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COVID-19 - local services updates and latest Wellbeing newsletter

Latest edition of the Wellbeing newsletter: Wellbeing Newsletter Covid-19 : July 2021 edition Sign up to the Wellbeing Newsletter Services listed on the Reading Services Some of the organisations listed on here have posted service updates in response to the Covid 19 situation. Many phone…

Children's Centres

Dear Children's Centre families We are slowly returning to our children centre buildings whilst also delivering virtual sessions. We will be uploading regular updates, activities, tips and fun ideas for you to try at home with your children. Many thanksThe Reading Children’s centre teams Here…

Early Help

On this page you will be able to find out more about Early Help. We work with parents, children, young people and alongside our partners in the wider Early Help community. Page reviewed September 2020

What are shared lives schemes?

‘Shared lives’ schemes are designed to support adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or other support needs. In shared lives, an adult with care needs is matched with an approved ‘shared lives carer’; the adult and the shared lives carer will share family and…

Accessible holidays and days out

Use the following websites to help you and your family find a short break, holiday or day out. Tourism for All UK National charity dedicated to making tourism welcoming to all. Visit www.tourismforall.org.uk Visit England The English national tourist board website has information and guides…

Personal budgets and direct payments - or Adults

If you are not able to fund your own care and support needs, you will need to complete a self assessment form and submit it to the Adult Care team at Reading Borough Council. Find out more about direct payments  A Personal Budget can be…

SWAN UK (Syndrome Without A Name)

SWAN create awareness of undiagnosed conditions A project offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions SWAN UK (Syndrome Without A Name) estimate that 30-50% of children with severe learning disabilities and 50% of children in contact with NHS Regional Genetics…

Carers Emergency Plan

Do you worry what might happen to the person you care for if you were stuck in traffic, involved in and accident, suddenly taken ill or otherwise delayed? Further information about the Carer's Emergency plan here. Page last reviewed: 29/09/2020

NHS Long Term Plan

Here are some additional resources that have been made available following the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan.  These include:  An easy read version of the Plan, which you can view here. A five minute video explaining provisions for learning disability and autism, featuring…

Using public transport with a disability

All public transport vehicles have to be "accessible" to avoid causing difficulty for disabled passengers. Public transport vehicles also have to accept guide dogs or assistance dogs. However, if you are using public transport, it’s worth contacting the transport operator before you travel to make…