Local Information and Events
Association Family Quiz Night
Reading Families Forum - for Reading families
Elevate Post 16 Opportunities
Reading Families Forum
Disabled Living Newsletter
Promise Inclusion Information
- Saturday May 8 - Teen Writing Author visit with Lesley Parr from 10.30am to 12noon. Suitable for young people in Year 6 and above.
- Tuesday May 25 - Virtual Storytime at 11am. We will be sharing some Springtime stories. Suitable for families with children aged 7 and under.
· Friday 28 May - Elmer Virtual Storytime at 11am to 11.15am. We will be sharing Elmer stories with downloadable activity pack. Suitable for families with children aged 7 and under.
All sessions will be on Microsoft Teams, To sign up just email email@example.com with the session you would like to attend, your name and library card number and you will be sent details of how to join the day before.
Sent on behalf of Reading Libraries:
Did your child miss out on their Bookstart Baby or Treasure Pack in lockdown? During our opening hours you can pick up a pack from the Central library or from Battle, Caversham or Tilehurst Libraries.
You can check out our opening hours here
Just call 0118 9375950 to arrange a collection time! (there is currently no drop in service, therefore please do call prior to collection)
Reading Families Forum Online session for parents
Please click here to view information from the Reading Families Forum about an Online session for parents being held on 13th May.
Reading Families Forum Information - 20.4.21
Kidz to Adultz Virtual Event 28 June – 2nd July
Kidz to Adultz at Disabled Living are holding a week long virtual event from Monday 28th June to Friday 2nd July 2021 for people of all ages with disabilities and additional needs, older people, relatives, parents, carers, and the professionals who support them. Please click here to go to their website.
Veg Power 60 Lunchbox Hacks
Veg Power's on-going mission is to encourage the UK to eat more veg and to make it easier for parents and carers to add more veg to children's lunchboxes they have developed some lunchbox hacks (click link to view).
Addington School Association Lottery
Care for the Family Online Events
Please click here to view information about online events from Care for the Family.
Promise Inclusion March Newsletter
Wokingham Libraries Children's Virtual Events - April 2021
Please click here to view information about Wokingham Libraries Virtual Events for children being held during the Easter holidays.
Reading SEND Newsletter and Easter Short Breaks
Bobicats Football Sessions
Please see attached flyer offering football sessions for children aged 5-12 with disabilities.
Healthy Sleep Workshops
Paediatric First Aid Courses
Wokingham Libraries Virtual Events
Please click here for information about children's virtual events being offered by the Wokingham Libraries in April 21.
Kidz to Adultz Virtual Event
The Kidz to Adultz Virtual Event is available online until 31st March 21.
WBC Flyer - Walk or Cycle to School
Zoom sessions from CLASP
Red Nose Day Quiz 19.3.21
Learning Disability Acute Liaison Service for Frimley Park Hospital
Artwork for Autism Strategy
Wokingham Borough Council is inviting autistic people with artistic talents to produce some artwork for a new autism strategy that they are producing following a recent consultation process. The attached poster gives more information.
Talking to your GP about Covid Vaccinations
CAN Network newsletter and information
Transition Conference for Preparing for Adulthood – 1.7.21
Please click here to view information about an online conference being run by Parenting Special Children and Reading Families Forum, on 1st July 2021.
Venue to Virtual Event starts 1st March
A free online event dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and all the professionals who support them! Venue to Virtual will take place week commencing 1st March.
Promise Inclusion February newsletter
Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People - Free Course
Online training has been developed by Public Health England on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by emergencies or crisis situations. The free course is available for all frontline workers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers. The course takes about three hours to complete and is split into three sessions that the learner can complete at their own pace. To access this free online course, please follow the link here.
The Family Intervention Resources and Strategies Team (FIRST) are offering a Sleep course for parents. Please see attached flyer for more information and click here to access the registration form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sensory Integration Network Courses for parents
The Sensory Integration Network is offering 3 different online courses to parents /carers for £5.00 each. The 3 courses are aimed at parents of: children; teenagers and young adults; or adults with learning Disabilities. Please click here for further information.
