Berkshire – CAN network newsletter

By | July 11, 2012

For those people with special needs children or young adults, living in Berkshire, here is the latest newsletter:

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Please see details below and attachments for this week’s news from the Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Network. Please forward to any families / professionals / organisations who you think would benefit from the information. Thanks for continuing to send your items to share with the CAN Network.

This Week’s News:

Children’s / Young People’s / Events and Activities

Pony Days and Activity Days at Oakwood Youth Challenge See attached document for various pony and activity days happening at this activity centre in Wokingham during the summer holidays.

Go! Canoeing at Wokingham Waterside Centre Have a go in a katakanu! Tuesday 24th July, 2-3pm, £5 per child, 5-18 years. The Waterside Centre have a hoist to help wheelchair users enter the katakanu. See attachment for booking instructions.

Bracknell & Wokingham College – new course The college will be running a new foundation course for young adults, aged 16-24 years, with learning difficulties to develop employability skills and personal and social development and a nationally recognised qualification can be worked towards. The course will take place at the newly refurbished Wick Hill Centre in Bracknell. Please see attached flyer for more information. Call 0845 330 3343 or email

CAN Family Fun and Information Day This was a big success! Thanks to all who ensured the day went smoothly. Look out for the write up and photographs in this week’s or next week’s Wokingham Times!

Willows School of Dance Victoria Andrews, Co-ordinator of the Willows School of Dance is offering taster sessions for children and young people with disabilities, providing 3 dance sessions for 4-7 yrs, 8-12 yrs and 13-18 yrs on Saturday 4th August. The classes will be an hour long and parents are not expected to stay. The venue is wheelchair accessible and disabled toilets are present. The classes will be held on a Saturday initially, at St. Michael’s Church Hall, Tilehurst. Following on from the taster sessions, courses of dancing can then be booked, costing £5.50 per session which is £44 per term (8 weeks). Sessions will consist of: Warm up, Corner work, Dance routine, Cool down and Sensory calm down. See attached poster for booking the taster sessions.


Thrive July Newsletter To view this month’s news from the horticultural therapy charity, Thrive, follow this link

Wokingham Information Network (WIN) WIN is a quick and easy to use online guide to services in Wokingham. It is split into Family Services Directory (information about children and young people) and Adult Services Directory (information about adults). To start searching the directory today, visit If you would like to advertise a service not already in the Directory please complete the form within it.

Woodley Lend and Play Toy Library This is a great place to visit in the run up to the school holidays. Here there are toys suitable for children with additional needs, including electronic toys, role play, music, activity toys, ride-ons, construction, sports equipment and more. The Library also has two specialist play advisers who can recommend the right toy for your child. Browse the colour catalogue online at then visit the Library at the Ambleside Centre. To borrow toys , there is a small annual membership fee and then a small hire fee. Please see attached flyer for opening times and contact details for the Library.


Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Network
Bridges Resource Centre
109 Colemansmoor Rd

0118 9695977

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