Useful Organisations

Dingley's Promise
(formerly known as Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centre)
Kennet Walk Community Building
Kennet Walk
Kenavon Drive
Reading RG1 3GD Phone 0118 327 7424

Dingley's Promise is a charity that provides a place where children, from birth to five years, with special needs and disabilities come to develop skills through therapeutic play. More than this, it is a place where their parents and carers are welcome, where they can make friends and share experiences.

Autism Berkshire
Unit 7
Richfield Place
Richfield Avenue
Reading RG1 8EQ Tel: 01189 594 594  Email:

Autism Berkshire, previously known as The Berkshire Autistic Society, was set up in 1990 by parents of children with autism, autism-related problems, Asperger Syndrome and challenging behaviours. They provide a variety of clubs and services for children and adults and their families. Their main aim is to enhance the support currently available with the purpose of improving the quality of life for children and adults with ASD, their carers and families within the Berkshire community.

Alafia Family Support Team

1 St.Giles Court, Southampton Street Reading RG1 2QL

Contact:  Website:

We run support and activity groups for parents and their children, 1-2-1 benefit and welfare advice and help liaising with schools. (Children age 0-25) 


Parenting Special Children      
They offer specialist parenting support to families of children and young people with special needs and/or disabilities in Berkshire through training courses for parents in autism, ADHD, Sleep and 'Looked after Children' as well as a diagnosis support service.

Contact: Tel: 0118 9863532


The disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy. Their aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are as valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.

Reading Information & Advice Service for SEND

Lesley Chamberlain, Manager
The Hamilton Centre
Hamilton Road
Reading RG1 5SG Tel:118 937 3421  

Website:  Email:

They provide an impartial service that helps parents understand the education system in relation to children with special educational needs


Family Information Service/Local Offer - DISC

Reading Borough Council, 0118 937 3777 (option 2)  email

 The Short Breaks/SEND Local Offer Information Service is a free service provided by Reading Borough Council for families with children and young people who have SEND aged 0- 25 years (inclusive) living in the Reading area.



SEN National Advice Service

Offers independent advice on SEN.

Freephone help-line 0808 808 3555, Mon - Fri 9.30am -5pm


Visit the SEN National Advice Service online at


Reading Families Forum

Aims: To be a voice informing Reading Borough Council (RBC), the Primary

Care Trust, and the voluntary and community groups of the needs of children and young 

people with disabilities and their families to work and advise the above 

organisations of parent/carers' views of current services and suggestions for 

future development. To organise at least one annual information event for families

Tel: 07516 185380  - Fran Morgan, Forum Facilitator

Contact: e-mail: Website:


IPSEA (Independent Panel for Special Education Advice)

This is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All their advice is given by trained volunteers.

General Advice Line: 0800 018 4016  Tribunal Help Line : 0845 602 9579


The Disability News Service

Keep up to date, control click this link or copy and paste this link into your browser 

it is an excellent web site with all the news about what is happening in disability.


ACE Education Advice & ACE Education Training

Advice and information for parents is available via their advice line and the popular 'My Child in School' advice booklets are available for download.

36 Nicholay Road, London, N19 3EZ,  telephone advice line on 0300 0115 142.

Normal opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 1pm.

Email:  Website: