Local Information and Events

 

Bracknell & Wokingham College Open Day

Bracknell & Wokingham College Open Day 14.10.17 - Click to view flyer

 

Jack & the Beanstalk Charity Performance 17.12.17

 

This Christmas, Starburst Foundation are performing the Fleet Pantomime ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’  and are inviting local children (Age 18 or under at the time of the show) with special needs, and their families, to a gala charity performance at The Harlington in Fleet on Sunday 17th December 2017 at 10:30 am. This will be a British Sign Language signed performance.

Tickets will be free for special needs children, with a nominal cost of just £5 per ticket for accompanying children and adults up to a maximum of 6 tickets per family (including the free ticket(s)). This is a reduction from the public price of £18 per adult and £16 per child. Please click here for further information.

 

Blood Donor Session 26 September 2017

 

We have been asked to promote a local blood donation session which is being held on 26 September 2017 at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley.

 

ASD Family Help - Free course for families

 

Please click here to view a flyer giving details of a free 6 week course for families starting on 29 September 2017.

 

Bracknell and Wokingham Mencap 

 

Please click here to see the latest information from Wokingham Mencap

 

All Aboard for Autism - 23 September 17

 

Please click here to view information from the National Autistic Society who are hosting an autism-friendly event for families - a 

short 3km sponsored walk around Drayton Manor Theme Park, home of Thomas Land.

 

 

CAN Network

 

Please click here to view the September 17 CAN Network newsletter

 

Disabled Living

 

Please click here to view the September 17 Disabled Living newsletter

  

 

Woodley cycling safety event - Wednesday 16th August 10am-1pm

Please click here to view a flyer about this event which is being held in Woodley Town Centre on 16 August.

 

Parenting Consultant

 

Please click here to view a flyer from a parenting consultancy.

 

 

Help us receive up to £1,000 funding for our school!

 

All you need to do is register at www.greenredeem.co.uk (using the advocate code HHU) and you can start collecting and donating points to the school. For every new resident that signs up using the code, Greenredeem will donate an extra 100 points to our school which could help us gain that funding! Through recycling at home and taking other green actions you can earn points to donate to the school and also get money off at local shops and restaurants or win some great prizes.

 

The donations scheme started on 1 July 2017 and runs until 31st December 2017 so there’s plenty of time to get donating! 

 

Please click link to view a Poster about this scheme

 

 

Addington FestForAll - 15 July 2017

 

Please click here for further information

 

Keeping your children healthy and safe in the summer

 

Please click here to read some information about keeping your children healthy and safe in the summer

 

Warning about SNAPCHAT

We have received an alert regarding the new features of the SNAPCHAT app on Smart Phones.

Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their "friends" list in real time. This raises safeguarding concerns because children can be tracked on the map.

Snap Map was launched on 21 June and lets people browse a map of photos and videos that have been shared publicly. It also lets people share their exact location with those they have added as "friends" in the app.  Users who are sharing their location appear on the map as a cartoon avatar. The concerns are that the real time data can be used to build up a picture of home addresses, travel routes, schools and workplaces. Whilst the location information is shared only with people on your "friends" list, that could include people you do not actually know, such as friends met on other apps and websites.

The app has been criticised by many agencies because of the way the map was added to Snapchat without a detailed announcement explaining exactly how it worked.

In a statement, Snap said: "The safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works." The company stressed that location sharing on Snap Map was off by default, was an opt-in feature and could be switched off at any time.

The National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (Ceop) has published guidance for parents who want to know more about Snapchat and Snap Map. It says parents should encourage children to share their location only in private messaging apps with people they know. This information is available on their website.

The BBC's Newsround programme has produced this short guide, explaining how to switch off location sharing.

 

Warning about Online Game - Movie Star Planet

A local school has shared a warning about an online game called 'Movie Star Planet' aimed at young children which encourages  children to make friends with strangers and share personal information. 

