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Carer's grants, discounts and offers


The Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub provides a range of grants to support carers who look after an adult or disabled child.
You can apply for grants towards the cost of: 

  • one piece of essential household equipment that will benefit you in your caring role, e.g. a washing machine
  • a time-out or break from caring such as a holiday, including replacement care while you are away
  • courses, classes or training to assist with your caring role, refresh your skills or retrain for a new career

For more information and to apply for any of these grants call the Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub on 0118 324 7333.

CarerSmart benefits, discounts and offers

Register with CarerSmart to benefit from a wide range of offers.

CarerSmart is provided by Carers Trust.

Reading Arts and Venues

A person accompanying a wheelchair user will get free admission to events at the Hexagon, Town Hall, and South Street. They can also arrange escorts to give carers a break. For details call 0118 960 6060.


If the person you care for receives a disability benefit or is registered blind they could get a Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) Card for a small charge. The carer accompanying the person will then get a free ticket. 

Your Reading Passport (YRP)

YRP is a combined discount and library scheme for Reading Borough residents. If you are over 60 years old or have a disability you may qualify for bigger discounts and free off-peak use of some sports and leisure facilities.

Pick up a YRP Application Form from your local library or any Reading Sport and Leisure centre.

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