CAN Network Information

 

Please click here to read the CAN May 2017 newsletter

Please click the links below to read about sessions offered by Wokingham Active for

children and young people with additional needs 

 for adults  

 

Please click here to view Wokingham Active for Children with Additional Needs 2016-2017 Activity Programme

 

Dear Friends of the CAN Network

Spring is here and with longer days and warmer weather, I hope all  our  families will be able to partake in the various activities on offer in the Borough and you can access all the information on our  Local Offer  page and on our What’s On   page with activities for everyone.   If anyone is looking for a tricycle for their child, then please contact Miles Parkin as he has one for sale at £250 . It is a Longstaff Cyclone, 24" Wheels,18 Gears, Towalong bar included. For more details contact: Miles Parkin milesjparkin@gmail.com.

Kind regards, Maria Walker. Email: CAN.Network@wokingham.gov.uk Tel: 0118 974 6818

 

Short Breaks Consultation Update

A very lively and productive session took place on Wednesday 8th March when parents were presented with the proposed changes to the short break provision. Paul Feven ( Interim Head of strategic commissioning) explained the background to the proposed changes which were the result of an in-depth commissioning review of  the  current offering from 18 providers both internal and from the Voluntary and Community Sector.  Nicky Hale ( Interim Service Manager, Corporate Parenting and Learning Disabilities & Difficulties) outlined proposed changes to the current system which will offer parents a pre-paid card to eliminate the burden of paperwork and receipts.  A new short breaks  “preferred provider list” of WBC quality assured services will be developed for parents to choose from . The overall aim is to provide parents with more choice and create a more direct relationship between them and the provider .  Parents were then invited to break into groups to put forward their views to a number of key questions, regarding the proposed changes, their views on current gaps in provision and their feelings regarding being involved in the selection of providers. This information will now be evaluated and the results fed back to parents within the next 8 weeks.

 

Activities for Families and younger children

ASD Family Help Children's Activities

ASD Family Help Children's Activities. Laser  Tag ,Wednesday 22nd March, at  Kid n Action,  680 Eskdale Road Wokingham RG41 5TS. 6pm - 7.30pm  8yrs and over . Booking by email : rachael@asdfamilyhelp.org

Chill Out Sessions  28  March, 5.30pm -7.30pm. The Red Kite Children's Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Shinfield. A session for parents and carers and their children who are on the pathway or diagnosed with Autism. Join us for a chill out session to enjoy calming lights and soothing music, giving you and your child a chance to unwind. Drop in for informal support and advice or just meet other parents and children. A light tea is provided. Telephone 0118 908 8181 or  Email:TheRedKiteChildrensCentre@wokingham.gov.uk

Building for the Future, Every Friday 09.30am – 11.30am. Play group for babies and children (0-4years) with their parent/carer. Our House, Charles House, Toutley Rd, Wokingham RG41 1QN.Telephone: 0118 978 8124

GO! Wokingham.. Sno-Tubing Event,  March 26, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. John Nike Leisure Centre, Binfield, Bracknell, Bracknell Forest RG12 8TN. We use half the ski slope. Those taking part need to be able to walk up the slope before riding down in the tube. Two sessions 12pm  and 1pm

£5 per person . Parents must stay. Suitable for all ages up to 18.   Booking essential. Telephone 0118 907 6397 or Email bookings@greatopportunities.org.uk

Peapods Saturday Club     April 8 , 10.30am to 12.30pm. Come along and relax, have a chat to other Peapods parents whilst the kids play. All the family is welcome (including extended family and carers)!Every second Saturday of the month at Twyford Scout Headquarters on Loddon Hall Road in Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9JA . Email : peapods@peapods.org.uk.

Saturday Clubs Two separate sessions on the third Saturday for children with physical disabilities and autism and similar additional needs at Our House.  Suitable for children of all ages and abilities, along with siblings, parents and carers. We provide a variety of activities with themed events as advertised. Email: admin@bftf.org.uk for dates and bookings

Wiggly Worms at Bridges Resource Centre,Thursday 23  March. 10:00am to 11:30am . This is a new group to complement the existing Wiggly Worms at Brambles Children’s Centre.  Come and explore the excellent facilities of the Bridges Resource  Centre, designed for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. This session is for children with a diagnosis but also includes children awaiting diagnosis. Two skilled Family Workers, Kate and Laura will be there to provide support, along with other families who have had similar experiences to you. For more info call Kate on  07900071017

The Autism Group .  A new Arts and crafts club for young people aged 11 - 25 (Maidenhead), Saturday, 2pm -4:30pm. A fortnightly Saturday club, aimed at young people aged 11-25 on the autism spectrum and typically of mainstream ability, open to beginners and talented artists. At the same time there is a parents  support group . All parents are welcome to attend even if their young person does not participate in the activity group. Both activities are charged at £8 per session

