Upcoming Events

12Oct

Local Offer Live 2019

St Crispin’s Leisure Centre, London Road, Wokingham, RG40 1SR

SEND Voices Wokingham (formerly REACH Wokingham) in Partnership with Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network and Places Leisure are hosting the Local Offer Live 2019 - Family Information & Fun Day, on Saturday 12th October 2019, 11am - 3pm at St Crispin's Leisure Centre, London Road, Wokingham RG40 1SR. This event has previously been know as the CAN Day.


This event is open anyone living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child or young person with any special educational need or disability (SEND), including those who are on waiting lists for diagnoses. It is FREE to attend. On the day there will be numerous information stalls where parents and carers can find out more about support, services and activities that are available locally to help families who have a child with SEND. There will also be representative from Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network, ASSIST, SEN and DCT attending as well as CAMHS from Health.


Your FREE ticket can be booked here: LOL 2019. Please book a ticket for everyone from your family attending, including children/young people.


There will also be activities to keep the children entertained including Quirks Animal Roadshow, martial arts (timings TBC), face painting, trampolines*, bouncy castle*, sports activities*, and a climbing wall* (* there will be a booking system available on the day for these activities and availability will be limited). Tea, coffee, squash and cake will also available (and we will be happy to refill your own personal reusable cup or bottle).


Keep up to date with what is happening on the day via our Facebook page: SendVoicesWokingham

11.00am - 3.00pm

Events Archive

20Jul

Membership/Max Card Collections

Our House (BFTF), Toutley Rd, Wokingham RG41 1QN

Saturday 20/7/19 at Our House BFTF, Toutley Rd, Wokingham RG41 1QN. 11-1pm (physical disability session) 3 - 5 PM (ASD session)

Please remeber to bring your childs proof of disability

No need to attend the sessions you can just drop in and collect your card
11:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 17.00
17Jul

Membership/Max Card Collections

The Acorn Community Centre, Fernlea Drive, Woosehill, Wokingham RG41 3DR

Max Card collection and registration evening this Wednesday 17th July, 7-9pm at The Acorn Community Centre, (meeting room 3), Fernlea Dr, Woosehill, Wokingham RG41 3DR (behind Morrisons). Don't forget to bring proof of disability. Sarah and Terri will look forward to meeting you there!


19.00 - 21.00
15Jul

​OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLECTING MAX CARDS

Woodley Airfield Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX

Helen will be at the ASD family Help Coffee Morning on Monday 15th from 10.30 - 12 and then Sarah will be at the same venue from 12.30 - 2.30pm during the ASSIST drop in.

Location - Woodley Airfield Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX

10.30- 12/ 12.30 - 2.30
29Jun

Membership Day & Max Card Collection

Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Haddon Drive, RG5 4LY.

Come along to our membership day on Saturday 29th June, 2.00 –4.00pm at Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Haddon Drive, RG5 4LY. Find out more about what SEND Voices Wokingham do, sign up for membership and collect your FREE Max Card*

Membership to SEND Voices Wokingham is FREE and open to any parent carer living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child aged 0-25 years old with ANY Special Educational Need or Disability. Members will receive email updates on events, training courses, consultations,surveys and information. All member will also receive a FREE Max Card*. Proof of your child's SEND will be required to collect your card. Full details on our information sheet:Max Card Information sheet. or you can email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk for more information.

Already a members (including members of REACH Wokingham)? You can also collect your Max Cards on 29th June. Max Cards will also be available at other SEND Voices Wokingham events throughout the year. Dates of these will be advertised on our website and social media.

*The Max Card is the UK's leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs age 0-19. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission http://www.mymaxcard.co.uk/. Proof of SEND will be requested to collect your Max Card. (proof can include EHCP, DLA, diagnosis letter, Blue Badge, letter from health or social care professional, letter from education. If you don’t have any of these, we have a Proof of SEND form, which you can get signed by health, education or social care professional)

2.00pm - 4.00pm
29Apr

Coffee Morning

St Paul’s Parish Rooms, 32 Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

Please join us for tea or coffee, cake and a chat.

We will be joined by Kate Egginton, the Associate Director of Nursing – Children & Young People at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Kate would love to hear from parents about communication between the hospital and young people what is working and how things can be improved.

No need to book, just turn up and share your experience

10am - 12 noon
25Mar

Steve Broach, Disabled Children & Young People: The Law in a Day

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Rd, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JZ

REACH Wokingham are very pleased to host Steve Broach. Steve is a public lawyer who advises and represents individuals, charities, companies and public authorities. He has particular interest and expertise in health, education and social care, with a focus on disability and children's rights cases. Steve has successfully challenged a number of funding cuts to public services in recent cases involving West Berkshire (short breaks for disabled children), Bristol (special educational needs provision) and Northamptonshire (libraries). More information about Steve can be found here: Steve Broach

In this training session Steve will cover the key legal duties in relation to health, education and social care for children and young people aged 0-25. Issues covered will include social care assessments and rights to short breaks and other services, Education Health and Care needs assessments and plans and the rights of children with complex health needs. Steve will also cover broader issues of general relevance, such as discrimination law and duties around fair consultation.

