Meetings are during term-times only, usually on a Friday morning, and we aim to meet once a month or thereabouts.  We tried starting evening meetings earlier this year, but due to lack of attendance these have not taken off, so for now we are just meeting during the school day.  Meeting dates are below, and info about where we meet too, lower down the page.

From Sept 2018 all the meetings that are held at Swings & Smiles (Thatcham) will be at the earlier time of 9.30-11am, since this is when the venue is now available.  Swings & Smiles have introduced weekly coffee morning drop-ins on Friday mornings for any SEND parents and carers, so on the dates we join them we will have our own PDA table (and full use of the play facilities for children).   Further info about Swings & Smiles below.

Forthcoming Meetings:

 Fri 18th Jan Swings & Smiles,  Thatcham  9.30 – 11am
 Wed 13th Feb  Caffe Nero, (Northbrook St) Newbury  10 – 12pm
 Fri 22nd March TBC  Swings & Smiles, Thatcham  9.30 – 11am
Dont’ forget also:
PDA Conference Put on by Parenting Special Children March 28th
Visit their website: for info


Where we 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.