Information for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)

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Helpful information for parents and carers with a children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Special educational needs and disabilities updates

Read our Special educational needs and disabilities news updates.

Use of Personal Assistants, Direct Payment Workers and Agencies during COVID-19

Read our guidance on the use of Personal Assistants, Direct Payment workers and agencies during COVID-19. Covering the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), practical considerations and other advice so that short breaks undertaken in this way can happen safely.

Activities and groups

Find local Groups

For further clubs and activities search the Local Offer directory

Parks and nature reserve

Go to our parks, play areas and open spaces around the Wokingham Borough directory listing to view a map of local parks and nature reserves.

Free online counselling for young people aged 11-18 years

Free online counselling

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Wokingham with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors.

On Kooth you can:

  • Chat to our friendly counsellors
  • Read articles written by young people
  • Get support from the Kooth community
  • Write in a daily journal

For further information and how to access the service go to the Kooth website.

Find out how Kooth can help you by watching the video below 

Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people from XenZone on Vimeo.

Watch the Kooth Chat video

Kooth - Chat from XenZone on Vimeo.

Molehill Mountain – an app to help autistic people with anxiety

Molehill Mountain smartphone app aiming to help autistic adults understand and self-manage their own anxiety. The app has been developed by UK research charity Autistica and researchers at King’s College London with input from autistic people.

Further information about the App can be found on the King’s College London website.

Support for parents and carers

School Nurse Advice and Support Line 

Berkshire Healthcare is launching a new school nursing advice and support line for children, young people and their families, to offer health advice and referral into the service for on-going support if needed. The line will be available from 9am until 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

You can access this service by dialing 0118 931 2111 and selecting ‘Option 4’ to speak to a School Nurse from our team.

Local carer support services

Wiggly Worms

Support from family worker for families of children 0-5 with a diagnosis of ASD or waiting for an assessment. Contact Brambles service by phone 07900 071 017

Training for parents and carers

Digley Promise - children under 5

Dingley Promise offer support to families who have a child aged between 0 and 5.

For information on the support they provide visit the Dingley Promise website.

Autism Berkshire

Autism Berkshire a various of online workshops including support around benefits, transition, sleep difficulties, food refusal and more.

For dates of workshops and to register to take part, visit the Autism Berkshire web page.

Parenting Special Children

Parenting special children are running workshops and events:

For dates and to book a place on a workshop visit the Parenting Special Children website

The Autism Group

The Autism Group are running workshops and events.

For details of the workshops and how to book your placce go to the autism group website calendar.

Contact for families with disabled children

Contact have adaped their workshops to be online, visit their website for further information.

Cost of living help

If you are struggling to pay for food, energy bills and other household essentials, help is available. If you have children using Free School Meals you could get additional support in the school holidays. Go to our cost of living help web section.

Citzens Advice - One front Door

Visit the Citzens Advice Wokingham website for advice and information on welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment law or helping to access services from other charities and services in the Borough.

Wokingham Charity and Community Hub

Find out what the Wokingham Charity and Community Hub do and which organisation are part of the group. 

SEND Local Offer Directory

Search the directory for local support information and advice services

Funding for low income families to support children with complex needs

Family Fund grants are available for families on a low income, raising a child or young person aged 17 or under with a long-term disability, disabling condition or life-limiting illness.

For further details on the eligiblity criteria and how to apply visit the Family Fund website.

Training for professional and volunteers

View the local area Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) training directory for courses that are available for professionals and volunteers working with children and young people who have SEND.

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Page last reviewed: 07/11/2022

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