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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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 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
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.
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.