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Be Warm

Be Warm

Staying warm is so important for our wellbeing especially during the colder months, below we hope you’ll find a variety of useful information on the support available, including:

  • Benefits

  • Shopping and food

  • Winter Watch fuel energy advice

  • Grants for white goods and furniture

  • Carers allowances and The Reading Family Carers Card

  • Savings on fuel costs from £28 to £300


If you need help understanding benefits CommuniCare can help you over the phone, in person or on email. CommuniCare support Reading people by offering information, advice and support – they work with people not issues.

Call 0118 9263941

For help with; Universal Credit, Attendance Allowance, Bereavement Support Payment, Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Credit, Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Help with your essential shopping needs

If you know someone who needs help with their basic shopping needs Age UK Berkshire can help anyone struggling

Call 0118 959 4242

Find out more about Age UK Easy Shop.

Are you unable to afford food for yourself or your family?

Asking for help is being in control. Food parcels and hot meals are available.

Winter Watch

Are you on a low income, over 60, have young children, disability or health concern, struggling financially or unable to live independently?

Reading Borough Council’s Winter Watch Fuel Energy Advisor can help you stay safe and warm during the coldest parts of the year. The scheme is for council, private, owner-occupiers and housing association residents in Reading.

Call 0118 937 3747 for help with energy suppliers, cheaper tariffs, smart meters, DIY draught-proofing to help reduce heat loss, help setting timers and night storage heaters and lots more.

Find out more about Winter Watch.

White goods and furniture, grants available

Did you know there are grants available to help you purchase white goods and furniture?

And Christian Community Action helps local residents who are in need of support, emergency furniture and starter packs. Email or call 0118 9512 337.

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