This FREE session is very interactive and there will be lots of opportunities for people to ask general questions, although Steve cannot advise on individual cases during the training. You do not need any previous knowledge of SEND Law, but MUST BE the parent carer of a child/young person aged 0-25 years with SEND and live in the Wokingham Borough.

Tickets MUST BE booked in advance via Eventbrite: Steve Broach: The Law in a Day

A buffet lunch will be provided. Please email Terri at reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk if you have any dietary requirements.


09:45 - 14:30
06Mar

Consultation on WBC 0 - 25 SEND Strategy 2019-2022 & REACH Wokingham AGM 2019

Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham, RG40 1JY

Wokingham Borough Council are currently consulting on their new draft strategy for supporting children & young people with special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) 2019-2022.


A link to the on-line consultation and new strategy can be found here: Special educational needs and disability strategy consultation

The strategy has been produced by WBC, other public service partners and schools in the first instance and now they would like to hear the views of parents and carers. Paul Doherty the newly appointed permanent Wokingham Borough Council Assistant Director Education will be joining us to talk to parents about the new draft strategy.

A sandwich & fries buffet, tea and coffee will be available from 7.30 - 7.45pm (please advise us of any special dietary requirements)
Links to the Agenda for the 2019 AGM and documents from our last AGM are here:
19:30 - 22:00
14Nov

Evening Drop In

St Paul's Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

Come to our evening drop in and discuss important matters

No need to book, just come along to this FREE event today.

20:00 - 21:30
16Oct

Parent Care Rep Training

St Paul's Parish Rooms, St Paul's Church, London Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

St Paul's Parish Rooms, St Paul's Church, London Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

10:00 - 14:00
09Oct

SENDIASS Focus Group

Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Haddon Drive, Woodley, Reading RG5 4LY
Information goes here www.reachwokingham.com
10:00 - 23:30
22Sep

Local Offer Live (formerly knowns as CAN Day) - Family Information & Fun Day

St Crispins Leisure Centre, London Rd, Wokingham RG40 1RE

It’s nearly here…….the Local Offer Live 2018 Family Information & Fun Day. We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday and just wanted to share some information about the day.

The following INFORMATION STANDS are planning to attend:

Parenting Special Children, Healthwatch, Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap, Peapods, Me 2 Club, Optalis, CAN Network, ASSIST, DCT/Bridges, Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service, ASD Family Help, Dingley’s Promise, SportsAble, SEND carers United, Camp Mohawk, REACH Wokingham, SENDIASS , Berkshire Deaf Children’s Society, REMAP, CAMHS , RADIS Community Care, Berkshire Carers Hub, Voyage Care, New Hope Academy plus a stand with information from providers who are not able to attend in person.

More details about the services that each of the stand holders provide can be found on our website link: Providers Information

A layout of St Crispins Leisure Centre and what can be found where is also available on our website link here: St Crispins Layout

FOR THE CHILDREN

Trampolines and bouncy castle (a booking system will operate for both these activities), face painting, climbing wall (outside), Lu’s Owls (outside 11am – 2pm), tennis (outside 11 am – 3 pm), sports (outside), creche open to all ages, (this year moved to much larger room, Studio 1, 11am – 3 pm) and hopefully the fire engine! We will also have a small quiet room this year for anyone who needs some time out.

A collection of photos showing what will be at the Local Offer Live can be found on our website link : What will be at the Local Offer Live?

REFRESHEMENTS

Teas, coffees, squash and cake will be available. Please feel free to bring a packed lunch with you.

Local Offer Live 2018

Once again REACH Wokingham in Partnership with Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network are hosting the Local Offer Live – Family Information & Fun Day, on Saturday 22nd September 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm at St Crispins Leisure Centre, Wokingham. This event has previously been know as the Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Day.

As always there will be lots of activities to keep the children entertained including Lu’s Owls, trampolining, bouncy castle, face painting, tennis and climbing wall. This event is FREE of charge. Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Local Offer Live 2018 or emailing reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk. Please book a ticket for each person in your family attending.

Also there will be lots of information stalls where you can find out more about services, support and activities that are available locally as well as members of Wokingham Borough Council on hand to answer your questions.

This event is open to anyone living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child or young person with a special educational need or disability, you do not have to be a member of REACH Wokingham or the CAN Network to come along, so please feel free to pass this on to others who may want to come.

