Make a difference

Could you make a difference?

When you care, every day makes a difference. 

Reading needs more carers and support workers. Join us and the care agencies we work with to help make sure vulnerable adults and older people in Reading are supported over the coming months. 

What vacancies are available?

There are currently vacancies available within the residential, home care and supported living service areas working with older people and people with disabilities. A range of temporary, permanent, full-time or part-time roles are available. 

We have compiled a list of local care agencies:

There are also opportunities to work as a Personal Assistant, to help someone maintain their independence. Personal Assistants are employed directly by an individual who is managing and paying for their own care. 

More information on Personal Assistants

Register your interest in becoming a Personal Assistant

Who are we looking for?

If you have finished further education earlier than anticipated, you are looking for temporary employment to support you with immediate income, or you're just keen to do your bit to help, then please apply.

If you are caring and compassionate, and willing to get stuck in, there will be a role for you supporting adults of all ages.

In many cases, no experience is necessary and training will be given.

What does the work involve?

Every day is different as your work revolves around the people you're helping.

We need carers and support workers for people who may be elderly, frail or have multiple health conditions, people with learning and physical disabilities, and people with mental health issues, including dementia.

Work can take place in a variety of settings: in people's homes, in a care home, supported living, in short breaks or day services and out in the community.

Carers and support workers ensure that people are safe and well and have access to food and medication. Types of tasks include:

  • cooking meals and preparing snacks and drinks
  • general housekeeping
  • driving to collect supplies, shopping and delivering vital equipment
  • helping people to get washed and dressed or get ready for bed
  • conversation, companionship and social activities
  • helping with physical activity
  • helping people to use technology so they can keep connected and keep well
  • counselling and therapeutic skills
  • organisation, co-ordination and administration - getting things done!

What safety measures are in place for coronavirus?

The council and care agencies we work with have thorough infection control procedures and protective equipment in place to ensure all staff and the people they support are protected. We will give you up to date guidance and support and we can discuss any concerns or questions you may have.

What two of our care workers had to say about their roles

Rebecca Hancock, Community Reablement Team carer supporting individuals in their homes:

"We support individuals in lots of ways, from washing and dressing, to everyday tasks in the home. It's important to build trust with people and it's vital for the same few carers to visit an individual, rather than a different carer every time.

"I can see I'm making people's days brighter. When someone you're supporting tells you how much you've helped them it's a  feeling. It's a challenging job but very fulfilling."

Rebecca McCready, Care Co-ordinator, who assesses and reviews an individual's care needs:

"The most rewarding part of my job is where you have a really good outcome for someone. Such as when someone is told they won't be able to walk again, I'm able to help put in the right services and right people, and try different things, and after some work they are able to gain more independence to manage their transfers independently.

"When you see an achievement like that, it makes you feel proud of what you've contributed towards, because you have supported them in changing their life for the better."

Reading care providers and recruitment web pages

Home care providers




A2 Dominion

020 8825 2846

Absolute Care UK

0118 986 6700

All Care

01256 4000020

Care 1st Homecare

0118 481 1012

Caremark (West Berkshire & Reading)

0118 957 1155

Carewatch Thames Valley

01628 564707

Good Oaks Reading

0118 327 1160

Kcare Health

0118 956 9922

My Homecare

0118 327 1430

Novus Care

0118 986 3406

Radis Community Care

0118 986 7891


0118 466 0955

Royle Care

0118 957 7460

Spectrum Group Services


0118 995 2475

Superb Healthcare

0118 375 4194


0118 959 5288


0118 327 3232

Total Health & Training Services

0118 987 2035

VJ Carers

0118 986 8394

Supported Living Providers


Website Recruitment Page


Autism at Kingwood

0118 931 0143

Care 4 U WE

0118 963 7448

Chilmington Homes Ltd

0118 961 1219

Choice Care Group

01344 868890

Creative Support

0161 236 0829


0118 929 7900

Elegant Care Services


FitzRoy Support

01730 711111

Kcare Health

0118 956 9922

Loving Angels

01344 838888

Proactive Life

0118 940 1144

Purley Park Trust

 0118 942 7608


0118 986 7891

Rehability UK

03333 44 3095


0118 959 5288

Tonna Care

0118 975 9222

Total Health and Training

0118 987 2035

Voyage Care

0800 035 5474

Residential and Nursing Care Homes




Bupa Care Services


Carrisbrook Choice Care Group

0203 195 0151

Chilmington Homes Ltd

0118 961 1219

Choice Care

Choice Care

Downshire House Aston Care Homes

01189 595648

Lakeside Care Home, Reading

0118 9268369

Life Care




020 7452 2000

Maria Mallaband

0808 163 9188

The Maples

03300 581882

Mulberry Care


0118 926 1544

Moorlands Residential Care Home


0118 9427 522

Navara Lodge


0118 942 4692

Northcourt Lodge

0118 987 5062

Quality Care Providers Ltd

0118 966 6832   

Residential Community Care Ltd 9451712

River View Care Centre - MMCG


St Lukes Care Home, Caversham

0118 9461424

Total Health Support and Training Services Ltd.

0118 987 2035


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