Local Information and Events

 

Cold Weather Advice

The Met Office have issued a Level 2 Cold Weather AlertPlease see attached leaflet issued by the NHS, giving advice about staying well in cold weather.

 

Woodley Town Council

 

Please click here to view the Woodley Town Council January 2020 newsletter and here to view their Agenda for their next meeting on 29th January.

 

Information from Learning Disabilities Partnership Board

 

Noro Virus information sheet

Noro Virus leaflet

Optalis Wokingham Soup Evening – 26.2.20

Rose Buddies Craft Sessions

Rose Buddies Puzzle drop in

Rose Buddies Three Frogs quiz nights poster 2020

The Night Owls events – save the date

Transforming Care Partnership – Easy Read flyer

Transforming Care Partnership – Workshops for families

Further information from Learning Disabilities Partnership Board and partner organisations

 

Wokingham Active Kids - February half term and Easter holidays

 

Please click here to view information about Wokingham Active Kids holiday camps.

 

TVAP Christmas and New Year opening times

 

Please click here to view the Christmas and New Year opening times at Thames Valley Adventure Playground.

 

CAN Network

 

Please click here to view the December 19 newsletter from the CAN Network.

 

Information from Wokingham and Bracknell Mencap/Promise Inclusion

 

Please click here to view the Wokingham and Bracknell Mencap/Promise Inclusion December 19 newsletter and here to view a flyer about a Carers lunch.

 

Food Share at Christmas

 

Please see attached poster about a Food Share scheme in Bracknell for the homeless and anyone struggling.

 

Disabled Living Newsletter

 

Please click here to read the latest posts from the Disabled Living website.

 

Optalis Out and About - January 2020 brochure

 

Please click here to view the Optalis Out and About January 2020 brochure.

 

Christmas Tips for people with Autism

 

Please click the links below for tips for helping people with Autism cope with Christmas:

 

Tips for parents/carers

Tips for grandparents

General Christmas tips

 

Sleeping Beauty Pantomime - Kenton Theatre, Henley - 17.12.19 

Please click here to view poster for the relaxed performance of the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime being held at Kenton Theatre, Henley on 17.12.19 

 

Sleep Workshop

 

Please find attached flyer giving information about a sleep workshop being held at The Avenue School in January.  This workshop is aimed at parents with children aged 10+ who have additional needs. 

 

Woodley Town Council Events 2020

 

Please click here to view a list of events being held by Woodley Town Council in 2020.

 

Notices from Learning Disability Partnership Board/CLASP – December 2019

 

Please click here to read information from the Learning Disability Partnership Board.

 

Cinema Screenings at Loddon Valley

 

New for 2019 Loddon Valley Leisure Centre are running some family Christmas film showings:

 

Elf – 21st December 1pm start (click to view poster)

White Christmas - 22nd December 2pm start (click to view poster)

 

Tickets are £5 – and if bought now are on a 2 for 1 offer!

 

The links for tickets are below:

White Christmas

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-movie-white-christmas-tickets-83985269201

Elf

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-movie-elf-tickets-82579713145

 

Information from Wokingham and Bracknell Mencap/Promise Inclusion

 

Please click here to view the Wokingham and Bracknell Mencap/Promise Inclusion November 19 newsletter.

  

Wokingham Active Kids Christmas Holiday Camp

 

Please find attached the Activity Programme (click here for week 1  and here for week 2) for the Wokingham Active Kids Christmas Holiday Camp at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre.

 

Business Enterprise Christmas Products for sale

 

Please click here to view information about Christmas Products which our Business Enterprise team are offering for sale.

 

Autism and Anxiety talk – 3.12.19

Please click here for information about a talk being held on 3rd December at Reading University about supporting children with autism and anxiety.

 

Reading Families Forum

 

Please click here to view a flyer about a coffee evening being held by Reading Families Forum (a voice for families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities) on the evening of 17th December 2019.

