Supporting children and young people with special needs and their families to be happy, have fun and feel included.

Sibling support

We understand just how different life is when you have a brother or sister who has a disability or special needs. From our centre in Thatcham we run three sessions a month for siblings, which are free to attend. We're also able to offer a 5 week course in schools.



What we do

Swings & Smiles is a place to play for children with special needs and their families. It offers a unique environment where the whole family feels supported and where they can spend quality time together. Our services include play sessions, sibling support and outreach.




We have lots of opportunities for volunteers at Swings & Smiles including supporting at sessions, helping at events or assisting with jobs at the centre. We accommodate corporate groups for CSR days and can take young volunteers completing Duke of Edinburgh awards.



Our impact


Individual visits from families in 2018


Hours of support provided to families last year


Number of siblings who accessed our SIBS support in 2018

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Latest events

  • Spectrum and Oasis Autumn Term

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  • Carol Concert

    Join Swings & Smiles at our annual family friendly Carol Concert taking place at St Mary's Church in Thatcham. There will be lots of festive fun and mince pies! Read more

  • Spectrum and Oasis Atmosphere Trip

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Latest stories

  • £1170 raised from Gin Night

    On 7th November we held our first ever Gin Tasting Night at The Globe pub in Newbury where we raised a fantastic £1170! Read more

  • Step Up 4 Good

    On a rainy Sunday in October, a team of 23 runners took part in Step Up 4 Good in aid of Swings & Smiles and raised over £1000! Read more

  • Swings & Smiles Newsletter

    The first edition of our new quarterly newsletter is out - take a look to find out what we've been up to and what's coming up soon! Read more