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Hackney Ark Resource Centre Weekly e-Newsletter

13 August 2014

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

13th August 2014


FREE Olympic Park Events in August 2014

olympic picture

For the month of August the Olympic park have organised various events including

activities for disabled children.

Active August  (Active People, Active Park) 4th-24th August

There are over 20 events happening with inclusive activities for disabled children in:




Sitting volleyball

Click on the link below to view the timetable:

Picnic In the Park – 16th August

Not your average picnic, the event will be packed full of exciting free activities for the whole family to do! Take part in arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting, treasure hunts, cookery demonstrations, sports, games and much more! 

There will also be music performances and magic shows for the kids!

Bring your picnic down to the Park any time between 12pm and 4pm. 

National Paralympic day – August 30th

You’ll have the chance to watch only the very best British and International athletes compete in Boccia, Goalball and Wheelchair Basketball at the Copper Box Arena. 

The Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival will make up some of the day’s attractions as deaf and disabled artists bring an exciting line-up of street theatre, dance, live music, film, installations and children’s activities.

There will be plenty of free, family friendly activities and entertainment across the Park. You can try out different disability and inclusive sports such as wheelchair basketball, inclusive cycling, tennis and boccia.

Tickets are approximately £5 if you want to watch competitors.

Please click on link below for more details:


Adolescent Sibs Club

We are writing to remind you about our workshop for adolescent siblings of children with disabilities, aged between 12 and 19 years.  This is going to be running on Wednesday 27th August 2014 (13.00-16.30). 

The aim of the workshop is for young people to meet and interact with children in a similar situation to them. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the young people to express and explore their thoughts and feelings.  This is for children whose siblings are seeing Hackney Ark professionals currently.

Please have a think about children and young people you are working with and their broader family needs.

If you know of a young person who would like to attend, please feel free to make a referral.


Adolescent Sibs Club

We would like to invite you to come along to a Siblings Youth Club being held on:


Wednesday 27th August 2014,


@ the Hackney Ark

The afternoon is going to be packed with games, chatting and getting to know new people.  The people you will meetall have brothers or sisters who currently attend the Hackney Ark for one reason or another, just like you.

On the day, you don’t have to bring anything with you – snacks, drinks and entertainment will be provided… just bring yourself and lots of things to say!

Please confirm you will be attending by:

Friday 22nd August 2014 by calling 0207 014 7071.

Places will be given on a first come, first serve basis.


Whizz-Kidz: North London Ambassador Club

whizz kidz

The Ambassador Club is a place for young disabled people to meet up, make friends and have fun! We do everything from music, dance, art , sports, beauty therapy, cooking, trips and a whole lot more.

We even run campaigns to help improve the lives of young disabled people by raising awareness of disability issues and campaigning for better facilities. The Club that meets at Haringey 6th Form College, N17 8HR, is one of 43 youth clubs covering the UK and meets for a whole day every six to eight weeks.

There is no charge to attend and Whizz-Kidz provides qualified healthcare staff to support young people with any personal and medical care needs they have as well as volunteers to support young people to engage in activities, so young people can become more independent.

The core group of attendees at the club are between the ages of 10-18, but we also have some slightly younger and older members too.

Sofia Chatziloui | Ambassador Club Administrator

I work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: assisting with the co-ordination of Ambassador Clubs in London and the South East

Whizz-Kidz  | 4th Floor, Portland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5BH

Direct Line: 020 7798 6125 | Freephone: 0800 151 3350 | Email: | @whizzkidz | facebook | Flickr | youtube


Mindfulness at the London Buddhist Centre

Tuesday Morning Free relaxation session for carers. A drop-in session for anyone who is a carer, taking place every Tuesday. Led relaxation session as well as an opportunity to share your daily concerns in an informal and supportive group setting with other carers.

They are not Buddhist activities and you do not need to be a Buddhist to come along.

The sessions are free and held in our self-contained space at the London Buddhist Centre.

No need to book. 11.15am-12.45pm

51 Roman Rd, London E2 0HU020 8981 1225


Learning Disability Partnership Board in Hackney

The next meeting is 26th September, 1-3pm at Hackney Service Centre, Hillman Street, Hackney.

Jo attended the meeting alone as unfortunately it was too short notice for Carers to come along.

Topics discussed were:

Enablement Pathway—This means giving short term help to promote someone’s independence. There has been a report on Enablement services and Mike will arrange for Carers to see this before the next partnership meeting.

Homer and Wisk Roads Procurement—A decision has not been made on which service provider has won the tender yet to run these residential services for people with Learning Disabilities.

Vision Strategy— Hackney has a Vision Strategy which is about eye care and there is work going on to improve access to eye care for people with Learning Disabilities. Mike said that we should ask the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) how many Opticians are registered to ‘See Ability’ standards which means they meet requirements to work with people with Learning Disabilities.

Autism Strategy—Hackney is preparing a new Autism Strategy and Mike said he would try and get hold of the report and make available before the next Partner-ship Meeting.

Needed: 2 Carers to regularly attend the Partnership meetings and represent Carers views.

Please contact Jo on 020 8533 0951 if you can and want to be involved.

Free Cook & Taste Course Designed For People with Learn to make delicious healthy meals

Learning Difficulties. Find out more about healthy eating. Meet people and have fun cooking

When: Wednesdays 12-2pm for 5 weeks,

6th Aug, 13th Aug, 20th Aug, 27th Aug and 10th Sept 2014

Where: Gaby’s Kitchen, Well Street Surgery

To join contact Manny at Helping Hackney Health on 07885 629384.


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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