Useful Links


Local websites
East Reading Children's Centres are not responsible for the content of external internet sites. If you know of any links we could add here we would be very pleased to hear from you.

• Adult Learning • Communicare • Welfare Rights
• CAB • Community Savings & Loans • Faith Forum
• Reading Voluntary Action • Earley Charity • Little Loft
• Network Vineyard    

National websites

• Accident Prevention • Allergies • Breast Feeding
• Child Development • Childcare • Childhood Education
• Children's Learning • Family Support • Fun
• Health • Lone Parent • Parenting
• Post Natal Illness • Pregnancy • Smoking Cessation
• Special Needs    

For Dads

• Dads UK • Families Need Fathers • Fathers Direct
Home Dad • Slowlane  

For Children

• Bob the Builder • Children's BBC • National Wildlife Federation
• Pingu the Penguin • Sesame Street • The Mouse Club

Adult Learning

Learn for Life in Reading
Reading Borough Council is the first local authority in Berkshire to set up a group of informal adult learning providers and organisations. Together we have created the Reading Part-Time Course Guide that offers a wide range of informal adult learning opportunities on offer by New Directions, Reading College, WEA Reading, Museum of English Rural Life, Graft Thames Valley, Reading Museum & Town Hall, Reading Sport & Leisure and the Reading Community Learning Centre.

Click here to view website

Click here to download the course guide that New Directions and the Reading Informal Adult Learning Network partners are offering

Click here for New Directions courses starting February 2013 onwards


Information, Advice, Support
CommuniCare is a team of Christians motivated by their faith to help people in Reading meet their complete needs through offering information, advice and support. We seek to do this by always acting in the best interests of the people we help, working with people not issues, empowering people in their situation and thereby building independance. Building on our strengths, being flexible in our approach and linking people to communities where appropriate.

Click here to view website

Welfare Rights

Specialists in welfare benefits, debt, & housing advice.
Reading Community Welfare Rights Unit is committed to providing a specialist service to all sectors of the local community in the area of Welfare Benefits, Money, and Housing Advice. The Unit receives funding from sources including Reading Borough Council, the Legal Services Commission and the Earley Charity. Our service is free, confidential, independent and impartial. We believe in equality for all.

Click here to view website


Reading Citizens Advice Bureau

Click here to view website

Community Savings & Loans

Community Savings & Loans is the Credit Union for anyone who lives or works in Berkshire. We offer savings and affordable loans to our members. We are the local alternative to highstreet banks and doorstep lenders.

Click here to view website

Faith Forum

Speaks out on public issues of mutual concern
Raises problems with the local council
Holds Open Forum Meetings (usually three a year)
Runs conferences and Training Day on particular subjects
Consults with people working with Faith Organisations
Cooperates with partners to further the work of Faith and Voluntary sector.

Click here to view website

Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)

Reading Voluntary Action promotes strength within Reading's voluntary and community sector (VCS) by providing information, access to resources, volunteer recruitment and training to people who work in or with charities, community groups and voluntary organisations. We support voluntary sector representation on cross sector partnership initiatives in Reading.

Click here to view website

Earley Charity

The Earley Charity is a local grant-making charity serving Earley and east Reading. Its history goes back some 300 years. It is now one of the largest local grant-making charities in central southern England.

Our grant-making programme is extensive and innovative. We make grants to local individuals in need and to voluntary and community organisations which work in our area of benefit.

Click here to view website

Little Loft

Supporting families in Reading

LittleLOFT supports families across Reading by providing good quality, new & second-hand, baby clothes and equipment (up to 2 years).

Click here to view website

Network Vineyard

Network Vineyard Church

Click here to view website

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Accident Prevention

Child Accident Prevention Trust
The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) is dedicated to reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled and seriously injured as a result of accidents
Click here to view Child Accident Prevention Trust

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Providing information, advice, resources and training, is actively involved in the promotion of safety in all areas of life - at work, in the home, and on the roads, in schools, at leisure and on or near water.
Click here to view Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents


British Allergy Foundation
Information and support to sufferers and their families. Leaflets, fact sheets and regular newsletters are available. In addition they run a help line and support groups throughout the country.
Click here to view British Allergy Foundation

Dairy Free Diet
Aims is to help people who suffer with dairy intolerances/allergies.
Click here to view Dairy Free Diet

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Breastfeeding Network
Aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and others. They run a service that automatically connects you to your local Breastfeeding Supporter
Click here to view Breastfeeding Network

The La Leche League
The La Leche League International mission is: To help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother
Click here to view The La Leche League

Child Development

Coram Family
Works with deprived & disadvantaged children in order to help them reach their full potential
Click here to view Coram Family

