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Autism Berkshire

Autism Berkshire was set up in 1990 by parents of children with autism, autism-related problems and challenging behaviours.

We now have more than 600 members, including individuals, families and professionals.

The main aims of the charity are to provide a comprehensive advice and information service for parents, carers and professionals.

You can call our helpline from 10am to 1pm from Monday to Friday on 01189 594 594 or email our advisers at

Face-to-face appointments are also available at our office in Reading or the YES Shop in the Queensmere Centre in Slough.

We also provide a Home Visiting Service to offer advice to parents and carers of children with autism. For appointments with our Reading support worker, Jo Roberts, please contact the office. 

We run support grpups for parents, carers and grandparents who look after children with autism.

We support parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum or who are waiting for a CAMHS autism assessment, by running a wide range of workshops on aspects of autism and supporting children and young people with autism, including sensory needs and managing anger.

Autism Berkshire also provides training to professionals to raise awareness of autism and issues associated with autism.  

The charity issues the Berkshire Autism Alert Card and manages the scheme on behalf of the alert card working group.

Anyone who becomes a member of Autism Berkshire has access to our library of books about autism and sensory items and toys.

For more information contact Autism Berkshire:

Tel: 01189 594 594



Who to contact

Contact Name
Claire Finnerty
Contact Position
01189 594 594
Autism Berkshire

Where to go

Autism Berkshire office
Caversham Road

Pay-and-display car parking is available outside the office entrance in Vachel Road.

The nearest off-road car parks are the NCP sites at Garrard Street and Cattle Market, in Great Knollys Street.

Our office is on the first floor, with access by lift for people in wheelchairs or who find stairs difficult. Directions to our office can be found on our website.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
The Autism Berkshire office is open from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4.30pm. Our Helpline service is available between 10am and 1pm.
Time of day

Other Details


Is there a charge for
using this service?


Referral required

Local Offer

Contact Telephone
01189 594 594
Contact Email
Autism Berkshire
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
SEN Provision Type

General Provider Response

Is your service accessible?
Our office is on the first floor, but is accessible by lift. There are toilets for the disabled in the building. Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns about access for yourself or your child.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
Open access. Our helpline is free and open to all. Some other services may have eligibility criteria or be chargeable. Further details are on our website or give us a call.
What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services?
We hope to respond to requests for help and support within three working days.
Details of charges
Some of our services are chargeable e.g. membership costs from £10 a year which is our concessionary rate, our helpline and some other activities are free. Call us or see our website if you would like further information.
Feedback and complaints procedure
We welcome feedback on our services either by phone, email or in person. Call 01189 594 594 or email
How will I know my child will be safe using this service?
All our staff and volunteers are DBS checked. We provide training in autism awareness, first aid, safegaurding and fire safety to staff at our children's activities.

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide and Reading Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.