Parent Champions – Brighter Futures for Children are recruiting volunteers for the Parent Champion Scheme. Further information can be found here
Reading Town Centre survey – what do you think about the town centre and what could be done to make it more sustainable, inclusive and liveable. The survey is open until 3 September. Complete the survey 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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ or 3 & 4 Year Old Free Early Years Funding
Family Information Service Reading – Summer Holiday Activities 2021, the information on this link is regularly updated. Families in Reading may be eligible to free activities, funded by the Holiday Activity Fund, eligibility details.
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.
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 Children’s Festival 2021 – starts Saturday 31 July until Sunday 22 August. There will be activities and events in and around Reading for children of all ages. From sport and circus workshops to fun days with art and craft across the borough. For a full programme of activities, click here.
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.
Reading SEND Local Offer – Spring 2021 Newsletter
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
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.