 

Sun newspaper tokens

Please collect Books for School tokens from the Sun newspaper printed daily between Saturday, November 23, 2019 and Saturday, January 18, 2020 and send into school.  Please click here for further information.  We need 3,500 tokens to get our free pack of books.  Thank you for your help.

 

Jack and the Beanstalk Multi-Sensory Pantomime

 

Please click here for details of Multi-Sensory Pantomime performances being run by the Head2head Theatre group.

 

Coral Reef – Accessible Sessions

 

Coral Reef are trialling for 3 months a monthly Special Needs session beginning in November (Pool and slides (individuals and families) and Spa (over 18's)).

Please click here for further information and ticket prices.

 

Wokingham Winter Carnival – Sunday 24 November 2019

  

Please click here to view the programme for the Wokingham Winter Carnival.

 

 

Reading Rockets SEN Basketball

 

Please click here to view information about Reading Rockets Basketball sessions for children and young people with additional needs.

 

 

Free Football Tickets

On Sunday 17th November, Reading FC Women take on Bristol City Women at Madejski Stadium, Reading.  To encourage support from the local community, Reading FC is providing FREE tickets.  Please click here for further information.

 

Information from Wokingham and Bracknell Mencap/Promise Inclusion

 

Please click the following links for information:

October 19 Mailing

Poster about Carers Lunch 12.11.19

Christmas Party poster 29.11.19

Bracknell Forest lottery poster

 

 

CAN Newsletter

 

Please click here to view the October 2019 CAN Newsletter

 

Mencap Newsletter

 

Please click here to view the September 19 newsletter from Wokingham and Bracknell Mencap and click here to view a poster about a trip to the Ideal Home exhibition.

 

 

Wokingham Active Kids Holiday Camps

Please the links below to view information about Active Kids holiday camps during October half term:

 At Loddon

At St. Crispins 

News from Wokingham Libraries

Please click here to find out what is happening in our local libraries

 

SEN Multi Sports Camp – 1.11.19

 

Please click here to view a flyer about a Multi Sports Camp for SEN students during half term.

 

Reading Mencap Christmas Market – 24.11.19

 

Please click here to view a flyer about a Christmas Market being held on 24.11.19

 

Reading Families Forum  Age 16+ SEND transition Information Afternoon - 16 November 2019

 

Please click here to view a flyer from the Reading Families Forum  about an Age 16+ SEND transition Information Afternoon.

 

SEND Golf Lessons

 

Please click here for information about Golf lessons for children aged 8-21 years with special needs.

 

Reading Town Meal – 28th September 2019 – 12-4 pm

 

Please click here to view information about a community event being held in Forbury Gardens this weekend.

 

Optalis Out and About Brochure October 2019

 

Please click here to view the Optalis Out and About Brochure October 2019

 

Morning for children with additional needs and their families
West Berkshire Museum | Monday 28th October | 10.30am-12noon | Free

 

West Berkshire Museum have asked us to pass on the following invitation:

 

“Join us for a relaxed opening (when we are closed to the general public) for families with children with special needs to enjoy West Berkshire Museum and an opportunity to take part in a free family craft activity. All museum galleries will be open and free refreshments of coffee or tea for accompanying adults and fruit squash or water for the children, will be available in the museum café. Free event but donations are welcome.

 

Although free, places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Please note: book one place for each child with additional needs. Other members of the family who are accompanying the child/ren do not need to book a place.”


https://booking.westberks.gov.uk/heritage_events.html?event_id=5372&companyId=37003

 

Aladdin Pantomime

The Starburst Foundation are performing the Fleet Pantomime ‘Aladdin’ and are inviting local children with special needs (aged 18 and under at the time of the show), and their families, to apply for tickets to their charity performance at The Harlington in Fleet on Sunday 15th December 2019, 10:30 am. This will be a British Sign Language signed performance.  Please click here for further information and here for their application form.

 

Please Collect Aldi Stickers

If you shop at Aldi and spend more than £30, you will be given a sticker. Please can you hand it into school to add to a poster. When we collect 300 stickers we can submit it for a chance to win the big money and to get free kit.  Please click here for further information. 

