Reading Carers’ Card

Many people are family carers and support someone who relies on them to collect shopping, prescriptions and other essential items.

You may not identify yourself as a carer, because you are firstly a parent, a wife, husband, daughter, son, grandchild, friend or neighbour.

Reading Mencap has developed the Reading Carers’ Card, with the support of Reading Borough Council, to help local carers during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is available free of charge to all family carers who live in the borough council area and will identify you as a family carer, in order to help shorten the time you might have to spend queueing for a shop, a pharmacy or health appointment.

Autism Berkshire is one of a number of voluntary sector organisations able to issue the card to carers they support. Please note that you must be a family carer who we help for us to issue you with a Reading Carers’ Card.

Click here to complete our registration form for the card, which asks for your contact details and confirmation that you are a Reading borough resident.

You can choose whether you want your picture to appear on the card. If you do, please email a passport-sized head and shoulders photograph to us at

Email us at the address above, or call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a message if you have any questions.

  • Watch this video to find out more about the card from Charlie Macdonald, of Reading Mencap.