We began our work in Reading in 1983 and became a registered charity in 1988. Originally based at Battle Hospital, we then moved to a room within Reading’s specialist children’s centre on the Royal Berkshire Hospital site. With a successful track record in supporting the whole family and with the numbers of children being referred to us growing, in 2009 we moved into larger premises in Reading. To assist parents and carers, we have two more centres in the key locations of Wokingham (opened in 1996) and Newbury (opened in 1997).
From 1st October 2010 we became a Company Limited by Guarantee in order to strengthen our organisation.
In 2011 we were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.
In 2012 all 3 Dingley Centres were rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted with an inspector reporting: “All children thrive in this vibrant and child-centred atmosphere. Children eagerly enter the centre, ready to engage in play”.
In 2013, we were excited that our Wokingham Centre moved to much larger premises at All Saints School.
In 2015 a fully renovated Centre opened in West Berkshire, providing a suitable environment that is stable for children and their families for the first time. We commenced delivering advice and support to mainstream nurseries, reaching beyond our core work in our specialist nurseries.
In 2016, the Charity transformed with a rebrand, taking the new name Dingley’s Promise. Through the rebranding we become more distinguishable from the ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The name reflects the promise we see in every child and the promise we make to support each child to reach their potential.
We also launched our first national campaign around the 30 hours for every child and were consequently invited to Number 10, Downing Street. 2016 also saw our reach increase by over 20% for the first time in many years.
In 2017, of all of those children moving onto another setting, 60% moved to a mainstream setting.