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Hackney Ark Resource Centre Weekly e-Newsletter

31 March 2015

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

30th March 2015



Resource centre news

Outreach at Lubavitch Children’s Centre


The Resource Centre will be providing Advice and Information Services at Lubavitch Children’s Centre on the following days:

  • 23rd April
  • 4th June
  • 16th July

If your child attends Lubavitch Children centre (LCC) and you would like to find out what services are available for children and young people in Hackney with disabilities and/or Special Education Needs, Please call LCC on: 020 8809 9050 to book or to find out more.


 The Resource Centre at Hackney Ark would like to hear from you!

Amanda (Panda) is with us here in the Resource Centre until the end of May. She is collecting information on all of the work we are doing to provide information and support to parents/ carers of children with disabilities in Hackney as well as professionals working with them and the young people themselves. Panda needs to know from you what is working for you, your experiences and what you would like to see more / less of in the future. Everything from the services we are providing, the atmosphere in the RC, the use of the space and play equipment… – all feedback is very welcome.

We would like to know as much as possible about your experience of the Resource Centre – what it has meant to you in the past and what you would like to see from us in the future.

Please contact Amanda Gavin (Panda)

Tel: 020 7014 7005


Pop in to have a chat or call ahead to make an appointment.


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Resources for Autism (RfA) – Summer Play schemes

Resources for Autism offer specialist holiday play schemes for young people aged 8 – 19 wherever they are on the spectrum.

One to one support is available and all staff are autism trained. Summer schemes tend to offer one week blocks based around a theme with shorter holidays offering one or two days.

We do not provide transport to and from clubs but will help negotiate with local social services for help with this where appropriate. Schemes are run in various venues throughout London and Birmingham subject to funding.

They are age, ability and sometimes geographically specific and once your referral is received your child will be assessed, usually at a home visit, as to which group would best suit their needs.

Schemes are often very oversubscribed and it is advisable to request a place early. There is a small charge which is means tested and no one is turned away for financial reasons. If you would like a place on future schemes Please fill in the main referral form.

RfA provides services to support individuals and families with an autistic spectrum condition. In order for us to offer you the most appropriate service please fill in the main referralform.

We will only share this Information with others with your permission unless there is a serious concern that you, your child or someone else described in the form is at risk of harm.

Please complete as much of the form as possible. If English is not your first language or you need help filling in the form for any other reason then please let us know and we will help you

Please return completed forms to : RfA 858 Finchley Road, London NW11 6AB or by email to

You can also complete an online referral form, please find link here:





Year: 2014 | Film length: 90 mins | Cert: U Read the BBFC guidance here

The lovably boisterous penguins from the MADAGASCAR films return in this spin-off espionage adventure with Skipper, Private, Kowalski and Rico leading double lives as super spies. In their latest mission they must join forces with an elite inter-species task force North Wind in order to stop sinster octopus Dr Octaviou Brine’s evil ambitions for world domination.

Sunday 19 April – Hackney Picturehouse

Tickets for these screenings will be available shortly




Year: 2015| Film length: 85 mins | Cert: U Read the BBFC guidance here

After getting into a bit of a pickle involving Mossy Bottom’s uptight farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill, Shaun finds himself having to rescue the farmer from the big city, with the help of his flock and the grumpy sheepdog Bitzer. In typical Shaun style, it’s a recipe for misadventure and highly humorous havoc, and the breathless pace and steady stream of visual and verbal gags will delight families of all ages. Based on BBC TV’s most popular ever children’s series.

Saturday 2 May – Stratford East Picturehouse

Sunday 24 May  – Hackney Picturehouse

Tickets for these screenings will be available shortly


Shape Arts – Free Inspiring futures Event to help 15-30 year old disabled people get into the creative industry

Shape Arts is the leading and innovative force for the inclusion of disabled people into the creative and cultural sector.

On the 24th of April 2015 Shape has organised a free Inspiring Futures Open Day at the Royal Opera House for any young disabled person considering a career in the creative and cultural sector. This event aims to open doors into these exciting fields for young people who have support/access needs or who face disabling barriers.

Set in one of the world’s great artistic institutions, there will be chances to learn about progression routes into creative industries ranging from the visual arts to performance, theatre, music, film, museums and cultural management.

Talks and workshops will be led by guest speakers that include leading figures and disabled role models who themselves faced challenges and barriers as they worked towards the positions they hold today.

In addition, there will be a marketplace of stall holders giving more about the current and future opportunities they offer.

Organisations include Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, Cockpit Arts, Jacksons Lane, Creative and Cultural Skills, Clore Leadership Programme and Graeae Theatre Company, to name but a few!

The event is free to attend, and open to young people aged between 15 and 30 years.

Workshop places are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended, as is getting in touch with about any access needs.  The venue is wheelchair accessible and British Sign Language support will be available.

To find out more:

To book:

Follow us: @ShapeArts  #shapeyouth #IFday2015

Facebook link:


level water

Free swimming lessons for disabled children in East London

Level Water is offering free swimming lessons for disabled children.

These lessons are for primary-aged children with a physical disability or sensory impairment. We do not currently work with children who have learning, social or behavioural difficulties.


Why free swimming?

Swimming is a great sport for these children, but it can be ineffective or unsafe for them to learn in mainstream groups.

Level Water provides small group and one-to-one lessons until they are ready to join a mainstream class or competitive club.

How does it work?

We work in partnership with Better Leisure at the London Aquatic Centre on the Olympic Park. The teachers receive specialist disability training from the Amateur Swimming Association.

They will then deliver your lessons as normal, but we cover the cost until your child is ready to move on.

For more information or to book Email and they will send you an application form to complete, If they provide funding, the pool will contact you directly to book your lessons.



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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