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I look after someone (unpaid carer)

"Caring" covers a wide range of situations: You are a carer if you look after a partner, family member or friend who is dependent on you for care and/or support because they are older and frail, disabled, have a long term illness or they need…

Reading Carers Card

You may be eligible for a carers card. Carers cards help make others aware that somebody is dependent on you. Having a carers card can be useful if you need support or assistance when you’re out and about. Carers cards are free for unpaid carers…

Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children

Safeguarding means looking out for and trying to protect others in our community who are vulnerable, or may be at risk of harm. If you think that someone is at risk, you must raise an alarm. Everyone can make a difference. Abuse can be: Physical…

Things to do

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) ~ Holiday Activities and Food scheme (HAF) for information on activities running over the school holidays for eligible families Children and young people of all ages enjoy meeting and experiencing new things to do. Often Parents and carers can go with…

What is Autism?

What is autism? Autism is a complex developmental condition that typically appears during the first three or four years of a child's life, (girls are being diagnosed more frequently now as there is more knowledge about how autism effects girls). Autism impacts on the areas of…

Direct Payments - Employing a personal assistant for your child using Direct Payments - a guide for parents and carers (BFfC)

Direct Payments - a guide for parents and carers to employing a Personal Assisitant (PA) for your child using a Direct Payment (BFfC) provides step-by-step guidance on how to employ a personal assistant for your child using a direct payment from BFfC. You can view…

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 January 2022

Cancer - Support Services and Advice

What is cancer? Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond…

Healthy weight Keep active - information page and factsheet

Overweight and obesity in Reading is a serious public health concern, which has a significant impact on people's physical health, emotional wellbeing and reduces life expectancy by an average of 8-10 years. Excess weight is strongly linked to a person's risk of developing serious long-term…

Fostering & Adoption

This advice and guidance page describes the process for becoming a foster carer and/or adoptive parent.   Last reviewed May 2022.