Caring in Reading Information

Caring can be rewarding but it can also be demanding, physically and mentally. This can have a huge impact on your own health and wellbeing.

As a carer it is very important that you are aware of the help available to support you so you can continue to care without putting your own health and emotional wellbeing at risk. 

Caring can: 

  • Put you more at risk of injury if you need to help someone with walking or getting out of bed
  • Wear you out - especially if you don't get a break
  • Cause financial difficulties - for example if you have to give up work
  • Make you feel guilty, angry, frustrated or depressed
  • Isolate you from family and friends - especially if caring makes it difficult for you to stay in touch with family and friends or stay involved in your hobbies and interests

Reading & West Berkshire Carers Partnership

The Carers Partnership is the commissioned carers provider for Reading & West Berkshire. It offers a range of support for carers, to help you look after yourself as well as the loved one you care for. The help available includes: 

  • Get support to help you in your caring role
  • Find local services and sources of help
  • Look after your health and wellbeing
  • Connect with other carers
  • Understand your rights
  • Carers Assessments for Reading-based carers


Information, advice and support services for family carers in Reading and West Berkshire will be provided by the Reading & West Berkshire Carers Partnership from 1 November 2022. The partnership members - Age UK Berkshire, Age UK Reading, CommuniCare and Reading Mencap - all have a successful track record of working with carers.

Contact the partnership

Reading Mencap: For Carer’s of Children & Adults with Learning Disability in Reading:

Information & Advice and Carer’s Assessments, 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE
Tel: 0118 9662618: Email: carers@readingmencaop.org.uk www.readingmencap.org.uk

CommuniCare: For all other Carers in Reading
Information & Advice and Carer’s Assessments, 233 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 4LS,
Tel: 0118 926 3941: Email: office@communicare.org.uk, www.communicare.org.uk

Age UK Reading offers support to those caring for someone aged 50+.

Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading RG1 7JS  Tel: 07716 418941  Email: carers@ageukreading.org.uk,  www.ageuk.org/reading/ 

Page last reviewed: 31/10/2022

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Page last reviewed: 30/11/2022

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