Leisure and Social Activities

Autism Berkshire delivers a wide range of leisure and social activities for children and adults living with autism.

Children can benefit from our youth groups and longstanding favourites such as trampolining sessions and the Games Club, as well as the Lego Club.

Autistic adults enjoy meeting up at our social groups, the 197 Club in Reading, the Bear With Me group, which meets in Maidenhead, and the Bracknell adult social group, as well as the Level Up Club, where the focus is on video and board games.

Events for all the family are also available, with regular fun days at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Taplow, along with special events, such as an excursion to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London – the home of the Harry Potter films.

Click on the links below to find out more.

Activities for Adults

Bear With Me Group, Maidenhead

This group for adults with autism spectrum conditions in Windsor and Maidenhead meets on Wednesday evenings at The Bear pub, 8-10 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1QJ. Helen Harris is the coordinator of this group.

All prospective members of this group must be referred by a professional support worker. Referrals can be made by downloading the Bear With Me registration form, which should be completed and returned to the Autism Berkshire office by email to admin@autismberkshire.org.uk or by post to 40 Caversham Road, Reading, RG1 7EB.

For more information about the group, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

 

Level Up Club, Reading

The club is open to young people aged 16 to 25 with autism spectrum conditions who live in Berkshire and is run by Kevin Jackson. We have places available for new members – please get in touch using the details below.

Meetings to play video and board games, including Pokemon TCG, are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, except August, between 2pm and 4pm, at Emmer Green Youth and Community Centre, Grove Road, Reading, RG4 8LN. There is a charge of £5 per person, per meeting.

Forthcoming sessions: July 6, July 20.

For more information about the group or to request an application form, call 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

The club is funded by the Earley Charity.

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197 Club, Reading

This club for adults with autism spectrum conditions and their parents/carers meets fortnightly in Reading, normally on Monday evenings. Every other meeting takes place at The Outlook pub, 76/78A Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BJ from 6.30pm-9.30pm. Venues for the other meetings vary and can include bowling arcades, restaurants or walks. The club’s co-ordinator is Kevin Jackson.

Forthcoming meetings:

Saturday, June 22: First summer walk. Meet at Starbucks in the Riverside area of The Oracle Centre at 11am.

Monday, July 1: The Outlook.

Monday, July 15: Bowling at Wokingham Super Bowl. Meet at venue from 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Monday, August 5: The Outlook.

Saturday, August 24: Second summer walk. Meet at Reading railway station at 11am to catch a train to Theale and then walk to the Cunning Man pub at Burghfield for lunch.

Monday, September 2: The Outlook.

Monday, September 16: Bowling at Wokingham Super Bowl. Meet at venue from 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Monday, October 7: The Outlook.

Monday, October 21: Try something different. Details to follow group discussion and decision.

Monday, November 4: The Outlook.

Monday, November 18: Bowling at Wokingham Super Bowl. Meet at venue from 6.30pm for 7pm start.

Monday, December 2: The Outlook.

Monday, December 16: Christmas Meal. Details to follow group discussion and decision.

For more information about the group, call 01189 594 594 or email 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

The 197 Club is funded by the Earley Charity.

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Hidden Pearls Group, Slough

This social group for adults with a diagnosis of high-functioning autism or Asperger’s meets fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at the Earl of Cornwall pub, in Cippenham Lane, Slough, SL1 2XN, from 7pm to 9pm.

The group’s co-ordinator is Sarah Brown. If you would like to become a member of Hidden Pearls or want more information, email her at sarah.brown@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 595 594.

Forthcoming meetings: June 25 (quiz evening), July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20.

The group is funded by the Slough SPACE project.

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Adult Social Group, Bracknell

This club for adults with autism spectrum conditions living in the Bracknell Forest area and their carers. It meets on Monday evenings (except bank holidays) from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Willows and Maples Children’s Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, RG42 1TU.

Forthcoming sessions: To be advised.

For more information, call 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

Activities for Children and Young People

Reading Games Club

This club for children aged eight to 15 with an autism spectrum condition diagnosis, or on the CAMHS waiting list for an autism assessment, and their siblings, meets twice a month in Reading.

It gives children the chance to make friends, play board games and video games and take part in other activities, including table tennis, table football, art and crafts, or use the outdoor play equipment.

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month (except for school holidays), between 2pm and 4pm, at Emmer Green Youth and Community Centre, Grove Road, Reading, RG4 8LN. There is a charge of £5 per child, per meeting.

Forthcoming sessions: June 22, July 13.

Please note that because the club is funded by Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council as part of their Short Breaks programmes, we can only offer new places to children who are residents of the two borough council areas. Contact the Autism Berkshire office using the details below for more information about the eligibility criteria.

For more information about the club, call 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

If you would like to register your child/children for the Games Club, please click here to complete our online registration form. When places become available we will contact families on the waiting list to discuss their child’s support needs and ensure the club is suitable for them.

