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  • ABC to Read goes online

    27 March 2020ABC to Read goes online

    ABC to Read are now reading stories on their Youtube channel, and their stories will also be available on Facebook, Twitter and their website

  • Service updates – 24-26 March 2020

    26 March 2020Service 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 ( and will have updates on their website and Facebook page

  • The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live

    26 March 2020The 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.

  • Multilingual coronavirus advice available

    26 March 2020Multilingual coronavirus advice available

    Doctors of the World are pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 34 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice. Advice is available in: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.

  • Reading Community Lottery to find coronavirus support groups

    25 March 2020Reading Community Lottery to find coronavirus support groups

    The first draw for Reading Community Lottery has taken place, with the next one at the end of April. During the coronavirus outbreak, the Reading Community Lottery Central Fund will be used to support the community response. It will go to organisations helping the most vulnerable in our town with the delivery of food, supplies and prescriptions, and telephone befriending.

  • Royal Berkshire Hospital’s coronavirus action plan

    25 March 2020Royal Berkshire Hospital’s coronavirus action plan

    The next stages in a major Covid-19 action plan aimed at ensuring local patients, staff and communities are guaranteed first-class health care and support have been outlined by hospital leaders. The far-reaching plan builds on work already in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and is aimed at reassuring people that everything possible is being done to make sure they are kept safe and well during the current Covid-19 outbreak.

  • Free online courses to help carers

    24 March 2020Free online courses to help carers

    With the current coronavirus emergency situation and recent advice for people over 70, and those with serious health conditions to stop non-essential contact with others for 12 weeks, it is easy to see how carers of people living with dementia and their families may become socially isolated. FutureLearn are offering free online courses for carers of people with dementia which may be a valuable resource in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

  • Coronavirus Response Volunteers ready for action

    24 March 2020

    People from across our town have answered the call to join the ranks of 1000s of existing volunteers and be part of Team Reading in response to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. Organisations who are currently registered with Reading Voluntary Action can call upon this ever-growing pool of volunteer support to help if they face increased demand on their vital services as a result of the outbreak, are delivering new services in response to the outbreak or…

  • Service updates – Thursday 19 March 2020

    19 March 2020Service updates – Thursday 19 March 2020

    A round-up of service updates during the coronavirus outbreak – 19 March 2020:- RAB (Reading Association for the Blind) has suspended all clubs and outings and is not currently offering home visits or face-to-face appointments. Their outreach and support team are providing a telephone advice, support and signposting service. Their activities team are working to set up telephone befriending and scheduled group chats for club members…

  • Coronavirus – updated guidance for groups and charities

    19 March 2020

    Both NCVO and ACAS have updated their guidance recently, which contains really helpful information for organisations managing their services, volunteers and staff through the Coronavirus. If your organisation needs advice or support contact RVA Advice Service at They are continuing to offer advice service remotely through email, telephone and Google Hangouts Meet.