Our History

PALS was created in 1997 under the guidance of the charity Scope, to provide leisure and recreational activities for children and young people aged five to 18 with physical disabilities in the West Berkshire area.

In the year 2000, the charity became fully independent, was given the charity number 1083150, set up its own charity committee and employed its own staff to fulfil its aims. The staff currently consists of a part time manager and two part time support workers.

In 2007, we set up our 18+ group. This is separate to the other PALS groups and has continued to flourish, with 10 to 15 regular members.

Since 1997, we've helped hundreds of children and young people access leisure and recreational activities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

We were founded to combat the extreme isolation that children and young people with physical disabilities can experience, and to reduce their exclusion from accessing opportunities that able-bodied children have access to.

At the end of 2019 our logo and strapline were updated to reflect how PALS has changed over the years and to make it more current.

You can read our mission statement.