Carers – vital sources of support and information for unpaid carers

In addition to existing adult and young carers, many people have had to become carers for older, disabled or seriously ill friends and relatives overnight as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Existing and new carers have had to adapt to cope with a lack of access to respite centres and other vital resources during lockdown.

That’s why we have started a survey to find out exactly what issues are facing carers across Wokingham Borough, and what support is needed going forward (link to main web page).  

We have also brought together some key resources and places which might be of help to carers at the current time:  

Support for carers in Wokingham Borough 

Council support 

Wokingham Council have produced Coronavirus: Helpful information and resources for parents and carers  

More here

They also have information about short breaks for carers, finding emergency support, financial help, carers assessments and help for young carers.

More here

Tuvida - Local Carers Support Group

TuVida (Berkshire) currently support carers and their families across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Services include:

  • Care at home: Individualised, home-based support that helps people requiring care to remain as independent as possible. Find out more.
  • Day centres and groups: A change of scenery for people receiving care support, as well as the opportunity to meet new people in a fun and relaxing environment. Find out more.
  • Carer respite: Temporary home care provision that enables periods of respite for carers. Find out more.
  • Carers Hub: Carers Hubs (currently available in Reading & West Berkshire, and in Wokingham) exist to support carers and make their lives easier in a variety of ways – for example, by connecting them with other carers, or by providing free and confidential information and advice. Find out more.
  • Wokingham Young Carers Service: The Wokingham Young Carers Service provides support for young people who look after members of their family. It enables young carers to take regular breaks from caring, make new friends, take part in fun activities, and access information and advice. Find out more.

AGE UK Berkshire

They provide information, advice and various types of support for older people and their carers. Visit their website to find out more

Reading and Wokingham Stroke Association

Reading and Wokingham Stroke Recovery Service provides practical advice, emotional support and high-quality information following a stroke. Whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or family member, they will work with you to identify and address your physical needs through a personalised plan, and support you to rebuild your life after a stroke. Visit their website to find out more

Wokingham Parent Carer Forum - SEND  

Every local authority in the country has a parent carer forum - this is Wokingham's. It is a group of Parent Carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They work with local authorities, education settings, health and social care providers to make sure that the planning and provision of services for families takes full account of parent carer views and experiences, so that those services can be effective, timely and the best use of resources.  Visit their website to find out more

Promise Inclusion (Formerly Wokingham, Bracknell and Districts Mencap)

They provide support, information and advice for adults and children with learning disabilities and/or autism, their parents, carers and their families. Visit their website to find out more

Parenting Special Children

They provide specialist support for Berkshire Families who have children with special needs. Visit their website to find out more

Crossroads Care Wokingham

Crossroads Care is a 'not for profit' national network of local charities employing over 5,000 trained professionals nationwide and working with over 35,000 carers to help them make a life outside caring. It provides short breaks for unpaid family carers to give them ‘Me Time’. Visit their web site to find out more

ASD Family Help

The ASD Family Help charity is a ‘User Led’ independent and voluntary group that offers support, advice and activities for individuals on the autistic spectrum and/or other learning disabilities, their parents, carers or professionals within Wokingham & West Berkshire Boroughs in Berkshire, UK. Visit their website to find out more

Autism Berkshire

Autism Berkshire was founded as the Berkshire Autistic Society in 1990 by a group of parents of children with autism, related conditions and challenging behaviors. Today they are the leading autism charity in Berkshire and deliver quality specialist services, training and social and leisure activities throughout the county, guided by a team of trustees with personal and professional experience of autism. Visit their website to find out more

Building For The Future

Building for the Future is a Wokingham based, parent led charity providing activities, support and therapy for children with disabilities and/or additional needs and their families. Visit their website to find out more 

Me2 Club

The purpose of Me2 Club is to tackle the social isolation and loneliness caused by exclusion from mainstream activities. Working with volunteers they transform the lives of children with additional needs and their families, ensuring ‘Inclusion for All’. Visit their website to find out more

Dingley's Promise

Dingley’s mission is to deliver life changing support to under 5’s with special educational needs & disabilities and their families, by providing specialist learning through play, family support & training. Visit their website to find out more

Berkshire PHAB

They are a charity whose main focus is to help both disabled and non-disabled people share experiences, meet new people, enjoy activities designed for all abilities, and, most importantly, create memories. Visit their website to find out more

Wokingham and Reading MS Society

They provide, information, advice, support, equipment for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Visit their website to find out more

Stepping Stones DS

Stepping Stones DS provides a wide range of support, training, information, social events and accessible activities for children and young people with Down Syndrome, their families and the professionals involved in their care. Visit their website to find out more

Headway Thames Valley

Provide information, support and services to people with an acquired brain injury (ABI), their families and carers in the Thames Valley. Visit their website to find out more

Carers UK

This national organisation provides lots of help, advice and information for carers. Caring can be extremely complicated. The maze of rights and entitlements can be complicated. Filling in paperwork can be complicated. Getting a break can be complicated. Our feelings about caring can certainly be complicated. You can call them on: 

020 7378 4999

or visit their website to find out more

Dementia UK

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for individuals, families and carers through their Admiral Nurse service. Visit their website to find out more

Sources of financial support for carers 

The Family Fund – an organisation which can help with grants for families caring for disabled children, to buy equipment and other items. https://www.familyfund.org.uk/  

Don't forget to take part in our survey for unpaid carers: 

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