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Mairi Evans- The Clinical Lead CAMHS Autism Assessment Team and Acting Clinical Lead on the CAMHS ADHD Specialist Pathway.
Will be coming to talk to us about talk about the autism and ADHD team, CAMHS structure, their on line support service, what we they are doing to try and improve services in CAMHS and with their partner agencies.
This will be a very informative event, and Mairi is happy to take questions from you all.
A venue is currently being sourced, and as we anticipate this to be a very popular talk, it will be a (FREE) first come, first served, ticketed event via Eventbrite.
More information about this event will be put on the website and Facebook very soon!
Dingley Offer The Following, but for more information and to be taken to their website, click on the bear above.
Learning Through Play Sessions
Running through the academic year these sessions are run under Ofsted standards using the Early Years Foundation Stage, and aim to give every child with an additional need the best early intervention support and education.
Stay and Play Sessions
These run at least once a month at each of our Centres and give family members the chance to see their children in our Centres and the strategies we use with them. It also gives parents the chance to meet each other and exchange experiences.
Our coffee mornings are arranged periodically at our Centres to bring families together and enable them to talk about issues they are facing or share successes. We also sometimes have pamper evenings and other social activities for parents.
Our Family Support Workers make home visits where they can help families to use Dingley strategies in their own homes. We provide a home visit to every family that we start working with.
Inclusive Holiday Playschemes
We run inclusive holiday sessions for children with additional needs and their mainstream siblings (if under 8 years old). These are a really important break for families during holiday periods and we make sure the activities are fun for all the children.PASS Service
At Reading and Wokingham we provide a service for early years providers to help them include children with additional needs. We provide support over the phone, through our staff visiting the setting, and through staff from the setting visiting our Centres.
We have been working with children and young people with physical disabilities and sensory impairments for nearly 20 years.
We offer a wide variety of social and leisure activities for children and young people aged five to 18. Activities take place after school and at weekends in term time, and throughout the week during the holidays. You can find out more about the activities we run.
During the school holidays, we run regular activities for our members, who are aged over 8. Activities include:
Building bird boxes
Chocolate making factory
Taking part in local activities
Children and young people are supported at activities by a team of trained volunteers and the PALS manager, who oversees the event, while parents can enjoy a much needed break. In addition, during the school holidays, we offer the opportunity to take part in residential trips.
Activity costs are met by parents, but are kept to a minimum and often subsidised, especially for residential trips.
The 18+ group has been running successfully for nearly ten years and is open to our more independent members. The group take part in a variety of social events and some residential trips, but emphasis is placed on the individual to be as independent as possible.
The PALS Office
Are you, or is someone you know, providing much-needed care for a loved one?
Get free access to a range of support and services – right when you need it most.
Call us: 0118 324 7333
Carers Trust provides timely, personalised information and support via the Reading & West Berkshire Carers Hub to make caring for a loved one easier.
The Carers Hub can offer:
Information, advice and guidance
Signposting to other organisations
Short break accommodation
Access to Carers support groups
Free health and well-being memberships
Access to Carers breaks
Free training and caring support
Carers Smart’ benefits and discounts
Are you wondering if you are a Carer?
You may not see yourself as one, but if you are looking after someone – whether it be an adult or child – who fits one or more of the example descriptions below, then you are a Carer.
are elderly and frail
are physically disabled
have a learning disability
have mental health problems
have a history of substance misuse
have a long term health condition
have a sensory impairment
There is a range of support available to you, which will help you look after yourself as well as the loved one you care for. Carers Trust provides a range of support and services which can be accessed via the Carers Hub – funded by: Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, North & West Reading CCG
South Reading CCG, Newbury & District CCG.
Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub runs a friendly support group for carers in West Berkshire, which meets on the First Wednesday of each month. All carers welcome.
Please call 0118 3247333 if you would like any further information about the group.
WHERE: Pangbourne Small Village Hall, RG8 7DY
CONTACT: Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub 0118 324 7333
Come and join us for one of our exciting sessions. We are always listening to feedback from our families, if you think there’s something missing from what we are offering let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
Swings & Smiles
A Place To Play, Lower Way
Thatcham RG19 3RR
Wednesday 6pm – 8pm
(the 3rd Wednesday of the month)
Friday 9.30am – 11am
(the 1st Friday of the month)
Sunday 10am – Midday
(1st and 3rd Sunday of the month) see Opening Times page for further details
Chris Tarrant Quiz Night
Following the astounding success of our quiz night and dinner with Chris Tarrant last year at the magnificent Englefield House (thanks to the generosity of Richard and Zoe Benyon), Chris Tarrant has kindly offered to host it again on the evening of Saturday 1st July so please get the date in your diary!
Drinks and canapes will be served on the lawn of the stunning Englefield House (English weather permitting!) followed by a two course dinner. Music, fun and dancing will accompany what is a truly enjoyable quiz along with a Tree of Promises, silent auction and live auction. We are offering tables of 10 at £75 per head.
The Local offer sets out provision which is available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), aged 0 to 25, including education, health and social care services.
Where you see the green West Berkshire Local Offer flag, on the top, right corner of a record in this directory, you will know that the service or provider has submitted information on what they can offer a child or young person who has SEND. This is known as their Local Offer. Please do take a look, there are providers of a range of services which may be useful to you.