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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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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a new single payment for people who are looking for work or on a low income.  It replaces means-tested benefits and tax credits for working-age people up to pension credit age. For further information available on the Reading Borough Council's website, please…

Substance Misuse

This advice and guidance page looks at substance abuse and the organisations that are available nationwide and locally to support individuals and families. Page reviewed April 2020.

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 Lifestyle

Please see below healthy lifestyle advice and information from local and national organisations.     Page reviewed December 2019

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…

Anxiety

Anxiety is an increasingly common problem among children and young people, with approximately 1 in 10 people experiencing it at some point in their lives. Some level of anxiety is common to everyone. We only consider anxiety a disorder when it starts to have a significant…

Adult Education

In the Reading area there are a number of settings that offer further skills and qualifications for adults. There are opportunities for further and higher education qualifications also practical skills. New Directions College – is Reading Borough Council’s Adult Learning Service. Not only does it…

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

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT)

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. BHFT operate from more than 100 sites across the county including community hospitals clinics and GP practices. Across Berkshire the main locations can be…

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