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. We are also able to offering trampolining for young autistic adults aged up to 25, thanks to new funding

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.

NB: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have suspended the operation of all our leisure activities and will update families and autistic adults about when they will resume. See below for details of how members of the Bear With Mr social group in Maidenhead can still access activities and advice on Wednesday evenings.

 

Activities for Adults

Bear With Me Group, Maidenhead

Please note that meetings at the Bear pub are suspended. 

Members can take part in online sessions on Wednesday evenings and get advice and information by phone.

The first online session is a quiz on Wednesday, May 20, from 7pm. All members of the group have been invited to join in and will get updates about what activities are coming up for future sessions. To take part, they should email helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

Helen and Scott are also available to talk to members by telephone every Wednesday evening between 6.30pm and 7pm on the following numbers:

  • Helen: 07923 910108
  • Scott: 07923 910100

Group members can also get in touch with Helen by email at – helen@autismberkshire.org.uk

– 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.

Forthcoming sessions:

To be advised.

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:

To be advised.

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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Trampolining for older teenagers and young adults

Autism Berkshire is now running additional trampolining sessions in Reading and Bracknell for older teenagers and young adults, aged 14 to 25, with autism spectrum conditions.

Classes in Reading are currently fully subscribed, but we are operating a waiting list.

Click here to put your name on the waiting list for classes in Reading if you are aged 18+, or to put the name of a child aged 14 to 17 on the list.

Classes in Bracknell have places available.

Click here to register for classes in Bracknell if you are aged 18+, or want to register a child aged 14 to 17 for classes in Bracknell.

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 are unable to complete the form online or have any questions about our trampolining sessions, please contact Sarah Brown at the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

  • 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 Reading are held at Crosfields School, Shinfield Road, RG2 9BL, from 12.55pm to 1.55pm.

Crosfields School Team B: Saturdays March 28.

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. The centre is in the grounds of Brakenhale School.

These sessions are on Sundays: March 29.

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

 

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:

To be advised.

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.

The Reading Games Club is supported by Reading Lions Club and the Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation

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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, 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.

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

If you are unable to complete the form online or have any questions about our trampolining classes, please contact Sarah Brown at the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or email admin@autismberkshire.org.uk

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

Crosfields School Team A: March 21.

Crosfields School Team C: March 21.

Crosfields School Team D: March 28.

Meadway Sports Centre: To be advised.

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

March 22.

Our trampolining sessions for children 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:

2020: To be advised.

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 Berkshire Community Foundation and the Newbury Building Society community support scheme.

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 normally 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.

Forthcoming sessions: 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 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.

2020 Fun Days: Dates will be available soon.

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

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