Carers - Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub

Are you, or is someone you know, providing much-needed unpaid care for a loved one?

Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub Service is a confidential support service available for carers of all ages,

The Carers Hub can offer:

Information, Advice and Guidance

  • Signposting to specialist organisations
  • Advice on benefits, other support groups   

One to One Telephone Support

  • Listening and emotional support
  • Coping mechanisms during stressful times

Carers Groups 

  • A chance to meet other Carers via regular groups organised across Berkshire
  • Activities and outings
  • Guest speakers

 Short Break Accommodation 

  • Holiday Lodge accommodation available for 1 week bookings. Two lodges available in Saxmundham, Suffolk (own transport required/remote) sleeps max 6 or 8. More local holiday accommodation may be available.

 Gym Memberships  (currently only available at 2 Reading locations)

  • Free weekly sessions for Carers 
  • Access to all facilities
  • Book 3 months in advance

 Carers Grants

  • Carers Essentials - Carers can apply for grants of up to £300 towards the cost of ONE piece of household equipment which will benefit them in their caring role.
  • Carers Take Time Out - Carers can apply for grants of up to £400 to enable them to take a break from their caring role. Up to £160 (or 40% of the total grant awarded) can be used to pay for replacement care if needed. This care can be accessed at the home of the person in receipt of care, in a respite care facility, or on the break itself.
  • Replacement care may be able to be accessed through a local Carers Trust Scheme.
  • Carers: Skills for You - Carers can apply for grants of up to £500 to enable them to learn new skills that will assist them in their caring role, help them to return to work or enable them to have a new interest outside their caring role. Up to £200 (or 40% of the total grant awarded) can be used to pay for replacement care if needed whilst the carer is taking part in the course or activity.

 CarerSmart Discount Card

  • Benefits scheme available to all carers - https://www.carersmart.org/  
  • Joining is easy and free, once you’re a member, you can benefit from  a wide range of offers including:  
  • Cash back on shopping from numerous high street retailers
  • Best rates from energy providers
  • Reductions on insurance renewals  
  • Discounts on holidays and travel arrangements
  • Reduced price lifestyle activities
  • Free legal advice service

Respite Break for carers

  • Free sitting service for the ‘cared for’ allowing the carer to have a couple of hours break.  Available from volunteers (unable to provide personal care)

Who to contact

Telephone
0118 324 7333
E-mail
ask@berkshirecarershub.org
Website
Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
18-25
26-49
50+

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