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Events in 2021

On-line video session via Zoom and talk with Nikki Stevens, the new SEND Team Manager of Brighter Futures for Children

Date: Wednesday, 24th February 2021
Time: 10.30 am – 11.30 am
Full details: Pdf

Nikki will be talking about her new role and the services they provide for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND). She is also happy to answer any questions/queries you may have.
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.

Special United - Come and join us via Zoom video chat

Date: Thursday, 25th February 2021
Time: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Full details: Pdf

WWe will be joinedby Mark Hobson who is the Short Breaks Coordinator at Brighter Futures for Children. Short Breaks provide opportunities for children and youngpeople with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) to access mainstream and specialist activities such as after school clubs, leisure/sports activities, holiday groups or overnight stays. Short breaks also offerparents/carers a short break from their caring responsibilities.
To book, please email RSVP no later than Wednesday 24th February.

On-line video session via Zoom and talk with Paul Gresty, Education Strategic Lead for Brighter Futures for Children

Date: Tuesday, 16th March 2021
Time: 10.30 am – 11.45 am
Full details: Pdf

Paul will be talking about capital investment to build SEND capacity in Reading and would like to hear your thoughts and views on things like developing new resource units in mainstream schools for children with additional needs.
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.


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 2020 Newsletter: Winter 2020 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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