Wellbeing and Support
The Family Fund provides grants to families on low incomes who have disabilities or severe medical conditions. You can find out more about the Family Fund here: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
Promise Inclusion (MENCAP) are still available to help - click link for their contact details
Claire our Yoga teacher provides yoga and wellbeing suggestions on the Yoga Home Learning page
SOCIAL CARE (Support by local authority)
Social workers and short breaks coordinator would be the first point of contact, for families who are not open cases or who do not know who their social worker is, they will need to contact.
For concerns (only), call First Contact on 0118 937 3641 (includes out of hours contact details).
Children with Disability Admin on 01189746890 during working hours.
and Social Care emergency duty team on 01344 786543 between 5 pm and 9 am during weekends and Bank holidays.
The number to ring 01344 352020 between 8.30 am and 5 pm after that the call will be directed to Forest Care where they will be able to speak with a social worker.
Promise Inclusion (Formally MENCAP)
Family Liaison Workers 07827 340405
A mental health charity
Phone: 0300 123 3393
Phone: 116 123
Phone: 0808 808 4994.
(For under 25 year olds only).
Rethink Mental Illness
Phone: 0300 5000 927
Educational Support Partnership
Provides free confidential counselling for teachers, including online chat services.
Phone: 0800 0562 561
ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service)
ACAS provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of work place relations and employment law. Supports good relationships between employers but also provides conciliation services to resolve work place problems.
Phone: 0300 123 1100
FOOD BANKS/CAFES/FINANCIAL SUPPORT
NEW BEGINNINGS READING (Great Knolley’s Street, Reading)
Email or call to organise a food parcel:
07806 658 995 (weekdays 9am to 4pm)
0118 969 9956 (weekdays 9am to 12.30pm)
These food banks require having a referral to get hold of food vouchers
this link talks through how to do this): (https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/using-a-food-bank/
App for free food:
App for discounted food from local businesses:
Too Good to Go
Supermarket coupons for free/discounted food:
Help with those struggling with utility bills (quite a lengthy document but may be useful?)