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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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This Coming Monday - CAMHS Talk.!!

Monday 26th June 2017

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. 

The event is being held at Shaw House which has plenty of free parking

This talk is proving to be incredibly popular, and we will have a fantastic turnout, so don't miss out. Get your tickets from Eventbrite by clicking the following link

We are looking forward to seeing you all, and have lots of coffee and cake!

Mencap Cinema Club - Contact 01635 41464 for more information

An amazing support group has recently been set up in West Berkshire for Pathological Demand Avoidance. To email Leila, please click on the flyer below.

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.

  • Coffee Mornings

    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.


    Home Visits

    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:

  • 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

Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub

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
  • Carers grants
  • Peer support
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

COST: Free

CONTACT: Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub  0118 324 7333

Swings and Smiles 

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

01635 285170

Standard Opening Times:
Monday 9.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday 3pm – 6pm
Friday 3pm – 7pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm

Monthly Openings:
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.

Tables are selling fast so please get in touch with Tor Sandars at if you would like a table


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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