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  • The national charity Contact have a number of virtual workshops for families of children with additional needs from finances, educational support and handling meetings effectively as a parent. See for more details Family workshops | Contact


  • The Reading Family Carers Card

Many people are family carers and support someone who relies on them to collect shopping, prescriptions and other essential items. You may not identify yourself as a carer because you are firstly a parent, a wife, husband, daughter, son, grandchild, friend or neighbour.

Reading Mencap have produced The Reading Family Carers Card it’s available to carers for FREE and it will identify you as a family carer in order to help shorten the time you might have to spend queueing for a shop, a pharmacy or even a health appointment. It is supported by Reading Borough Council.

Please click on the link below to the Reading Services Guide information page about the Reading Families Carers Card.



  • Reading Information, Advice & Support Service for SEND (Reading IASS) 

This service was formerly called the Parent Partnership Service. It offers free confidential and impartial advice and support to Reading parents and carers who have children (up to the age of 25) with special educational needs or disability. Here is a link to their website where you can find further information.          https://www.readingiass.org/                      



SEND Summer Holiday Activities 2022


Please see the links below for SEND short Breaks for the summer holidays in Reading. Link to the SEND Local Offer Newsletter is also below.


SEND Summer Holiday Short Breaks

We have also created a Summer Holiday Activities 2022 page on the Family Information Service website. Please use the following link to view this page Activities in Reading during the summer holiday 2022 The information will be updated regularly, so please keep visiting for new updates. We will also be posting activities and events running through the summer on our Facebook page, so please do ‘like’ and follow us www.facebook.com/readingfis


Families in Reading may be eligible to free activities running during the summer holiday, which are funded by the Holiday Activity Fund (HAF). To find out more about eligibility and how to access the activities visit Holiday Activities and Food scheme (HAF) - Brighter Futures For Children


General Holiday Activities can be found on the following search list - Search Results | Reading Services Guide


For parent carers who need information on childcare, holiday clubs, childminders etc for the school holiday – www.readingfis.org/childcare


View the SEND Local Offer Newsletter here