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Events in 2021

Special United - Come and join us via Zoom video chat

Date: Wednesday, 16th June 2021
Time: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Full details: Pdf

We will be joined by Lesley Chamberlain who is the Team Manager for Reading IASS (Information Advice and Support Service for Special Educational Needs and/or Disability ) and Helen Ma nsfield who is the IASS Children and Young
To book email RSVP No later than Tuesday 15th June 2021. (When booking please include your email address linked to your Zoom account and your postal address to receive vouchers).
We look forward to seeing you!. 

Join us for an on-line video session via Zoom and talk with Denise Challis of Parenting Special Children about managing aggression from your child/young person

Date: Wednesday, 16th June 2021
Time: 11.30 am – 12.45 pm
Full details: Pdf

Denise will help you find strategies to help manage your child’s/young person’s aggression to others.
To book your place, please email or telephone/text 07516 185380 and we can then let you know the appropriate log-in details for the call. 

Transition To Adulthood Workshop - Online Zoom

Date: Thursday 17th June 2021
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 am
Cost: FREE
Full details: Pdf

Transition process for young person moving from children'sservices to adult social services - Kate Stonehouse, FamilySupport, Reading Mencap.

Transition To Adult Workshop Link


Save the Date:
1st July 2021

Transition Conference for Preparing for Adulthood

Date: Thursday, 1st July 2021
Time: 9.30 am - 2.30 pm
Poster: Pdf

Transition Conference for Preparing for Adulthood, jointly hosted by RFF and PSC.

Join the morning session and hear an adult's personal experience. Professor Luke Clements will be talking on the law covering The Care Act, What to expect if the young person has money, Mental Capacity Act.

The afternoon session will cover Education Pathways, Routes to Employment or Day Time Activities

Look out for more details and booking information in the near future.



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.


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

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 2021 Newsletter: Spring 2021 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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