A Headteacher at a local school was visited on Monday morning by some conscientious parents who have had an unpleasant experience this weekend. Their child has been taking part in an online game called 'Movie Star Planet', (rated age 4+) a game that rewards children for making friends with people they do not know, by giving them 'coins'. Any game that encourages children to make friends with people they do not know is likely to be dangerous, and could have been set up by people with ill intentions. This child was asked for both her Apple ID and a picture of herself, the other 'child' saying she wasn't happy with the way she looked, and presenting a photograph of herself as a young girl.

Once the parents had realised what had happened, they uninstalled the game, but last night the child was contacted through Messenger at 9.30 pm at night.  Other children in schools may be using this game - I believe it can be played either online or through an app that is downloaded - and I would urge parents to check whether or not their children are playing it, and if they are, to uninstall it and explain the possible dangers to them.

Please be vigilant, we understand that the game is specifically targeting our younger students.

 

Beauty and the Beast Panto

 

South Hill Park have a relaxed performance on Tuesday 2 January 2018 at 4:30pm. If you book before 30 September Earlybird price for families and individuals (£2 off of Adult tickets and £4 off of family tickets). Please call our box office manager to book directly on: 01344 413 515. 

 

LIBRARY EVENTS

 

Please click here to see what is happening in our local libraries 

 

Wokingham Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

 

Click here for information about Wokingham’s Summer reading challenge

Click here to view a poster about Teen Writing Sessions

Click to view more information about events being held in Wokingham Borough Libraries during the summer holidays

 

Parallel London need Volunteers - Please click here for further information

 

ASD Family Help

 

Please click here to view a poster about upcoming events

 

  

The Bond Hotel for guests with special needs

For over 25 years, The Bond Hotel has specialised in holidays for guests with physical, learning disabilities and guests with mental health concerns. 

Brochure: http://bondhotel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017-Brochure-RESIDENTS-Spreads-.pdf

Claire Drennan, Reservations, Bond Hotel Group, 120 Bond Street, Blackpool,Lancashire, FY4 1HG 

Telephone: 01253 341218  Website:  www.bondhotel.co.uk Email:  claire@bondhotel.co.uk 

 

Network Rail Safety Message

 

Network Rail are electrifying lines in our area and some students will be watching videos about it. Click here to view a video of a Safety Rap which contains a child friendly message about staying safe on railway crossings.

 

 

 

Parents views invited about Royal Berks Hospital - Meeting 13.7.17

 

Please click here to view information about a consultation meeting about issues faced by parents and children when using the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust's facilities.

 

Challengers

 

Challengers is a charity which develops and delivers inclusive play and leisure for disabled children and young people.  Please click here for information about booking autumn term sessions.

 

The Owl Centre for Children's Independent Therapy 

 

Please click here for news from the Owl Centre for June/July 17

 

Free Fishing Lessons - National Fishing Month

National Fishing Month (NFM) is a great opportunity to get more young people and their families into fishing.

Please click for further information or to view a poster and to find out how to book a place at a local event.
  

Hugbike

 

Please click here to view information about a free assessment by the makers of the Hugbike which is a bike designed for riders with special needs.

 

Reading Mencap Summer Fair - 19 August 2017

 

Please click here to view a poster about the Summer Fair

 

Autism and Music Event at Reading University on 26 June 2017

 

This free event aims to bring together families/individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with practitioners and researchers to celebrate the talent and explore fundamental research questions in autism and music. Please click here for further information.

 

Kids Play and Leisure

 

Please click here to view a flyer for "Kids" who run play and leisure services for children with special needs aged 0-11 years.

For more information, please visit their website.

 

Eat 4 Health

 

Eat4Health is a FREE weight management service, commissioned by Wokingham Borough Council for Berkshire Residents.

 The sessions are as follows:

 

Daytime sessions at The Emmanuel Church starting on the 13th June at 12-1:30 pm

Evening sessions at the Oakwood Centre, Thursday 15th 6:30-8 pm.

 

If anyone would like to refer themselves and book onto a course, they can do so online following

https://www.eat-4-health.co.uk/Self-Referral.aspx or call on 0118 334 1864.