Save The Children
Long-term development and prevention work to help children, their families and communities to be self-sufficient. We learn from the reality of children's lives and campaign for solutions to the problems they face.
Click here to view Save The Children

The School of Infant Mental Health
Training in all aspects of parent / Infant relationship for professionals and parents who work with under-5s
Click here to view The School of Infant Mental Health

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Best Bear
A service listing recommended childcare agencies near you and offering researched information on all areas of childcare.
Click here to view Best Bear

Daycare Trust
Runs a helpline for parents with general childcare queries. Their web site contains information on childcare options and details of financial support available to pay for childcare.
Click here to view Daycare Trust

National Childminding Association
Can provide parents with information to help find and choose a childminder. Offer a range of factsheets designed to inform parents about the different types of childcare on offer and the factors to consider when choosing childcare.
Click here to view National Childminding Association

Childhood Education

British Association for Early Child Education
Publishes a series of leaflets for parents covering child development. Their web site also provides a number of interesting articles online.
Click here to view British Association for Early Child Education

DFES Parents Site
This government site tells you about your child's education and development and how you can help.
Click here to view DFES Parents Site

Said to be one of the biggest and most used web sites in the UK. It has up to 600,000 users month and can reach teachers, parents, students, businesses and schools/LEAS.
Click here to view Schoolzone

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Children's Learning

Childrens BBC
The national children's BBC website
Click here to view Childrens BBC

Enchanted Learning
Full of play and educational ideas for you and your children. You can use these ideas to have fun learning together.
Click here to view Enchanted Learning

Family Support

Home Start (UK)
Home-Start is the UK's leading family support organisation for families with children in the 5+ age group. Home-Start volunteers provide emotional and practical support and friendship to families in their own homes. By doing so they represent a lifeline for many families when things are difficult.
Click here to view Home Start (UK)

National Family and Parenting Institute
The National Family and Parenting Institute (NFPI) is an independent charity working to support parents in bringing up their children, to promote the well being of families and to make society more family friendly.
Click here to view National Family and Parenting Institute

NCH Action for Children
NCH works to improve the lives of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people
Click here to view NCH Action for Children

Net Mums
Founded in 2000 Netmums is the UK's fastest-growing online parenting organisation with over 840,000 members, mostly mums. Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily to where to meet other mothers. The local sites are backed by a wealth of parenting articles that start with pregnancy and follow through each stage of childhood helping mums to enjoy a happy and healthy family life
Click here to view Net Mums

One Plus One
Working for the well being of couples and their families
Click here to view One Plus One

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Family Holiday Association
A national charity dedicated to providing holidays for deprived families
Click here to view Family Holiday Association

A safe environment where children can surf, play, learn and also chat in a monitored environment
Click here to view Yahooligans


Institute of Childrens Health
Through its innovative research and its high-quality training programmes, the Institute of Child Health has created a world-class centre for the study and treatment of childhood disease. Together with Great Ormond Street Hospital, it has made a major contribution to the health and well-being of children and their families worldwide
Click here to view Institute of Childrens Health

International Association of Infant Massage
Promotes nurturing touch and communication through training, education and research so that parents, caregivers and children are loved, valued and respected.
Click here to view International Association of Infant Massage

Kids Teeth
Provides a parent's guide to looking after their children's teeth. It includes some very useful tips on how to encourage regular brushing.
Click here to view Kids Teeth

NHS Direct
Provides a large database of information about common complaints together with self-help advice. You can also speak to someone 24hours a day via the telephone helpline on 0845 4647.
Click here to view NHS Direct

Patient UK
Information on health, self help and patient support groups. Also provides a directory of websites and provides NHS information.
Click here to view Patient UK

The National Asthma Campaign
Provides education and support to people with asthma. They run a helpline staffed by asthma specialist nurses and can put you in touch with local support volunteers.
Click here to view The National Asthma Campaign

The National Eczema Society
Dedicated to helping people with eczema and their families
Click here to view The National Eczema Society

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Lone Parent

A national support organisation for lone parent families in England & Wales
Click here to view Gingerbread

Single Parents World
For information on all aspects of parenting plus support, help, advice and friendship from other single parents in our group.
Click here to view Single Parents World for one parent families


BBC Parenting
This site provides information from things to play and do, baby learning, childcare, A to Z of support services, child health, hints and tips written by parents for parents and more
Click here to view BBC Parenting

Childrens Project
Supporting parents in caring for their children
Click here to view Childrens Project

Daycare Trust
Provides a helpline for parents with general childcare queries. Their web site contains information on childcare options and details of financial support available to pay for childcare.
Click here to view Daycare Trust

