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Useful Contacts

Parent Support Groups

Autism Family Support Oxfordshire (OFSA)

Autism Family Support Oxfordshire use understanding, expertise, and a lot of fun and care to support the development and wellbeing of children and young adults on the autism spectrum, and their families.

Visit their website
Telephone: 01844 338696

Cloud 9

This is an opportunity to meet other families who have children with special needs and enjoy a chat whilst your children discover bubble tubes, touchy feely fabrics and fibre optic lights. They meet every Tuesday at North Abingdon Children’s Centre from 1 - 2.30 pm.

For more information: Telephone Hannah or Barry on 01235 523481

(Oxfordshire Autistic Society for Information and Support)

This is a parent and carer support group run by parent volunteers for those bringing up children and young people on the broad Autistic Spectrum. They offer a wide range of activities across the County including informal coffee mornings, organised playday activities and regular communication via email or post, by newsletter and information updates.  They also offer evening meetings with guest speakers on many relevant subjects.

For more information

Visit their website
Email: Chair Rachel Dennett
Telephone: 07900 144493


Shift is an informal group of parents and carers of children with special needs.  They meet in Dunmore Primary School in Abingdon during term time on alternate Thursdays and Fridays from 9 – 11am.

There is always coffee, chat and cake and some weeks they have a visiting speaker.  They do not run a crèche but preschool age children are welcome and there are plenty of toys.

For more information

Visit their website
Email: Sally Foulsham who organises the group on


Some ideas for family days out


They have an excellent website where you will learn more about their work and what they have to offer families as well as being able to book your place

For more information

Visit their website
Telephone: 01844 338898

Swings and Smiles

Swings & Smiles offers play sessions for children with special needs and their whole family at our centre in Thatcham. They have specialist play resources to enable children with a wide range of disabilities to play with siblings and other family members in a secure and safe environment.

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Telephone: 01635 285170

Thomley Hall

Thomley Activity Centre is a recreational facility for disabled children, their families, friends and schools in Worminghall. The centre is open to different groups from 10am - 3.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, throughout the year.

They also hold days for toddlers, teenagers, children from the community, disabled adults, as well as organising Quiet days and Dad Day’s.

They have an excellent website where you can get information on everything they do and booking details. Places do fill very fast and booking in advance is essential.

For more information

Visit their website
Telephone: 01844 338380 (they are closed on Mondays)
or contact the school and I we can send you home their recent information leaflets.