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 relaxation classes in the east of the county 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 Pokemon and Level Up Club, where the focus is on video and board games.

Parents and carers in Bracknell, Slough and Windsor & Maidenhead can take a break at our deep relaxation classes.

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 every Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm at The Bear pub, 8-10 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1QJ. Helen Harris is the coordinator of this group.

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

Level Up Club for Young Adults, 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.

Meetings to play video and board games, including Pokemon TCG, are held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, 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. See the events calendar for the dates of forthcoming meetings.

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 DM Thomas Foundation for Young People and the Ironmongers’ Company.

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. Venues for the other meetings vary and can include bowling arcades, restaurants or walks. The club is run by Kevin Jackson.

Forthcoming meetings:

Monday, March 20: Bowling and Pool at Wokingham Superbowl. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Monday, April 3: Meet at The Outlook. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Monday, April 17: Meal out, venue to be decided. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Monday, May 8: Meet at The Outlook. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Monday, May 22: Bowling and Pool at Wokingham Superbowl. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

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

 

Adult Social Group, Bracknell

This club for adults with autism spectrum conditions meets every Monday evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Willows and Maples Children’s Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, RG42 1TU.

Garrick Rahal coordinates the group, which is for residents of the Bracknell area and is funded by Bracknell Forest Council.

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

Bracknell Deep Relaxation class for parents and carers

These classes give parents and carers living in the Bracknell Forest area and looking after children and teenagers with autism aged five to 17 the opportunity to relax, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem and focus and improve flexibility.

The classes are led by Katia Cornwall, who is a certified deep relaxation yoga nidra teacher, who works with adults and autistic adults using deep relaxation techniques to improve their outlook on life.

Classes are suitable for all abilities, involving lying on mats with a pillow and blanket (please bring your own) while being guided into relaxation.

They are funded by the Bracknell and Ascot NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Sessions take place on Tuesdays from 12.45pm to 1.45pm at the Apple Physiotherapy Studio, Royal Berkshire Health & Racquets Club, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7PB.

Future sessions are yet to be arranged.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Slough Deep Relaxation class for parents and carers

These classes give parents and carers living in Slough and looking after children and teenagers with autism aged five to 17 the opportunity to relax, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem and focus and improve flexibility.

The classes are led by Katia Cornwall, who is a certified deep relaxation yoga nidra teacher, who works with adults and autistic adults using deep relaxation techniques to improve their outlook on life.

Classes are suitable for all abilities, involving lying on mats with a pillow and blanket (please bring your own) while being guided into relaxation.

They are funded by the Slough NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Sessions take place on Fridays from 9.30am to 10.30am at the Copthorne Hotel Slough, 400 Cippenham Lane, SL1 2YE

Future sessions are yet to be arranged.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Windsor & Maidenhead Deep Relaxation class for parents and carers

These classes give parents and carers living in Windsor & Maidenhead and looking after children and teenagers with autism aged five to 17 the opportunity to relax, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem and focus and improve flexibility.

The classes are led by Katia Cornwall, who is a certified deep relaxation yoga nidra teacher, who works with adults and autistic adults using deep relaxation techniques to improve their outlook on life.

Classes are suitable for all abilities, involving lying on mats with a pillow and blanket (please bring your own) while being guided into relaxation.

They are funded by the Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Sessions take place on Mondays from 9.30am to 10.30am at the Apple Physiotherapy Studio, Essex Lodge, 69 Osborne Road, Windsor, SL4 3EQ.

Future sessions are yet to be arranged.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@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 ASC 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, 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.

Please note that because the club is funded by Reading Borough Council as part of its Short Breaks programme, we can only offer new places to Reading residents.

We currently have a number of places available, so please get in touch to register, using the contact details below.

Advance booking is essential and places are limited. Bookings can be made up to two sessions in advance at club meetings or via the Autism Berkshire office.

The next session will be on March 25.

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

Family Swimming

You do not need to be a member of Autism Berkshire to take part and sessions are open to families living with autism throughout Berkshire.

These one-hour sessions take place once a month, usually alternating between Saturdays at 4pm and Sundays at 4.15pm, at Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ, and are funded by Children in Need.

Saturday, April 8; Sunday, May 7; Saturday, June 3; Sunday, July 2; Saturday, August 5; Sunday, September 3.

Advance booking is essential and places are limited. Please ensure you provide details of how many adults and children will be attending each session to ensure sufficient lifeguards are on duty.

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

Trampolining

Autism Berkshire runs trampolining sessions for children and young people aged four to 18 with autism spectrum conditions in Reading, Bracknell and Maidenhead, funded by the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

Classes are currently fully subscribed, but we are operating a waiting list and will offer places to children when they become available. Please call 01189 594 594 or email trampolining@autismberkshire.org.uk if you would like to get your child’s name on the list.

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

Spring Term 2017 dates:

Crosfields School Team A: Saturdays March 25 and April 8.

Crosfields School Team B: Saturdays March 18 and April 1.

Meadway Sports Centre: Saturdays March 25 and April 8.

Sessions in Bracknell are held at Bracknell Trampoline Centre, Brakenhale School, Coningsby, Bracknell, RG12 7BA.

Spring Term 2017 dates:

Dates for summer term sessions are being arranged.

Sessions in Maidenhead are held at the Magnet Leisure Centre, Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW.

Please note that that sessions in Maidenhead are suspended while we find a replacement coach.

Lego Club

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

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.

