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Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

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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…

Planning for your future care needs

There may be times in your life when you think about the consequences of becoming seriously ill or disabled.  This may be at a time of ill health or as a result of a life-changing event. It may simply be because you are the sort…

Power Cuts - new 105 emergency number

105 - a new emergency number if you experience a power cut Message from SSE: We do everything we can to keep your electricity supply on. That said, power cuts can sometimes happen. Read through the information on this page to find out what to…

Priority Services Register for vulnerable households

Priority Services Register for vulnerable households Services such as gas, electricity, water, phones and public transport are no luxuries.  We need them every day to look after ourselves. Regulated providers of these services offer Priority Service Registers to provide extra help for customers who are…

Prostate Cancer - information page

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men in the UK – around 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime. We want to raise awareness of the symptoms of prostate cancer and the importance…

Re-opening of local gardening groups

As you may know, in and around Reading we have professional groups that can provide opportunities for therapeutic gardening, community gardening, and getting into nature. The groups are re-opening their sessions and we will be highlighting each group and posting details about what they offer…

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…

Scams and how to avoid them

Scams come in many forms; unwanted contact can be received by email, letter, and telephone or in person making false promises to con victims out of money. There are numerous scams but the most common are fake lotteries, deceptive prize draws or sweepstakes, clairvoyants, computer…