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Coronavirus

Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on here are still in the process of posting service updates. Many phone lines and websites are still available, but some contact details have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at dos@reading.gov.uk or fis@reading.gov.uk

Supported learning, training and working

Colleges

Most colleges provide specialist courses and/or support to help people with disabilities.

New Directions College

330 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF

Call 0345 842 0012 or visit www.newdirectionsreading.ac.uk

Reading College (Activate Learning)

Reading Campus, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ

Call 0800 612 6008 or visit www.activatelearning.ac.uk/reading

Bracknell and Wokingham College (Activate Learning)

Church Road, Bracknell RG12 1DJ

Call 0800 612 6008 or visit www.activatelearning.ac.uk/bracknell-wokingham

Henley College

Deanfield Avenue, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1UH

Call 01491 579 988 or visit www.henleycol.ac.uk

Newbury College

Monks Lane, Newbury RG14 7TD

Call 01635 845 000 or visit www.newbury-college.ac.uk

 

Help with costs

24+ Advanced Learning Loans

Loans available to pay course fees for people over 24 years attending an eligible course (level 3 or 4 /A level)

Bursary Fund

Help with some costs while studying - like classroom assistance, childcare and travel.

For details visit www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Looking for a course, training opportunity or paid work?

Visit the Reading Services Guide ~ Local Offer to find organisations offering specialist support for people with disabilities

Training and working - COVID 19 updates

Jobcentre plus

The local Job Centre Number line is closed until further.  Appointments in the Job Centre are temporarily suspended.

General advice line for all benefits - call Citizens Advice on 0344 4111 444

Universal Credit helpline for claims - call Citizens Advice on 0800 144 8444

Universal Credit customers - use your online journal to contact and log queries. 

Text Phone for vulnerable adults 0800 328 1344. NGT text relay – if you cannot hear or speak on the phone: 18001 then 0800 328 5644

Elevate

Offers specialist advice and support for young people with special needs up to the age of 25 years.  Contact : 07929178133 / E-mail elevate@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

Click here for further information about available training and resources.

Page last reviewed: August 2020