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Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on here are still in the process of posting service updates. Many phone lines and websites are still available, but some contact details have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at dos@reading.gov.uk or fis@reading.gov.uk

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Social and Activity Clubs

There's no need to feel lonely and isolated at home - there are lots of social and activity clubs which provide opportunities for you to get out, meet new friends and take part in activities you enjoy. Many clubs and groups are for people of…

Jargon Buster

Jargon Buster Academy - An independently run school that receives government funding. Many academies have converted from maintained schools. Academies may be run by businesses, other schools, charities or voluntary groups. Academies are not controlled by the local authority and have a lot of freedom…

SEND Definitions - Areas of Special Educational Needs/Disabilities

The related links on this page will provide guidance of some of the SEND definitions that are commonly asked about by parents/carers and professionals. Updated July 2020

Nursery Schools & Classes

Nursery School and Classes are open term time only, please see below to find out more. For infor mation on day nurseries visit our advice & guidance page Nurseries .   Page reviewed January 2020

Help from your GP

Caring can take a toll on your own health and wellbeing so it is especially important to look after yourself. It is important you identify yourself as a carer to your GP Practice so they are aware of your situation and can offer extra support if…

SEND - Family Finance

Family Finance aims to inform and educate families, leading to their greater financial well being and consequent improvements in lifestyle. At a time of huge change to the benefit system, the organisations listed below will help provide a much needed source of free, confidential, high…

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…

Special Needs Support

Support available to Parents, Families and Carers and Young People with SEND. In this section you will find a range of information including: Local Services and Charities National Services and Charities Support Groups Where to get help and advice. If you want some specific help and advice, you…

SEND News, Information & Workshops/Courses

Keeping families up to date with changes is important, along with interesting and informative news items… SEND News, Information & Workshops/Courses Disability News Service Easy Read Online Easy News - Easy News is the first news magazine designed to be accessible for people with learning disabilities…

Help with housing costs

If you are on low income and struggling to meet your housing costs, you may be eligible for help with your rent, council tax and mortgage or loan interest. The Council  also offers a variety of grants for people on low income to help ensure…
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