Autism Berkshire Fun Day at Bucklebury Farm to Celebrate World Autism Day. Sunday,  2nd April, 2017, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm .Bucklebury England RG7 6RR. Details on EventBrite . To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day we are delighted to have the run of Bucklebury Farm Park from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Come and meet the Autism Berkshire team. Included in the ticket price is the entrance fee, the play barn, pat-a-pet experience, deer safari and a tractor ride. We have also arranged a BBQ lunch

 

Sporting Activities

Wokingham Council’s First ever Inclusive Sports Taster Day. This event will take place on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, 10am-3pm for Wokingham Residents. Come along and try out different ways to get active and keep healthy. Take part in activities such as Wheelchair Rugby, Golf, Table Tennis, Boccia and Bowls. All sessions will be adapted to participants needs. • Wheelchair Access • Accessible Toilets • Parking onsite • Lift. You will work in teams of 10. Players must be over 16.  For more information and to book by March 3, please email: Chelsea.piggot@wokingham.gov.uk

Aiming High Family swimming in Wokingham. Saturday 18 March, 15 April. 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Free family swimming session at The Carnival Pool, Wellington Road, Wokingham RG40 2AF. For details of more dates Email: chelsea.piggott@wokingham.gov.uk

Aiming High Friday swimming . 'Aiming High' swimming sessions are available every Friday at the Carnival Swimming pool, Wokingham, from 6pm to 7pm. Children with additional needs can swim with their carer for only £1.50.

Trampolining  Term-time trampolining sessions held at St Crispin's Leisure Centres for children aged 5-18 with additional needs. Thursday evenings .  £4 per session. CAN card holders 20%  discount.  Contact

sport@wokingham.gov.uk

Tennis  Weekly term time tennis sessions held at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre for children aged 5-18 with additional needs. Wednesdays  5.30pm to 6.30pm. £4 and 20% discount to CAN card holders .Contact sport@wokingham.gov.uk

Multi-Skills for children and young adults with additional needs Multi-skills will give participants a chance to meet similar people, socialise and have fun while taking part in a variety of activities suitable for ages 16 -25. Email chelsea.piggott@wokingham.gov.uk for bookings and more information.

Pan Disability Football ,Thursdays.  Goals,Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3EU. Free football sessions for young adults 16+. Everybody   welcome.  Registration forms available. Telephone 0118 907 2160 or email: drook@readingfc.co.uk . For more information and to book, Tel: 0118 968 1480/1460

sessions. Just turn up and play. Registration forms available. Telephone : 0118 907 2160 or email: drook@readingfc.co.uk

 

Activities   for Teens and Young adults

bPhap Saturday Club  Saturdays 9.30am until 1pm, MAPP Centre 22 Mount Pleasant
Reading. The purpose-built Berkshire Phab centre is open to children every Saturday.

For children with and without disabilities - a chance to socialise together. Activities include computers, arts, music, sensory room and outdoor play. £3 per session

Youth Club @ Addington Wednesday 15 March Basketball. 7pm -9pm. Young people with learning disabilities between the ages of 13 (year 9) and 19 are welcome to come along for

a fun filled evening. The cost is only £1 per session. Contact Ben Willoughby on 07551 159072 or the office on 0300 777 8539

Acorn Social Group   Tuesday 21st March, 7pm -9pm.  Mother’s Day crafts. Acorn Community Centre Woosehill, Wokingham. Tuesday 28 March, Karaoke .  A Social group for people  16 years old and over, which includes those with complex and profound needs.  There is a small charge of £3 to cover refreshments.

Challengers Youth Scheme Reading   Reading  Youth  schemes  run every Saturday for ages 13 -18. 10am -4:00pm .  £20 per day. There are spaces at every Youth scheme for young people who need 1:1 support and who have complex impairments. Parents must   register   first and arrange a visit  to meet the team . Details  on  the                              website.  Easter and  Summer   holiday camps must be booked now. Details on the Challengers Booking Site

ASD Family Help Three Frogs Club .Thursday 16th March A social group for adults (18+) on the Autistic Spectrum, come and join us for an informal night out where you can make friends,
enjoy a meal and have a chat. Partners, friends and carers also welcome.

7pm to 10.00pm For more information please contact 3frogs@asdfamilyhelp.org or 07554 303328

197 Club   Monday, March 20: Bowling and Pool at Wokingham Superbowl. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

This is a social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers. For more details, contact the office on 01189 594 594 or email  :197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Wokingham Youth Group, March 25. Wokingham Youth Centre, 35 Reading Road, RG41 1EG.

