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Hackney Ark Resource Centre Weekly e-Newsletter

29 July 2014

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

29th July 2014




Hackney Parent Partnership Service Summer Opening Times

During the Summer holidays, the Hackney Parent Partnership Service will be open Monday – Friday 9 – 5 to see people who have booked appointments. They will also be offering a phone line service using the following numbers 0207 014 7123, 0207 014 7061 & 0207 014 719. 

There is a maximum five working day wait for an appointment, but in urgent cases time will be found to at least have an initial conversation within 48 hours.

In terms of phone calls, if the issue cannot be resolved during the initial call, an offer of an appointment will be made for the parent/carer to come in and see a member of the team to discuss the issue further.


Hackney Deaf Parenting Support Group


Are you a Deaf Parent/Deaf Parent to be?

Live in Hackney and Neighbouring Boroughs?

Want to mix with other Deaf Parents & Children?

Want to receive information, support and advice?

Hackney Deaf Parenting Support Group run by Deaf Parenting UK.

When:  3rd Monday of every Month, 12.30-2.30pm

Where:  Comet Children’s Centre, 20 Halcomb Street, Hackney N1 5RF

If you would like to attend or for more information – contact: Nicole Campbell, DPUK Coordinator

Email: SMS: 07928 842529


St. Matthias Club

Make St. Matthias your favourite Club Established 1969

We have much to offer at our youth club:

Soccer Academy





Table Tennis

And Lots More

 Every Friday Night 6.00pm – 8.45pm

We want you to join us now, keep your children active and engaged for absolutely FREE. Just drop them off at the club and let them enjoy the various activities with their fellow members under the supervision of our trained staff.

For children between the ages of 6 to 16. Your children will have a great time with their friends and at the same time this will help with their personal development through the help of our Experience and Qualified Staff.

The Club that beats the streets, 101 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH


St. Matthias Soccer Academy

St. Matthias Soccer Academy are looking for players of ages 6-16 years

Coaching provided by FA licensed 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 professional clubs for trials and opportunities in becoming a better player.

The Soccer Academy base is equipped with Snooker table, Pool 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: 020 7254 91/ Mob: 07508242330


Hackney Hurricane FREE Inclusive Disability Athletics

Come to any or every session, whatever your level or ability. No experience necessary!!

Ages 8-18, Fridays 5PM – 6.30PM

Stoke Newington School, Clissold Road N16 9EX

Contact: Fiona 07900 608 859.



Hackney Ark Resource Centre is now handing out FoodBank Vouchers

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


KIDSWorking with disabled children, young people and their families

Hackney Adventure Playground

The Adventure Playground provides the opportunity for stimulating, inclusive play on a closed access site. The Playground is situated next to the Lea Valley Nature Reserve, behind Springfield Park. It’s an accessible green space within an urban environment, where children can freely choose their play in a setting that is supportive of their requirements.

We have achieved the Quality in Play accreditation from Play England. This accreditation acknowledges that we are providing a good play experience for disabled children and young people.

How does the Playground work? The children and young people using the service tend to gain new transitional skills from the resources available to them. The openly structured environment promotes self-independence and freedom of choice whilst sharing a social experience with others.


Indoor Outdoor

Sensory room Climbing frames

Soft play room  Sandpit

Arts and crafts Pirate Ship

Wheelchair accessibility Basket swing

Chill out lounge Treehouse

Bikes and trikes

Nature garden

Picnic area


 Who is the service for?


Priority is given to disabled children and young people and their siblings aged between 5 and 19 years. However, young people within the age range living in the surrounding community are welcome.

Children must be registered to attend. Please contact Claira for more information.

When is it on?


Day Term time School holidays
Monday Closed 10.30-16.00
Tuesday 10.00-15.00 Schools and Community sessions
15.30-18.00 After School Club
Wednesday 10.00-15.00 Schools and Community sessions
15.30-18.00 After School Club
Thursday 10.00-15.00 Schools and Community sessions
15.30-18.00 After School Club
Friday 10.00-15.00 Schools and Community sessions
15.30-18.00 After School Club
Saturday 10.30-15.00 Saturday Club Closed
Sunday 10.30-15.00 Sunday Club Closed

How to access this service:


After School Club, Saturdays and Holidays – Referrals from Social Care Team (Integrated Services for Children with Disabilities) or associated services within Hackney.

School and Community sessions by arrangement directly with the playground.




Individual children

After School Clubs, Holidays and Saturdays are free at the point of access for children. To qualify for these free places you must be assessed and referred by the Hackney Children Disability Team. Please contact Claira for more information.

School groups

There is a sliding scale of charges. The minimum charge for school groups is £2.00 per child per session. Please contact Claira for more information. 

Claira Scott-Gray on 0208 806 6149


Kind Regards

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

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