Useful information for Reading-based families

Whether you're on our waiting list for support or just curious about other help available for families in Reading, we hope you'll find some of the following links useful...


Reading Family Information Service

Reading Family Information Service provides information on local services and activities available for any family member taking care of children or young people up to the age of 19, or young people with special educational needs or disabilities up to the age of 25. 

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Reading Children's Centres 

Brighter Futures for Children run children's centres in East, South, West Central and West Reading. 

These offer: 

  • Early education integrated with childcare
  • Free activities for babies and toddlers 
  • Child and family health services
  • Family friendly support services
  • Opportunities to meet other parents and carers
  • Support with getting into work or training

First Days

Fellow local family support charity, First Days, offers a range of support for families who are experiencing financial hardship, which compliments what we do. This includes providing everyday essentials like school uniform, baby clothes and equipment, travel equipment, toiletries, safety items, furniture, toys and books.


CommuniCare is a local charity that offers information, advice and support to local people, to empower them in their situation, building independence. They can help with issues ranging from debt to relationship breakdown and their volunteers are available to help with filling in forms. 

Housing Advice Service 

Reading Borough Council’s advice service for anyone experiencing housing difficulties. The team provides realistic options and advice for anyone at risk of being made homeless. 

SEND Local Offer

This page from Brighter Futures fur Children brings together information about local services, support, activities and events for children and young people aged 0 - 25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

Parenting Special Children 
Parenting Special Children provide specialist support for Berkshire families who have children and young people with special needs. 

Autism Advisory Service

Brighter Futures for Children provide this advisory service to support families in Reading with a child diagnosed with autism. 

Berkshire Women's Aid

Berkshire Women’s Aid provide support, advocacy and other service for anyone facing domestic abuse, and accommodation for women and their children fleeing abusive situations.

Parents and Children Together (PACT)

PACT empower women facing multiple disadvantages as well as providing support with adoption and fostering and help for children who have suffered trauma due to domestic abuse.

Young Carers Youth Clubs

Clubs provided by Brighter Futures for Children, specifically for children and young people aged 6-18 with caring responsibilities.

Sport in Mind

A UK charity that uses sport and exercise to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems. 

Free Cakes for Kids Reading

Free Cakes for Kids Reading helps families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for a child due to health issues, financial difficulties or other reasons. They will ask for details like specific dietary requirements and the child’s favourite theme then deliver a cake made to order by a local volunteer baker. 

Josimah Baby Bank

A local charity that passes donated baby items on to parents who need them. You can refer yourself directly. 

Trust House Reading

This local charity provides support and advice for people affected by sexual violence and abuse, including children and their parents.