Retirement Gifts for Swings & Smiles

Recently, we were very lucky to be chosen by a local man, Bob, to be the recipient of his retirement gifts. Bob asked his team at West Berkshire Council to make a collection for Swings & Smiles. Read more

New SIBSupport Group

At Swings & Smiles we understand just how different life is when you are living in a family where a brother or sister has a disability or special needs, our support includes online support to make sure as many people as possible can benefit. Read more

An Update - January 2021

Following the most recent Government announcement, from Monday 11th January Swings & Smiles will be delivering a reduced timetable alongside some online support sessions. Read more

Creating increased play opportunities through additional accessible sensory spaces

We need your help to raise funds to expand our sensory area and install a new ceiling hoist so that more children with disabilites can fully access our centre. Read more

Help Us Raise Funds with Greenham Trust Double Matched Day

On Friday 11th December we're raising money for an amazing new project which will help us expand our sensory area and more. Every £1 raised on this day will be turned into £3 - find out more about how you can help! Read more

Welcome Sangeeta

Swings & Smiles welcome ITV Meridian News Presenter Sangeeta Bhabra as a patron. Sangeeta is an adult sibling carer and has written an article for carers week, illustrating some of the challenges she faces but also the many positives she experiences from having a disabled brother. Read more

Thank you, Sian!

Chair of Trustees and Founder of Swings & Smiles, Sian Cook, will be stepping down after more than 13 years and stepping into a new role as Founder and Patron. Read more

Kicking off Christmas with our Carol Concert

We had a fantastic Carol Concert at St Mary’s Church in Thatcham and raised £1945.13. Read more

£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

Three ‘Pillars’ to deliver better support and care

Stephen Kingdom, DCP Campaign Manager, has written a blog setting out the way to build better support for disabled children and their families. Read more

Record breaking summer!

We had a record breaking summer at Swings & Smiles. We welcomed more families than ever before, supporting over 166 families and 240 children with special needs to enjoy play throughout July and August 2019. Read more

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

Give It Back – Campaign From The Disabled Children's Partnership

The DCP's Give It Back campaign asks the Government to give back the £434 million shortfall in funding for social care for disabled children and their families. Read more

Good news alert!

We're thrilled to have a received an amazing £315,000 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. Read more

Support Swings & Smiles with new local lottery

Have you heard about the new West Berkshire Lottery in support of local good causes? Tickets cost just £1 each and there's a top prize of £25,000. Read more

New youth clubs

Swings & Smiles is delighted to be delivering support to young people with autism by taking on the Oasis and Spectrum youth clubs previously run by the National Autistic Society. Read more