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Hackney Ark Resource Centre Weekly e-Newsletter

20 August 2014

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


18th August 2014



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


Hackney Ark Resource Centre is now handing out FoodBank Vouchers

Food bankHackney 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!


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:


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 0HU. Tel.020 8981 1225


Valuing Carers Newsletter –July 2014

Valuing Carers Group

A meeting for those who care for an adult (over 16) with a Learning Disability

Carers Coffee morning – Thursday 28th August 2014

Come and meet other Carers, hear about CHCC’s new projects, speak to the Learning Disability Lead and enjoy some refreshments.


Late Summer Outing— Thursday 4th September 2014

Narrow boat Trip with Laburnum Boat Club 2pm– 5pm (max 24 people) Meet at 1.45pm at Laburnum Boat Club, Laburnum Street, London E2 8BH.

Call the Carers Centre to book your place. (Places will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Cared For’s may be able to come depending on numbers).


Carers Coffee morning and Safeguarding Adults Meeting—Thurs 18th September 2014—10.30am-12.30pm

Come and meet other Carers, talk to the Learning Disability Lead and hear from Martin Sexton of the Safeguarding Adults Team in Hackney.


Mental Health Awareness Training—Delivered by City and Hackney MIND—Tues 23rd September 2014, 3-5pm.

Come and see a short film about stigma around Mental illness made by service users at MIND and receive free awareness training from Ann Thomas.

If you need more information please contact Jo on: 020 8533 0951

All Meetings held at: City and Hackney Carers Centre, Prideaux House, 10 Church Crescent, E9 7DL


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.



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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