11:00-16:00
14Sep

Coffee Morning

Bridges Resource Centre, 109 Colemansmoor Road, Woodley, RG5 4DA

Please join us for tea or coffee, cake and a chat.

No need to book, just turn up and share your experience with other parents in the borough.

We are particularly keen to hear about your Short Breaks experiences over the summer holidays.
David Green (Short Breaks Manager WBC) is planning to join us to answer your questions.

10:00-12:00
28Feb

REACH Wokingham Consultation on SEND Services in Wokingham & AGM

Bearwood Lakes Golf Club Bearwood Road Wokingham RG41 4SJ

We know that the Local Area OFSTED inspection is likely to happen in the next few months. We want to ensure that we collect the views of as many parents as possible so that when OFSTED come, even if you cannot make it to the actual OFSTED meetings, we know your experiences and views. Therefore we invite parent carers of children with SEND in the Wokingham borough to come along and share their views on the SEND services provided by the council, health and education in the borough.

Steve Nyakatawa (SEN/Inclusion Transformation Consultant for Wokingham Borough Council) will talk about the SEND Local Area (OFSTED) Inspection and share the headlines from their SEND self-evaluation (how well they think they are doing)

A sandwich & fries buffet , tea and coffee will be available from 7.30 – 7.45pm (please advise us of any special dietary requirements)

Please book your FREE place by Monday 19th February on the Eventbrite link here: Consultation on SEND Services or by emailing: reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk.

Links to the Agenda for the 2018 AGM and documents from our last AGM are here:
REACH Wokingham are looking for new parent carers to join the steering committee. We meet once a month (except August) for a couple of hours in the evening to discuss issues and how we might progress these with the relevant authorities. We attend meetings with Wokingham Borough Council and the NHS to represent parents views (we will train and support you to do this). We also organise events such as the Local Offer Live and run consultation on issues such School Transport and SEND Services in the Local Area.
Any nominations for the committee, including Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, must be made to the REACH Wokingham Secretary by Wednesday 21st February 2018.
Please complete the nomination form and return it to reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk.
19:30-22:00
01Feb

IPSEA Foundation SEND Law training session for parent carers

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JZ

REACH Wokingham – IPSEA Foundation SEND law training session for parent carers

at the Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JZ

on Thursday 1st February 2018, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm.

REACH Wokingham are hosting an IPSEA Foundation SEND law training session for Wokingham Borough Parent carers. This training will provide parent carers of children & young people with all types of special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) with an introduction to the law relating to the education & training of children & young people with SEND.

COURSE: FOUNDATION SEND LAW ONE DAY TRAINING

Summary: This one day introductory level course is aimed specifically at parents and aims to provide them with an overview of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (“SEN”). The course will provide information on the law, guidance, policy and practice and but also aims to show parents how they can begin to use the law to gain support for their child with SEN.The course relates to the law as it applies in England. This is a condensed one day course specifically tailored to parent groups and is delivered during school friendly hours.

More details of the course content can be found on the IPSEA website here: IPSEA SEND Training

You do not need any previous knowledge of SEND Law, but must be the parent carer of a child aged 0-25 years with SEND and live in the Wokingham Borough.

REACH Wokingham are pleased to be able to offer this course at a highly subsidised cost of £10 per person which will include a buffet lunch & refreshments. IPSEA do offer this training courses to parent carers in their London office costing £65 and excluding train fare. The day will run between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Parking is available opposite the centre at the Headley Road pay & display car park, or at Woodford Park Leisure Centre (off Haddon Drive) free of charge, a short walk through the park to The Oakwood Centre

Maximum number of places available on the course is 35, so booking is essential. To book a place and for payment details please email: reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk

9:30-14:30
30Sep

Local Offer Live (formerly known as CAN day) - Family Information & Fun Day

St Crispins Leisure Centre, London Rd, Wokingham RG40 1RE

Once again REACH Wokingham in Partnership with Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network are hosting the Local Offer Live – Family Information & Fun Day, on Saturday 30th September 2017. This event has previously been know as the Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Day.

As always there will be lots of activities to keep the children entertained including Quirk’s Animal Roadshow, trampolining, bouncy castle, sports activities and a climbing wall as well as a crèche. The event is FREE of charge. Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Local Offer Live 2017. Please book a ticket for each person in your family attending.

Also there will be lots of information stalls where you can find out more about services and activities that are available locally as well as members of Wokingham Borough Council giving an update on the new Short Breaks Statement and introduction of direct payments.

This event is open to anyone living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child or young person with a special educational need or disability, you do not have to be a member of REACH Wokingham or the CAN Network to come along, so please feel free to pass this on to others who may want to come.

11:00-16:00