Grand Opening

Friday 20th June was the day we have all been waiting for – we officially opened our doors to Swings & Smiles at The Phoenix Resource Centre.

This means that we can now offer families with special needs children in and around West Berkshire a play facility where the whole family can play together – something most families take for granted. We offer wonderful facilities which include a soft play room; sensory room; optimusic room; art room and state of the art personal care rooms.
We would like to thank our patrons Mary Cameron, Graeme Murty and Richard Benyon MP for hosting the launch event with us and to Clare Balding for producing a video for the evening. And we hope that Peter Baker, another of our patrons, gets better soon as we unable to join us.

Please do come and visit us and see for yourselves the fantastic facilities that we can offer to you as a family.

The Big Wheel Bike Ride

This year’s Big Wheel Bike Ride took place today and what a fantastic day it was.

The sun shone throughout and everyone from the keen cyclists to the young families had an amazing day out. The bike ride starts at Hungerford Common and makes its way through stunning countryside to the Savernake Forest where a BBQ is laid on for all participants and their supporters. Once refuelled, everyone sets off for the final 10 mile to the finish line. The Savernake Forest is also where the cycle route for families with younger children starts. All three cycle routes were a great success and over 160 cyclists took part.

Downe House Do It Again!

A big thank you to the Downe House girls who came to help us out in the Art Room today.

They spent all morning cutting, pasting and sticking to provide us with enough templates for our themed activities in the months to come – from cut out elephants, to designing flags, to cutting out fabric to resemble jellyfish tentacles!

We really do appreciate their help – many hands made light work and it was lovely that they all joined in with such enthusiasm and good humour – thank you to you all.

Big Thanks To Vodafone

On Monday of this week an army of volunteers from Vodafone descended on our new premises and have managed to transform our Art Room in just one day!

All the walls have been painted, shelving and drying racks installed, blackboard paint put on one wall so that children can write and draw on this wall. A huge thank you to all those of you who came to help and were so cheerful in the process.

But that is not all, the Vodafone Foundation also donated in the region of £1,000 for our new Art Room so that all this was possible. A big thank you to Vodafone and The Vodafone Foundation from all of us at Swings & Smiles.