The competition runs between the 6th of Sept and the 18th of November.

Please ask family and friends to collect too.

 

CAN Network Newsletter

Please click here to view the September CAN Network newsletter.

 

Learning Disability Partnership

Please click the links below to view information from the Learning Disability Partnership:

Learning Disability Partnership letter Sept 19

Learning Disability Partnership leaflet

Learning Disability Roadshow poster

CLASP leaflet (Caring, Listening And Supporting Partnership)

CLASP talent show poster

Optalis Supported Employment leaflet

Learning Disability job advert Sept 19

Fused glass course October 2019

Wokingham Active Kids - October 19 half term brochure

Please click here to view the Wokingham Active Kids - October 19 half term brochure

 

Reading Families Forum AGM

 

Please click here to view information about the Reading Families Forum AGM being held on 25 September and to which they would like invite parents and carers of disabled and/or special needs children.  Please click here to view their Annual Report. 

 

Stepping Stones Down Syndrome Training Programme 2019-20

Please click here to view the Stepping Stones Down Syndrome Training Programme 2019-20

Woodley Town Council Newsletter

 

Please click here to read the Woodley Town Council Newsletter August newsletter

 

Bike to School Week - September 2019

 

Please click here to view information about Bike to School Week - September 2019

 

Bobicats Disability Football Sessions

 

 

Please click here  and here to view information about Bobicats Disability Football Sessions being held in September and October. 

Mencap Newsletter

 

Please click here to view the August 19 newsletter from Wokingham and Bracknell Mencap

 

Wokingham Active Kids Summer 2019 programme

 

Please click the following links for further information:

 

Wokingham Active Kids Summer 2019 programme

Loddon – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6

St. Crispins – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6

 

Swings & Smiles

 

Swings & Smiles offer a supportive play environment for children with special needs and their whole family.  Please click the following links for further information:

General information

July 2019

August 2019

 

Cycling Club – Down’s Sydrome

 

The 2019 Cycling Club for children and young people with Down's Syndrome runs in Newbury every August.  This year it is taking place from 19-22 August.  Please click here for further information.

 The club is run by Caroline Lane, a qualified and highly-experienced cycling trainer.  All participants are supported by a 1:1 helper, and sometimes 2:1, as needed.  This will be the 8th year we have run this club and over that time Caroline and our supporters have assisted many children and young people with Down's Syndrome to practise their pedalling, learn to ride and have fun cycling.

 

Family Learning Courses

Please click the links below for information about Family Learning Courses:

 

Bobicats Disability Football

 

Please find attached flyer about Bobicats Disability Football in September and October.

 

Wokingham Libraries

 

Please click here to view information from Wokingham Libraries, who are running a Teen Reading challenge during the summer holidays.

 

Mencap Job Vacancies

 

Please click here to view an advert for job vacancies being advertised by Mencap.

 

Police Force Open Day – 10 August 2019

 

Please click here to view information about a Thames Valley Police (TVP) Open Day on Saturday 10 August

Ice Sports Centre

 

Please click here to view information about an Ice Sports Centre.

Tom and Vincent's London Transport Challenge

 

Tom and Vincent are raising money for charity and are hoping for your support.

 

The Tom and Vincent London Transport Challenge is to travel on loads of different types of transport on Sunday 8th September. They aim to travel on trains, boats, buses, bikes and even a high speed lift.... They are raising money for four charities: Addington Association, Me2 Club, Thumbs Up Club and Challengers. 

This link will take you to their JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/tomandvincent

 

Reading Families Forum

 

Please click here to view a flyer about a coffee evening, to discuss SEND provision, being held on 10 July 2019.

 

CAN Network Newsletter

 

Please click here to view the June 2019 CAN Network Newsletter.

 

Woodley Town Council Newsletter

 

Please click here to view the June 2019 Woodley Town Council Newsletter.

