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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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Re-opening of local gardening groups

As you may know, in and around Reading we have professional groups that can provide opportunities for therapeutic gardening, community gardening, and getting into nature. The groups are re-opening their sessions and we will be highlighting each group and posting details about what they offer…

Mindfulness at RISC - Depression Xpression

With the help of a Reading Community Grant from RVA, we are resuming our monthly support meetings at RISC starting on Monday 14th September 2020 at 7.30pm. Social distancing and safety measures will be in place to minimise the risks from Covid-19 – full details…

TuVIDA - new name for our local Carers Hub and Crossroads Reading - as from 4th September

The Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub and Crossroads Reading will now be known as TuVida as from Friday 4th September 2020. The rationale for the rebrand is simple. The current provider of the service, Carers Trust East Midlands, currently operates under varying names across…

Priority Services Register for vulnerable households

Priority Services Register for vulnerable households Services such as gas, electricity, water, phones and public transport are no luxuries.  We need them every day to look after ourselves. Regulated providers of these services offer Priority Service Registers to provide extra help for customers who are…

Help with health costs

You and/or the person you care for may be eligible for help with some health costs. Click here for further information about health costs. Page last reviewed: 21/07/2021

Help with heating costs

If you struggle to keep warm in winter you may be eligible for benefits, discounts and/or energy efficiency improvements to help with heating costs. Click here for further information about help with heating costs. You can also contact some of the local organisations who can…

Fuel Poverty - information page, advice and training

Fuel poverty affects 2.5 million households in England (10.9% of households) People who live in fuel poverty are more likely to suffer from ill health, from poor mental health, are self-disconnect from heating to save money or die as a result of living in a…

Benefits for Carers (Carer's Allowance)

Caring can lead to financial difficulties.  It is important to ensure that both you and the person you care for claim all benefits you are entitled to. Click here for further information about carer's allowance and other benefits for carers. UNIVERSAL CREDIT Universal Credit Full Service has been available…

Help with travel and travel costs (plus accessible facilities)

There is a range of support to help you get out and about, including the following options: Travelling by bus Concessionary Travel Disabled parking Travelling to your workplace The Oracle Shopmobility Scheme RADAR National Key Scheme Accessible Facilities (Changing places) Other services available: Readibus ReadiBus…

Suicide Prevention - information page

Suicide is not inevitable. Preventing suicides is a complex and challenging issue, but there are effective solutions for many of the individual factors which contribute towards the risk of suicide. If you are concerned about someone you think may be at risk or is vulnerable,…