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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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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…

I look after someone (unpaid carer)

"Caring" covers a wide range of situations: You are a carer if you look after a partner, family member or friend who is dependent on you for care and/or support because they are older and frail, disabled, have a long term illness or they need…

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

Where to find information Coronavirus: how to stay safe and prevent the spread.  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do The latest government guidance.  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus Advice for households with suspected coronavirus infection.  The full guidance is available here. Reading Borough Council have a number of useful advice pages for residents during covid-19:  Coronavirus…

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…

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…

'Cystic fibrosis won't stop me singing'

Despite having a serious health condition, Bianca Nicholas has recorded a successful single, given live session radio performances, and appeared on The Voice. Thousands of young women in the UK dream of becoming pop stars, but few have a serious illness to contend with on top of their musical…