, Tinned Fruit (in Juice!), Tinned Meat, Tinned Fish, Tinned Vegetables, Tinned or Dried Soup, Rice (500g or 1k bags),Instant coffee, Cereals, Curry and Pasta Sauce, Instant Mash Potato, Biscuits or Healthy Snacks, Rice Pudding (Tinned, Toiletries, Nappies & Baby Products, Toilet Roll, Washing Up Liquid, NO BAKED BEANS OR PASTA PLEASE!

Tel: 020 7014 7005/6


The Key News

Keyman & Keyman Competition Celebrates with your child

 All members of the Key are Champions!

Enter our competition for 13 – 19 year old members of The Key and celebrate their abilities and talents. Tell us why they are a Keyman or Keywoman Champion in 3 easy steps

1.        Join The Key and Fill in the competition slip – tell us what makes the young person you know a Key Champion?

2.        Send the slip to The Key with a picture of the young person or of something they like. Remember to tick and sign consent.

3.        Get everyone you know to ‘LIKE’ your entry on The Key’s Facebook site

Tiny Tatiana wants YOU to enter this competition. She was entered by Positivo because she is so good at making friends… even with people who have been mean to her.

You can enter yourself!  What are you are a champion of and why? When or how did you realise that you are a champion? Tell us how amazing you are!         Enter now! CLOSING DATE 18th July 2014.

The prizes are …

Winner’s prize – Kench Hill short family break with meals, a place on H media league, a certificate, a goody bag & guest of honour at event

Runners Up prize – a place on H Media League, a certificate, a goody bag, & guest of honour at event

H Media League Special Mention prize – a certificate



at Hackney Ark, Down’s Park Road E8 2FP   020 7014 7007

The Key thanks KENCH HILL ACTIVITY CENTRE who has generously donated the FAMILY BREAK FIRST PRIZE.  Find out more about Kench Hill’s accessible breaks; call 01580 762073 or go to

 key comp


The Keys under 5s soft play launch party

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 11-2.30 Tuesday 1st July 2014

Queensbridge Sports Centre, 30 Holly Street, London E8 3XW (Near Queensbridge Road)

Inclusive music sessions, messy play, face painting, arts & crafts, bouncy castles, toddler castle, quiet sensory play & service info too!

This Party is for under 5s who are Key members, so have difficulties, additional or special needs or disability. Family members welcome.

If you have a child with difficulties who is not a member of the Key, sign them up now and join in the fun! Call the Key for party info & to join 020 7041 7007.

All children must be accompanied at the party. Light lunch provided.

Book places for parents, friends & under-fives, call

 The Key on: 020 7014 7007

 Morningside Children’s Centre on: 020 8525 2400

Sebright Children’s Centre on: 020 7749 1210

Woodberry Down Children’s Centre on: 020 8815 3263


Hackney Parent / Carer of a child with a disability and / or Special Educational Needs?


  • Want to know more about the planned legal changes for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs (SEN) from September 2014?
  • Help shape the development of SEN provision in Hackney


 Come to the next meeting of the SEN Parents Forum with Helen McNulty, Head of Additional Needs 

 When: Thursday 3rd  July 2014 10.00am -12.00pm

Where: Hackney Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane, London E8 1GQ

Please call Jenny at HPPS on 020 7014 7123 to let us know you are coming, especially if you need an interpreter or have any special needs yourself.

Sorry, but we are not able to provide a crèche for this meeting:

If you can’t come to this meeting, but would like your views to be considered, please contact HIP (Hackney Independent Forum for Parents/Carers of Children with Disabilities) on 07985 739851 or hackney parent partnership service on 020 7014 7123

 A Free Conference for Parents/Carers of Children with SEN and Disabilities

The Way Ahead – What you need to know about Local Services in relation to SEN legal changes.

 When: Thursday 10th July

Time: 09.30 am-3pm

Where: The Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, London E8 3ND

Speakers: Helen McNulty- Head of Additional Needs, Dawn Jarvis- Programme Director- Clinical Commission Group, Toni Dawodu – Head of Integrated Services for Disabled Children,


  • Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Personalisation
  • A Local offer for Hackney
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Youth Corner

 To book please visit: or call: 020 7014 7061


 St. Matthias Soccer Academy


St. Matthias Soccer Academy are looking for Players of ages 7-16 years

Coaching provided by FA licenced coaches, holding a minimum FA Level1 coaching badge or higher.

All coaching staff are FA CRB checked.

If your Son has what it takes, there are good prospects of being sent to professionals club for trials and opportunities in becoming a better player.

The Soccer Academy base is equipped with Snooker tables, Badminton, indoor tennis, and Board games for participants to socialise and bond with one another.

Contact us:

St. Matthias Club, 101 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH



Tel: 02 072549144 / 07508242330


Hackney Hurricanes Inclusive Sessions

Hackney Hurricanes Athletics Clubs is a new Inclusive club which offers a FREE Inclusive session for young disabled people aged 8-18 years old. The sessions are run by qualified coaches assisted by enthusiastic and friendly volunteers.

Non-disabled siblings/friends are also welcome to join in. If you are interested in attending or volunteering at the club then please get in touch with Fiona Healy on: 07900 608 859.

Venue: Stoke Newington School, Clissold Road, London, N16 9EX

Times: Fridays 5pm – 6.30pm (during school term time)

Contact: Fiona Healy (07900 608 859, or Patrick Hopkins (07732 442 052,



Cerebra News – June 2014

cerebra pic

 Cerebra Children’s Awards 2014
There’s still a chance to nominate your child for one of our Children’s Awards this year. The closing date for entries is 1st July. Don’t forget you can nominate brothers and sisters too.
Download a form here

Positive stories about autism
Do you have a positive story about someone you know with autism? Melanie Cosgrove is writing a book about the positive experiences of people with autism and is looking for short stories to include.
Read more

 0800 328 1159

Cerebra, 2nd Floor Offices, Lyric Building, Carmarthen, SA31 1BD
Registered Charity no. 1089812 Company no. 4336208


Disabled children – weekly e-newsletter from the Ark on services for Hackney families with disabled children.

 Dawn Markham

Advice & Information Officer

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hackney Ark, Resource Centre

Downs Park Road

London E8 2HY

 Tel.:  020 7014 7006

Fax.: 020 7014 7232