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Special Needs Activities in Reading and Surrounding areas.

Special Needs Activities in Reading and Surrounding areas.

Finding activities for your child in and around your local area can be a challenging task. There may appear to be an abundance of activities, but actually not so many when your child has special needs.

So many factors have to be taken into account and by the time you’ve narrowed down the search by age, disability, location, cost, accessibility, disabled access, wheelchair friendly and more, the list is reduced considerably.

 There are different types of activities available, clubs that are specifically designed around the needs of children/young people with special needs that also offer a short break and clubs where the parent/carer stays. Some parents prefer an inclusive club where all children are welcome and this works very well for some children/young people.

 There are various clubs and services that are funded or part funded by Reading Borough Council and some of these activities can only be accessed via a referral by a professional or you can complete the form yourself Childrens Single Point of Access Referral Form You can also contact the team by email: or by calling Tel: 0118 937 3641

Many voluntary organisations receive funding from elsewhere making their clubs accessible to a wider group.

 Holiday Clubs are also available, some SEN specific and some inclusive.

All clubs have to be paid for and prices vary dependent on what they are offering and if there is any funding to help with costs. Some parent/carers choose to use the DLA they receive for their child to pay for activities.

The Family Information Service has always been a one stop shop for information for the whole family, and with the SEN reforms that were implemented in September 2014, it was a requirement that information on services such as education, health & social care and leisure  were easily accessible, and found in one place.

The Reading Services Guide was launched and this is where information on services for families, adults and children/young people with SEN can be found.

You can also sign up for the SEND Local Offer Newsletter, published three times a year which is full of information on short breaks, activities, support , news and much more…. Please email to register

 Links to SEN Activities & Short Breaks:

 Special Needs Activities

 Short Breaks

 Transition 16-25