Pride of Reading: Club has revolutionised weekends for children with autism and special needs – Getreading

A charity dedicated to promoting the integration of young people with and without disabilities has been nominated for a Pride of Reading Award .

The bPhab club at Berkshire Phab in Katesgrove is for youngsters aged between nine and 18.

Open every Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm, bPhab’s activities include computer games, tennis, basketball, cookery and chilling out in a sensory room.

And the club could scoop the Charity of the Year gong at this year’s glitzy awards ceremony after being nominated by Emma Sowden, 43, from Katesgrove, who described bPhab as a “wonderful Reading charity” that helps provide “a space for better understanding of disability”.

Mrs Sowden, whose two boys Seb, 11, and nine-year-old Oscar both have ASD and attend the club in Mount Pleasant, explained: “The charity provides support for children with autism and special needs, helping them to make new friends, learn new skills and have fun in a safe space of understanding.

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