 

Business Enterprise

 

We have an exciting new business enterprise project where we are personalizing items, these include water bottle, coffee mugs, notebooks and glasses. Items are personalized with your choice of colour and wording.  Please see our Business Enterprise page for further information and order forms.

 

Football Fun day on Sunday 30th June at the Madejski Stadium

 

Please click here to view information about a Football Fun day being held on Sunday 30th June at the Madejski Stadium.

 

Chickenpox in School

 

A child in Early Years is currently away from school with a confirmed case of Chickenpox. 

 

Vulnerable children - Some medical conditions make children vulnerable to infections that would rarely be serious in most children, these include those being treated for Leukemia or other cancers, on high doses of steroids and with conditions that seriously reduce immunity. These children are particularly vulnerable to chickenpox, if exposed to these, the parent/carer should be informed promptly and further medical advice sought.

 

Pregnancy - Anyone who has not had Chickenpox is potentially vulnerable to the infection.  If a pregnant woman develops a rash or is in direct contact with someone with a potentially infectious rash, this should be investigated by a doctor. Chickenpox can affect the pregnancy if a woman has not already had the infection. Report exposure to midwife and GP at any stage of pregnancy. The GP and antenatal carer will arrange a blood test to check for immunity.

 

SEN Multi Sports Camp – 2.8.19

 

Please click here to view a flyer about an SEN Multi Sports camp being held on 2 August.

Wheelchair Clinic

 

The next wheelchair clinic is 17th July 2019.  Please call 0118 3226706/0118 322 7017 to book a slot.

 

Happy Bag Collection – Monday 24th June

 

Don’t forget the next Happy School Bag collection of unwanted clothes and shoes etc is on Monday 24th June. Please see the flyer for details of what you can donate!

 

Such an easy way to raise money for school…last time we raised over £400!

 

Thank you all in advance for your help!

 

Reading College Open Event 22 June 2019

 

Please click links to view information from Reading College:

Foundation pathways poster

Summer Open Event Flyer

Creative Arts Exhibition Flyer

Learning Disabilities Week – 17-23rd June 2019

 

Please click links to view the following:

 

Learning Disability Week Programme of Events

Rose Buddies Learning Disability Week activities

Skittles Poster

 

 

Visiting RSPB Farms on 9 June

  

Please click here to view information from the RSPB about visiting farms 

  

FestForAll – 13 July 2019

 

Special guest confirmed to perform at FestForAll on Saturday 13 July - X factor finalist Danyl Johnson will be performing!

 

Other acts include:

The Addingtones

Phoenix

HopeGene

Reading Mencap Choir

Joanne Rowlands

PS Finn

Dave Bedford

 

plus, games and hands on activities for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Early Bird tickets are still available.  Send your request and money (no form needed) to the Creative Arts office.

Please see attached poster for details.

 

Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale

 

Please click here for information about a Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale being held on 7th July at Leighton Park School.

 

Father’s Day Gifts

 

If you need any last minute father’s day gifts then we have pint tankards, hip flasks and balloons available - please see attached order form.  Order forms need to be returned by next Tuesday, 11th June, to allow production to happen.

 

Summer Reading Challenge Young Volunteers

Our local libraries are seeking volunteers to help with their Summer Reading Challenge.  This is what they say:

Aged 16 to 24? Do you enjoy reading? Do you enjoy working with children and want to volunteer? Then helping with the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries in Wokingham Borough Libraries may be for you. 

We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Space Chase and help out with Library duties and children’s activities in the library.

It’s fun and a great addition to your CV and you have the chance to give something back to your local community. 

The volunteering opportunities will be at Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley Libraries from Monday 29 July to Friday 30 August 2019.

Before you start you will receive full training, for more information contact volunteer@wokingham.gov.uk or call 0118 974 6263, view their poster or visit https://wp.me/p5mHbU-3Jc

 

Optalis

 

Please click here to view the Optalis May 19 newsletter and here to view a poster about their summer ball.

 

Bracknell and Wokingham Mencap 

 

Please click here to see the latest information from Wokingham Mencap

  

Wokingham Bikeathon – 30th June 2019

 

Click here to view a poster about Wokingham Bikeathon on Sunday 30th June 2019.

