Swings and Smiles

Swings & Smiles offers play sessions for children with special needs and their whole family at our centre in Thatcham. We have specialist play resources to enable disabled children to play with siblings and other family members in a secure and safe environment. Families are welcome from any towns or counties. We currently run a session once a month in Abingdon.

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.

Families have to register to use Swings & Smiles and they will then be given a membership for relevant sessions. We do accept children who are both diagnosed or on the pathway for a diagnosis. The registration form can be found on our website or through contacting [email protected].

Swings & Smiles is a nut free centre.

Our facilities:


  • Sensory room – with features like our UV dark room, therapy ballpool and touch wall.
  • Activity room
  • Imagination zone – full of toys to play with!
  • We have ceiling hoists in our sensory room and a mobile hoist
  • An accessible personal care room with a changing bed and hoist


  • 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.

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