Click here to view further information about Eat 4 Health

 

Parallel London - fun run and free family festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - 3 September 2017

Please click here for further information about Parallel London

Please click here for information about the free family festival

Click here to view a poster offering a 10% discount on fun run entry

 

Kidz to Adults Disabled Living 

Please click here to view the Kidz to Adults Disabled Living latest newsletter

Kidz to Adults Disabled Living Exhibition 8 June 2017 - Please click here for further information.

  

Bracknell and Wokingham Mencap 

 

Please click here to see the latest information from Wokingham Mencap

 

Green Corridor Open Days

Green Corridor is an education charity which specialises in supporting young people within the West London area and surrounding counties who have a variety of additional needs.  They offer structured, accredited programmes in horticulture as well as access to Functional Skills courses. From September 2017 they will also be looking to offer courses in hospitality and catering. For more information see the flyers below or visit www.greencorridor.org.uk.

Click here to view a flyer about Green Corridor

Click here to view a flyer about open days at Green Corridor

  

Bracknell and Wokingham College - Help For Parents and Open Event on 28 June 2017

 

Do you need help with Maths and English so that you can help your child with their school work? Click here to read information about how Bracknell and Wokingham College can help.  Bracknell and Wokingham College are also holding an open event on 28 June - please click the links below for further information:

Apprenticeships poster, Full time courses posterprofessional poster

Help with Maths and English poster

 

Join the Bulmershe Ensemble and Thames Valley Chorus

Bulmershe Ensemble and Thames Valley Chorus are welcoming anybody aged 5+ to sing alongside them as part of a six week course culminating in a performance of two songs at the Bulmershe Summer Concert on Tuesday 18th July.

Rehearsals will be 5.30pm to 7.00pm for six weeks starting on 6th June.

Anyone wishing to take part can either contact the Bulmershe School office at office@bulmershe.wokingham.sch.uk or just turn up to the first rehearsal at the Bulmershe School on Tuesday 6th June.  This will be an excellent bonding opportunity across generations. No prior experience or confidence in singing is needed - If you want to hide at the back that will be allowed!  Click here to view a flyer.

 

Football for Young People with special needs

 

Please click here to view a poster about football for young people with special needs

 

Golf Sessions for children with special needs aged 11-18 years

Feel Inspired Golf Academy offers golf coaching sessions for children with special needs aged 11-18 years.  The hour long sessions are held at Sand Martins Golf Club in Wokingham from 12 noon on Saturdays and cost £5 per session including all equipment. 

To book a place:

Telephone:  Symon O’Keeffe on 01189029967 or

 Email:  shop@sandmartins.com

Please here to view a flyer giving further information.

Wokingham Bikeathon - Sunday 25th June 2017

This year’s Bikeathon will take place on Sunday 25th June and (because of the major works/regeneration currently taking place in Wokingham town centre) the Bikeathon will start from: Cantley Park, Wokingham, RG40 5QG.    Please click here to view a flyer.

 There will refreshments and a barbecue at Cantley Park on the day, as well as a Bike Doctor (to check bikes), several stalls and the MyJourney Wokingham team with cycling information and activities.

 Cyclists can enter the Bikeathon as individual riders, as a family, or as a group or team from a school. The event offers an opportunity for riders to get sponsorship to raise money for a charity of their choice – or for their school or PTA.

 Further information is available on the Bikeathon website at: www.wokinghambikeathon.co.uk

 

CAN Network newsletter

 

Please click here to view information about activities being promoted by the CAN Network.

 

 

Addington FestForAll - 15 July 2017

 

Please click here for further information

   

Stepping Stones - Workshops Summer 2017

 

Please click here for information about workshops being run by Stepping Stones, during the summer of 2017, aimed at parents and people working with children with Down Syndrome.

 

Disabled Living Newsletter

 

To view the Disabled Liviing April 2017 Newsletter please click here.

