Dingley’s Promise partners with Newbury Weekly News to share expertise during lockdown.


Dingley’s Promise has partnered with Newbury News Ltd to create a new weekly column sharing articles that aim to support and advise families of young children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during the Covid-19 lockdown. The articles are published both in print in the Newbury Weekly News paper and online at newburytoday.co.uk.


Dingley’s Promise has a long history of supporting West Berkshire based children with SEND in the early years, and their families, providing specialist support services at their centre in Shaw and through the charity’s Family Support Workers. Although the centre was forced to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dingley’s Promise remains dedicated to continuing to support families and has adapted to new remote/online ways of working; such  as virtual coffee mornings, creating online resources, and extending the Family Support Offer to all that need it. 


The new column will play a vital part in sharing the charity’s message, ensuring that as many West Berkshire families as possible are aware that Dingley’s Promise is there to help. Each article is written by Training Manager Julia Cox, and is specifically targeted at parents/carers of children with SEND in the early years. Topics covered in the articles range from home learning advice, specialist insight and strategies to assist children’s development, links to useful resources and much more.


Dingley’s Promise is proud to be entering into such a brilliant partnership with Newbury News with the shared goal of encouraging and reassuring parents, as well as reducing feelings of isolation for families during lockdown. The two organisations have long enjoyed a supportive relationship, with Dingley’s Promise winning Charity of The Year at the first Newbury Weekly News Awards in 2017, and the news team have featured developments at the charity for a number of years.


The Newbury Weekly News is published every Thursday, with articles appearing online shortly after. 

To read Dingley’s Promise’s latest article, on the topic of transitioning a child with SEND to school, click here.