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Information about what to do after someone has died

A guide from Citizens Advice on what needs to be done after someone has died and what is involved in arranging a funeral.

Health Checks - What you need to know

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease, and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented – even if you have a history of them in your family. By having your free NHS…

Befriending Services - factsheet

A befriender is a volunteer who offers companionship and support to people who are isolated and lonely – they may visit you at home and/or phone for a regular chat. A befriender can offer conversation and a listening ear. They can also help you get…

Do you need help with shopping? (Help with shopping factsheet)

Shopping for food and other essential items can be very challenging when you are older or have a disability. This advice and guidance page suggests some ways to overcome these difficulties so you can get the things you need to stay well. Use your personal…

Getting informed, getting prepared - finding care and support for older people

An online resource to help older people and their carers to find out what they need to get help and support. The site offers the information in accessible formats: - Text only - Large print - Audio - Leaflet (PDF)

'NHS Health Check helped my dad'

Dr Dawn Harper: "My dad's future is very different now." Known to millions as TV medical presenter "Dr Dawn" on Channel 4, Dr Dawn Harper says she has a very personal reason for wanting people to get an NHS Health Check. Dr Dawn, who is also a GP…

Adult Care & Support Services - information page

Are you are finding it more difficult to take care of yourself or keep in touch with others because you are getting older or you have a disability or ongoing health condition? If so, Adult Social Care Services may be able to help. We offer a…

Are you looking for a life changing career?

What about home care? Home care is a rewarding job that gives you the chance to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Reading. Why not work for a care provider that: Pays the living wage (£8.25 per hour) Pays travel time and travel expenses…

Do you know anyone that needs help to get online? Free drop-in sessions available

Do you know anyone that would benefit from help getting started with a computer or mobile device? Or perhaps you would like to learn how to do more? Although we are in an age where it seems that everyone is using new technology, there are…

Shingles Vaccination - Information page

The NHS resource on Shingles gives information on: Eligibility for the shingles vaccine What is shingles? How long does it last and how serious can it be? What causes shingles? How do you catch shingles? How safe is the vaccine? Are there people who shouldn't…