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Events in 2020

Our next video session via Zoom

Date: Wednesday, 16th December 2020
Time: 10.30 am – 11.45 am
Full details: Pdf

Talk with Susanna Diegel, KIDS SEND Regional Manager, of the appointed mediation service for Reading. To book your place, please email or telephone/text 07516 185380

Autism Berkshire and Parenting Special Children On-line Workshops

See flyer for full details:


For Autism Berkshire's 5-hour workshops - they will be in two parts running on consecutive weeks. Parents can book a place on part 1 of these workshops and once they have attended, will receive an invitation to join part 2.


Family Support Programme - Dingley's Promise

See flyer for full programme:


***Please note that stay and play places are limited and that attendance is strictly by pre-booking only.***.

Zoom Sessions
To book your place, please email or call/text on the number below.
You will then be notified of the appropriate details to enable you to join your booked session.
Paula Chambers
Reading and West Berkshire


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

The following workshops are postponed until further notice

Reading Girls' School
Wellbeing workshops

Dates, times: All dates on flyer. From 30/01/2020 through to 02/07/2020.
Venue: Reading Girls’ School, Northumberland Avenue RG2 7PY
Full details: Flyer

Reading Girls School has organised a series of Wellbeing workshops - details on the attached flyer. If you would like to go to any of the sessions- please book on - the booking information is on the a flyer.

SEND Local Offer 16+ Newsletter 2019

Details: The re-vamped and updated version of the SEND Local Offer 16+ Newsletter 2019 is now ready to view, you can either open the attached pdf or click the link below.
Newsletter: Pdf

Send Local Offer 16+ Newsletter 2019

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 visit Reading's SEND Local Offer Transition 16-25 area or you can email us at or call us on 0118 937 3777 (opt 2).

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


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.

Winter 2020 Newsletter: Winter 2020 Newsletter pdf file

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



For more information Email


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



Functional life skills, Ability, Mental health, Individual needs, Learning support, Your voice, Your group

Details: Please see flyer attached for details of venues and sessions.

Children Centres are working with Reading Familes' Forum to support families with a child or parent who have an additional need for example emotional, behavioural, anxiety plus more.

Speakers are regularly invited to offer support at all of the Children’s Centres sessions.




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