SEN Zoom Sports Sessions
Please click here to view information from Reading Rockets about Zoom Sports Sessions they are running for school aged children with additional needs, starting on 24 February.
Wokingham and Bracknell Promise Inclusion Leaflet
Please click here to view a leaflet from Wokingham and Bracknell Promise Inclusion (formerly Mencap), which contains contact details for anyone who would like to contact them for information or support.
Wokingham Adult Education Courses
Please click the links below for information from the CAN Network:
Health and Wellbeing Survey - Over the next ten years, the Health and Wellbeing Strategy will aim to make life happier and healthier for everyone in Wokingham. They want to hear from as many people as possible about what is important to them to improve their health and wellbeing.
Kidz to Adultz Virtual Exhibition
Kidz to Adultz are holding a Virtual Exhibition called “Venue to Virtual” which is aimed at families with children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs. This free virtual event will take place during the week commencing 1st March 2021. The online platform offers visitors virtual access to the many exhibitors, companies, voluntary and support organisations who will be showcasing their products, equipment and outlining details of their services at various times during the week-long event.
Where's Wally Fun Run
Please click here for information about a "Where's Wally" fun run taking place virtually in over the weekend of 20-21 March.
Flipping great: Perfect Pancake Science
Please find attached the flyer and accompanying document (which includes the link to register) for a UK Food Science webinar. This webinar will be live on Tuesday 16th February 2021 5-6pm and is aimed at KS3 students and families.
Talking Therapies is a free NHS service here to support the residents of Berkshire aged 17+ who may be struggling with difficulties including: low mood, anxiety and stress at this unprecedented time.
We are currently offering a 4 week Stress Less course which you can access via the comfort of your own home. Please see attached leaflet for more information. If you would like to book onto the next available course please click on this link.
To find out more about the services offered by Talking Therapies please visit our website.
Promise Inclusion (Mencap)
Stress, Wellbeing and Resilience Course
Please click here for information about a Stress, Wellbeing and Resilience course - this is free for parents
Kidz to Adultz Virtual event
Venue to Virtual is dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers, and the professionals who support. This free virtual event will take place during week commencing 1st March 2021. Please click here for further information.
Care for the Family Online Events
Please click here to view information about online events being run by Care for the Family.
Reading Families Forum Zoom Chat
Online support for siblings with Swings & Smiles
Swings & Smiles are a charity which supports families that have children with special needs. They have recently started a new group, SIBSChat at 2pm on Mondays, a weekly zoom call for siblings (of children with special needs) to catch up with one another, talk about any challenges they might be facing at the moment and bounce ideas off one another (and the team) on how to cope. For more information or the link to join the call, please email the team at email@example.com
Reading Families Forum Zoom Chat
Parenting Special Children - Attachment Focused Parenting
Family Forum online video session 29 January
Reading Families Forum are holding an online video meeting on 29 January for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND and/or disabilities. Please click here for further details.
CAN Network Christmas and New Year newsletter
Promise Inclusion December newsletter
Please click here to view a poster about the Santa Dash which students are taking part in during the last week of term.
The SEND Trainer
SEND Christmas Sports Sessions
RFC Community Trust are running a free SEND multisport holiday camp on the following dates:
Monday 21st December 10:30 – 14:00
Tuesday 22nd December 10:30 -14:00
Wednesday 23rd December 10:30 -14:00
The camps are free but there are limited spaces on the course details on how to book are on the attached poster.
Challenging Behaviour Foundation
Please click here to read a newsletter from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and click here to visit their website which has information that you may find interesting and is relevant to many of us who deal with behaviours that challenge.
Addington Association Christmas Raffle
To purchase tickets for the Addington Association Christmas Raffle, please follow the link to our JustGiving page:
Tickets are £1 each. We will email anyone who donates with their ticket number(s). The draw will take place at the virtual Christmas Carol Concert on the 14th December. So that we can confirm ticket numbers it is absolutely vital that anyone entering remembers to add their name and tick the share details box so we can contact you!
