What we do and where

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.

Who we support

Swings & Smiles provides activities for children and young people aged 0-19 years old with a wide range of disabilities and special needs to be able to enjoy playing together without the pressures often experienced in wider community settings.

We support the whole family including parents, carers, the child with special needs, brothers, sisters and grandparents. Our support is hugely varied and depends on the needs of the family, we will tailor support to individual need.

Swings & Smiles also welcome adults with disabilities who may benefit from this type of environment and also visits from community groups and respite providers.

Where we work

Swings & Smiles centre, A Place to Play, is located in Thatcham, West Berkshire however families are welcome to attend regardless of where they live. We have a large car park and are near to main road links.

Our outreach service can be delivered within a 30 mile radius of the centre and we are happy to deliver sessions in schools and with existing groups. The sibling support that takes place in schools can also be delivered across the region, please get in touch with us to discuss if we can come to you.

A range of play settings is available with appropriate equipment, toys and opportunities to try new experiences. We meet a wide range of access and handling requirements and emphasis is placed on the sensory needs of users.

Our Facilities

Our building has been designed to ensure meet the needs of a wide range of children. We provide many opportunities for play, cooking, art, sport and much more. We have a personal care room and space to eat if you want to bring a picnic with you. Our garden is totally secure and the building is on one level. There is also a totally separate and fully equipped area for siblings to be able to enjoy some time for themselves.


We include the following facilities:
• Sensory room
• Soft play area
• Activity room


• Open space for play
• Sensory garden, including vegetable garden and mud kitchen
• Fully accessible swings – including wheelchair swing
• In-ground trampoline
• Mini golf
• Large slide and climbing frame
• Interactive sensory area

All these facilities contribute to a range of experiences which can be stimulating or restful as required. They create an environment in which those with special needs and their families can be themselves and grow together.

Watch our film with Founder Patron Clare Balding here.