Alphabetical list of RAN Member Organisations.
Age UK Berkshire provides both free and chargeable services for older people in Berkshire.
Information and advice is offered on a wide variety of topics of interest or concern to people in later life, family, friends or carers. They also offer free befriending and other loneliness-combating activities. Age UK Berkshire covers the whole of Berkshire county.
Age UK Reading provides vital information, advice and other services to support thousands of older people of all ages and backgrounds, including those from disadvantaged or marginalised groups, such as those living in deprived areas, or black and minority ethnic older people.
Age UK Reading services cover the whole area of Reading.
The British Red Cross is a humanitarian organisation that has a range of support services available locally in Reading and across the UK.
They help refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants become familiar with their local area and access essential services.
They also loan out mobility aids and support people to become more independent when going home from hospital.
The Berkshire West Carers Hub is operated by the Carers' Trust East Midlands and supports 800-1500 family carers and the people they care for across the East Midlands extending as far south as Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire.
Through the Berkshire West Hub they offer a series of services to make caring for a loved one easier through information and advice, support groups and even care breaks.
Citizens Advice Reading provide comprehensive generalist advice to help people with a wide range of problems including benefits, employment, debt and money, consumer, immigration and asylum, relationships and family, energy and utilities, housing, discrimination, law and rights, health and community care and education.
Their services are free, independent, confidential and impartial.
CommuniCare offer non judgemental, free information and advice on a wide range of topics including housing and benefits. They try to think of the "whole person" rather than just the "problem considered" and take a holistic view of the person and their issues to come up with a complete support package.
Dingley’s Promise delivers life changing support to under 5s with additional needs & disabilities and their families, by providing specialist learning through play, support for families, and training and advice for mainstream settings.
Dingley's Promise has three centres - in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire.
Graft Thames Valley aims to eradicate the barriers to employment by providing tailored support, information and advice to meet the needs, ability and aspirations of each individual. They work with their clients on a one-to-one basis, setting agreed SMART objectives to improve their employability, adopting a holistic and “stepping stone” approach to progress them into employment.
Although they are unable to help everyone, anyone living in the Thames Valley Area is welcome to apply for their support.
Healthwatch Reading has three main functions: to inform the public of their rights to care, assessments, or support; influence improvements to service provision in the Reading area; and provide advocacy support for its clients where needed.
Healthwatch Reading can assist and take feedback from people living or working in Reading. They can also help relatives or carers of Reading residents, even if the relative or carer lives outside of Reading.
Launchpad provide three key services, which help to prevent homelessness and support people individually: a Drop-In Information and Advice service to anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness-related advice; clean, safe housing combined with individual, targeted support to get people back on track; and support for single parents, families, couples and individuals to stay in their own homes by helping them with landlord related issues.
Reading Community Welfare Rights Unit has been delivering a high quality specialist information and advice service in Reading since 1988 in the areas of Welfare Benefits & Housing.
Their service is free, confidential, independent and impartial.
Reading Mencap provides information, advice and advocacy to support individuals with learning disabilities, and their families to overcome barriers and lead a full and active life in their community.
Their home visiting and drop-in service gives anyone who needs it information and advice on a wide variety of issues including social care, health, benefits, housing, hate crime, diagnosis and legal matters.
Reading Refugee Support Group are committed to reducing poverty, suffering and the social isolation of people who have reached our country having already faced unimaginable persecution and hardship.
RRSG run both drop-in advice sessions and client appointments. They also run English language classes and a children’s homework club, and they participate in and contribute to various cultural events throughout the year.
Reading Voluntary Action promotes strength within Reading’s voluntary and community sector by providing information, access to resources, volunteer recruitment and training to people who work in or with charities, community groups and voluntary organisations. They support voluntary sector representation on cross-sector partnership initiatives in Reading.
Stepping Forward offers support for people applying for DLA/PIP, throughout the process. We run one-to-one Advice Clinics where we help disabled people access essential resources and equipment. We also take this service into special schools and secure significant practical support for children with disabilities. This direct support to individuals and families addresses the impact of disability on social isolation, increased living costs, the need for specialist equipment and provides access to supported breaks.