This group offers an opportunity for children and young people aged eight to 17  with autism spectrum conditions or who are on the waiting list for an assessment  and their siblings, to get together and enjoy ball games, table tennis and pool, board games and art & craft activities. The aim is to develop communication and social skills in a fun, playful and creative environment an make new friends. The group is led by Garrick Rahal, an experienced youth and support worker, who also runs our Bracknell CAYP Group. Sessions are held fortnightly on Saturdays, between 1.15pm and 3.15pm.  For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

 

Drop in Sessions for Parents/Carers

ASD Family Help. ASD Family Help Parent/Carers Monday Support Group - Monday 20th March , Monday 27th March, 10:30am to 12:30pm. The Monday Support Group is based at Woodley Youth and Community Centre , Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX. Pop along for a FREE coffee or tea and a biscuit. Bacon Rolls are also available for £1.

ASSISDrop in Sessions. Tuesday 21 March 9.30am to 12 noon, Monday 27 March  7:00pm to 9:00pm

Come and join the ASSIST team alongside parents and carers of children with ASD, to chat, share ideas and problem solve. Stay for the whole session or just 10 minutes. No Booking required.

 

Workshops/Training

 

ASSIST – Wednesday 22nd March 9.30am-1.15pm – Supporting siblings – Level 2,9.30 registration for 9.45 start – 1.15pm. The large hall, Woodley Air Field youth centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley RG5 4UX. Please contact: Pam Breslin, LDD Service 01189 746882, pamela.breslin@wokingham.gov.uk

 

NHS Update
The NHS CCG in Reading, Wokingham, Newbury & District have released their new 'Plan on a Page' report on how they plan to improve healthcare services over the next few years. They hope to transform health services across our Borough's using a 9-point plan that ensures high quality patient. Click here to review the full page of the plan.

Eat4health is a free programme for anyone over 16  living in Wokingham or Reading, who needs help with shedding weight. It is a self referral programme. Sessions are run over 10 consecutive weeks, and each session is split into 2 parts focussing on healthy eating and including a 45 minute exercise session. For any queries email info@eat-4-health.co.uk

Resources

Autism Eye

Wokingham Local Offer

ASD Family Help

ASSIST

AUTISM EYE

BAS

Berkshire Phab

Building for the Future

Changing Places

Contact a Family

Dingley’s Promise

Disability Information Service Reading (Disc)

Me2 Club

National Autistic Society

Oakwood Youth Challenge

Parenting Special Children

Peapods

REACH Wokingham

RDCS

Scope

The National Autistic Society

Wokingham GO!

Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts MENCAP

Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board

  

Maria Walker

Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Network Co-ordinator

LDD Service

Highwood Annexe

Fairwater Drive

Woodley

RG5 3RU

Tel: 0118 974 6818

Mobile: 07789652168

Email: CAN.network@wokingham.gov.uk

Visit  the  Local offer for more information on joining the CAN Network

NB My working days are Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-4:30pm  and Friday 9:00 – 2:30pm

 

December 2016 Newsletter

 

Dear Friends of the CAN Network

Welcome to the December  issue of the CAN Newsletter.  It is the festive season and there are many Xmas events and activities for you and your families to enjoy .  All the details can be found on the Local Offer page and make sure you visit  the  What’s On  pages to make the most of the Xmas holidays. Pantomimes are popular and we have put together a guide to shows suitable for those children needing  extra support . our guide to local pantomimes that offer that little bit extra.

As Christmas is an expensive time any means of saving money is to be welcomed and thanks to the local Scouts , Woodley parents can save money on postage by bringing their Woodley cards to the Woodley Precinct  Pagoda, from 10.00am to 1.00pm , Saturdays 10th and 17th December  and the scouts  will deliver them for only 20p a letter. Looking for a special  Xmas present? If so, one of our parents, is selling his son’s tricycle. It is a professionally modified mountain bike with 20" wheels and 18 gears. He is looking for £400. For more details, contact Miles Parkin,Email :  milesjparkin@gmail.com

It has been a very busy year with more and more parents joining the CAN Network and I appreciate all your support and help in promoting the service .   I wish you all a very  happy , peaceful and joyful Christmas and look forward to working  for you  in 2017.

Kind regards, Maria Walker. Email: CAN.Network@wokingham.gov.uk Tel: 0118 974 6818

 

Activities for Families and younger children

Dingley's Promise.

Dingley's Promise believes in the best start for every child. We deliver life  changing support to under 5's with additional needs and disabilities, and their families. This is achieved by providing:

- specialist "learning through play" sessions

- family support and training; and

- advice to mainstream settings.

