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



Events in 2021

Special United - Come and join us via Zoom video chat

Date: Wednesday 8th December 2021
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Full details: Pdf

We will be joined by the specialist Children and Adolescence Mental Health Service
(CAMHS) and also by the Reading Local Offer Team.

£10 Amazon vouchers for all young people who take part!   

To book email

RSVP No later than Tuesday 7th December 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!


Would you like to find out more about Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals (SENDIST) and have a chance to ask questions of a SEND legal expert? ....Via Zoom

Date: Thursday, 9th December 2021
Time: 10 am – 12 noon, via Zoom
Full details: Pdf

We have invited Adam Otterway Friel, Partner and Head of Education Law of Geldards LLP to talk to us   

For enquiries or to book, please email Terri Walsh at or tel: 07516 185380

Reading Families’ Forum coffee afternoon via Zoom

Date: Thursday, 4th November 2021
Time: 12.30 pm – 1.45 pm
Full details: Pdf

Dr Deb Hunter, Principal Child & Educational Psychologist and Mental Health Lead at Brighter Futures for Children will be talking to families about the Mental Health Transformation Priorities for Reading, Wokingham and West Berks. Deb wants to hear your views about these priorities and how to improve SEND young people’s mental health in Reading.   

To book please email

Reading Families' Forum ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Date: Tuesday, 21st September 2021
Time: 7 pm – 8.15 pm
Full details: Pdf

Also, hear about and meet Parent Champions from the new Parent Champion Scheme that Brighter Futures for Children is running.

To book your place, please email or telephone/text on 07516 185380.


Next Special United meeting via Zoom video chat

Date: Wednesday, 29th September 2021
Time: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Full details: Pdf

Heidi Francis will be joining us to talk about a new Keyworker scheme to support young people who are suffering from a mental health crisis. Give your views about how this should work in Reading. £10 Amazon voucher for all young people who take part. Email to book.


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


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.

Winter 2021 Newsletter: Winter 2021 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




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