West Berkshire Council

New home for Swings and Smiles

Local charity Swings and Smiles has moved house.

Swings and Smiles new home in Thatcham

Issued on: 6 March 2017


They completed a lease agreement with West Berkshire Council to take over the former Children's Centre in Lower way, Thatcham.

Swings and Smiles, founded in 2007, opened at the council's Phoenix Centre in Newbury in the summer of 2014 to provide a specialist, fully resourced recreational facility for families of children with learning difficulties and disabilities. Since then, over 400 families have registered to play there.  

Sian Cook, Founder of Swings & Smiles said: "This is great news. We had begun to outgrow the Phoenix Resource Centre and needed more space including outdoor and to be able to increase our opening times. Our potential demand is increasing year on year and our longer term aim is to construct and equip a purpose-built facility which meets a much wider need. The Lower Way building offers a good, secure outdoor space. It's very important for the children who come to us to be able to enjoy outside play so the new base is perfect for us."

Cllr Lynne Doherty, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Children and Young People said: "I'm delighted that Swings & Smiles are able to make good use of this building.  We are pleased to be able to support this important local charity and that they will be able to continue to progress and grow in their new home.