Dingley's Promise tailors services to meet the individual needs of your child, and support them to achieve their full potential. We are focused on clear pathways to inclusion, and try to support as many children as possible to experience mainstream education.

If you would like more information or would like to arrange a visit to one of our centres, then please call us on 0118 327 7424 or visit our website www.dingley.org.uk.

ASD Family Help Children's Activities - Family Fun Session. Wednesday 14 December, 4pm - 6pm.  Our House, Building for the Future, Toutley  Road Wokingham RG41 1QN, Open to all. No booking required.

ASD Family Help, Santa's Grotto and Pottery Painting, Wednesday 21 Dec and Thursday 22 December, 10am-12pm. Booking is via email to rachael@asdfamilyhelp.org

ASD Family Help Family Christmas Party - Wednesday 21 December,6pm - 8.30pm,The Acorn Centre,Woosehill. £2.50 per child. Booking via email to rachael@asdfamilyhelp.org

 

Chill Out Sessions 20 December, 5.30pm -7.30pm. The Red Kite Children's Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Shinfield.  A session for parents and carers and their children who are on the pathway or diagnosed with Autism.  Join us for a chill out session to enjoy calming lights and soothing music,  giving you and your child a chance to unwind. Drop in for informal support and advice or just meet other parents and children. A light tea is provided. Telephone 0118 908 8181 or Email:TheRedKiteChildrensCentre@wokingham.gov.uk

 

GO! Wokingham Bowling. Join us for a bowling session, Saturday 10th December. Wokingham Superbowl, Wellington Road Wokingham RG40. £5 per child, £1 per adult. Parents must stay. Suitable for all ages up to 18. Booking essential. Telephone 0118 907 6397 or Email bookings@greatopportunities.org.uk

Peapods Saturday Club  10 December, 10.30am to 12.30pm.  Every second Saturday of the month, you can find Peapods gathered at Twyford Scout Headquarters on Loddon Hall Road in Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9JA . Email : peapods@peapods.org.uk.

Stay and Play 10 December.  Saturday sessions in Maidenhead for children up to 11 years who are on the autistic spectrum. Every 2nd and 4th Saturday - 1pm until 3.30pm. Larchfield Childrens Centre Bargeman Road, Maidenhead,SL6 2SG. Stand Out for Autism

Saturday Clubs Two separate sessions on the third Saturday for children with physical disabilities and autism and similar additional needs at Our House.  Suitable for children of all ages and abilities, along with siblings, parents and carers. We provide a variety of activities with themed events as advertised. Email: admin@bftf.org.uk for dates and bookings

The Autism Group . A new  Arts and crafts club for young people aged 11 - 25 (Maidenhead), Saturday,  January 14, 2pm -4:30pm. A fortnightly Saturday  club, aimed at young people aged 11-25 on the autism spectrum and typically of mainstream ability, open to beginners and talented artists.

At the same time there is a parents support group  . All parents are welcome to attend even if their young person does not participate in the activity group. Both activities are charged at £8 per session

 

Autism Friendly Screening.

Bracknell ODEON Moana on Sunday 11th December , 10:15am.  

Showcase Winnersh Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them . Sunday 11th December, 10am

Sporting Activities

Aiming High Family swimming in Wokingham.  Saturday 17 December,  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Free family swimming session at The Carnival Pool, Wellington Road, Wokingham RG40 2AF. For details of more dates Email: chelsea.piggott@wokingham.gov.uk

Multi-Skills for children and young adults with additional needs Multi-skills will give participants a chance to meet similar people, socialise and have fun while taking part in a variety of activities suitable for ages 16 -25. Email chelsea.piggott@wokingham.gov.uk for bookings and more information.

Autism Berkshire  Family Swimming. Sessions for 2016 will take place on the following date : Saturday, December 10, at 4pm. Advance booking is essential and places are limited. Please ensure you provide details of how many adults and children will be attending each session to ensure sufficient lifeguards are on duty. For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

Pan Disability Football

Mondays 5-6pm. Goals,Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3EU. Free football sessions for young adults 16+. Everybody welcome. Registration forms available. Telephone 0118 907 2160 or email: drook@readingfc.co.uk . For more information and to book, Tel: 0118 968 1480/1460

sessions. Just turn up and play. Registration forms available, telephone : 0118 907 2160 or email: drook@readingfc.co.uk

 

Activities for Teens and Young adults

Acorn Social Group Christmas Party, Tuesday  20 December,  19.00 to 21.00. Acorn Community Centre, Woosehill, Wokingham. A  Social  group for people 16 years old and over, which includes those with complex and profound needs. People have the opportunity to take part in activities such as wheelchair hockey, Frisbee, Zumba, music or just chill out and talk to friends. There is a small charge of £3 to cover refreshments.

