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SEND Easter Holiday Short Break - SLD/Complex Needs Drama Workshop- Make/Sense Theatre

Funded by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC)

These short break sessions are for young people with severe learning difficulties (SLD) and complex needs.

Make/Sense Theatre, making work for, by and with the local neurodivergent community, and funded by Brighter Futures for Children, is running multi-sensory theatre and drama and movement short breaks in the Easter holidays.

Held at the Avenue School, RG30,  and Chiltern Training, RG1, as short breaks for young people aged 5-25 with additional needs, our work caters for ALL abilities so please contact us to discuss your child’s access needs and find out which session/s would be best for your young person. We can’t wait to meet them! 


At The Avenue School, RG30 4BZ 

14th April - 9.30-12.30 - SLD young people aged 12+

14th April - 1-4pm SLD/Complex Needs young people aged 12+


15th April - 9.30-12.30 - SLD young people aged 12+

15th April - 1-4pm  SLD/Complex Needs young people aged 12+


16th April - 9:30-12.30 - MLD/ASD children aged 5-11

16th April - 1-4pm - SLD/Complex Needs children aged 5-11 


At Chiltern Training, RG1 1LG 

7th April - 9.30-12.30 - MLD/ASD aged 12+

7th April - 1-4pm - MLD/ASD aged 12+

Contact us on 0118 946 1739 or at to find out more and/or book your child’s place.

Theatre for young people with severe learning difficulties and/or complex needs.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Ellie Hazell - Co-founder

Please contact us with your preference of session/s. After a chat with you, then we will be able to place your young person in a group/s that ensures the most meaningful and enjoyable experience for them.

These multi-sensory sessions will be run by our Co-founders who have 20 years experience between them of working in inclusive Creative Arts in SEN Schools. All assistants also have experience of, or currently work in, SEN schools in the local area.

Where to go

The Avenue School
Conwy Close
RG30 4BZ

Time / Date Details

When is it on
April 14th - 9.30- 12.30 OR 1-4pm / April 15th - 9.30-12.30 OR 1-4pm / April 15th - 9.30-12.30 OR 1-4pm April 16th - 9.30-12.30 OR 1-4pm
Time of day
Session Information
9.30-12.30 OR 1-4pm Morning and Afternoon - 6 sessions in total. Participants may only do one session per day.

Other Details


Age Ranges
Referral required

Local Offer

Contact Name
Ellie Karen and Jane
Contact Telephone
Contact Email

General Provider Response

Is your service accessible?
Please contact us to discuss your child's personal needs and we will do our best to work with you to resolve any access issues.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
If a young person has high medical needs we would ask a carer who knows these well to attend with the young person to access our sessions. We will speak to parents before confirming bookings to ensure the sessions they are interested in are suitable for their young person and we can support them to access the sessions in a meaningful way.
How are referrals/applications made to your service?
Details of charges
So this short break service is fully funded by BFfC. However other community services, such as our youth theatre will be chargeable. We have bursaries available so costs will not be prohibitive.
Feedback and complaints procedure
We welcome feedback at any point. We are a new theatre company whose purpose is to make work for, by and with the neurodivergent community and really value both their own and their families opinions. Please direct all complaints to our Co-founders on and we will always come back to you as a matter of priority.
How will I know my child will be safe using this service?
We have rigorous safeguarding and safer recruitment practices and policies and all staff are trained in safeguarding Level 1 and in our own policies too, at least, with a co-founder as DSL and trained to level 3 safeguarding standard. One co-founder is trained in making thorough risk assessments for all workshops to ensure the safety of participants. One co-founder is also a Mental Health First Aider and all are trained First Aiders. The safety and well-being of our participants is of the upmost importance to us and our foundations working in outstanding SEN Schools has given us the expertise and knowledge to be confident in how to do this very well.

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) 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.