If you or someone you know has a disability, it can sometimes be difficult to find support services nearby where you can connect with others in similar situations. The East Berkshire area has a number of services available for both children and adults with disabilities, all of which give people the chance to make new friends, talk to others, or to play and develop. Many of these services are outlined at www.ableize.com where you will find links to websites, groups and clubs dedicated to social and sports activities for disabled people.
Services include support for families, advice and guidance for adults with disabilities, volunteering services, training and recruitment, and social activities. Some of the main services in the East Berkshire area include:
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES EAST BERKSHIRE – SUPPORT FOR PARENTS
Autism Berkshire – Provides support, help and information specifically to parents of autistic children. Their services include leisure activities and events, and a sensory toy loaning service. Activities are arranged for all ages and can include things such as trampolining, a Lego Club, and regular fun days to a variety of UK attractions. The group also offers free courses and workshops for families to learn more about living with autism.
East Berkshire Down’s Syndrome – This group organises regular social gatherings and meetings for parents of children with Down’s Syndrome to get together and learn more about local support services. they hold regular events in the local area including things like sponsored fundraising activities, Christmas parties, and day trips.
Parenting Special Children – This registered local charity based in Reading offers a wide range of support and advice services for parents of children with special needs. The type of support they offer includes a diagnosis support service, parenting programmes, and a sleep service.
Peapods – A parent-led charity aimed at providing support and social activities to parents of children with physical disabilities in the Berkshire area. They host a regular Saturday club every second Saturday of the month where parents and children can get involved in a wide array of activities such as crafts, cooking, play, games and music. Other regular events can be found on their website.
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES EAST BERKSHIRE – SOCIAL AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES
Berkshire Vision – Activities, advice and support groups for people who are blind or visually impaired. Services include home visits child and family support, an 18-35 social group, activity programmes, and sports clubs.
Get Berkshire Active: Disability Sport – Sporting activities for young and old with sensory, physical and learning difficulties, allowing equal access to sport and physical activity across Berkshire. Their website includes an Activity Finder so that you can search for an activity near you. You can find a wide range of activities including football, Nordic walking Aikido, netball, and trampolining.
SportsAble – Another charity providing a real array of sporting activities for people with any form of disablility. Their selection of activities is huge, but includes archery, table tennis, water sports, and Boccia. This is an award-winning charity based in Berkshire, who have provided the UK with some of its top Paralympians.
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES EAST BERKSHIRE – CHILDREN AND ADULTS
ENRYCH Berkshire – This charity focuses on allowing people with a disability to reach their potential by developing their knowledge and skills and accessing learning opportunities. They also assist with access to leisure and social activities in the local area.
Windsor Mencap – Provides social activities and support groups for people with disabilities of all ages, their families and carers, dedicated to the promotion of equality for people with special needs.
All of the services named above are open to everyone needing support or advice. If a service does not quite give what you need, most will be able to point you in the right direction. Speak to your GP, or contact a charity such as Scope or Mencap who can give you further direction on disability services in East Berkshire.