Leisure and Social Activities

Children can benefit from our trampolining sessions, which boost motor skills, fitness and social skills.

Autistic adults enjoy meeting up at our social groups, the 197 Club in Reading and the Bear With Me group, which meets in Maidenhead, and the Walk & Talk group.

Events for all the family are also available, with regular fun days for our members 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 autistic adults in Windsor and Maidenhead meets from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday evenings at The Bear pub, 8-10 High Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1QJ. Helen Harris is the co-ordinator.

Forthcoming special events:

Wednesday, July 29: The meeting will be a barbecue at Beech Lodge School, in Stubbings, just west of Maidenhead (postcode SL6 6QL) from 6.30pm to 9pm. Members will be asked for a £5 donation to help cover costs and should bring their own drinks.

Wednesday, August 24: Instead of a pub meeting, there will be a coach trip to the seaside at Bournemouth, with members of the 197 Club, leaving Maidenhead at 10am and returning at about 8pm.

NB: All prospective members of this group must be referred by a professional support worker where possible.

Referrals can be made by completing the online Bear With Me registration form.

If you prefer, you can download a 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 group’s activities are supported by Berkshire Community Foundation, the Shanly Foundation, the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and 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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197 Club, Reading

This club for autistic adults and their parents/carers meets fortnightly, normally on Monday evenings.

Due to the need to book tables at The Outlook and other venues, members are requested to tell Kevin Jackson in advance by email that they plan to attend sessions.

Forthcoming sessions:

Monday, July 4: The Outlook.

Monday, July 18: Bowling at Wokingham Superbowl. Meet in the reception area at the venue in Wellington Road, Wokingham, at 5.30pm.

Monday, August 1: The Outlook.

Saturday, August 13: Second summer walk. Meet at Reading railway station at 10am to catch train to Theale then walk to The Cunning Man pub for lunch.

Wednesday, August 24: Coach trip to Bournemouth with Bear With Me group. Details to follow.

Every other meeting normally 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.

For more information about the group and how to get involved, call 01189 594 594 or email the co-ordinator, Kevin Jackson, at 197club@autismberkshire.org.uk

The 197 Club is funded by the Earley Charity.

 

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Trampolining for older teenagers and young adults

Autism Berkshire runs trampolining sessions in Bracknell for older teenagers and young adults, aged 14 to 25, with autism spectrum conditions.

We are not currently registering new young people and adults for these sessions.

As trampolining places are in high demand, we will give priority to families who use our family support services, including autism advice workshops.

If you have any questions about our trampolining sessions, please email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a message.

  • Please note that a parent or carer of all 14 to 17-year-olds must stay throughout these classes, and that adults aged 18+ must also be accompanied by a parent or carer during classes in Bracknell.

Sessions in Bracknell are held at Bracknell Trampoline Centre, in Coningsby, Bracknell, RG12 7BA, from 5.15pm to 6.15pm or 6.15pm to 7.15pm on Sundays. The centre is in the grounds of Brakenhale School.

  • These classes are supported by a grant from Sport England.

Walk & Talk Group

This group for autistic adults who live in Berkshire meets fortnightly on weekdays. Helen Harris is the co-ordinator.

Current members of our Bear With Me and 197 Club social groups are welcome to take part in the walks, but if you have not previously used Autism Berkshire services, please register in advance to join the group by completing the online Walking Group registration form.

If you prefer, you can download a 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.

Forthcoming walks:

Tuesday, July 12: Dorney and the Jubilee River. Meet at 10am at Lake End Car Park, where Lake End Road crosses the Jubilee River (SL4 6QS).

NB: Please let Helen Harris know in advance that you plan to take part in a walk, or if you have to drop out, by emailing helen@autismberkshire.org.uk or text her on 07731 855377.

For more information about the group, contact Helen using the details above.

  • The Walk & Talk group is supported by the Shanly Foundation.

Activities for Children and Young People

Trampolining

Autism Berkshire runs trampolining sessions for children and young people aged five to 17 with autism spectrum conditions at venues in Reading and Bracknell, funded by the BBC Children in Need appeal.

Classes are currently fully subscribed.

As places are in high demand, we give priority to families who use our family support services, including autism advice workshops.

If you have any questions about our trampolining classes, please contact us on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

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

Forthcoming sessions: Families whose children are attending sessions will be notified direct about arrangements.

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

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Family Fun Days

Autism Berkshire arranges regular fun days for its members and service users and their families. These are held on Sundays at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, in Taplow, near Maidenhead, SL6 0PR. WATCH: 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 an 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.

Please note that fun days are only open to Autism Berkshire members and service users 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.

We will notify members and service users in email newsletters when we open bookings for fun day tickets.

We always need volunteers to help set up before and clear up after the fun days. If you are interested, please email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

  • For more information about the facilities at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, see https://tvap.org.uk/

Family fun days at TVAP are supported by the Arnold Clark Community Fund.