 

Recovering from Trauma through attachment Conference - 25 May 2017

 

Please click here to view information about this conference, or click here to view a flyer.

  

Communication Matters Survey

 

Please click here for information about a survey to select a UK symbol for communication access

 

Easter 2017 holiday Fun - In the Open

 

Please click here to view a flyer about a project designed to give families with children with learning difficulties the tools and confidence to enjoy outdoor activities with their families.

  

LIBRARY EVENTS

 

Please click here to see what is happening in our local libraries 

 

Transition Information Afternoon

 REACH Wokingham (Parent Carer Forum) in partnership with Wokingham Borough Council are hosting a Transition Information Afternoon on Saturday 25th February 2017, 1.30 - 4.00pm at Woodford Park Leisure centre, Woodley, RG5 4LY  

  • There will be presentations on the current Transition Process as well as a presentation on how to choose the right school or college.
  • There will also be a number of information stalls to offer help and advice on services for children aged 12 years +.

This is a FREE event will be open to ALL families and carers of children with a SEND in the Wokingham Borough who have a child of senior school age (12 years +).

Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite link here: REACH Wokingham Transition Information Event or by emailing: reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk.

Terri Walsh

Administrator, REACH Wokingham

www.reachwokingham.com

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Cold Weather Advice

 

Please click here to read advice about keeping children safe during cold weather.

 

Wokingham Active Kids Sports Camps 2016

  

Please click here to view a flyer about Wokingham Active Kids Sports Camps in the February 2017 half term holiday and click here to view a booking form. 

 

CAN Network newsletter

 

Please click here to view information about activities being promoted by the CAN Network.

  

 notanurse_but campaign

 

Please click here to view information about the notanurse_but campaign 

 

Reminders about Social Media

Please click the links below to read letters about social media which have recently been sent out to parents:

Covering letter

Wokingham wide letter for parents about social media

 

New school mobile app

Please click here to find out how to download the new school mobile app, which will send updates to your phone or tablet when our website is updated with the latest news.

   

Waitrose Green Tokens

 

Waitrose in Woodley are collecting green tokens for the Thumbs Up Club.  Please support us by putting your tokens in the Thumbs Up collecting bin!

 

 

Challengers Play and Leisure Schemes

 

Please click here to view information about the play and leisure schemes offered by Challengers

 

Sports and Leisure Activities

 

Please click here to view a booklet giving information about Sports and Leisure Activities for children and young adults with additional needs during 2016-17

    

Autism Workshops  

 

Please click here to view information about Autism specific workshops being held from September-December 2016.

 

Wokingham Active Kids Sports Camps 2016

 

 

Please click here to view a flyer about Wokingham Active Kids Sports Camps in the October half term holiday and click here to view a booking form. 

 

Flu Vaccinations

 

 

Please click here to view a letter to parents about flu vaccinations for students which are due to be done in October/November.

 

 

Hot Weather and sun cream in school

 

 

Please click to view a letter giving advice about hot weather and sun cream in school

  

Addington Triumph in Panathlon Swimming Central England Final at Stoke Mandeville

Please click here to read about Addington's success in the Panathlon Swimming Central England Final at Stoke Mandeville.  There are also photos of this event on our Gallery page (click Gallery quick link above).

 

 

Kids n Action

Please click here to view information about Special Needs nights at Kids n Action

  

 

ASD Family Help Free Training Course

 

Please click here to view information about a free 6 week training course, starting in May 2016, being run by ASD Family Help

 

Alert Notice about Hearing Aid Batteries

 

Please click here to view an alert notice about hearing aid batteries.

 

Berkshire Carers Last Newsletter

 

Please click here to view Berkshire Carers' last newsletter 

 

Introduction of New State Pension and increase in National Insurance Contributions

 

Please click here to read information about the introduction of the new state pension and an increase in National Insurance contributions.

 

Information about Scarlet Fever - January 2016

 

Please click here to view a Scarlet Fever briefing report for January 2016

Please click here to view a question and answer factsheet about Scarlet Fever