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ACRE Family Support Team (Alafia)

The ACRE Family Support Team (formerly Alafia)

Supporting black and minority ethnic families with a child (0-25) with additional needs or disabilities.

Alafia works in partnership with local statutory, voluntary and community organisations to facilitate access to services by BME families in Reading.  We offer advice and advocacy support to our members, empowers members to participate in relevant health and social care forums and provide a relaxed environment aimed at reducing isolation, enhancing life skills and improving well-being of our members. They offer Home visiting and a short breaks service.

For more information and support please contact  Tel: 0118 951 0279 Email: 

Please note ACRE's new address below as from 1st July 2019

Who to contact

Contact Name
Shagufta Ali
0118 951 0279

Where to go

Alliance for Cohesion & Racial Equality
Middle Building
344 Oxford Road Community Centre
RG30 1AF

This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.