Wokingham Youth Group , Saturday  17 December, 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm.  Wokingham Youth Club, 35 Reading Road. This group offers an opportunity for children and young people aged eight to 17 with autism spectrum conditions or who are on the waiting list for an assessment  and their siblings , to get together and enjoy ball games, table tennis and pool, board games and art & craft activities. The aim is to develop communication and social skills in a fun, playful and creative environment and make new friends. For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

ASD Family Help,    Exclusive Bowling and Laser Quest Evening. Saturday 7 January 2017. This event is open anyone of any age affected by Autism, ADHD, OCD, ODD. Also, Learning Disabilities, Learning Difficulties and Complex Needs (PMLD ) £5 per person. Payment with booking . Email:   cathy@asdfamilyhelp.org

Paul’s Karaoke   Christmas Party. Wednesday 21 December, 7.30pm – 9.00pm . Rose Room, Rose Street Methodist Church, Rose Street, Wokingham.  Kirsty Regan and volunteers run karaoke evenings on a Wednesday for everyone over 16 years old with a learning disability. Come along and join in the fun! Soft drinks provided. Telephone 0300 777 8539

Pokemon and Level Up Club Saturday, 17 December, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Emmer Green Youth & Community Centre - Grove Road, Reading, RG4 8LN . A Club is for young adults aged 16 to 25. Pokemon TCG, video games and board games such as Dungeons and Dragons are available. The club co-ordinator is Kevin Jackson. Pre-booking is essential and places are limited. Booking can be made up to two sessions in advance via the Autism Berkshire office or at Pokemon Club. New members will first need to register to join the club. For more information or to book, call 01189 594 594 or email197club@autismberkshire.org

197 Club   Monday, 19 December, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. The Outlook - 74 King's Road, Reading RG1 3BJ. This is a social group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers. For more details, contact the office on 01189 594 594 or email :197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

 

Drop in Sessions for Parents/Carers

ASD Family Help Parent/Carers Monday Support Group . Monday 12 December, (except Bank Holidays)10:30am to 12:30pm. The Monday Support Group is based at Woodley Youth and Community Centre , Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX. Pop along for a FREE coffee or tea and a biscuit. Bacon Rolls are also available for £1.

ASSIST Drop in Sessions.  Tuesday 13 December,  9.30am to 12 noon, Tuesday 17 January  9.30am to 12 noon. Come and join the ASSIST team alongside parents and carers of children with ASD,  to chat, share ideas and problem solve. Stay for the whole session or just 10 minutes. No Booking required.

Carers’ Coffe Morning  Tuesday 13 December,  10.00am to 12.00 Noon. Rose Room, Bradbury Centre, Wokingham RG40 1XS. Come along for a festive mince pie and a chat with other carers and the Wokingham Mencap staff and don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumper!

 

Workshops/Training

Autism Berkshire Independent Living Course in Maidenhead for ages 19+ (8 weeks) Tuesday, 10 January, 2017, 6:00 pm - Tuesday, 7th March, 2017, 8:00 pm, Braywick Heath Nurseries Ltd - 41 Braywick Road Maidenhead West Berkshire SL6 1DX. These free workshops are for adults on the autistic spectrum disorder. They are to help them learn basic every day skills needed for an independent life, whilst each week preparing, cooking and sharing a meal together. Booking on EventBrite

ASD Family Help Two day Mental Health First Aid Training . Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017,Thursday 26 Jan 09:00am to 5:00pm,Diamond Jubilee Room, Wokingham Town Hall ,Market Place , Wokingham. Many children and young people with autism spectrum conditions face severe and complex mental health issues.  The aim of these free two-day courses is to equip parents and carers with information and skills to support children and young people aged 8 to 18. Topics covered include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, alcohol and substance misuse and eating disorders . Register here.

Wokingham Borough Council .  Incredible Years  Parenting Course . Help for parents with challenging 4 to 8 year olds. Friday 13 January to 5 May, 9.30am – 11.30am and  Wednesday 11 January to  Wednesday 3rd May, 7pm – 9pm. Red Kite Children’s Centre, Chestnut Crescent, Shinfield, RG2 9EJ Places are limited and open to Wokingham Borough Council residents only.  To book, or for more information, please contact Wokingham Direct on (0118) 908 8002 or Email : triage@wokingham.gov.uk.

