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Training and resources for carers

Click here to find courses for carers, online apps, advice and information.   Page last reviewed: 30/07/2020

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). It’s worth noting that mobility scooters and "class 3" powered wheelchairs (limited to 8mph or 4mph on pavements) are exempt from…

What are shared lives schemes?

‘Shared lives’ schemes are designed to support adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or other support needs. In shared lives, an adult with care needs is matched with an approved ‘shared lives carer’; the adult and the shared lives carer will share family and…

What are supported living services?

You may prefer not to live in residential care, but find it difficult to cope at home. But you may, with help, be able to live independently in the community. For further information about this service and the support you can get, please click on…

Working and caring

Although working alongside caring can be difficult to juggle, it does ensure you have a life outside your caring responsibilities which provides different challenges, the chance to meet/stay in contact with other people and some financial stability. Should I give up work? Many carers feel…

Your care after discharge from hospital

If you go into hospital, you may be worried about whether you’ll cope when you leave. Find out about the support available to your from the Council's Intermediate Care Reablement team (click on this sentence) Find out what the advice and guidance is on your…