Service updates – Thursday 19 March 2020

News from: Reading Voluntary Action

A round-up of service updates during the coronavirus outbreak:

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.
ACRE has suspended all face-to-face interaction between its staff and service users unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. Anyone needing support is advised to call 01189 510279 (leave a message) or email and staff will endeavour to follow up as soon as they can.
Reading Community Learning Centre has closed. They hope to restart the classes on 27 April 2020 but if guidelines come into play for longer self-isolation then this date may change.
Depression Xpression are suspending all meetings including Friday morning coffee at BB’S until further notice. They have set up a WhatsApp Group and a Facebook Messenger Group (join their Facebook group and ask to be added to the chat group) for people to keep in touch during this time.
Autistic Pride have postponed all events until September. They are going to carry on as much as possible online – see their Facebook page for details.
The Rising Sun Arts Centre has temporarily suspended all activities at the centre – read their full statement here.
RISC is now closed. Meeting rooms can be used by any groups needing to organise emergency supplies etc. There is also the potential for the cafe kitchen to used to produce food to go out to individuals in need. Contact for more details.
Support U are offering a video or telephone call in place of face-to-face meetings (although they cannot offer video or phone calls to people in counselling) and their groups are cancelled for the current month.
Launchpad Reading have launched a ‘here for you’ telephone service ‘for anyone in need of support, whether they have housing or homelessness issues or not – read their full service update here.
Change, Grow, Live say that ‘the overall message is, we are here for Service Users but will be carrying out as many interventions as possible by phone or video call’. All groups, assessments and 1-2-1 appointments will be moved to telephone or video call. External drop-ins will be postponed and the option of telephone assessments or support is offered. All scripts will be sent out to pharmacy – there will be no in house collection. They are currently reviewing those on daily supervised consumption, to reduce the numbers attending pharmacies daily, for now if people are advised to self-isolate they are dealing with this on a case-by-case basis and working with Service Users, pharmacies and partners to formulate individual plans. Please contact with questions or queries.

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