Support and advice following the Forbury Gardens attack

Primary interest
Voluntary sector
We are all deeply saddened by the attack in Forbury Gardens on Saturday night and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends directly affected. We encourage anyone who needs support or guidance to reach out to RVA and our partner organisations.

Reading Together

RBC and partners have set up a new #ReadingTogether website with support and information:

For individuals

If you, your staff, volunteers or service users need support following the recent tragic events in Forbury Gardens, please pass on these helplines:

  • If things are getting on top of you, or you are struggling to cope, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or email
  • No5 Young People have set up a helpline for anyone affected by the attack in Reading. The helpline is not just for young people but for the whole community. Text TALK followed by your first name to 07786 202430 to request a phone call from one of their trained counsellors.
  • SupportU’s phone lines are open for all and they are there to listen. Call 0118 321 9111, email or head to to access their live chat.


For groups

RVA is here, offering support to all of Reading’s community groups.  If there’s anything we can help with, do get in touch with us:

RVA will be posting new events in the town that offer healing and support to our local communities. Please contact us if you would like us to publicise yours and subscribe to RVA News to keep in touch:

For anyone working with children, young people and families

Dr. Deborah Hunter, Head of SEND and Principal Child and Educational Psychologist at Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) said: ‘Reading is a close community, and we have all been affected by the shocking attack in Forbury Park on Saturday evening. Most of us will be able to manage our feelings of grief and shock, but we are aware that some children, young people, families and staff may be particularly affected and need some additional support and help. As such, we have 3 levels of support:

  1. We have outlined some advice for parents and staff to support children and young people. This has been sent to schools, will be on the SEND Local Offer and sent to parents via Family Information Service and Reading Families Forum.
  2. Should you need further support please contact your school SENCO who can tell you what support is available for children and young people from their school or college.
  3. If you, your child or someone you know has been affected and needs further support and/or advice, we have set up a helpline: 0118 937 2080 – this will be manned all day and until 8pm in the evening.

More information from the Family Information Service can also be found here.


Reading Pride

Reading Pride have set up a fundraiser to help with funeral costs and contribute towards a permanent tribute in Forbury Gardens: Remember the victims of Forbury Gardens 20.06.20.

Reading Together

Reading Together have also set up a crowdfunder to support all those who who have been affected by this tragedy. Funds raised will be used to support the families of the men who died, James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails, those who were injured in the attacks, and anyone who has been affected by this tragedy; to put towards a permanent memorial; and to provide other support for the people of Reading to come to terms with what has happened within our town. All contributions will be held by Berkshire Community Foundation. Distribution of funding will be agreed by BCF and the council; for any additional activities and memorials, these will be made in consultation with residents.