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Friday Lunch Break will run until summer

Parents and carers of autistic children and young people in Berkshire will be able to continue to get instant advice and chat at our free Friday Lunch Break online get-togethers until the summer. The Friday Lunch Break was launched during the coronavirus lockdown at the start of 2021 and proved so popular that we secured extra funding
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197 Club gets set to resume group get-togethers

With leisure venues and pubs starting to reopen under the Government’s roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown, Autism Berkshire’s Reading-based 197 Club for autistic adults and their parents/carers will resume some group activities from June. These will be combined with further online catch-up and quiz sessions, using Zoom. Subject to updates to the Government guidance
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Supporting you and your family through the summer

Autism Berkshire’s advice and support services for autistic people and their families will still be available during the July and August summer holiday period. Our Helpline service will be available to provide advice about autism and related matters, including challenging behaviour, food refusal and sleep, and signposting to specialist support services for issues including education and
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Online advice to form regular part of support services

As a result of our experiences of providing workshops, virtual Home Visits and other support online during the coronavirus pandemic, we are planning to offer them in future alongside face-to-face services. A number of the people taking part have told us that, due to normal family or work commitments, they found it difficult to access
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Coronavirus: Contact DWP if you get benefits review forms

Our Benefits Service is advising anyone who receives forms in the post about a benefit reassessment during the coronavirus lockdown to contact the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) straight away. Although reassessments for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP, Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) and heath checks for Universal Credit have been
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Coronavirus: Join online autism workshops and support groups

Autism Berkshire is launching a programme of online autism advice workshops and support groups to help parents and carers and their families while the coronavirus shutdown continues. The new online services that will be available from Monday, April 20, include bite-sized versions of our regular autism advice workshops about Meeting Sensory Needs and Managing Anger, using
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Coronavirus: Benefits Service still here to help online and by phone

Our Benefits Service advisers Kevin Jackson and Carrie Steers are still available to help autistic people and their families with applications and appeals during the coronavirus shutdown. As they cannot meet clients face-to-face at our office in Reading or at Shelter’s office in Slough for the time being, they are offering advice by phone and
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