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West Berkshire Parent Voice Newsletter

Welcome to West Berkshire Parent Voice's February Newsletter! We hope you find it informative, and would love to hear what you think of it. Let us know Here

Hi, My name is Fiona Worby, and I am a parent of a child with Special Needs. West Berkshire Parent Voice is run by parents for parents/carers with children with Special Needs and Disabilities, and our aim is to help parents have a voice to improve local services. As a parent or carer, services want our opinion on how they are doing to help them improve, and we really can make a difference. By giving our opinions about how what and we feel services provide for us, we can change things for the better.

You have received this email because you kindly gave us your email, and so automatically became part of West Berks Parent Voice. Please share this email with anybody you know with a child or young person who has Special Needs, everybody is welcome, and every Special Need is important. The bigger we are, the stronger we become!

Contact me by Phone on 07860 942280
Via email at:

I look forward to hearing from you, and hope you find the newsletter useful.

Join our Steering Group!

Dear Parent/Carer,
Invitation to join West Berkshire Parent Voice’s Steering Group
  • Are you passionate about ensuring your child(ren) with a Special Needs and or Disability have the right services and opportunities they need?
  • Would you like to become more involved in shaping our local services?
  • Are you keen to ensure children and young people aged between 0 and 25 have a voice in what they want from local services?
  • Would you like to help us trial new initiatives?
If so, why not join our new steering group?

West Berkshire Parent Voice aims to support families, by encouraging parent/carers to participate in joining the steering group, and together, we can have a voice in how our local services are shaped and delivered locally.

If you’re able to attend one meeting every six weeks, have a willingness to air your views about children’s needs, an ability to listen to other people’s ideas and a desire to continue to improve local services for local families, then we’d love you to hear from you.

If you are interested in being part of this new and exciting development with West Berkshire Parent Voice and would like to come along to an initial meeting to find out more, please contact Fiona Worby on 07860 942 280 or email me at
We do have a small bursary to help with travel expenses.
Our first meeting date will be arranged for the beginning of April. I look forward to hearing from you.


Free Workshop - Preparing for Adulthood

This workshop will cover:

• Myths and truths about employment for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

• What we know about factors that support the journey into work

• The employment pathway- what needs to happen when

• Some opportunities to think about what is working and not working in your area
• Some useful resources

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided

Click on the flyer for more information. You will be taken to the Eventbright booking page.


What you need to know about Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans with Fiona Slomovic

Find out what you need to know about the changes in educational legislation and the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans.
EHC Plans are replacing Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulties Assessments and will also extend support to age 25. All children and young people with Statements and those who are seeking to be assessed or to receive one, will be transferred to EHC Plans by 1 April 2018.

Training summary
On 24 March at the Prior's Court Training & Development Centre, Fiona Slomovic from Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Ltd. will lead a seminar exploring:
•    The new law as it applies to children and young people with SEN and disabilities and the legal framework around EHC Plans
•    What should be included in an EHC Plan
•    Issues parents should be considering when developing outcomes
•    How to manage the transfer to EHC Plans from Statements
•    How the EHC Plan supports transition to post-19 options
•    What resources are available that will help parents achieve the best possible EHC Plan for their child or young person

About Fiona Slomovic
Founder of Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Ltd., Fiona Slomovic is a specialist in supporting parents and carers in ensuring that their child's additional needs are met at home, at school and in the community. She negotiates with schools, social services and Local Authorities to ensure that children's needs are correctly identified and provided for.

Book your place
To book, download and return a booking form to by Monday 21 March.
We anticipate a high level of demand for a limited number of places, so these will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
This is one of a series of talks organised by Prior's Court aimed at parents and professionals who care for, work with and support young people with autism.

Talk Details
Dates & times
Thursday 24 March 

£10 per person
Refreshments provided

Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre, Hermitage, Berkshire RG18 9NU

Contact and booking
To reserve a place, please download and return a booking form.
Alternatively, please contact Prior’s Court Training and Development Centre by phone (01635 245911) or email HERE to find out more about this and other courses.

Happy Days Club - Autism Awareness Event

Please help share this year's autism awareness event that I am holding in Thatcham. There will be stalls and professionals in the lakeside room. I will also be holding a teddy bear event with competitions, games, crafts and prizes as well as cakes for sale. A teddy bear treasure hunt will also be around the lakes for the family to enjoy. It will be a lovely family day out, there is a cafe on site as well as two outside play areas, a discovery centre and a walk around the lakes make a day of it and don't forget to pop in and see the teddy bears!! Bring your own teddy and picnic too.

It is on Wednesday 6th April at 11am if you have anyone who would like a table to advertise their group or comapny connected to autism please share my details.

Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email

Happy Days Mothers Day Tea

Something lovely for Mother's Day come along and join in a lovely afternoon tea with a book sale too!! Tickets and times pre booked only contact me Kiri-Lynn Gardner on  money raised going to support Happy Days autistic club and Coles Diner Africa appeal.

£10 for one person, £15 for two or £25 for four people.

Time slots available 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

A traditional afternoon tea consisting of salmon cream cheese, cucumber and ham finger sandwiches with a selection of mini cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam also including tea, coffee or fruit punch. 

Only tickets purchased before the event can be used on the day and at the requested time slot. 

Afternoon Tea tickets on sale from


Mencap -  Annual Race Day 

West Berkshire Mencap’s 12th Charity Race Day is scheduled for Friday 4 March 2016 at Newbury Racecourse.

This year promises to be better than ever, as guests will have exclusive use of the Racegoers Restaurant.  They will get a fabulous view of the finish from comfortable surroundings whilst enjoying delicious food and great company.

To register your interest in hosting a table, donating a raffle prize or action lot, or even sponsoring a race, please click on the flyer, fill in, and return.

