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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…

Vehicle road tax exemption and reduction

If you’re disabled or have a serious long-term condition, you may be exempt from vehicle excise duty (known as road tax or car tax).  You’ll qualify for tax exemption if you’re eligible for the higher rate of mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA),…

Virtual Cafe - Age UK Berkshire

Age UK Berkshire are excited to announce that our Virtual Cafe is restarting! Join us for a chat and to see some friendly faces! We are hosting these sessions monthly on Zoom, starting on Thursday 4th November. Please forward this on to anyone who might be…

West Berkshire Therapy Centre

West Berkshire Therapy Centre has no waiting list and is a unique facility in Thatcham, providing power-assisted exercise for adults experiencing restricted mobility. The service is there to help anyone who cannot exercise safely in a conventional exercise setting. It doesn't matter what condition you…

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…

What are supported living services?

You may prefer not to live in residential care, but find it difficult to cope at home. But you may, with help, be able to live independently in the community. For further information about this service and the support you can get, please click on…

Working and caring

Although working alongside caring can be difficult to juggle, it does ensure you have a life outside your caring responsibilities which provides different challenges, the chance to meet/stay in contact with other people and some financial stability. Should I give up work? Many carers feel…

Your care after discharge from hospital

If you go into hospital, you may be worried about whether you’ll cope when you leave. Find out about the support available to your from the Council's Intermediate Care Reablement team (click on this sentence) Find out what the advice and guidance is on your…

Your Reading Passport is now known as 'GLL Residents Card' or 'Pay and Play Resident Membership'

The Your Reading Passport no longer covers Leisure (please note: those who were already accessing free swimming on a YRP prior to 1 July 2021 will continue to do so). The YRP has now been replaced by GLL’s ‘Residents Card’ or ‘Pay and Play Resident’…