Organisations to offer support
One Reading Support Hub is still available for anyone needing support with shopping or collecting medication.
Fill in their online coronavirus support form, call 0808 1894325 (freephone) from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, or you can send a text to 07754 361592.
Information also available on Family Information Service website https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/service.page?id=p4IG-ZkMoTA&familychannel=0
Information and Support
The Local Offer have created a new parent to parent support button on local offer home page that tells who about organisations where you can meet other parents in a similar position. It contains information about Fifi’s Vision who are now holding weekly face to face coffee mornings for parents of children with additional needs.
Ways into Work have spaces to support young people with Special Educational Needs ad/or Disabilities who are not in education, training or employment aged 16 – 24. To find out more email email@example.com
As you may know, The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. To access this, contact Elevate who will liaise with the Department of Work and Pensions 0118 937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reading SEND team has shared an extensive book list on a variety of topics for autistic young people and families, attached. For those of you who may not be aware, the charity Spectropolis (https://www.spectropolis.co.uk/) can send out books to children and young people with autism and/or their families and professionals working with them, for free.
Berkshire Vision have a new Children, Young People and Family Support Worker ,Carol Barnfather. Berkshire Vision hold a number of clubs and meet ups for young people with a vision impairment. A variety of children attend, and a number have other disabilities as well. Berkshire Vision also support siblings and help parents support and advise each other. Families can refer direct email email@example.com tel 0118 987 2803
The Forum have been having discussions with the Royal Berkshire Hospital regarding the media reports of blanket Do Not Resuscitate orders being used for people with learning disabilities. The Learning Disability Nurses have confirmed that the Royal Berks do not use blanket DNRs for people with learning disabilities. There are 2 learning disability nurses at the hospital who work with adults with learning disabilities and those about to transition to adult services. If you have any concerns, please ask hospital staff to contact them.
The National Children’s Bureau is looking to conduct a set of focus groups with parents in April and May for Public Health England. They would like to speak to parents about their views of the Healthy Child Programme. They are particularly looking for input from parents of disabled children. Each parent participant will receive a £20 voucher for their time. Each focus group session will last approx. one hour and all input will be anonymised. Any parent who would like to take part or who has any questions about the project is asked to please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new special school for children with autism and/or social, emotional and mental health difficulties is due to open in September 2022. This is a joint project with Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils and will be situated at the Winnersh farm site. The detailed plans for the school building are not available yet but the site map is available. feedback can be submitted to email@example.com Comments should be submitted by Friday 9 April 2021.
School uniform help
There are five local charities that may be able to help with pre-owned school uniforms:
- New Beginnings, tel 07421 998208
- First Days, tel: 0118 921 9338
- Weller Centre, tel: 0118 947 5828
- Whitley CDA, email: firstname.lastname@example.org , tel: 0118 374 0052
- Cowshed, email: email@example.com , tel: 0118 934 5120/0118 931 3332
Remember that the Local Offer has lots of information about local services for families of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They have a friendly team who can answer all your questions about local support. 0118 9373777 (Option 2) (73777) https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/family.page?familychannel=3