SEN Update

Autumn Term Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) News

 

Job Vacancies

Job Opportunity (part time 20 hrs per week)  Wokingham Young Carers. Young Carers Champion

Carers Trust East Midlands ,is looking for a Young Carer (17-24) to identify, engage and support other Young Carers within the Wokingham area. The salary is £13,650 per annum, pro rata (£7.00 per hour); working hours are 20 hours per week, on a fixed term contract of 12 months (potential extension subject to funding). If you are interested in this position contact Brigid Dos Santos, Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub Manager on 0118 324 7333 for an informal chat or submit your CV and covering letter expressing why you think you are suitable for the role to brigiddossantos@berkshirecarershub.org

 

Flu Vaccines

Do you have, or care for someone, with a learning disability? They, and you, are entitled to a FREE flu

vaccine. Having the flu jab can help stop you from catching the flu and passing it onto other people. The jab is free to people with a learning disability and their carer(s). The flu jab is a quick and easy injection. See your doctor, nurse or a pharmacist to get the free flu jab.

 

Petition to make Supermarkets accessible to ALL.

There is a link below to a petition from change.org. The petition is calling on the CEO's of Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco and Morrison’s to make all  reasonable adjustments for their customers, as is their duty to do so under The Equality Act 2010. It is asking these major supermarket chains to:

Remove all unnecessary noise, such as piped-in music and removing/minimising tannoy

Announcements and  Filtering or changing fluorescent lighting.  Here is the Link

 

Resources

Wokingham Local Offer

ASD Family Help

ASSIST

AUTISM EYE

BAS

Berkshire Phab

Building for the Future

Changing Places

Contact a Family

Dingley’s Promise

Disability Information Service Reading (Disc)

Me2 Club

National Autistic Society

Oakwood Youth Challenge

Parenting Special Children

Peapods

REACH Wokingham

RDCS

Scope

The National Autistic Society

Wokingham GO!

Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts MENCAP

Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board

Maria Walker

Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Network Co-ordinator

LDD Service

Highwood Annexe

Fairwater Drive

Woodley

RG5 3RU

Tel: 0118 974 6818

Mobile: 07789652168

Email: CAN.network@wokingham.gov.uk

Visit  the  Local offer for more information on joining the CAN Network

NB My working days are Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-4:30pm  and Friday 9:00 – 2:30pm

 

November 2016 Newsletter:

 

Dear Friends of the CAN Network

Welcome to the November issue of the CAN Newsletter.  Please forward this email to your families and  contacts and let me know if you wish to add anyone to the mailing list.

Kind regards, Maria Walker. Email: CAN.Network@wokingham.gov.uk Tel: 01189 794 6818

 

Activities for Families and younger children

Dingley's Promise.
Dingley’s Promise aims to deliver life changing support to under 5’s with additional needs & disabilities and their families, by: Learning Through Play sessions - Specialist sessions for children with additional needs. Family Support - Listening to families, and supporting them in the centre or at home giving valuable information and signposting, as well as offering Stay & Play sessions. We can help families from the birth of their child until they transition into school. Please visit the website for more information.

ASD Family Help Children's Activities - Family Fun Sessions - Wednesday 9th November, 'Our House', Building for the Future, Toutley Road Wokingham RG41 1QN, 4pm - 6pm Open to all. No booking required

Chill Out Sessions 22 November, 5.30pm -7.30pm, The Red Kite Children's Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Shinfield, RG2

A session for parents and carers and their children who are on the pathway or diagnosed with Autism. Join us for a chill out session to enjoy calming lights and soothing music, giving you and your child a chance to unwind. Drop in for informal support and advice or just meet other parents and children. A light tea is provided. Telephone 0118 908 8181or Email:TheRedKiteChildrensCentre@wokingham.gov.uk

Brambles Children’s Centre Wiggly Worms Thursdays from 9.30am - 11.30pm. A play session for parents and their children who have been diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum or have been referred to the paediatrician for a diagnosis. Telephone 0118 908 8010 for more information.

GO! Wokingham Kid's 'n' Action on Monday 28 November 4-6pm. £5 per child, £1 per adult. Parents must stay. Suitable for all ages up to 18.  Kids ‘n’ Action, 680 Eskdale Road, Winnerish Triangle, RG41 5TS.  Booking essential. Telephone  0118 907 6397 or Email  bookings@greatopportunities.org.uk

Peapods Saturday Club 12  November, 10 December.  Every second Saturday of the month, you can find Peapods gathered at Twyford Scout Headquarters on Loddon Hall Road in Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9JA from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Twyford Scout Headquarters has a large room for play and great disabled access, including a disabled toilet and lots of parking. Peapods is a parent-led charity providing support to families with physically disabled children across Berkshire. This monthly club gives physically disabled children and their families a chance to get together and have fun. Email : peapods@peapods.org.uk.

Our House Playgroup  Tuesday mornings in term time 9.30am - 11.30am. Our House, Toutley Road , Wokingham, RG41 1QN. Weekly playgroup for babies and children age 0-4 with their parent/carer. Any disability/additional need welcome, no diagnosis necessary. A range of structured and free play activities and experiences provided, plus the opportunity to meet and socialise. Siblings under 5 welcome.

