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  • The national charity Contact have a number of virtual workshops for families of children with additional needs from finances, educational support and handling meetings effectively as a parent. See for more details Family workshops | Contact


  • The Reading Family Carers Card

Many people are family carers and support someone who relies on them to collect shopping, prescriptions and other essential items. You may not identify yourself as a carer because you are firstly a parent, a wife, husband, daughter, son, grandchild, friend or neighbour.

Reading Mencap have produced The Reading Family Carers Card it’s available to carers for FREE and it will identify you as a family carer in order to help shorten the time you might have to spend queueing for a shop, a pharmacy or even a health appointment. It is supported by Reading Borough Council.

Please click on the link below to the Reading Services Guide information page about the Reading Families Carers Card.



  • Reading Information, Advice & Support Service for SEND (Reading IASS) 

This service was formerly called the Parent Partnership Service. It offers free confidential and impartial advice and support to Reading parents and carers who have children (up to the age of 25) with special educational needs or disability. Here is a link to their website where you can find further information.          https://www.readingiass.org/                      




Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks – December 2022


Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks @ Reading FC - Play Course - 21st / 22nd December 10:00 - 13:00 

The SEND play camps are for young children aged 5 - 7 years with a disability. The camps will run from The Avenue School from 10am - 1pm.  

The camps have experienced play staff with a background in working with young children with disabilities.  

On the camps the children will experience the following:  

Messy Play, Soft Play, Outdoor Sensory Play  


At this point in time the play camp cannot accept the following disabilities/medical conditions:  

Epilespy, Asthma  or Peg Feeding 

Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks - Play Course - 21st / 22nd December 10:00 - 13:00 | Reading Services Guide 


Contact - Daniel Rook Disability & EDI lead 

Tel:0118 907 2160 E:drook@readingfc.co.uk 





Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks - Reading FC SEND Multisport Camp - The Avenue School (8 to 18 years) 

Our SEND camps provide a space where children with SEND can come and play sports/games in a safe and fun learning environment. The camps take place at the Avenue School Special School in Reading which has its own car park and is fully accessible. The camps are staffed by fully qualified sport staff that have experince in disability sport we work alongside a support staff team that can deal with personal care needs.  

The camps are running on the 21st/22nd/23rd of December from 10:30 till 14:00 and will include a whole host of sports and fun games including specialist sports such as:  

Boccia, Kurling, Basketball, Multi skills games  

On this camp we will also be joined by a specialist disability rugby coach that will put on taster sessions for wheelchair rugby.  

 Please note we cannot accept the following conditions:  

Epilepsy or Peg Feeding 

Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks - Reading FC SEND Multisport Camp - The Avenue School (8 to 18 years) | Reading Services Guide 



SEND Christmas Short Breaks at Prospect Park 


SEND Holiday Short Breaks 21st December                                                                                                       

Session one 10am-1pm 5-7 year olds

Low ropes, Art and crafts, Bird box making, Soft archery, Mini golf 

Session two 2pm to 5pm - Age 8 to 12 years 

Climbing wall, Archery, Mini golf, Fire pit and marshmallow making, Dodgeball

Ranger Station, Prospect Park, Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND


Please note that bookings are not open until Friday 11th November for this short break.




Christmas Holiday SEND Short Breaks – Make Sense Theatre

MLD/SLD aged 12-25EN The

Wednesday 21st and Friday 23rd December


For neurodivergent teenagers/young adults who want to play creative and fun games, make friends

and work as a team. We will explore drama in an engaging and accessible way whilst also providing

challenge to those young people who have previous experience. The young people attending this

session won’t require 1:1 support and will be comfortable in a busy and lively environment.


PMLD/PASD aged 7-19

Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December


For young people with profound autism and/or multiple and complex needs, who would enjoy a sensory, creative experience. This group will be staffed so that each attendee will have a trained 1:1 to help them engage. We incorporate different strands of creative sensory exploration to this group including our current 7Sense show, a visiting musician, sensory art and music and movement. Soft lighting, calming music and break out space will help to regulate attendees.


Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd December


The Avenue School

MLD/Sensory aged 5-12

Thursday 22nd December


For children who may have a diagnosis of ASD or similar and will benefit from a calm, sensory approach

to a drama workshop. This is designed for those who struggle in a busy and loud environment but like role play, drama games, music and song. The attendees of this group may require 1:1 support in order to engage with the activities, which we will cater for.

Costs per session

HAF - Free (and includes lunch)

Short Breaks - £10

Out of borough/over 18s - £18

Our sessions are staffed by highly experienced, trained SEN professionals. We cater for medical and personal care needs. Please contact rosie@makesensetheatre.com  to book a place, to ask questions regarding a specific need or if you are unsure of which session is best for your young person.



The Cressingham LEGO CLUB 

Next session Sunday 4th December 10am-1pm 

The LEGO club will meet on one Sunday a month at The Cressingham Short Break Centre. Spaces will be limited to eight young people per session, aged between 8 – 18 years old. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Each session will have some free play and structured activities to encourage the children/young people to use their imagination and learn to work as a team on some of the projects. Eligibility: Have a current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which includes information to evidence the child/ young person cannot access mainstream activities through Universal Services published on the Local Offer 

Email: Cressingham@brighterfuturesforchildren.org   Tel: 0118 937 4201 Further information including how to book can be found here The Cressingham LEGO CLUB | Reading Services Guide 


SEND Short Breaks -Chance to Dance Stars CIC - Dance and Multi Activity Program 

 Chance to Dance Stars CIC will provide group activities for children & young people with disabilities to have new experiences with sport and dance, to have fun and to build upon social and physical needs.   

*Note* Cost - £20 per day for anyone outside of Reading.  

Dates: 11th and 18th December 2022 

Reading Residents - Session are partial funded by Brighter Futures for Children.

If your child requires 1:1 you must contact Vicky before booking

Contact Victoria Tel: 07736 343570 sendanceclub@hotmail.com 


SEND Short Breaks -Chance to Dance Stars CIC - Dance and Multi Activity Program | Reading Services Guide 


General Holiday Activities can be found on the following search list - Search Results | Reading Services Guide


For parent carers who need information on childcare, holiday clubs, childminders etc for the school holiday – www.readingfis.org/childcare


View the SEND Local Offer Newsletter here