Update 27th June 2019:

The FB users among you may have already seen that I posted yesterday that I am going to hold a one off support group meeting before the end of term on

Friday 19th July 2019 : 10-12pm in town (Newbury) if anyone wants to come.

Will be at a new venue for us ‘The Slug & Lettuce’ which is off the Market Square in central Newbury… its big, spacious, nice decor and usually dead quiet of a morning so should be ideal for us to occupy a corner at the back – with extra nearby tables for any kids to come along and do drawing or go on a tablet etc… my son and I went round a few places around town last week and he has approved this one – music not too loud etc and the manager was very open to being autism-sensitive…

Teas and coffees are around £2.15 – £2.60 and there is free on-street parking or Sainsbury’s car park not too far away, and of course bus and train access to town centre.

Hope to see you there if you can make it for a final catch up before the end of the school year 🙂


Forthcoming Meetings 2019:

Fri 3rd May 10.30 – 12.30 ‘Anonymous Coffee’
at The Tasting House, Reading
Fri 19th July  10am – 12pm ‘The Slug & Lettuce’ (cafe / pub)
Market Square, Newbury

Further info about meetings for newcomers to the site / group:

To date, meetings have been during term-times only, usually on a Friday morning, aiming to meet once a month or thereabouts.  We tried starting evening meetings last year, but due to lack of attendance these have not taken off, so for the past couple of years we have generally just met during the school day.  But if there is strong demand for evening meetings and because my situation is beginning to change (with evenings now becoming easier for me), then I may start them up again… let me know if interested!  Or if there is anyone out there who wants to take the lead and stand in so that meetings can continue to happen when I can’t make it, then do let me know!

Where we usually meet:

Caffe Nero:  88 Northbrook Street, Central Newbury, RG14 1AE

This is the big branch of Caffe Nero on the main shopping street in town (not the small one at the Kennet Centre!).  I will try and get the biggest table I can and will have a sign on the table for the support group so look out for it if visiting for the first time.   Parking is in one of the town centre car parks and Newbury train and bus stations are a short walk away.

Swings & Smiles: Lower Way, Thatcham, RG19 3RR

Swings & Smiles is a local charity that provides recreational facilities and services to families with special needs. They very kindly allow us to use their premises for some of our meetings, in return for a small donation for the teas and coffees we consume.  There is a play area (including soft play room), so those with children in tow can come along and we have exclusive use of the facilities whilst there, along with any other SEND parents attending the general drop-in.

Please bear in mind that if you bring children they remain your responsibility to supervise, as there is no official childcare available at meetings.  We would also really appreciate help parents tidying up after children at the end too…. thanks.

There is lots of free parking out the front and its easily accessible on the ground floor. You turn in to Glebelands Way off Lower Way to access the centre. Its fairly close to the Nature Discovery Centre so look out for the brown signs for this if you’re new to the area.