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

March 25, April 22, May 13 and May 27, June 24, July 8 and 22, September 9 and 23, October 14, November 11 and November 25 and December 9.

Please note that the session planned for Saturday, April 8, has been cancelled due to staffing issues as a result of the Easter holiday. We apologise for any disappointment.

For more information about Lego Club and to put your child’s name on the waiting list, please contact the coordinator, Jo Roberts, on 07907 464440 or email jo@autismberkshire.org.uk

Bracknell CAYP Group

The group is for children and young people aged nine to 18 on the autism spectrum who live in the Bracknell Forest area and is funded by Bracknell Forest Council.

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. There are also two group excursions each year.

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. The group coordinator is Garrick Rahal.

2017 sessions: March 17, March 24 and March 31.

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

Bracknell Relaxation class for children aged 5 to 17

These classes give children and teenagers with autism, or who are on the CAMHS waiting list for assessment, the opportunity to relax, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem and focus.

They are led by Katia Cornwall, who is a certified yoga and deep relaxation teacher. She has been working with children and young people with autism for more than 10 years and uses a variety of techniques, including breathing, body movements, mindfulness and visualisation.

Children’s classes combine one-to-one and group work for children with similar abilities, teaching strategies for relaxing at times of stress.

One-to-one sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents will be notified of timings when they book.

The classes are funded by the Bracknell and Ascot NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Sessions take place on Saturdays, from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Apple Physiotherapy Studio, Royal Berkshire Health & Racquets Club, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, RG12 7PB.

Future sessions are yet to be arranged.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Slough Youth Group

This group offers an opportunity for children and young people aged eight to 17 with autism spectrum conditions or who are on the waiting list for an assessment – and their siblings – to get together and enjoy activities including games, arts & crafts and drama.

The aim is to develop communication and social skills in a fun, playful and creative environment. 

The project is funded by the Slough Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Sessions are held fortnightly on Saturdays, between 2pm and 4pm, at Weekes Drive Community Centre, Weekes Drive, Cippenham, Slough, SL1 2YN.

Forthcoming sessions: March 18.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Slough Relaxation class for children aged 5 to 17

These classes give children and teenagers with autism, or who are on the CAMHS waiting list for assessment, the opportunity to relax, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem and focus.

They are led by Katia Cornwall, who is a certified yoga and deep relaxation teacher. She has been working with children and young people with autism for more than 10 years and uses a variety of techniques, including breathing, body movements, mindfulness and visualisation.

Children’s classes combine one-to-one and group work for children with similar abilities, teaching strategies for relaxing at times of stress.

One-to-one sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents will be notified of timings when they book.

They are funded by the Slough NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Sessions take place on Fridays between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at the Copthorne Hotel Slough, 400 Cippenham Lane, SL1 2YE.

Future sessions are yet to be arranged.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Windsor & Maidenhead Youth Group

This group offers an opportunity for children and young people aged eight to 17  with autism spectrum conditions or who are on the waiting list for an assessment – and their siblings – to get together and enjoy activities including games, arts & crafts and drama.

The aim is to develop communication and social skills in a fun, playful and creative environment.

This project is funded by the Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as part of its CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Sessions are held fortnightly on Tuesdays, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm, at Windsor Youth & Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

Forthcoming sessions: March 14, March 28.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Windsor & Maidenhead Relaxation class for children aged 5 to 17

These classes give children and teenagers with autism, or who are on the CAMHS waiting list for assessment, the opportunity to relax, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem and focus.

They are led by Katia Cornwall, who is a certified yoga and deep relaxation teacher. She has been working with children and young people with autism for more than 10 years and uses a variety of techniques, including breathing, body movements, mindfulness and visualisation.

These classes feature one-to-one sessions and group work for children with similar abilities, teaching strategies for relaxing at times of stress.

One-to-one sessions will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents will be notified of timings when they book.

They are funded by the Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead NHS Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the CAMHS Local Transformation Plan.

Sessions take place at Yoga for Harmony, 143 Arthur Road, Windsor, SL4 1RU.

Group sessions in 2017 will take place on the following Wednesdays, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm: March 15.

One-to-one sessions take place on the following Thursdays, from 4pm to 5pm: March 16 and March 23.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Wokingham Youth Group

This group offers an opportunity for children and young people aged eight to 17  with autism spectrum conditions or who are on the waiting list for an assessment – and their siblings – to get together and enjoy ball games, table tennis and pool, board games and art & craft activities.

The aim is to develop communication and social skills in a fun, playful and creative environment an make new friends. The group is led by Garrick Rahal, an experienced youth and support worker, who also runs our Bracknell CAYP Group.

This project is funded by Wokingham Borough Council’s Short Breaks scheme.

Sessions are held fortnightly on Saturdays, between 1.15pm and 3.15pm, at Wokingham Youth Centre, 35 Reading Road, RG41 1EG.

Forthcoming sessions: March 25.

For more information and to book, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

Family Fun Days

Autism Berkshire arranges fun days for members in alternate months.

These are usually held at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, in Taplow, near Maidenhead, SL6 0PR.

For World Autism Awareness Day 2017, on Sunday, April 2, we are holding a special event at Bucklebury Farm Park, in West Berkshire, RG7 6RR. Click here for more details of this event and to book tickets.

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 from noon to 4pm. Families are invited to bring their own lunch and we provide drinks.

Forthcoming fun days in 2017 will be on Sundays April 2, June 4, August 6, October 1 and November 19.

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

They can be booked online through Eventbrite.co.uk

For more details, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

We are also looking for 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