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Hi, My name is Fiona Worby, I'm a parent of a child with additional needs, and I'm the coordinator for the West Berkshire Parent Carer Forum. If I can help in any way, please do email me at
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 Camp Mohawk

A place for children and young people with special needs.
Camp Mohawk is a multi-functional day centre for children with special needs and their families, set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside, just outside Wargrave, Berkshire. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment.
To find out more, please click HERE

Friday 11th August, 10am – 4pm

City Arts Presents: CHALKFEST 2017!!

For the third year running, City Arts Newbury will be bringing the people of Newbury a Free, Community Event for all the family, in the heart of Newbury.

Chalkfest is all about joining in, having fun and getting creative with chalk!

For those who cannot sit on the floor, tables will be provided.

~ Date: Friday 11th August
~ Time: 10am – 4pm
~ Location: Newbury Market Square
~ Cost: Free (chalk included)

This year, we have local, independent traders joining us again, including:

~ Sunny Faces –
~ Lusso Ice-cream –
~ Sweets and more –
~ Sweet Treats –

£1 to enter – Register on the day
Child Under 12yrs
Teens 13+

~ All monies raised goes towards the “City Arts Charity” ~
Bring a sunshade
Lots of Water
Something comfy to sit


Looked After & Adopted Children (LAAC)

Parenting Special Children provides a specialist service for families of Looked After and Adopted Children (LAAC) and young people with special needs.

The LAAC service offers the following to parents/carers of LAAC with special needs FREE of charge:

  • Monthly topic-based workshops, with two sessions on the same day, one in the morning and one (repeated) in the evening. This ensures that they are accessible to parents/carers who are unable to attend during the day.
  • Regular guest speaker events which are usually held once a quarter. We invite various guest speakers to talk to parents/carers about a relevant topic and answer questions.
  • Our Time Out for Special Needs (TOSN) course has been adapted to suit LAAC families, with a focus on Attachment and run over seven weeks.
  • One to One peer support – PSC will be able to match our trained Peer Supporters with families who are new to the process, and/or have recently had children placed with them.
  • Annual conferences – We will be holding an annual LAAC conference aimed at families of LAAC, and the professionals working with them.


We also provide further opportunities for professionals to attend workshops on different topics at a small cost.

The best way to make a referral is to use this online form. However, if you would like to discuss a family, please contact us via or 0118 9863532.

Hello friends!

Have you thought about coming to our Play in a Week (autism friendly)?  From Monday 21 August to Thursday 24 August, 1pm to 4pm every day, we’ll be creating a play together at The Watermill Theatre.  As well as letting our imaginations run wild, this is a chance to practise performing whatever your experience or confidence, and make new friends.  For more information or to book, contact Emma on 01635 570934 or email

In October our next Fourth Wall project for adults with a learning disability will be providing training to participants about how to become a theatre reviewer, and we’ll flex our new-found skills after a group trip to see Under Milk Wood, and present our opinions to the wider world in our final week together.  Visit the webpage for more information, or to book.

And finally, have you got your tickets for the Relaxed Performance of The Borrowers on Saturday 9 December at 2.30pm?  A Relaxed Performance welcomes anyone who might find it difficult to follow the usual rules of going to the theatre, perhaps someone with autism, a sensory condition, dementia, or who is under 3.  The story is the same but the whole family can enjoy the show together.  Tickets are £18 and £16.  Contact the Box Office directly on 01635 46044 to buy your tickets.

We hope to see you soon!

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:

  • Pottery
  • Building bird boxes
  • Chocolate making factory
  • Taking part in local activities
  • Bowling
  • Sailing
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
  • Picnics


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.

Contact Details

The PALS Office
Mayridge Farm

Telephone: 01189 323799

Mobile: 0788 7871 112


Registered Charity No: 1083150


West Berks SENDiass

(Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service)

What we do

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service for West Berkshire provides:

  •  free and confidential service, provided independently from education, health and care providers
  • Impartial information, advice and support relating to special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • Advice and support from independently trained Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service staff
  • Support through the statutory processes relating to Statements of Special Educational Needs and the new Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment and planning
  • Information and practical support to find the answers to your questions in relation to education, social care and health services

Who we can help

We can provide information, advice and support to:

  • Parents or carers of a child or young person (aged 0-25) with a disability and/or special educational needs
  • Parents or carers who are worried that their child or young person may have a disability or special educational needs;
  • If your child has questions, we can help them too
  • Young people aged 16-25 who have a disability and/or special educational needs

Our service is for people who live in West Berkshire. If you don’t live in West Berkshire, but need support, we can put you in touch with your local IAS Service.

How we can help

We aim to provide you with help that is right for you. We can help by

  • Listening to your views and concerns
  • Helping you feel more confident to express your views
  • Explaining your options, rights and responsibilities
  • Help in preparing for meetings and/or attending meetings with you;
  • Answering your questions about Statements of Special Educational Needs and Educational Health and Care (EHC) Plans;
  • Supporting you through a needs assessment or review
  • Support to resolve disagreements
  • Developing networks and links locally to provide solutions to your individual queries
 You can call us on 0300 303 2644 or email
The ICE Youth Group in Hungerford starts again on Tuesday 19th September. from 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Any child on the SEN Register, and who is in School Year 6-11 is welcome to come along. 

The Group is held at John O Gaunt Youth & Community Centre, and is run by a group of volunteer parents every Tuesday night (term time), and costs £1.00 per child.  There is a tuck shop, crafts, Xbox, and chill out room, and we make full use of our outside space to play dodgeball, have waterfights, Have t0he SPLAT youth team over, and this term we have our new racing Spacehoppers!  Wahooo. 
For more information, or would be interested in volunteering to chip in with our fun set of parents,  join our Facebook Page HERE, we look forward to seeing 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

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