Lead Professional Toolbox

Basic needs

Please see our basic needs page for resources and further information on community food projects, clothes and household necessities, help completing forms, and bereavement. For information on grants for individuals and families in need and go to RVA’s funding pages.

Safeguarding children

Read more about the Berkshire West Thresholds Guidance.

The Family Hub

The Family Hub is a service which is intended to provide support to professionals working with families whose needs do not meet threshold for statutory services from Brighter Futures for Children. This includes Targeted Early Help services (such as a Family Worker or Youth Worker) or services from Children’s Social Care.

Read more about how to access help in this Guide to the Family Hub or contact Kya.Bartley@brighterfuturesforchildren.org to explore possible support, including hub meetings.

The Parent Employment Wellbeing Project

PEW is a new project from Reading Voluntary Action that offers free, clear, non-judgemental and confidential information, advice, guidance and support. The project is for parents who are over the age of 16, not in employment, not furloughed and living in Reading. Read more here.

Guides to activities, support and advice

Download a booklet with information from the voluntary, community and statutory sectors about the activities and support they offer for children, young people and their families. This booklet was produced to accompany the One Reading Conference on 18 November 2019 and is an update to the Voluntary Sector Market Place booklet from January 2019.




Download a booklet about employability services, support and advice available in Reading and West Berkshire, including sections on basic needs, housing, benefits, and debt, young people and family support and health and wellbeing.





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