 

Half term Cycling Event – 29 May 2019

 

Click here to view a poster about a free family cycling event at Dinton Pastures during half term.

 

Thumbs Up Club Bookings – Summer 2019

 

Please see attached letter from Thumbs Up Club about booking places at the club this summer

 

FestForAll – 13 July 2019

 

Early bird tickets are now available for the FestForAll on 13th July.  Please see attached poster for details.

 

KatKanu Special Needs Sessions

 

Please click here to view information about KatKanu special needs sessions at Wokingham Waterside Centre.

 

Waitrose Green Tokens

 

The Association has been chosen in the Waitrose green token scheme in Woodley for the next month.  If you shop there, please put your tokens in our box as the more tokens we get the more money they donate towards the sensory garden project.

 

May half term activities in local libraries

 

Please click here for information about activities in local libraries during May half term.

 

Bracknell Samaritans Run - 29th June 2019

 

The Bracknell Samaritans Run is a local 5k, 10k and Teddy Bear Kids Run and will be held on Saturday 29th June 2019; please click here for further information.

 

CAN Network

Please click here to view the May 19 CAN Network newsletter

 

Addington Success at Newbury Challenge 2019

 

Horticulture students at Addington had a successful result at the 2019 Newbury Challenge. Competing with all Berkshire schools, Addington students really impressed the judges and were awarded a trophy for finishing as runners up. Well done to all the team!  Please see attached flyer for photos.

 

Neurodiversity Celebration Week - 13-17 May 2019

This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week.  Neurodiversity is the concept that neuro(brain) differences should be recognised and respected, just as any other human differences are.  These brain differences can include ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Tourette Syndrome, Dyscalculia and many others.

This week in school we have information and posters up about some of these neurological differences, including highlighting various celebrities who have shared about living and thriving with these differences.

The following YouTube videos give examples of a few of these differences:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_LIC-9rEi0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbwRrVw-CRo

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11r7CFlK2sc

 

Here is a link to the website https://www.neurodiversity-celebration-week.com/

 

Wokingham Wellbeing Week- May 13th-19th

Events are being held and details can be found at

https://en-gb.facebook.com/wokinghamwellbeingweek/ 

 

Tiny Cribs – help needed!

 

A parent has sent this message requesting empty Carte d’Or ice cream tubs and white/cream/pale yellow yarn to help with making Tiny Cribs for the RBH:

 I’m voluntarily helping a nurse who works at the RBH with making tiny cribs for the babies born after miscarriages.  The cribs are knitted/crocheted and based around an empty Carte d’Or ice cream tub, which sounds awful but as you’ll see from the picture below, they do look crib-like when finished.

Any tubs could be handed to Daisy in Swan class.

 

Thanks, any white/cream/pale yellow yarn would also be welcomed, these colours are specified as the babies are sometimes born too soon for a gender to be identified.

 

 

Summertime Ball – Saturday 29th June 2019

 

The Association’s Summertime Ball is taking place on Saturday 29th June.  Please see attached flyer for details and contact Suky to buy your tickets.  Tickets cost £40 and will be available until Friday 24th May.  The flyer states that the price will be increasing to £43, but this is no longer the case.

 

Wargrave Girls Football

 

Wargrave Women and Girls FC is the largest girls only football club in the UK, and sister club to Reading Women.  They are now taking new registrations for years 1 to 6 girls football.  For more info, please see attached flyer or visit their website. http://www.wargravegirlsfc.co.uk

 

Free Girls Golf Taster session - Saturday 4th May 2019

 Please click here to view a flyer about a FREE golf session for girls.

 

 

 Woodley Carnival Queens and Kings Competition

Please see attached flyer for information about the Carnival Queens and Kings competition being held at 7pm on Friday 17th May at the Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley. There are 2 age categories (Junior school or secondary school age) and entrants must either live in Woodley or go to school in Woodley at the time of the competition.

