Reading Lifeline Service Closure

Since its beginning in 1994 Reading Lifeline has provided a place for people to find support.  Over the years the service has changed and developed to meet the needs of our local community.  It has been a privilege to provide a safe space for anyone experiencing infertility or baby loss to talk and be listened to.  We have been encouraged by the many stories over the years of the positive impact that Lifeline has had for individuals, couples and families at a very difficult time.

We have continued to review the Reading Lifeline service and in recent years, we have faced challenges in sustaining it.  After careful consideration and as alternative services to support those facing baby loss are available, we have therefore made the decision that it is time to close Lifeline.  We will finish counselling our current clients, but will not be taking any new referrals.  We will not be running any further support groups. 

Anyone affected by infertility or baby loss can access support through their GP.  There are also some other sources of support which you may find helpful:

You can find a counsellor or therapist near you by using the Counselling Directory.

Hope Counselling are a local charity offering help and support to individuals experiencing problems including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement and a range of other issues.

The Willows support group is made up of a group of parents in the Reading area, who have all lost babies at various stage.  They meet regularly and provide support for parents who have been through and continue to suffer the loss of a baby.

If you would like any further information, please contact us on 0118 959 6669 or email

With our thanks for your support,

The Reading Lifeline Team

Join our team

Role: Young Person Support Mentor

Starting Point is a local project that mentors young people aged 15 – 25 into education, employment and training.

This is an exciting opportunity to mentor a case load of young people and to assist our Mentoring Lead in the referral and matching of the young people to their mentors.  We are looking for an excellent communicator with experience supporting young people primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The relational and holistic approach of Starting Point’s one to one support has caused our programme to experience rapid growth. The support focuses on both the practical support (e.g. CV writing, job applications and interview prep) and social-emotional support (e.g. growing in confidence, self-belief and personal presentation).

To apply: CLICK HERE

To find out more: CONTACT US

Join our team!

The Mustard Tree are recruiting a Regional Coordinator for Engage Befriending.

Engage Befriending work to alleviate loneliness and isolation by recruiting and supporting volunteer befrienders to visit older people in their local community.  We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who has the desire and ability to make an impact in this rewarding role.

This post is for 10 hrs per week,

For more information please download the following job description:


You can also speak to Sue Winyard, Project Manager on 07443 487 191

To apply please email your cv and a covering letter to

The closing date for applications is Monday 25th November. Interviews will be on 2nd and 3rd December.

We’re recruiting!

Counselling Support Administrator 16hrs pw

Reading Lifeline offers counselling and support to those affected by infertility or baby loss during pregnancy or soon after birth. This is a busy and varied role.  You will be the first point of contact for clients and volunteers when they call or visit the service.  You will also be responsible for providing the administrative support to the Reading Lifeline team. 

Click on the job description for more information

The closing date for applications is midnight Monday 13th May 2019. Anyone wishing to apply for the role can send a CV and covering letter detailing why they are suitable to

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd May 2019.