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 monthly autism-friendly swimming sessions in Reading and 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, 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, 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:

2018: April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18, September 1, September 15, October 6, October 20, November 3, November 17, December 1, December 15.

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, April 23: The Slug & Lettuce, Riverside Level, The Oracle Centre, Reading. 7pm-9pm.

Monday, May 14: The Outlook. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Monday, May 21: Bowling at Wokingham Super Bowl. 7pm-9.30pm. Meet at the venue from 6.30pm.

Monday, June 4: The Outlook. 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Saturday, June 23: First summer walk, Reading to Burghfield. Meet at Starbucks in The Oracle Centre at 11am.

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 Forest area.

For more information and to register to join the group, 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 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 (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.

2018: April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 14, July 28, September 8, September 22, October 13, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8.

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.

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.

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 Games Club, please click here to download a registration form.

One you have completed the form, email it to contact@autismberkshire.org.uk. Please remember to include a recent passport-style, head and shoulders picture of your child. Alternatively, you can post completed forms and photographs to the Autism Berkshire office in Reading.

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, when the lights and music are turned down, take place once a month, on Saturdays at 4pm, at Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ, and are funded by Children in Need.

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.

Due to building work at the leisure centre, sessions are currently suspended. Dates for future swimming sessions will be posted here once available.

For more information about our family swimming sessions or if you have problems booking online, call 01189 594 594 or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

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.

If you would like to register your child/children for trampolining, please click here to download a registration form.

One you have completed the form, email it to admin@autismberkshire.org.uk. Alternatively, you can post completed forms to the Autism Berkshire office in Reading.

Classes are currently fully subscribed, but we are operating a waiting list and will offer places to children when they become available.

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

Summer Term 2018 dates:

Crosfields School Team A: April 21, May 5, May 19, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21.

Crosfields School Team B: April 28, May 12, May 26, June 16, June 30, July 14.

Meadway Sports Centre: May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14.

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

Summer Term 2018 dates:

April 29, May 13, May 27, June 10, July 1, July 15.

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.

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.

2018: April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 14, July 28.

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

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. The group coordinator is Garrick Rahal.

Forthcoming sessions:

2018: April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20.

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 download a registration form.

One you have completed the form, email it to contact@autismberkshire.org.uk. Please remember to include a recent passport-style, head and shoulders picture of your child. Alternatively, you can post completed forms and photographs to the Autism Berkshire office in Reading.

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

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.

Forthcoming sessions:

2018: To be advised.

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

If you would like to register your child/children for the Slough Youth Group, please click here to download a registration form.

One you have completed the form, email it to contact@autismberkshire.org.uk. Please remember to include a recent passport-style, head and shoulders picture of your child. Alternatively, you can post completed forms and photographs to the Autism Berkshire office in Reading.

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

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

If you would like to register your child/children for the Windsor & Maidenhead Youth Group, please click here to download a registration form.

One you have completed the form, email it to contact@autismberkshire.org.uk. Please remember to include a recent passport-style, head and shoulders picture of your child. Alternatively, you can post completed forms and photographs to the Autism Berkshire office in Reading.

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 on the first and third Saturdays of each month (except during the main school holidays), between 1.15pm and 3.15pm, at Wokingham Youth Centre, 35 Reading Road, RG41 1EG.

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

If you would like to register your child/children for the Wokingham Youth Group, please click here to download a registration form.

One you have completed the form, email it to contact@autismberkshire.org.uk. Please remember to include a recent passport-style, head and shoulders picture of your child. Alternatively, you can post completed forms and photographs to the Autism Berkshire office in Reading.

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. If you are not a member, please join us before booking tickets. Click here for details of membership.
Fun days in 2018 will take place on the following dates:
  • June 3
  • August 5
  • October 14
  • November 25

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

For more details, or if you have difficulty booking online or have not received the members’ newsletter, call 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

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