At the end of this extraordinary year, we want to say thank you
Thank you to the charities and community groups of Reading for adapting and keeping their services running, for adhering to the ever-changing government guidelines and keeping their staff, volunteers and service users safe.
Thank you to the groups that have kept going, doing the best for their beneficiaries, not just in the face of the difficulties wrought by the pandemic, but in the face of racism and prejudice. Thank you to everyone who is contributing to the development of equality, diversity and inclusion in Reading. We know there is much work to do.
Thank you to the groups who supported our communities in the aftermath of the Forbury Gardens attack. Our thoughts and sympathies remain with everyone affected directly and indirectly.
Thank you to the Reading Community Grants recipients for their projects supporting some of the most vulnerable people affected by Covid-19. Thank you for offering telephone story-telling for older people who are still shielding, socially-distanced community gardening training, support for older people to get online, and cycling and walking sessions to engage and support young people.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help others this year, including RVA trustees and volunteers. We want to especially thank the volunteers who made RVA’s supported shopping service for vulnerable members of our community possible during the first lockdown. Thank you to everyone who has supported the One Reading Community Hub. Go Team Reading!
Thank you to the GP surgeries across Reading who are welcoming our newly expanded team of Social Prescribing Link Workers. We are excited for the possibilities in the new year, as the team gets to work connecting people to the activities and support offered by Reading’s voluntary and community groups and empowering them to improve their health and wellbeing.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for and played Reading Community Lottery – the launch event in January seems a long time ago!
Thank you to everyone who has continued to support and learn from each other under the most difficult circumstances, like the participants in our adapted online Volunteer Management and Trustee Training, the Befriending Forums and the One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership conference.
Thank you to NAVCA for their #NeverMoreNeeded and #HeartOfTheCommunity campaigns highlighting the vital work of charities and local infrastructure and for recognising our own Rising Star. Thank you to the VCS Emergencies Partnership for providing the reassurance of a safety net if there is not enough local capacity to provide the support needed.
We wish you peaceful and happy holidays,
The RVA team
RVA will close on 25 December 2020 and reopen on 4 January 2021.