On Tuesday, 16 organisations attended the Wellbeing Fair at Reading Central Library. Many people came along to to find out what is going on locally that can help us build social networks, stay active, healthy and well.
If you missed out on the event, don’t worry, we may be bringing the wellbeing fair to a venue near you soon.
- Whitley Wellbeing Fair, Wednesday 8 March, 11am – 2pm at Whitley Social Club and Cafe
- Caversham Wellbeing Fair, Friday 7 April, 11am – 2pm at Church House, Church Street, Caversham
If you would like someone to help identify organisations that could best support you (or others) improve wellbeing, contact our social prescribing team who will be happy to help.
Here’s an overview of some of the organisations that attended the wellbeing fair:
Berkshire Conservations Volunteers – Green Gym Unlike other conservation projects, the emphasis is very much on health and fitness – volunteers warm up and cool down in preparation for a range of light to vigorous activities to suit all abilities.
Oxford Road Timebank runs a regular board games club at central library on Tuesdays and runs a network of local residents who share time and skills for mutual benefit and to build a sense of community.
Depression Xpression is a mutual support group for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety or mental ill-health.
Communicare offers advice, information and support on a range of financial, legal and practical issues.
Silvers’ Workshop is a community space where men can make and mend things together, work on our own projects and use their skills for the benefit of the community.
Reading OCD Group is a peer led group of adult sufferers of OCD and related disorders.
Sport in Mind run informal, friendly sports groups for sufferers of mental ill-health
Engage Befriending is a home visiting/befriending initiative for isolated older people
Age UK Berkshire runs a range of services for older people including 50+ fitness classes
Age UK Reading runs social clubs and befriending services among other things.
Christians Against Poverty are running money management courses and life skills courses
Food4Families support local residents to run community food growing gardens, teaching growing and cooking skills to families across Reading.
Reading Walks for Health run a series of weekly social walks to help improve fitness in a gentle and sociable way.
Get Online Reading runs drop in sessions around Reading to help people get online and stay connected.