 

Relationships & Sex Education Information

 

The legislation around Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is changing and schools have been issued with new guidance. The Department of Education is proposing that schools are required to teach relationships education at primary school, relationships and sex education (RSE) at secondary school and health education at all state-funded schools.

 

We have always taught RSE at Addington and after revising our schemes of work in light of the new guidance, they have been carefully designed with age appropriate materials and resources.

 

To this end, we would like to invite you in to school to attend an information evening to share this curriculum. The presentation will also include information on:

 

  • The importance of the RSE education for all of our pupils
  • The reviewed RSE policy
  • Assessment tool
  • Resources
  • Ideas to extend learning at home.

 

There are two presentations available for you to attend:  Monday 13th May - (9:30-10:30) or Wednesday 15th May - (18:30-19:30)

 

Please RSVP if you are able to attend (stating which session) via danny.blatchford@addington.wokingham.sch.uk

 

Wokingham Active Kids

 

Please click here to view the May 2019 Wokingham Active Kids brochure.

 

National Autism Strategy Survey

In April 2014 the government published ‘Think Autism’, a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England. The strategy supports the Autism Act 2009.

The strategy is currently being reviewed to include the needs of children, they are looking for the views of parents and professionals.  Please click on this link to access the survey and add your opinion: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/autism/2e4ae18d/

 

Thames Valley Adventure Playground Charity sponsored Walk in the Park 2019 – 8 June 2019

TVAP would like you to support them by joining their sponsored Walk in the Park on 8 June 2019, please click here for further details and to view a poster.

BOBIcats Football Sessions

 

Twyford Comets FC are starting sessions for age 4-8 children with disabilities at Goals, Woodley, please click here for further information.

 

United Mile Event

 

This is a message from Steph Johnson Head of Reading Rockets Community Programme:

 

I have attached an invite to a Special Olympics event which is happening in London at the end of May. The aim of the event is make people more aware of SEN and unified sport and also give people the opportunity to have a go at some of the sports. As part of the day there is a Unified mile which aims to see as many runners, walkers, wheel chair users completing the mile which finishes at Buckingham Palace!

I will be going to the event and also taking part in the mile. If any of you would like to come along to the event and take part in the mile with me that would be awesome.

The invite is open to friends and families also.

If you would like to join me instead of registering on the link just drop me a personal email (steph.johnson@readingrockets.co.uk) and I can collate the names my end.

I have to let Special Olympics know by the 15th of May how many people we may have coming.

Many Thanks

 

Steph Johnson

Head of Reading Rockets Community Programmes

SEN Basketball Lead

Head of Mental Health and Sport Initiatives (A.S.P.I.R,E)

Tel: 07796922054

www.readingrockets.co.uk

 

Parent running Marathon to raise money for Thumbs Up Club

 

Matthew Croft, the father of one of our students, will be raising money by running the London Marathon in aid of the Thumbs Up Club.  This is what he says:

 

"At the end of the month I will be fulfilling a long held ambition and will be running the London Marathon. I’ve done lots of half marathons, but never a full one.

 

I have decided to fund raise for Thumbs Up Club, who are a charity close to our heart given that Harry attends and we also know some of the fantastic people who run the Club, notably Kirsty.”

 

If you would like to support Matthew’s fundraising efforts by sponsoring him, this is the link to his Just Giving page:

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matthew-croft5

 


World Autism Awareness Day – 2 April 2019

 

This week is World Autism Awareness Week (1-7 April) and today is World Autism Awareness Day, which is an internationally recognized day on 2 April every year. It was instituted in 2007 to increase world awareness of the millions of autistic children in our world.  The focus of World Autism Awareness Day 2019 is “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”.  Awareness day promotes the need to support and enhance the state of life of those with autism so that they can live life to the fullest.

The National Autistic Society has released a new video clip 'What is Autism?'

Further information about World Autism Awareness Day can be found on the United Nations Website

 

Wokingham Libraries Information

 

Please click here to see what is happening in our local libraries at