Promise Inclusion November 2020 Newsletter
Kooth Wellbeing Service – Free Online Counselling support for young people
Kooth offer free online counselling support for young people and are available to support young people. Please click here to view a digital poster. The service is available over the holiday season and even on Christmas day which can be particularly hard for some young people.
Please click here to view details of virtual courses being offered for families of SEND children.
Reading Christmas Drama Workshops
Reading Rep are offering FREE special Christmas themed drama workshops for neurodiverse children and young people on 21 and 22 December - please click here for further information.
Reading SEND Local Offer
Please click here to see information being shared by Reading SEND Local Offer on Facebook.
Operation Bletchley: The virtual codebreaking mission… Christmas in Berlin
Please click here to view information about Operation Bletchley: a virtual codebreaking mission which can be completed over the Christmas holidays.
ADHD and Demand Avoidance Course
Free Online Courses
Please click here for information about free online courses being offered by Wokingham Adult Education. Courses on offer include Managing your child's anxiety and supporting anxious teenagers.
Demand Avoidance Online Course
Online Behaviour Course
Kidz to Adultz Disabled Living
Reading Families Forum Online Coffee Morning 11.11.20 and Zoom call for young people with SEND on 12.11.20
Please click here to view information from Reading Families Forum about an online Coffee Morning on 11.11.20 at which they are inviting families to give their experiences as carers attending the Royal Berks Hospital. Please click here for information about a zoom video chat for young people with SEND on 12.11.20.
Looking after your Mental Health
Please click here to view information about how to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak and click here to view the November 20 Action for Happiness Calendar (Action for Happiness firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wokingham Library Online Code Club
On Saturday November 7, Wokingham Library are running a Code Club for children aged 9 to 12 who would like to learn to program. The sessions are currently running on the first and third Saturday of each month, using Microsoft Teams. Please click here for further information.
Online Sleep Information Sessions
Please click here to view information about online sleep information courses.
Promise Inclusion (Mencap) Newsletter
Please click here to view the Promise Inclusion October newsletter.
Disabled Living Virtual Exhibition
Please click here for information about a Kidz to Adultz Virtual Exhibition being held by Disabled Living from 9-13 November.
HOME TO SCHOOL TRANSPORT SURVEY
Please click here to view a copy of an email sent to parents inviting them to complete a Home to School Transport Survey at the request of Wokingham Borough Council.
Reading Families Forum Online Meetings
Transition from Child to Adult Services
Please click the following link to view a document Transition from Child to Adult Services by Dimensions which gives some advice and information.
Neurodiverse Drama Holiday Courses – October half term
Please click here for information about two FREE neurodiverse drama holiday courses being offered during October half term.
SEN Basketball and Multi Skill Camp at Half Term
Please click here to view a flyer giving details of a Reading Rockets SEN Basketball and Multi Skills Camp being held during October Half Term.
Wokingham Children’s Free Book Festival Online
The Wokingham Libraries are running an online Book Festival during the weekend of 17 and 18 October. They have some top authors talking about their books, inspirations, illustrations and writing techniques. This is a free event. You can sign up for sessions at the following link:
The first 100 attendees signing-up for each session will also get the option of a signed bookplate from the author.
Saturday Art Clubs at Activate Learning Colleges
Activate Learning are currently accepting applications to their Art & Design/ Fashion & Business Saturday Clubs. Please click the following links for information about:
New Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby
Please see attached flyer about New Brigands Mixed Ability Rugby. The Brigands are a newly formed mixed ability rugby team formed under the umbrella of IMAS (International Mixed Ability Sport) hoping to compete with other IMAS rugby teams locally and nationally.
Training is for 17 year olds and over on Thursdays from 6.30-8p.m. and Saturdays from 11a.m. until 12.30 p.m. We are developing a Mens contact rugby team, as under RFU rules mens and womens rugby are separate. Women can do non contact training with us, but not take part in matches. We do aspire to developing a women's team, so we would love to hear from both men and women.
