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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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Have you thought of Appointeeship?

An appointee is someone who has been given authority by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) / JobCentre Plus to receive a person's benefits on their behalf. There is no need to submit any medical evidence to prove that the person has lost capacity.…

Support for young carers

If you are between 5 and 18 years and you spend a lot more time looking after a family member or carrying out household chores than other children/young people your age because a parent, brother, sister, grandparent or other relative is ill, disabled, has a…

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…

Coronavirus ~ Latest advice for all residents (with link to Easy Read information tab)

Where to find information National Lockdown Information from April 2021 ~   https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home The latest government guidance.  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Advice for households with suspected coronavirus infection.  The full guidance is available here. Surge testing in Reading Covid-19 surge testing underway in Reading - Reading Borough Council (translated leaflets available on…

Drug and Alcohol Support

There are a number of organisations offering support to people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol and those who are affected by this addiction. Click here for further information about local drug and alcohol services. Click on the services listed on this page to find out about…

Housing

Local Council Reading Borough Council (RBC) can offer advice on housing issues contact the Housing Advice Service based at the Civic Offices. Register for RBC housing, information on housing associations, know your rights as a tenant, deposit guarantee scheme, information for landlords and much more, visit the RBC…

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…

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.

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…