Mad Mums
Pregnancy and parenting advice web site, a web based community and discussion forum for parents of all ages and backgrounds
Click here to view Mad Mums

Parentline Plus
A source of help before a problem becomes a crisis! They provide help and information to anyone looking after a child including parenting courses
Click here to view Parentline Plus

The School of Infant Mental Health
Training in all aspects of parent / Infant relationship for professionals and parents who work with under-5s
Click here to view The School of Infant Mental Health

Post Natal Illness

Association of Post Natal Illness
Offers advice and support to women suffering from postnatal depression. This support can include putting you in contact with other women who have previously suffered from postnatal depression
Click here to view Association of Post Natal Illness

Counselling for Postnatal Depression
Click here to view Counselling for Postnatal Depression

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Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC)
Aims to raise public and professional awareness of pre-eclampsia, improve care and ease or prevent physical and emotional suffering caused by the condition
Click here to view Action on Pre-Eclampsia (APEC)

BirthChoice UK
Aimed at pregnant women to help them choose where to give birth. This could mean choosing a hospital, a birth centre, midwifery-led unit or a home birth
Click here to view BirthChoice UK

National Childbirth Trust
Offering support in childbirth, pregnancy & early parenthood
Click here to view National Childbirth Trust

Twin & Multiple Births Association
Offers support and information to anyone expecting or caring for twins, triplets or more. Their services include Twinline, a confidential helpline staffed by trained volunteers who are parents of multiples.
Click here to view Twin & Multiple Births Association

Smoking Cessation

Hypnotherapy Directory
Click here to view Hypnotherapy Directory

Quit Smoking UK
The UK's online community for quitting smokers by quitting smokers
Click here to view Quit

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Special Needs

Additional Needs
Provides information, activities and resources for teachers, pupils, parents and others who have an interest in additional needs
Click here to view Additional Needs

Afasic is the UK charity representing children and young adults with communication impairments, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers
Click here to view AFASIC

Autism Independent UK
Society For The Autistically Handicapped. The Society exists to increase awareness of autism, together with well established and newly developed approaches in the diagnosis, assessment, education and treatment. The main goal is to improve the quality of life for persons with Autism.
Click here to view Autism Independent UK

Contact a Family
UK charity helping children with special needs &/or disabilities
Click here to view Contact a Family

Deaf Parenting Project
Set up to improve information and resources for deaf and hard of hearing parents. They also run a thriving Deaf parenting email group that you can join through the web site
Click here to view Deaf Parenting Project

Disabled Parents Network
Run by disabled parents, their allies and family members, disabled people who would like to be parents in the future and others who are already grandparents. They offer a telephone helpline, a support network across the country and a quarterly newsletter for members.
Click here to view Disabled Parents Network

The national educational charity for children with speech and language difficulties.
Click here to view I CAN

National charity for children and adults who are both deaf and blind
Click here to view Sense

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For Dads

Dads UK
A voluntary support group for dads offering advice, information and forums.
Click here to view the Dads UK website

Families Need Fathers
Families Need Fathers is a registered UK charity which provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex. FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown.
Click here to view the Families Need Fathers website

Fathers Direct
An organisation that promotes the role of all fathers. Articles and forums.
Click here to view the Fathers Direct website

Home Dad
An interactive web site for dads bringing up their children. Dads can meet up, offer advice and support and share their experiences of hands-on fathering. The site has news, features and information, details on starting a playgroup and how to find other home dads. There is a bulletin board for messages and regular chat room sessions.
Click here to view the Home Dad website

An American site with a searchable collection of articles and links to sites for all fathering issues.
Click here to view the Slow Lane website

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For Children

Bob the Builder
Do you want to play with Bob and his gang? Can you help fix it?
Click here to view the Bob the Builder website

Children's BBC
The national children's BBC website - full of games as well as play and educational ideas for you and your children.
Click here to view the CBBC website

National Wildlife Federation
Full of activities surrounding our natural habitat for children from 3 to 13 plus to enjoy.
Click here to view the Wildlife Kidzone website

Pingu the Penguin
Said to be one of the world's most loved penguins Pingu will entertain and challenge children with fun games and colouring projects.
Click here to view the Pingu website

Sesame Street
Parents and children can play, read, and sing together on the world's most famous street - Sesame Street!
Click here to view the Sesame Street website

The Mouse Club
An interactive web site, teaching 3 to 7 year olds basic IT skills and mouse control. Provides fun for young children, with support for both the child and the carer. Produced by a team of former teachers who work to incorporate enjoyment with learning. Children receive regular free 'Mouseletters' through email, and access to new online activities. The Mouse Club hopes to encourage the school/home link and offer parents the chance to become more active in their child's IT education!
Click here to view the Mouse Club website

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