Primary Care Hub to open at Walk-in Centre in Broad Street Mall

Berkshire West CCG are opening a Primary Care Hub for local people with coronavirus symptoms who require clinical assessment in the community at the Walk-in Centre in Reading’s Broad Street Mall. The Hub is due to open its doors early next week (week beginning 6 April) and will offer specific patients quick and easy access to expert medical assistance. Full details of the hub and how it will operate will be on the CCG website www.berkshirewestccg.nhs.uk. Continue reading Primary Care Hub to open at Walk-in Centre in Broad Street Mall

Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak – round-up of support and information

A round-up of information on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. -This week the government issued new guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus. It includes how you can connect with others during this time, helping those around you, looking after your physical wellbeing and managing your media and information intake. -Helplines: Carers Direct has a helpline open from 08:00 to 21:00 Monday to Friday call 03001 231053. Continue reading Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak – round-up of support and information

Guide for community groups offering coronavirus support services

RVA has prepared Staying Safe whilst Volunteering: A Guide for Voluntary and Community Groups to assist established groups to deliver services safely during this time, with suggested best practice. The guide can be adapted to suit your services and then implemented in your group and shared with volunteers. If you would like any further support or to discuss how you can implement this best practice in your group, do get in touch on advice@rva.org.uk. Continue reading Guide for community groups offering coronavirus support services

Telephone befriending – training package

Keeping in touch with people if you are feeling lonely and isolated has never been more important and this need will increase as the weeks pass. Existing befriending schemes are now switching from face-to-face to telephone-based befriending. Other voluntary, neighbourhood and community groups are looking into how to make the most of their volunteers to offer telephone befriending to their clients across Reading. Continue reading Telephone befriending – training package

Prescription delivery scheme for vulnerable local people

Healthwatch Reading have launched a Reading Prescription Delivery Scheme to ensure medicines can be delivered to isolated and vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis. Mandeep Kaur Bains, chief executive, said Healthwatch Reading and its advocacy service Reading Voice had suspended much of its usual work, but wanted to redeploy its staff to support vulnerable people and assist the NHS as it faced increasing pressure. Continue reading Prescription delivery scheme for vulnerable local people

Coronavirus and your community

The next few weeks and months will be challenging times everywhere. With many people likely to have to stay at home it will be time for local volunteers to help out. If you need information, are interested in helping in your community or know someone that needs extra help here are some useful sources of information – we will add to this list as necessary:- Continue reading Coronavirus and your community

Police Property Act Fund opens early

To support voluntary and community organisations during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable have opened this round of the Police and Property Act Fund early. From Monday 30 March, applications are being sought from organisations across the Thames Valley who are supporting our communities through this outbreak. £100,000 has been made available to help organisations in this round and the closing date for applications is 12:00 on Monday 20 April. Continue reading Police Property Act Fund opens early

Service updates – 24-26 March 2020

A round-up of service updates during the coronavirus outbreak (24-26 March 2020) – The Ridgeline Trust have suspended horticultural therapy sessions at their garden until further notice. They are still available via email (admin@ridgelinetrust.org.uk) and will have updates on their website www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ridgelinetrust. Continue reading Service updates – 24-26 March 2020

The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live

The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live – a place where people in need of help can be connected with volunteers, organisations and services who can support them during the coronavirus outbreak. The number to call is 08081 894325 (free phone), the phone line is open 9:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. Members of the public can phone the hub if they have welfare needs which a family member or trusted friend cannot help them with. Continue reading The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live