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Hackney Ark Resource Centre Weekly e-Newsletter

9 October 2014

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


09th October 2014


KEEN London- Free activity sessions with one to one support

KEEN London, run activity sessions for disabled children at the weekends during term time and pride themselves on being the only charity in London that can offer (at least) one to one support for all of our children.  We’d love for more families to find out about the work we’re doing and attend our sessions and would be very grateful if you were able to help us in any way.

We run sessions from The Petchey Academy in Hackney every Saturday during term time from 1pm – 2.30pm and they are provided at no cost to the family or caregiver.
We started this location in November 2013 and are now looking to sign up more children to attend. (We have been operating in Tufnell Park for over 10 years)
The children do not need to have a statement or proof of disability, and they do not have to be Hackney residents, we are offering our service simply to those who are in need of some respite.  

 Our age range is currently 4-16, and we also have a teen keen group who meet on a Wednesday evening to go bowling.
The athletes currently involved with KEEN London have a wide range of disabilities and we have a bank of experienced coaches who are able to meet their varying needs.  We invite siblings along to sessions and they are also supported by a one to one coach.  The parents/caregivers do not need to stay at the sessions so the time is full respite.

Our sessions consist of a lot of sports, playground games, arts and crafts and music and we also occasionally take trips to go swimming, ice skating, climbing and boating.  We try to encourage everyone to socialise and build their confidence, the children are our ‘athletes’ and the volunteers, ‘coaches’.  

We also go on two residential trips a year, to the Isle of Wight and West Sussex, which is a fantastic opportunity for the athletes to develop their confidence and their parents to receive a good amount of respite. All trips are also free of charge.

Our website is  Please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Curtin for any further details.

Nicole Curtin
East London KEEN Co-ordinator
KEEN London is a registered charity, number 1124915.
It is also a limited company registered in England (number 6579658).
Its registered office is Unit 2E Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London, N1 3QP


Hackney Ark Dental Service

Has your child ever seen the dentist?

Do you have any queries about your child’s teeth or want your child to be seen by the dentist even if  they have a dentist?

We provide FREE dental care for all children that attend the Hackney Ark and can complete treatment on the mobile dental van parked on site.

If you would like your child to be seen by our friendly team at the Hackney Ark please contact us on the number below to arrange an appointment for your child.

Date: Thursday. Time:9.30 – 4.30pm

For more information, please contact the community Dental Outreach Team on: 020 8121 4288 / 020 8121 4286


Laburnum Boat Club

Laburnum Boat Club is a community-based boating project by the Regents Canal in Haggerston. It is essentially a water-based youth club, providing a range of activities for Hackney children and young people throughout the year – with a particular emphasis on kids with disabilities.

Youth Watersports Training Project

For 16-24 year olds NOT in full time employment, who want to become watersports instructors…….£FREE!

Please contact the club for eligibility. Project

Tel: 020 7729 2915

 boat club

Inclusion Sessions for young people from Hackney with a disability

Monday sports club: 4.30 – 7pm for 14-19 year olds.

Thursday sports club, 4.30 – 7pm for 9-13 year olds.

Activities this year include swimming, football, basketball and power boating.

Please call the club for more Haggerston. It is essentially a water-based youth club, providing a range of activities for Hackney children and young people throughout the year – with a particular emphasis on kids with disabilities.

Tel: 020 7729 2915

Address: Laburnum Street, London, E2 8BA




Bikeworks all ability cycle club

FREE – A fun cycling club open to all, whatever your age or physical ability. Have a go on different kinds of bikes. The all ability club meets every other Saturday, by the Lock House Gate entrance to Victoria Park. Lock House Gate,  Victoria Park, London E3 2JU

Time: Junior Club: (for under 16s + family & carers) 12pm to 1pm.

Adults Club: 1pm to 3pm.

Also: FREE 1 to 1 all ability sessions- 1 hour with an instructor.

Contact Bikeworks to book. TEL: 020 8980 7998

For more information on club dates contact bikeworks:

TEL: 020 8980 7998. EMAIL:



Children’s Continence Service Drop in clinics

All are welcome

Come for practical advice on potty training and toileting that is proven to work


  • the continence specialist nurse to answer your questions and discuss any concerns including day and night time wetting; constipation and soiling.
  • other health care professionals involved in your child’s toileting and continence e.g. health visitors, Tena advisor and more
  • other parents and share experiences
  • Learn about and view available products for your child’s individual needs

Date: October 15th , November 19th and December 17th  2014

Time: 2pm –5pm

Venue: Hackney Ark Downs Park Road, London E8 2HY(Donald Winnicott Room)

Light refreshments will be provided


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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