Who we are
A commissioned service of four local charities, offering support to those who provide care to a child or adult family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health condition or an addiction and who cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid
The four partners
A partnership of four commissioned local charities: Reading Mencap, Age UK Reading, Age UK Berkshire and CommuniCare. Between us we offer information, advice, and support to people throughout Reading and West Berkshire who are caring for a child or adult family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health condition or an addiction and who cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.
Read the information below to find out more about each charity and how its specialist experience and skills may be able to help you or someone you care for. Then scroll further down the page and click on the appropriate button for information on how you can contact whichever partner is most relevant to your needs.
Reading Mencap provides a comprehensive range of services for people with learning disabilities and their families.
For carers of children and adults with a learning disability we provide specialist information and advice, support to complete a carer’s assessment, help to make emergency plans, provide the Berkshire West Carers’ Cards, run bi-monthly carers support groups and much more.
We have our own building in central Reading, with limited on-site parking, not far from the Royal Berkshire Hospital
We are a small local charity operating as part of the Age UK Partnership. We deliver local community services to help older people over the age of 50 to live their best later life. Services include Befriending, Social Clubs, Dementia Clubs, Coffee morning, Footcare, Homeshare, Gardening and Shopping. We also provide Information and Advice services, and for Carers, we offer Information and Advice, Social Groups and Carer’s Assessments.
For anyone caring for an older person in West Berkshire we can support with a wide range of information and advice, access to services and carers groups. Our carers support is free and confidential.
CommuniCare provides information, advice, and support.
We can support Carers with a range of issues including helping with benefits checking, welfare rights, form filling and housing advice, and for Reading Carers we also offer Carer’s Assessments. At our advice centre in East Reading, we run daily drop in 1:1 confidential advice sessions. Across Reading & West Berkshire we run outreach advice sessions in community locations. We can also offer home visits.