Registered Charity No. 1166585
"A voice for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities"  



Events in 2022

Special United - Come and join us via Zoom video chat

Date: Thursday 19th May 2022
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Full details: Pdf
We will be joined by Deborah Hunter who is the Head of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Principal Educational Psychologist at Brighter Futures for children.
To book your place, please email RSVP No later than Wednesday 18th May 2022.

Coffee Morning - Join us for an on-line video session via Zoom

Date: 25th May 2022
Time: 12 noon - 1.15 pm
Full details: Pdf
Nina Crispin, Information and Engagement Officer and Amanda Nyeke, Public Health and Well Being Manager of Reading Borough Council, would like to seek your views and answer any questions you may have on the draft priorities and future plans for the Autism strategy, as identified from the Needs Assessment process.

Full details and booking information in flyer attached.

Pop into the Reading Families’ Forum INFORMATION AND FUN DAY

Date: 12TH JUNE 2022
Time: 3 – 5:15 PM
Venue: THE AVENUE SCHOOL,Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4BZ
Full details: Pdf
Find out more about local services for children and their families with additional needs, inc Alafia, TuVida and many more. There will be lots of accessible fun for all the family, including arm painting, some interesting reptiles and having fun with bubbles.

Full details and booking information in flyer attached.



Please see attached flyer (pdf) for SEND Holiday Activities and Food Programme, which RFC Community Trust have arranged.  For more information on HAF:

Any child receiving school meals is eligible, please note this is for SEND.


Join us for an on-line video session via Zoom and talk with Fiona Hostler, BSc Psych, Safeguarding and Children Missing Education (CME) Officer of Brighter Futures for Children

Date: Wednesday, 11th May
Time: 10.30 am – 11.45 am via Zoom
Full details: Pdf
Has your child been excluded, or are you having problems with school avoidance? Fiona would like to talk with you and hear your views.
To book your place, please email or telephone/text on the mobile number below and we can then let you know the appropriate log-in details for the call.

Easter Holiday Short Breaks & April Activities

SEND Easter Holiday Short Break - Reading Rockets Multi Sports Camp

For children & Young people with additional needs (no diagnosis required)

Junior Camp aged 8-14 yrs

Friday April 22nd 10am-2pm

Cost £30

Senior Camp aged 15+

Friday April 22nd 10am-2pm

Cost £30

Join us for a fun filled camp of Basketball & Football - If you have any questions please email

Further information and booking details here SEND Easter Holiday Short Break - Reading Rockets Multi Sports Camp | Reading Services Guide (


SEND Easter Activities - Swings & Smiles & April timetable

Tel: 01635 285170


Further information and to view the April timetable here SEND Easter Activities - Swings & Smiles | Reading Services Guide (


Reading Museum: Announcing 'Museums, My Way' collaboration with The MERL

Museums My Way - Themed sessions for neurodiverse visitors of all ages

Free sessions, developed with Autism Berkshire

The next session will be during the Easter Holidays, date to be confirmed, please keep an eye on the websites.

0118 937 3400 (MERL)

0118 937 3400 (RM)

Further information can be found here Reading Museum: Announcing 'Museums, My Way' collaboration with The MERL | Reading Services Guide (


Free Disability Cricket - Berkshire Cricket Foundation

A new disability hub launches at Bulmershe Leisure Centre on Wednesday 30th March 5-6pm 

The session is completely FREE and will run every week for the foreseeable and is suitable for anyone between the ages of 12-25. Myself Chris Baker will be the coach at the session, and we will have volunteers to support the participants.

If you have any further questions that you need answering from me, please feel free to get in contact.

Improve your skills, all disabilities welcome!

Tel: 07883 787499

Further Information can be found here Free Disability Cricket - Berkshire Cricket Foundation | Reading Services Guide (



Parenting Special Children run many courses to help parents with children with special needs. Follow the link below to see what's available 7th - 19th February.


Is it difficult to get help for your Autistic Child? Online video session via Zoom

Date: Thursday, 3rd March
Time: 10.30 am – 11.30 am via Zoom
Full details: Pdf
We have invited Nina Crispin, Information and Engagement Officer and Katie Badger, Trainee Public Health Programme Officer of Reading Borough Council to our next coffee morning.  Nina and Katie want to hear your views on what the new all age Reading Autism Strategy should include to improve the lives of your children and the wider family.

Full details in the flyer attached. Please email if you would like to book a place.



Transition Conference, 1st July 2021 

This year, we held the event for the 16 + age group via zoom.  Over 40 people attended with participants reporting that they felt more informed after the conference. To view the presentations click on the links below.

Experience of a young man - The video file is available via this link, to download from here:

Professor Luke Clements on the Law - Pdf file

RFF's Experience - Pptx file

Employment Pathways - Pptx file Pdf file

Adult Social Care and CTPLD - Pptx file

Preparing For Adulthood - Pptx file

Recording of Conference -

Morning event part 1 - Luke Clements' presentation

Morning event part 2 - Q and A with Luke Clements

Afternoon event part 1 - RFF presentation and SEND team inspection

Afternoon event part 2 -Elevate, Starting Point and Ways into Work presentation followed by  RBC and CTPLD


Dear Parent Carers

Due to the recent government advice to avoid social contact where possible, we have reluctantly decided to cancel our coffee evening on 25th March at Krazy Play Days and not arrange any further events for the Forum or Special United for the next 12 weeks. This is to protect the children, young people and families who attend our events and our staff and volunteers. We will continue to review the situation as the government and Public Health England update their advice and keep you informed.

We know that this is a challenging time for families of children and young people with additional needs and would recommend the following for support during this time:

Facebook have peer to peer Facebook pages that are a mine of useful information and support including social stories about the Coronavirus and tips getting through this time:
SEND Carers United
Kids Physical Disability Berkshire
The SEND VCB project (It is aimed at VCB - parents of children and young people with violent or challenging behaviour but it has great resources for all children with SEND.)

The Reading Local Offer is also always there for online support and helplines.

The Forum aim to produce a weekly email with the best information from Facebook, for those who don't access it.

There are lots of great resources going round about how to home educate your children if schools are closed or you have to self-isolate your family (eg Reading IASS) but remember this is an exceptional time so don't put any pressure on yourself - this is about getting through each day.

We will arrange more events for parents and young people as soon as we can. In the meantime, stay safe and be kind to yourselves.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Ramona Bridgman
Chair, Reading Families' Forum

Swings & Smiles is a place to play for children with special needs and their families, aged 0-18 and has a specific session for the under 5s. It offers a unique environment where the whole family feels supported and where they can spend quality time together. Our services include play sessions, sibling support and outreach.

Swings & Smiles, A Place to Play
Registered charity number 1120598

SEND Local Offer 16+ Newsletter

We hope you find the newsletter useful, it’s packed full of information about what is available to young people with SEND as they transition into adulthood.
This newsletter is just a snapshot of what is available on the Local Offer so if there is something missing that you would like information about you can email or call 0118 937 3777 (opt 2).

To unsubscribe or change your permissions you can always contact us at: or

To view the latest 16+ newsletter you can here: SEND Local Offer Newsletter


Latest SEND Local Offer Newsletter


It’s a little different to usual as everything is still mostly online but hopefully you will find something interesting to join in with.

Support services are still operating via phone or email and there are a large number of Zoom events/webinars to take part in.

Spring 2022 Newsletter: Spring 2022 Newsletter pdf file

SEND Local Offer Newsletters can also be found here SEND Local Offer Newsletter



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View the pdf link for information on another great evening and the Adult Social Care team




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