ASD Family Help - SEN Family Arts, Crafts & Play session

SEN Drop in Arts, Crafts & Play Session

We host a family fun session, once a month at Riverside Community Centre, Newbury.  A fun, chilled out drop in session for SEN families.

We run this during term time and school holidays so occasionally our timings change to suit a holiday period  

Usually run on the last Friday of the month from 4pm to 6pm.

This session is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Parents remain responsible for their families at all times. 

FREE of charge. 

No booking needed.

Feel free to drop in and see us at anytime. Stay for as little or long as you wish.

We will have table top games out (table tennis, air hockey, table football), plus Lego and an organised craft for each session. (Children are welcome to request a craft for future sessions...slime making has been popular recently)! Outdoor safe enclosed space available and a quiet area.

Our staff & volunteers will be present to support the session.

It is a large space with a separate quiet area if needed. Plenty of parking is available outside. 

Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits provided. 

Email to if you would like further information. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Rachael Chandler
Contact Position
Project Manager - Children & Families Activities (Wokingham & West Berks)
07542 766953
ASD Family Help Website

Where to go

Riverside Community Centre
Clayhill Road
West Berkshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Usually the 4th Friday of each month from 4pm to 6pm (next dates listed below)
Time of day
Session Information
This is a relaxed/exclusive session for SEN families.
31st January - 4pm to 6pm
28th February - 4pm to 6pm
27th March - 4pm to 6pm

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
Free per session
The cost of this session is fully subsidised with funding from the People's Health Trust.


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

No referral required

Local Offer

SEN Provision Type
Specific Literacy Difficulties, Speech & Language Difficulties, Behavioural, Emotional & Social Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Moderate Learning Difficulties
Local Offer Age Bands
0 to 1
1 to 4
5 to 7
7 to 11
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18
19 plus
Needs Level

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

Venue is wheel-chair friendly (access into venue, around venue and toilet facilities). 

Session is designed to keep numbers at a lower level with access to quieter areas. 

Staff supporting sessions are trained within areas of SEN knowledge and the majority have several years experience of working with children and young people with additional needs. 

All staff have enhanced DBS checks and most will have a First Aid Paediatric certificate. 

Staff are trained within the charity to be aware of different additional needs, how those may affect the behaviour we see and to consider underlying reasons.  

Staff are trained to support parents with benefit applications, EHCP applications and other paperwork that may be helpful to a parent of a child or young person with additional needs. 

More experienced staff at each session will be on hand should parents request help or advice for ways to support their child or young person with additional needs. 

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

No diagnosis required.

All ages welcome.

Siblings welcome.

Sessions are for autistic children/young people or those with ANY learning disability or additional need. 

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

No referral required.

Bookings can be made via email to

Who provides / funds your service?
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs

This session is free of charge. 

Other sessions may incur a cost - usually £2 or less per child.

Inspection outcomes/quality awards

All staff and volunteers at sessions receive in-house training from ASD Family Help regarding autism awareness and safeguarding.

All staff and volunteers at sessions have an enhanced DBS check.

ASD Family Help holds its own public liability insurance.

At activities where staff are solely responsible for children, at least one member of staff will hold a full paediatric first aid certificate.

At activities where parents remain responsible for children, one member of staff will be present with a full paediatric first aid certificate. 

Safeguarding training & certificates for children and vulnerable adults are completed by all staff every 2 years minimum. 

Feedback and complaints procedure

If your complaint is regarding any children's activity or our family fun session, please email

You may also email

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

Parents remain responsible for their children at all times during these sessions, however we do ensure that our staff are DBS checked, safeguarding trained and that at least one member of staff present will be trained in Paediatric First Aid.

The safety of children during this session is the responsibility of parents at all times.  Staff will be on hand to support the session and if they observe any unsafe behaviour they will report to parents and/or step in to assist if required.

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