Anyone interested, as a player, or as a supporter, please get in touch on the following numbers: Kate Stonehouse - 0755 709 8994/Colin Stonehouse -
-07508 970 534
Reading Families Forum – Coffee afternoon 23.10.20
Please find attached flyer giving details of a virtual coffee afternoon being held by the Reading Families Forum on 23 October.
Kidz to Adultz Newsletter
Promise Inclusion (Formerly Mencap)
Home to School Transport and Travel Assistance Consultation
Please click here to view a letter from Wokingham Borough Council. They are reviewing and consulting on their home to school transport and travel assistance policies and the letter gives information about how you can give your views.
Car Boot Sales in Woodley Town Centre
The planned Boot Sale on 20th September in Woodley has bee postponed to the following week, 27th September. The Car Boot Sale will then continue to run for the remainder of 2020 on every second and fourth Sunday of the month
Th exact dates are as follows
Sunday 27th September 2020
Sunday 11th October 2020
Sunday 25th October 2020
Sunday 8th November 2020
Sunday 22nd November 2020
Sunday 13th December 2020
Parenting Special Children
Parenting Special Children are asking parents to complete a survey (click for information) about the service they provide to children.
Letter from SEND Voices Wokingham
Promise Inclusion (Mencap) August Mailing
Supporting Children and Young People's Wellbeing over the summer
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have produced some information to help support young people over the summer holidays:
The #SelfcareSummer Primary pack is full of fun activities designed to help children look after their mental health and wellbeing while enjoying themselves. It also signposts them and their families to additional support if they need it. The #SelfcareSummer Secondary pack helps young people to create their own individual self-care plan for the summer holidays based on strategies which other young people have found helpful, and also signposts to additional support if they need it.
Parenting Special Children
Please click here to view information about online events and courses being run during the summer holidays by Parenting Special Children
Woodley Town Council Newsletter
Please click here to view the July 2020 Woodley Town Council Newsletter.
Promise Inclusion (formerly Mencap) newsletter
Please click here to read the June 2020 edition of the Promise Inclusion newsletter.
Disabled Living Magazine
Please click here to read the latest edition of the Kidz to Adultz Disabled Living Magazine
Information from the Learning Disability Partnership Board (CLASP)
Please click the following links to read information from the Learning Disability Partnership Board (CLASP):
Royal Berkshire Hospital Coronavirus Testing – This is an easy to read document for people with learning disabilities that explains what will happen if you need to go the Royal Berkshire Hospital ‘drive-thru’ for a Coronavirus test.
Stay Hydrated – and easy to read document
Parenting Special Children
Please click here to view information from Parenting Special Children. This includes information about online events this week and going forward.
Sensory Festival – 11 and 12th July
Please click here to view information about an online Sensory Festival for parents and practitioners. The event is focused on those with SEND, autism, and complex needs. There will be informal video presentations, online workshops, and question and answer sessions.
Children’s Summer Technology Camp
Please click here to view information about a Summer Technology Camp being held from 27th -31st July 2020 at Hemdean House School.
Parenting Special Children
Please click here to view information from Parenting Special Children, including free events online via Zoom
As more children are now returning to school, this video explains some of the measures that have been put in place to keep everyone safe at Addington
Promise Inclusion (MENCAP) May 2020 Newsletter
BBC Bitesize for SEND Students
BBC Bitesize has advice for parents of students with SEND and this includes advice about wellbeing and home-schooling.
Free Digital book about the Coronavirus
A free digital book for children has been released which explains about the Coronavirus and is illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Please click here for further information.
Promise Inclusion (MENCAP) April 2020 Newsletter
Promise Inclusion (MENCAP) March 2020 Newsletter
Library Online Events
Wokingham Active Kids and Adults
Golf “Feel Inspired” Sessions
Please click here to view a flyer giving information about Golf sessions for girls and boys with SEND aged between 8 and 21.
Bike Bonanza Session – 15.4.20