Annual Quiz Night with Fish & Chips

We are holding a Quiz on Friday 11th March at 7.30pm. We aim to finish by 10.30pm at the latest. This will be in the form of a general knowledge quiz and there will be a supper choice of fish & chips or a vegetarian option of vegetarian burger and chips. Would you be interested in taking part?

Teams should consist of no more than six members (don’t worry if you can’t raise a full team we’ll find you one that you can join), and the cost will be £7.50 per head. Ticket price includes the supper. Please bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. There will also be a Raffle.

If you are interested in taking part please email:, who will send you out a booking form which you will need to return with payment by 24th February. Spaces will be given on a first come first served basis.


Autism friendly cinema screenings

Our innovative autism friendly screenings provide opportunities for people with autism or sensory sensitivity to enjoy a trip to the cinema.

We work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase to host Autism Friendly Screenings at over 250 cinemas nationwide.

On Sunday mornings throughout the month, films suitable for all audiences are screened in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment. Adjustments at the cinema reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming place for people with autism to enjoy films with their families, friends or carers.

Cineworld host an autism friendly cinema screening on the first Sunday of every month at 11am. 

Cineworld’s next autism friendly film screening is
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
on Sunday 6th March at 11am.

Showcase host an autism friendly cinema screening on the second Sunday of the month at 10am

Showcase’s next autism friendly film screening is 
Kung Fu Panda 3
on Sunday 13th March at 10am.

ODEON hosts autism friendly cinema screenings every month.

For a limited time and at selected cinemas ODEON are trialling autism friendly cinema screenings of films for an older audience.
ODEON’s February autism friendly film screening is
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip
on Sunday 28th February at 11:30am.

ODEON’s February autism friendly films for older audiences at 9 cinemas is
Goosebumps (PG)
on Monday 29th February at 6pm.

ODEON’s March autism friendly film screening is
Kung Fu Panda 3
on Sunday 13th March at 11:30am.

ODEON’s March autism friendly films for older audiences at 9 cinemas is
Divergent: Allegiant (12)
on Monday 14th March at 6pm.

Vue host an autism friendly cinema screening on the last Sunday of every month at 10am, from £1.99.

Vue's February autism friendly film screening is
The Good Dinosaur
on Sunday 28th February at 10am.

Vue's March autism friendly film screening is
The Peanuts Movie
on Sunday 27th March at 10am.


Yummy!  Come to our chocolate and craft market!

A Chocolate & Craft Market with a range of stalls. Full of goodies in time for Easter!!

Entry just £1 for adults & 50p for children (pay on the door) 
Chocolates, sweets, refreshments, raffle, tombola, crafts, books and much much more....

Money rasied will help Mary Hare School: Coles Diner & Happy Days.

Stalls are £10 a table plus a raffle or tombola gift if you are interested email for more details

Happy Days Club - Spring 2016 Newsletter

Happy Days runs on the second Monday of each month during term time, and  during some holidays for special events.  It is for children aged 5 – 10 years on the Autistic Spectrum, along with their siblings and parents. Costs per session are £3.00 per child. Parents free.
Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email

Happy Days Gamers Den

Don't forget the Gamers Den. For young people aged 11 -18 years, it's a gaming club for young people with autism, deafness or additional needs, where they can relax, and play games in the chill out zone with others.
Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email

Swings and Smiles - With NEW Lego Club

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.


Mini Mornings
Play and socialise in the Soft Play Room
9.30am – 11.30am
Every week
£2.50 per family


Parent Coffee Morning
Chat with other parents, children welcome
9.30am – 11.30am
The second Tuesday of each month (next one: 8th March)
Free of charge


After School Play
Families welcome to use all of our rooms and take part in fun activities
3pm – 7pm
Every week
£7.50 per family.


Parent Coffee Morning
Chat with other parents, children welcome
9.30am – 11.30am
The last Thursday of each month (next one: 25th February)
Free of charge

Lego Club
Build and create – over 8′s
4.30pm – 6pm
The last Thursday of each month (next one: 25th February)
£3 per child


After School Play
Families welcome to use all of our rooms and take part in fun activities
3pm – 7pm
Every week
£7.50 per family.


All Day Family Play
Families welcome to use all of our rooms and take part in fun activities
10am – 1pm or 1pm – 4pm
Every week
£7.50 per family


Free information, advice and support for unpaid carers 

We can help with:

  • Benefits and grants
  • Information about health and social care services
  • Emotional support
  • Finding training to support your caring services
  • Form filling
  • Meeting other carers
  • Respite care and planning a break from caring
  • Managing working and caring.
  • All our services are free to carers.

Please browse our website for local information. If you would like to speak to someone, please give us a call on 0800 988 5462 or email

Our freephone helpline is available 9.30am – 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 1pm – 5pm Thursday. We look forward to hearing from you


SEN & Disability Local Offer

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.

Please click on the link here
: West Berkshire Local Offer

Parent Participation

Parent Participation is when parents and carers get involved in service planning and decision making so that services meet the needs of families with children & young people with disabilities and additional needs so resources are not wasted on services which parents and families do not take up.

 Effective parent participation happens when parents have conversations with and work alongside professionals, in order to design, develop and improve services.

Working with parents and carers helps professionals to understand what needs to happen to develop services that meet families’ needs and also helps parents and carers understand the complexity involved and the challenges faced by the professionals who have to bring about that change. Working together and sharing knowledge enables parents and professionals to find solutions that work.

West Berkshire Parent Voice want to encourage Parent Participation, and would like to hear from any Parent/Carer who has interest in improving local services.  If you want to have a say in improving things, please click on the link below.

Tell me more about Parent Participation

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