Stay and Play Saturday sessions in Maidenhead children up to 11 years who are on the autistic spectrum.  Every 2nd and 4th Saturday - 1pm until 3.30pm. Larchfield Childrens Centre Bargeman Road, Maidenhead,SL6 2SG. Stand Out for Autism

Saturday Clubs Two separate sessions on the third Saturday  for children with physical  disabilities and autism and similar additional needs at Our House. Suitable for children of all ages and abilities, along with siblings, parents and carers.  We provide a variety of activities with themed events as advertised. Emailadmin@bftf.org.uk for dates and bookings

Christmas Fun day with Santa Saturday 1 December, 1pm to 4pm, Ryeish Green bungalow,Hyde End Lane,Rg7 1er. Come and have fun  and help raise money for a wheel chair swing for our garden.

 

Autism Friendly Screening.

Vue  Reading Finding Dory  Sunday 27 November at 10:15am, Bracknell ODEON Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Sunday 27 November at 10:15am. Showcase Winnersh  Storks on Sunday 13 November at 10am.

Sporting Activities

Wokingham Active for children and young adults with Additional Needs is an extensive programme for children to attend fun and flexible sessions after school. Activities include, karate, tennis, boccia, swimming and more. Email: chelsea.piggott@wokingham.gov.uk

Aiming High Family swimming in Wokingham Saturday 19 November , 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Free family swimming session at The Carnival Pool, Wellington Road, Wokingham RG40 2AF . For details of more dates Email: chelsea.piggott@wokingham.gov.uk

Multi-Skills for children and young adults with additional needs Multi-skills will give participants a chance to meet similar people, socialise and have fun while taking part in a variety of activities suitable for ages 16 -25. Email chelsea.piggott@wokingham.gov.uk for bookings and more information.

Bulmershe Gymnastics Club - Special Needs Sessions. Classes run on Saturdays: 2.15pm - 3.00pm, during term time. We offer children from 5 years of age the opportunity to learn basic gymnastic and co-ordination skills in a class tailored to their needs, led by coaches specially trained to teach children with disabilities.

Autism Berkshire  Family Swimming. Sessions for 2016 will take place on the following date : Saturday, December 10, at 4pm. Advance booking is essential and places are limited. Please ensure you provide details of how many adults and children will be attending each session to ensure sufficient lifeguards are on duty.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

Pan Disability Football

Mondays 5-6pm. Goals,Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3EU. Free football sessions for young adults 16+. Everybody welcome. Registration forms available. Telephone 0118 907 2160 or email: drook@readingfc.co.uk . For more information and to book, Tel: 0118 968 1480/1460

DS Active Football Tuesdays 5pm-6pm, Goals, Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, Reading, RG5 3EU. Free football sessions for children of all ages with Down's Syndrome . Mondays 5pm -6pm Deaf friendly sessions. Just turn up and play. Registration forms available, telephone : 0118 907 2160 or email: drook@readingfc.co.uk

Sportsable SundayFunday 20 November, 2pm-4pm. Braywick Park Sports Ground, Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1DX. Several times a year SportsAble holds a ‘Sunday Funday’ which gives physically and sensorially disabled children and their siblings a chance to explore sport and fun games in their own time, at their own speed and always with a lot of laughter and a lot of support from SportsAble volunteers. Refreshments served. Free parking. Cost is £2 donation per child. Parents must stay on site. Telephone 01628 627 690

 

Activities for Teens and Young adults

 

#Me, Wednesday (Term Time only). 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Woodley Airfield Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley,RG5 4UX. A free club for young people aged 13 to 19, who would benefit from additional support with self-esteem, communication skills, managing anxiety and developing more self confidence in a fun and supportive environment. Contact :Steph Pickles /Athan Tachtsidis. Tel: 0773 886 0917/0787 657 7389

Wokingham Youth Group Saturday, Sat 19 Nov, 2016, 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm, Wokingham Youth Club, 35 Reading Road. This group offers an opportunity for children and young people aged eight to 17 with autism spectrum conditions or who are on the waiting list for an assessment – and their siblings – to get together and enjoy ball games, table tennis and pool, board games and art & craft activities.The aim is to develop communication and social skills in a fun, playful and creative environment an make new friends. For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

ASD Family Help,  Teen Club - Wednesday 16 November, 'Our House' Building for the Future, Toutley Road Wokingham RG41 1QN. 4.30pm - 6.30pm 12yrs and over.  Booking by email : rachael@asdfamilyhelp.org

Youth Club @ Addington The Youth Club @ Addington School runs every Wednesday during term-time from 7.00pm–9.00pm. Young people with learning disabilities between the ages of 13 (year 9) and 19 are welcome to come along for a fun filled evening. The cost is only £1 per session. Each week a variety of different activities are planned, including board games, sports, movie nights, pizza making, and more, plus a tuck shop. For more information, contact Ben Willoughby on 07551 159072.

