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Mindfulness at RISC - Depression Xpression

With the help of a Reading Community Grant from RVA, we are resuming our monthly support meetings at RISC starting on Monday 14th September 2020 at 7.30pm. Social distancing and safety measures will be in place to minimise the risks from Covid-19 – full details…

Neighbourhood Guides for Over 50s Groups and Activities

Please download these neighbourhood guides on what's happening in your local area. Click here for West Reading Click here for South Reading Click here for Caversham

Neighbourhood services for older people

The Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team works directly with older people in their neighbourhoods to ensure they have opportunities to stay involved in community activities. Social groups The team has supported the development of a number of successful social groups which are now run by older…

New Carers Credit Card

Article from Katie Morley, Consumer Affairs Editor, The Telegraph, 12 June 2017 Carers looking after elderly friends or relatives will soon be able to use "carers cards" to buy groceries and pay bills without being accused of fraud.  For the first time they will be provided…

NHS Health Services

NHS Choices For information about health conditions, advice about staying well plus signposting to local health services: Visit www.nhs.uk Carers Direct on NHS Choices For information and advice for carers visit www.nhs.uk/carers or call the Carer’s Direct Helpline 0300 123 1053 Your local pharmacy Ask…

NHS Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)

If you are referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by a doctor, dentist or another primary care health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme…

Palliative Care and Care Homes

When there is no cure for an illness, palliative care tries to make the end of a person’s life as comfortable as possible. This is done by attempting to relieve pain and other distressing symptoms while providing psychological, social and spiritual support. Carers and family are also offered…

Paying for your own care?

CHS Healthcare provide a free service to support you to arrange a package of home care or to find the right care home

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…

Personal Independence Payment

From April 2013 a new benefit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people with disabillities aged 16 to 64. PIP is a non-means tested, tax-free payment that can be spent as the recipient chooses.PIP is for disabled people aged 16 to 64 (known…