SENDIASS Wokingham

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a statutory service which is run at ‘arm’s length’ from the Special Educational Needs decision makers and provides free, confidential, impartial advice, guidance and support to:

  • Parents of children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Parents with initial concerns about their child through to those with and Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement

 

Transform Housing & Support – Daily Drop-in service

Transform Housing& Support is now providing daily drop in service from our main office at 3 Anvil Court, 48 Denmark Street in Wokingham. In addition to this, we have started weekly drop in surgery sessions in Woodley and Lower Earley. This service is open to all vulnerable adults with housing related issues. Everyone is welcome to drop in, no referrals or appointments needed. We will see people on first come first served basis.

As some clients might have difficulties getting to Wokingham, we are now available every Monday at Ambleside Centre (9.30am to 11.30am) in Woodley and every Tuesday at the Crescent Centre in Lower Earley (10am to 12pm).

Transform Housing & Support EARLEY                             Transform Housing & Support WOODLEY

Free Yoga For Mums

Every Tuesday at 12.00 – 1.00

Venue – St Paul’s Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

Description – Feeling stressed or depressed? Come along to a friendly and relaxing, drop-in yoga session for mums – babies are welcome too.  Plenty of room for buggies!!

This group is provided FREE by Berkshire Charity Sport In Mind to promote mental well-being.

07341 267740

info@sportinmind.org

Transform Housing -Related Support Service

Our support service provides assistance with housing-related issues, to help people to stay living in their own homes.

The areas that are covered include:

Help with financial issues, budgeting, rent or mortgage payments, debts, applying for welfare benefits

Advice on maintaining a safe and secure home

Support with physical, emotional and mental health

Advice on finding training or employment

Liaison with partner agencies, for example the local authority

Support to access social and leisure activities

Signposting of other advice and support services

Our support service is available for adults with a range of needs including:

People with mental health problems

Learning disabilities and physical disabilities

Older people

People with drug and alcohol problems

Other vulnerable adults, including families with support needs

 

For further information on any of the above, please contact the  Transform office: Telephone 0118 978 7750 or email wokingham@transformhousing.org.uk

 

 

Food Banks

 Trussel Trust Foodbanks

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help . 

Wokingham Foodbank has now opened it’s doors. It is situated in Rose street, Wokingham next to Richard Worth and opens Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 13:30-15:30.

Crowthorne Foodbank  opens Monday & Thursday 12:00-14:00

Home-Start Wokingham District now holds a supply of vouchers which can be exchange for a food parcel at either location. If the family that you are supporting could benefit from a food parcel, please contact the office or your co-ordinator who will arrange to issue a voucher.

Each food parcel  contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.

WoodleyFoodbank is operated by Woodley Pilot Trust and involves all the churches in Woodley.  Anyone can access the food store who is suffering hardship.  To access a parcel, we or the family would need to contact either Lesley Brown (Office Manager) on 0118 9699956 between 8.30am – 12.30pm week days or John Honeybourne (co-ordinator) on 07806658995.  Delivery can be arranged by one of the volunteers if in the Woodley area, although the same day cannot be guaranteed.  There is also an opportunity to pickup one from Woodley Baptist Church if it is needed urgently and if the family are able to get there.

Free Cakes for Kids

Just a few of the wonderful cakes that have been to supplied to our families thanks to Free Cakes for Kids.

Birthday cake ND- Nike Birthday cake JD- ArsenalCars JDSpiderman PDReading FC OCMonsters Inc ASLiverpool FCButterflies CDFrozen EB1st Birthday KC

The first Free Cakes for Kids group in the UK was founded in December 2008. Having read about a similar project in the US, Henriette Lundgren adapted the model to her local community and set up the first Free cakes for Kids group in Oxford. Since then the group has grown steadily and helped many others start their own community groups.

As a result, the word spread and more and more groups began to bake under the Free Cakes for Kids UK banner. They are now active in more than 80 communities across the UK including Wokingham & Reading.

A big thank you to the co-ordinators and volunteer bakers from both Reading and Wokingham schemes for delivering the most amazing birthday cakes.