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Events in 2022

Join us for an on-line video session via Zoom and talk with Nikki Stevens, SEND Team Manager of Brighter Futures for Children

Date: Thursday, 20th January 2022
Time: 10 am – 11.15 am
Full details: Pdf

Nikki will be talking about how to apply for a school place with specialist provision for your child and happy to answer any general questions you may have.

To book your place, please email or telephone/text on 07516 185380 and we can then let you know the appropriate log-in details for the call.


The next Special United Zoom Chat is on Wednesday, 26th January 2022,  5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Date: Wednesday, 26th January 2022  
Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Full details: Pdf

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

We will be joined by the team from the Royal Berkshire Hospital - who would like to hear from young people with Autism and Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) about your experiences and views on hospital appointments.  

Nina Crispin the Information and Engagement Officer at Reading Borough Council, will also be asking young people what they want to see in the new Autism Strategy.

The Reading Local Offer Team will be joining us too. They have information about services in the area for young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs/Disabilities) and their families.  

For booking details and more information please see the attached flyer.


Details of the SEND Short Breaks Christmas 2021 funded by BFfC, details are below and please contact the provider directly.

SEND Short Breaks Christmas Holidays Play Course with Reading Community Trust

Based at The Avenue School in Reading they are running a play course for those children with SEND from the ages of 5 years to 7 years. Full details can be found on the link below:

SEND Short Breaks Christmas Holidays Play Course with Reading Community Trust | Reading Services Guide (

SEND Short Breaks Christmas Sports and Food Camp with Reading Community Trust

SEND Short Breaks Christmas Sports and Food Camp with Reading Community Trust for a ages 8 years to 16 years

SEND Short Breaks Christmas Sports and Food Camp with Reading Community Trust | Reading Services Guide (

SEND Short Breaks Christmas Holidays with Make Sense Theatre

Based at the Avenue School in Reading fun and inclusive drama and movement workshops for young people with learning disabilities and/or autism

Engaging workshops for young people with complex needs/Profound and Multiple Learning Disability (PMLD) including multi-sensory theatre. Full details can be found on the link:

SEND Short Breaks Christmas Holidays with Make Sense Theatre | Reading Services Guide (


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

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



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




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