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Have your say in Reading Short Breaks consultation

Reading Families’ Forum is inviting parents and carers of children with disabilities or special needs, including autism spectrum conditions, to give their views on short breaks and respite care as part of a consultation by Reading Borough Council.

The Reading Short Breaks programme supports Autism Berkshire’s Games Club for 8 to 15-year-olds at Emmer Green Youth & Community Centre.

Dan Cook, the council’s children’s services commissioner, and Gina Carpenter, the children’s action team manager, will be at the forum’s next coffee evening, on Wednesday, June 29, to talk to parents and carers about current Short Breaks provision and what changes and improvements they would like to see in future.

The coffee evening, at Krazy Playdays, in Sterling Way, Tilehurst, runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, with the consultation session between 7pm and 8pm. Light refreshments will be available at the event, which is free of charge.

Qualified helpers will be available to supervise children, including siblings, so parents and carers can have their say in the consultation, but childcare places are limited. To book, please email or call/text 07516 185380.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to take part in the consultation, which closes on Wednesday, August 17, go to