Three Frogs Social Group Thursday 17 November. The group is for adults (18+) with Asperger Syndrome or autism who require little or no supervision and are comfortable in a group setting. Their partners, friends or carers are also welcome.

Paul’s Karaoke Wednesday 16 November, 7.30pm – 9.00pm In the Rose Room, Rose Street Methodist Church, Rose Street, Wokingham. Kirsty Regan and volunteers run karaoke evenings on a Wednesday for everyone over 16 years old with a learning disability. Come along and join in the fun! Soft drinks provided.

Pokemon and Level Up Club Saturday, 19 November, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Emmer Green Youth & Community Centre - Grove Road, Reading, RG4 8LN . Club is for young adults aged 16 to 25. Pokemon TCG, video games and board games such as Dungeons and Dragons are available. The club co-ordinator is Kevin Jackson. Pre-booking is essential and places are limited so book early! Booking can be made up to two sessions in advance via the Autism Berkshire office or at Pokemon Club. New members will first need to register to join the club. For more information or to book, call 01189 594 594 or email197club@autismberkshire.org

197 Club Monday, 21  November, Bowling and Pool in Wokingham. Meet at Wokingham Super Bowl, Wellington Road, RG40 2NJ. 6.30pm-9.30pm. Monday, 5 December, Meet at The Outlook for a drink, chat and meal. 6.30pm-9.30pm. This is a social  group for over-18s who have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition and their carers. For more details, contact the office on 01189 594 594 or email Kevin Jackson, at 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

Youth Club at Our House Building for the Future is hosting a new Youth Club at Our House for young people aged 13 - 18years with disabilities and/or additional needs, every fortnight on Thursdays. Booking essential and we ask for a £3 registration fee. Email : admin@bftf.org.uk

 

Drop in Sessions for Parents/Carers

ASD Family Help. Monday Support Group, Monday 14 November, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Pop along for a coffee or tea, pick up some leaflets or bring in your pre-schooler for a play while you have a chat. Open to anyone supporting or with an Autistic Spectrum Condition. Woodley Youth and Community Centre, (excluding bank holidays). During the school holidays there will be free craft and play activities for children .

 

Training / Workshops

SENDIASS

Wednesday 16 November, 10am until 12pm or 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Wokingham Youth & Community Centre,  35 Reading Road, Wokingham,RG41 1EG.  A presentation for parents of children and young people with Statements or Education, Health and Care plans transferring to secondary school in 2018 (ie currently in year 5. For more information or to book please e-mail Sendiass@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 908 8233.

ASSIST

 Wednesday 16 November. Autism Awareness,( Level 1),  9.30– 1.15pm

Wednesday 23 November. Supporting Siblings –Level 2  9.30– 1.15pm

Wednesday 30 November. Autism specific workshop on sexual development and puberty, Level 2 9.30– 1.15pm

Wednesday 7 December. Drawing whilst talking – Level 2.  9.30 -12.45pmVenue : The Large Hall, Woodley Air Field Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX. Please note you must have attended a Level 1 workshop in order to attend a Level 2 course. For more  information about any of the following workshops, or to book a place, please contact: Pam Breslin, LDD Service 01189 746882, pamela.breslin@wokingham.gov.uk

Autistic Girls Monthly Parent/Carer Workshop & Support Group

For Berkshire parent/carers pre & post diagnosis of autistic girl or young person.

24 November,7pm until 9pm. The Arcade Building, 11 Glebe Rd, Reading, RG2 7AG. For more information visit Parenting Special Children

 

Launch Event of New Carers Group 24  November 10am- 2pm, Wokingham Town Hall.

East Midlands Carers Trust are the new provider for Carers Support in Wokingham Borough. Come and meet them at the next Carers Forum on 24 Nov 2016  Wokingham Town Hall where they will be introducing their Service . Brunch and Refreshments available.

 

Useful Resources

ASD Family Help

ASSIST

BAS

Berkshire Phab

Building for the Future

Changing Places

Contact a Family

Dingley’s Promise

Disability Information Service Reading (Disc)

Me2 Club

National Autistic Society

Oakwood Youth Challenge

Parenting Special Children

Peapods

REACH Wokingham

RDCS

Scope

The National Autistic Society

Wokingham GO!

Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts MENCAP

Wokingham Learning Disability Partnership Board

 

 

 

Maria Walker

Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Network Co-ordinator

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