Berkshire Youth Hub

Welcome to the Berkshire Youth Hubs – sharing resources and supporting young people through COVID-19.

General Information

Parent Champions – Brighter Futures for Children are recruiting volunteers for the Parent Champion Scheme.  Further information can be found here

Information for Parents

2 Year Old Funding – children may be eligible to 2 year funding if families are in receipt of certain benefits or other criteria.

30 Hours Childcare – working parents of 3 & 4 year olds may be eligible to an additional 15 hours funding (30 hours childcare).  To find out more visit or 3 & 4 Year Old Free Early Years Funding

Reading Information Advice and Support Service for SEND – Offering free confidential and impartial information advice and support to Reading parents/carers who have children/young people with SEND and to the children and young people directly, if required.

SEND Guide for Parent Carers – to help families access information on local SEND services for children, young people  with additional needs.

The Family Information Service/SEND Local Offer need your help – please could you spend a few minutes to complete the SEND Local Offer Survey, which can be completed here.  Survey ends Friday 5 November.


Activities and support for children, young people and families in Reading 

Art Workshops – to support young people improve confidence, relationships, communication, self-expression, and aims to relieve stress and anxiety and activities will include diary making and clay-sculpting. The workshops are on Monday 19 July, Tuesday 20 July, Monday 26 July and Tuesday 27 July from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.  To book a place please email Abbie.

Avanti Freewheelers – starting 29 April 2021, Avanti Cycling are offering fun cycling sessions for 12 to 16 year olds. Email them to sign up and find out more.

Dance Reading are running FREE street dance, music and film making workshops this February half term for young people aged 12 – 16. Sign up here.

Dance workshops (11 years – adult) – Reside Dance C.I.C are delivering a  FREE celebratory cultural dance programme to residents and workers of Oxford Road.  For more info and to get involved click here.

Reading FC Soccer Camps – you can book now for the football camps taking place in February half term.

Reading Youth – your one stop shop for all things ‘youth’ in Reading

Restart Youth – No5 are running this project to gain the voices of young people in Reading who do not currently access their service to find out what they need as mental health support – survey link 

Special Needs Activities in Reading and surrounding areas

Sport in Mind have some great FREE sport and activity sessions for children and young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health in your area. Please see their Autumn 2021 after school timetables here: 9 to 12 year olds; 13 to 16 year olds.

Things to do – Reading Services Guide

Counselling Services

ARC (Young People’s Information and Counselling Service)– We provide a free counselling, advice and information service, primarily for children, young people and their families. We also provide training for teachers and help to set up anti-bullying schemes.

Kooth – It’s available for 11-18 year-old years, seven days a week, from 12 midday to 10pm week nights and from 6pm-10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. As well as the counselling (which is accredited by The British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling), Kooth also offers moderated forums and self-help articles.

No5 Young People – No5 offers a free and confidential counselling service to young people aged 11-25. No5 also offers a low-cost adult counselling service for those aged 26+ (£20 per session).

Source – Reading’s Young People’s Drug & Alcohol service. They work with young people under 18 years old or up to 25 if they are vulnerable adults or have learning difficulties.

Young People and Mental Health



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