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

Katie's story

"Since visiting Swings & Smiles we've seen Katie explore and develop more and more independence. Meeting other parents is great fun as well as getting to know the lovely, fun Swings & Smiles team – being here is like a breath of fresh air and I don’t know what we would do without it."


Author: Swings & Smiles

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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  • Gin Tasting Night

    Join us for our first ever gin tasting event at The Globe, Newbury where we'll be trying delicious gins and raising money for Swings & Smiles. Read more

  • Winter Wonderwheels

    We're looking for some willing superheroes to take part in the Superhero Series Winter Wonderwheels challenge to raise funds for Swings & Smiles! Read more

Latest stories

  • Real life superheroes

    On Saturday 17th August, four Swings & Smiles superheroes and their sidekicks took on the challenge of completing a Triathlon at Dorney Lake in Windsor. Read more

  • West Berkshire SEND Local Offer Newsletter

    The latest SEND Local Offer Newsletter is now available. The newsletter is issued termly and is very interesting and informative. It's packed full of details about everything available on the Local Offer. Read more

  • Thank you Gardner Leader!

    We were thrilled to receive a cheque for £7166.70 from the lovely people at Gardner Leader. They've been busy fundraising for us and volunteering for us after choosing Swings & Smiles as their Charity of the Year. Read more