Trampolining

Autism Berkshire runs trampolining sessions for children and young people aged five to 17 with autism spectrum conditions in Reading and Bracknell, funded by the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

Classes are currently fully subscribed, but we are operating a waiting list. If you would like to put your child/children on the waiting list, please click here and complete the online registration form.

We will notify parents when places become available. If you are unable to complete the form online, please contact Sarah Brown at the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Sessions in Reading are held at Crosfields School, Shinfield Road, RG2 9BL, and Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Close, RG30 4BZ.

Summer Term dates:

Crosfields School Team A: June 29, July 13.

Crosfields School Team B: June 22, July 20.

Crosfields School Team C: June 15, June 29, July 13.

Crosfields School Team D: June 22, July 20.

Meadway Sports Centre: June 29, July 13.

Sessions in Bracknell are held at Bracknell Trampoline Centre, Coningsby, Bracknell, RG12 7BA. The centre is in the grounds of Brakenhale School.

Summer Term dates: June 23, July 7, July 21.

Our trampolining classes are funded by BBC Children in Need.

We recently asked parents if their children would be continuing to attend trampolining sessions and were delighted to get lots of complimentary comments about the classes, along with their responses. Here is a selection.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Autism Berkshire and Children in Need for the years that both my boys have benefited from trampolining. Rebound therapy has had enormously positive effects on both the boys and we count ourselves as very fortunate to have had access to these fantastic sessions.”

“This is just to confirm that G is loving the trampolining sessions, and that he would most definitely like to keep his spot. Many thanks for this, it’s made a real difference in his Saturdays!”

“Fantastic club and coaching. Thanks for getting us a place.”

“Yes, both C and D would like to continue with the trampolining – they both enjoy it a lot!”

“We would love to keep our place please. K still enjoys the club very much.”

“My son would like to continue attending the trampolining sessions at Crosfields. He really enjoys this activity and the tutoring he receives from Dugald.”

“R is enjoying trampolining and really keen to continue.”

Lego Club

The club is for children aged eight to 15 with an autism spectrum condition and meets at Woolhampton, in West Berkshire.

Sessions take place on Saturdays from 9.30am to 11.30am at Woolhampton Village Hall, in Bath Road, RG7 5RE. There is a charge of £5 per child, per session.

Forthcoming sessions: June 22, July 13.

Due to the club’s popularity, it is currently fully subscribed. We are operating a waiting list and will notify parents when places become available.

Click here to complete our online registration form to put your child’s name on the waiting list for a place. When places become available we will contact families on the waiting list to discuss their child’s support needs and ensure the club is suitable for them.

The club’s co-ordinator is Lisa Greetham, an experienced early years professional. For more information about Lego Club, please contact the office on 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

The Lego Club is funded by the Greenham Trust and the Edward Gostling Foundation.

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Bracknell CAYP Youth Group

The Bracknell Children and Young People Youth Group is for children and young people aged eight to 17 on the autism spectrum who live in the Bracknell Forest area and is funded by the East Berkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

It provides an opportunity for children to meet others in the same situation, make new friends and have fun. Activities at the group’s sessions include table tennis, arts, crafts and board games and the chance to play a range of Wii and Xbox games.

Meetings take place every Friday during school terms, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, at Willows and Maples Children’s Centre, Priestwood Court Road, off Windmill Road, Bracknell, RG42 1TU.

Forthcoming sessions: June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19.

For more information about the group, call 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

If you would like to register your child/children for the Bracknell CAYP Group, please click here to complete our online registration form. When places become available we will contact families on the waiting list to discuss their child’s support needs and ensure the club is suitable for them.

The Bracknell CAYP Youth Group is funded by the East Berkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and the Zurich Community Trust.

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Family Fun Days

Autism Berkshire arranges fun days for its members and their families in alternate months. These are usually held at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, in Taplow, near Maidenhead, SL6 0PR. What some of our members say about Family Fun Days The fun days give families the chance to relax and have fun in a safe, stimulating environment, specially designed for adults and children with special needs. The events are also a good opportunity to meet other parents and siblings of people living with autism.

There is lots to do indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather, with the facilities including a sandpit and other outdoor play equipment, bikes, a soft playroom, sensory room and art and craft activities. TVAP fun days run on Sundays from noon to 4pm. Families are invited to bring their own lunch and we provide drinks.

Please note that fun days are only open to Autism Berkshire members and their families, unless we have spare tickets available close to the date of the event.

If you are not a member, please join us to be able to book tickets. Click here for details of membership.

2019 Fun Days: August 4, September 22, November 24.

We will notify members online and in our email newsletter when we open bookings for tickets.

We always need volunteers to help set up before and clear up after the fun days. If you are able to help, please contact the office.

  • For more information about the facilities at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, see www.tvap.co.uk