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.

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

  • The weekly meetings of the group are funded by a grant from the Worshipful Company of Grocers.
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  • Some of the group’s outings and special activities are supported by the Louis Baylis Trust, which makes grants to local good causes from the profits of the Maidenhead Advertiser and Windsor and Slough Express newspapers. Click here for more details of the trust’s work.
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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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel the meeting of the Level Up Club due to take place on Saturday, September 21.
We apologise for any disappointment.
Forthcoming sessions: October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, December 7, December 21.

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 and the Worshipful Company of Grocers.

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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:

Monday, October 7: The Outlook.

Monday, October 21: Meal at Pizza Hut on the Riverside level of The Oracle shopping centre in Reading. Meet at 7pm

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 and the Worshipful Company of Grocers.

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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: October 1, October 15, October 29, November 12, November 26, December 10 (Christmas meal).

The group is funded by the Slough SPACE project.

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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 who are educated in mainstream settings, 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 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: September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23, December 14.

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.

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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.

Autumn Term dates:

Crosfields School Team A: September 28, October 12, November 9, November 23, December 7, December 21.

Crosfields School Team B: September 21, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14.

Crosfields School Team C: September 28, October 12, November 9, November 23, December 7, December 21.

Crosfields School Team D: September 21, October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, November 30, December 14.

Meadway Sports Centre: September 21, October 5, October 26, November 2, November 16, November 30.

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

Autumn Term dates: September 15, September 29, October 13, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8.

Our trampolining sessions for children and teenagers are funded by a grant from BBC Children in Need.

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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 six 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: September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23, December 14.

If you would like to register your child/children for the Lego Club, Click here to complete our online registration form. One of our team will contact families to discuss their child’s support needs and ensure that 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 who are educated in mainstream settings.

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 fortnightly on Fridays 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.

  • Please note that due to renovation work taking place at the Willows & Maples Children’s Centre from mid-September until mid-November, CAYP sessions until the work is completed will be taking place at alternative venues. Full details will be sent to parents and carers.

Forthcoming sessions: Dates and venues to be advised.

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: September 22, November 24.

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

Bookings for the event on September 22 are now open. We will be holding our AGM during this event. Information about how to book was sent to members in an e-newsletter on September 5 and a reminder message on September 18.

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