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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.
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:-
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.
ABC to Read are now reading stories on their Youtube channel, and their stories will also be available on Facebook, Twitter and their website www.abctoread.org.
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 (email@example.com) and will have updates on their website www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ridgelinetrust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.