Round-up of Reading service updates during the coronavirus outbreak

A round-up of service updates during the coronavirus outbreak
Thursday 26 March 2020
Tuesday 24 March 2020
  • Read an update from The Ways and Means Trust.
  • re3 – Recycling Centres in Bracknell and Reading are now closed. They say: “we will work with its Contractor to redeploy staff and maintain effective receipt of waste from collection services and operate as efficiently as possible. We will review this decision after the initial three-week period, taking into account the Government advice at the time. During this time, we are asking residents to maximise the kerbside collections and hold-on to any inert waste they may have. We are grateful to all residents for their understanding.”
  • The Indian Community Centre is now closed until 22 April, but will continue to review the situation. They will be keeping in touch with service users by telephone.
  • Reading Refugee Support group have suspended all activities until further notice – see their full statement here.
  • Sadaka is offering a takeaway service outside the Fairview Community Centre, from 11.30am till 12.15pm on Saturdays.
Thursday 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.
  • 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 0118 951 0279 (leave a message) or email and staff will endeavour to follow up as soon as they can. Read their full statement here.
  • 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 planning to close on Sunday 22 March. 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. While we are unable to provide resources such as food packages and our staff aren’t trained counsellors, we can signpost to services in the Reading area and offer a listening ear at a difficult time’ – 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 121 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.