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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…

Support to help vulnerable residents stay warm this winter

Winter Watch Winter Watch offers advice and help to older people, people with disabilities or long term health conditions and families with very young children whose health and well being is most at risk because their homes are cold and damp. This includes: a home energy…

Supported learning, training and working

Colleges Most colleges provide specialist courses and/or support to help people with disabilities. New Directions College 330 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF Call 0345 842 0012 or visit www.newdirectionsreading.ac.uk Reading College (Activate Learning) Reading Campus, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ Call 0800 612 6008 or visit www.activatelearning.ac.uk/reading…

Training and resources for carers

Click here to find courses for carers, online apps, advice and information.   Page last reviewed: 29/09/2020

Transition - Becoming an adult and preparing for the future

This section is designed to provide information for young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) on support and services available to help them make informed choices about their futures. This sections includes information on a wide range of subjects, including the following: Post-16…

Tuberculosis Infection - what you need to know

What is Sleeping Tuberculosis?    Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious but treatable disease –TB incidence in Reading has doubled from 20 per 100,000 populations in 1999 to 41.4 per 100,000 in 2013 and has continued to increase.  Three-quarters of all cases occur in people born outside of…

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…

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…

Using public transport with a disability

All public transport vehicles have to be "accessible" to avoid causing difficulty for disabled passengers. Public transport vehicles also have to accept guide dogs or assistance dogs. However, if you are using public transport, it’s worth contacting the transport operator before you travel to make…

Vehicle road tax exemption and reduction

If you’re disabled or have a serious long-term condition, you may be exempt from vehicle excise duty (known as road tax or car tax).  You’ll qualify for tax exemption if you’re eligible for the higher rate of mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA),…