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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/                      



Fantastic News! Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) are funding a number of short breaks for the Easter Holidays for children & young people with SEND.


Challengers Reading Youth Scheme are back! We also have a new organisation on board, Make Sense Theatre and the familiar faces of Reading Football Club and Reading Play. For those children & young people who may not be able to participate in any of these activities, Norden Farm have put together some brilliant online/zoom activities to entertain you.


Please see links below to each of the short breaks on offer and how to book your place. Please contact the providers directly to book a place.


Challengers Reading Youth Scheme for ages 13-17 (BFfC Funded) https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/service.page?id=fcBzVHmAL2U&familychannel=3-7


Make Sense Theatre Drama Workshop for ages 12+ (BFfC Funded)  https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/service.page?id=rqEroHpcLRE&familychannel=3-7


Reading FC Community Trust for ages 8-16 (BFfC Funded)  https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/service.page?id=jr7FnRwiErA&familychannel=3-7


Reading Play information to follow.


Norden Farm Quest Family Fest - https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/service.page?id=lFdLD1XKXYw&familychannel=3-7


All the Short Breaks information can be found on the following page on Reading SEND Local Offer – click Short Breaks


If you want to find out more about short breaks – visit - https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/family.action?familychannel=3-7