Disability Advice & Support

Disability Advice & Support Service: Support For Individuals & Families

Stepping Forward currently supports individuals and families who are struggling to access services and support. Our work has succeeded in securing:

  • Support with DLA and PIP applications
  • Essential equipment for home and school
  • Personal grants.

We are able to directly support people in Berkshire with the DLA and PIP application process and to access other essential resources and support. We are running one-to-one Advice Clinics where we identify support for the resource needs that will enable individuals to live as full a life as possible. This includes making applications to a range of trusts and foundations for support for specific areas of need, including wheelchairs, specialist equipment. We know that the right support at the right time can help enormously – whether it be to increase mobility, to purchase essential equipment or to secure much-needed holidays and breaks. If you are outside Berkshire we may still be able to offer some support so do get in touch if you think that we may be able to assist.

Contact us at info@stepping-forward.org.uk if you would like to know more.

We are grateful to our funders for supporting this work: The National Lottery Community Fund, the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust and Berkshire Community Foundation.

Lottery Community FundPostcode Lottery | Neighbourhood TrustBerkshire Community Fund

Support For Organisations

Stepping Forward assists with capacity-building and resource-mobilisation for organisations, including the setting up of parent groups and voluntary organisations focusing on the rights of disabled people in the UK. Work includes the development of organisational strategies, campaigning and project development.

At a time of funding cuts impacting services, and many disability organisations considering closure, we offer support with resource mobilisation to protect essential services for people with disabilities.

In Reading we work with Reading Mencap, The Engine Shed, The Rivertime Boat Trust, Autangel, Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, and Autism Berkshire on joint events (eg the Winter Ball), bringing local disability organisations together for mutual support, networking and raising awareness.