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Baily Thomas Charitable Fund small grants up to £5k to work with people with LD


Open to applications
Application Deadline:
01 December 2017
Grants are available to voluntary organisations and charities in the UK for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability in the UK.

Hackney Local Offer

Looking for something to do? 

Want to know what's happening in and around your local area?

There are lots of different groups running in Hackney the links on this page take you to more information about specific activities.

We will try to keep you up to date with specialist SEND relevant groups in Hackney and update this page at least once a week.

Important SEND consultations currently taking place….

In addition to the following updates there are some important SEND consultations currently taking place.

These include:

  • NEW - SEND Funding
  • SEND Provision Capitol Grants consultation updates

You can find out more about these and what other SEND consultations are currently open and how you can take part here: SEND - consultations

 Hackney’s Sixth Form and Colleges open days / open evenings for entry in 2018…

Dates for school and college open days already confirmed as of 27th September 2017.

Confirmation of remaining dates will be added to this information.

Details can change at short notice, we strongly recommend checking the date and time before attending.

Many schools prefer parents and prospective students to book a place for particular dates and times.

Contact details available via the following links.

Find out more:  6th Form and College Open Days in Hackney

Find out more: Hackney Learning Trust - Education for those aged 16 – 19

Find out more: Out of borough 6th Form Open Days - dates and times


What is Skills London?

Skills London is brought to you by London First and delivered with Prospects careers service and is the UK's biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds and their families.

It attracts over 30,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors including:

  • top employers
  • colleges
  • training providers and
  • advisers

The two day event provides visitors with the opportunity to discover careers through interactive, inspirational activities and demonstrations, and helping young people discover that what they enjoy doing could become their career.

Date: 24-25 November

Venue:  ExCeL London.

Find out more:



Launch of AccessHE Online learning platform…

Founded in 2011 as a key division of London Higher, AccessHE is the London wide organisation that aims to support the progression of under-represented groups to higher education (HE).

It does this by enabling HE institutions (HEIs), schools and colleges to achieve their objectives on widening access to HE.

Countdown to NCOP

Over the summer, the AccessHE London NCOP team has been busy preparing the delivery of sessions for the current academic year, including new career IAG sessions.

Read more...   

University of East London joins AccessHE

We are delighted to welcome the University of East London (UEL) to the AccessHE membership and look forward to working together on a number of collaborative projects.


New sessions - Hackney Forest Schools

Sessions especially for children with additional needs aged 5 -16 years old. The HIT squad and Hackney Forest Schools team have joined together to create an after school Forest Schools club for children with additional needs.

The sessions start on 27th September 2017 - Wednesdays (term time only)

Cost: £60 for 6 weeks or £10 per session

Where: Meet at Clapton Park Children’s Centre

Time: 3:45 pm - 5:45pm 

The children will then travel down to the marshes, which are wheelchair accessible and approximately a 5 minute walk for non-wheelchair users.

A trained member of staff will then run a group session in a section of the marshes where children can learn, explore and experience nature in a safe environment.

The group will be run by trained staff but children will need to be accompanied by a carer. Parents will be responsible for supervising their children or young person’s quieter time and visuals.

To find out more please contact the HIT squad:


Joint face to face training and information sessions from Hackney's Local Offer and other SEND services...

Local Offer - Face to Face training and information sessions

If you have questions or need help understanding how to use the Local Offer or someone to do the searching for you, you can get face to face support during a Local Offer surgery.

These are run on the last Tuesday of the month at The Resource Centre at Hackney Ark.

At these surgeries the Local Offer Coordinator can help you to find and print the information from the website that you need.

The Local Coordinator is not a case worker and will not be able to advise you about individual situations. 

In order to be as helpful as possible a representative from:

  • The Resource Centre
  • Hackney's Short Breaks team 
  • Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service) 
  • Prospects Careeres Service / SEND advisor

will also be available at these sessions and able to offer face to face advice. 

Welfare Rights Advisor



Advice Officer


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Community Connector

Job Title:                                                     Community Connector

Responsible to:                           Community Supporters Project Manager

Salary:                                                                         £21,000 pro rata

Hours:                                                           1 day/ 7 hours a week.

Contract duration:   26 weeks after appointment to the role; with potential for extension



We are recruiting for a part time Community Connector to provide outreach and support to the Connected Hackney Wick project. This role will require a good level of communication skills and the ability to show understanding of people with support needs but in particular people who suffer from social isolation.


The project is funded by the Wick Award, which aims to build community connections and promote wellbeing for all residents in Hackney Wick. Connected Hackney Wick is part of the wider Community Supporters programme delivered by Volunteer Centre Hackney and aims to provide support to local Hackney Wick residents who have been identified as socially isolated and find ways to build their confidence and engage them in the community.


The role of the Community Connector will be to provide a high quality outreach support enabling residents who may be isolated to access local services or increase their participation in community activities. The Community Connector role will aim to increase social and support networks for Hackney Wick residents and identify and make contact with formal and informal community organisations and networks in Hackney Wick.


Duties and Responsibilities


  •  Provide a sensitive, caring approach to support to diverse needs of the community.
  • Engage and build trusting relationships with local residents.
  • Support individuals to develop a plan to help them develop and maintain community connections.
  • Share knowledge of any barriers for individuals accessing services.
  • Signpost individuals to local services.
    • Develop and share a portfolio of opportunities for residents including information about local community groups and activities.
    • Provide information and support to volunteers.



  • At all times abide by Volunteer Centre Hackney’s policies on Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality and observe the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • Actively participate in supervision and appraisal sessions with the Project Manager.
  • Be able to meet deadlines on time or work flexibly to complete a project.
  • Undertake other work appropriate to the post or organisation as required.





The person specification is a picture of skills, knowledge and experience required to carry out the job.  It has been used to draw up the advert and will also be used in the short-listing and interview process for this post. 

You should demonstrate on your application form how you meet all of the following criteria. All are essential for the job and will be scored depending on your answers.


  1. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
  2. Ability to put people at ease, particularly vulnerable people with high level support needs, and identify their strengths and barriers to progression
  3. Well organised with an ability to work individually and proactively.
  4. A good knowledge of local health and social care and community services.
  5. Commitment to empowering individuals.
  6. An ability to carry out good record keeping.
  7. Understanding of the principles and practice of equality and diversity.



To apply, please send your CV and cover letter outlining how you meet each point of the person specification to by Friday 24th Nov 5pm. If you have any questions or concerns about completing this cover letter, please call 020 7241 4443 ext 207.

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