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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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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…

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…

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…

Singing Cafes for older people run by Berkshire Maestros

Berkshire Maestros has recently been awarded funding from the Arts Council as part of their COVID Recovery Fund to run a ten week pilot scheme until December 2021 at no cost to the participants (the funding is solely for the purposes of reengaging older people…

Money matters - practical help for residents struggling with their finances

Money Matters is a touchdown website for any residents of Reading who are struggling with their finances, from difficulties in paying their rent to putting food on the table. This website will help them to find the right advice and support they need: Money, advice…

Independent Living

Independent Living  Leaving Home Are you ready to leave home? As you leave school and become an adult you might start thinking about leaving home. It is important to think about how independent you are before you leave home. You will need to think about…

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…