Community Wellbeing - Latest Updates October - November 2022

Cost of living - Money matters

Many people struggle financially, sometimes this is because of a change in circumstances. If you are struggling, it’s important you get the help you need.

To find out how you can get help and support locally, please visit https://www.reading.gov.uk/housing/money-matters/ 

Topics covered include:

  • Struggling to pay your rent
  • Help with energy costs
  • Help with food costs
  • Struggling with your mortgage payments
  • Money advice
  • ...and more

Help with heating costs and Winter Watch

If you struggle to keep warm in winter you may be eligible for benefits, discounts and/or energy efficiency improvements to help with heating costs - find out more by clicking here

Winter Watch is run by the Council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure you do not suffer from cold in your home during the winter months - click here for more information or call 0118 937 3747

Winter Wellbeing - Staying Warm

Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition. If a spell of severe cold weather is expected, we’ll try to give you as much warning as possible. But in the meantime, if you want advice about protecting your health from the cold please click on the links below. If you are worried about your health or that of somebody you know, ring NHS 111

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/keep-warm-keep-well/

Top tips for keeping warm and well this winter (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Warm Spaces in West Reading

GRANGE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, CIRCUIT LANE, SOUTHCOTE, RG30 3HD

WEDNESDAYS IN TERM TIME, Café Alive, 3-4.30pm, teas, coffees, soft drinks, home-made cakes and children’s activities; for all ages, run by the three churches in Southcote.

LIFESPRING PAVILLION, OXFORD ROAD, RG1 7UY

After school Warm Hub for Families IS open 5 days a week from 3.30pm to 6pm, during term time. This will provide a warm place where children will have space to play, do homework, and have something warm to eat. It is supported by churches in West Reading working together under the banner of Torch. 

NORCOT MISSION CHURCH, BROCKLEY CLOSE, RG30 4YP

We cater for people of all ages! All are welcome to our warm, friendly, Oasis Cafe, where we provide a range of light-refreshments from 10.00 - 15.00 every Friday.

SALVATION ARMY, 522 OXFORD ROAD, RG30 1EG

Tuesday 10:00 - 13:30 (Coffee morning/lunch club)

Wednesday 13:30 - 15:00 (CAMEO/Chatter Craft).

ST CATHERINE’S, WITTENHAM AVENUE, TILEHURST, RG31 5LN

St Catherine's currently offers Warm Spaces at the following times, open to all:

TUESDAY GET TOGETHER, 10-12, coffee and chat, free, all welcome

CAFE SIENA, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS, 10-2, open for reasonable priced refreshments - real coffee, home-made cakes, snacks and lunches.

FRIDAY FRIENDS, 2-4 pm with a varied programme of entertainment - a speaker/board games/crafts, (especially for the elderly), £3, carers free, refreshments included.

ST GEORGE’S & ST MARY MAGDALEN’S, TILEHURST

St George's Tilehurst (St George’s Road, RG30 2RG) is open on Fridays from 12noon to 4pm.

St Mary Magdalen's Tilehurst (Kentwood Hill, RG31 6DR) is open on Wednesdays from 10.30-11.30am.

ST LUKE'S CHURCH. ERLEIGH ROAD

St Luke's will be open on Thursdays 10.30-4.00 for anyone to drop in for a hot drink in a warm place

ST MATTHEW’S, 205 SOUTHCOTE LANE, SOUTHCOTE, RG30 3AX

Fridays 12.30pm to 3.00pm Soup and bread in a warm space.

ST MICHAEL’S, NEW LANE HILL, TILEHURST, RG30 4JX

The Morlais Room at St Michael’s will be open as a warm space from 12 noon till 5pm on Thursday afternoons starting on 24th November.  Soup and bread, hot drinks and biscuits will be available and there will be board games to play for anyone who fancies a bit of fun.  No charge, but donations appreciated.  All welcome.

We also host a regular Wednesday lunch group, cost £5 for two courses – please book in advance on 0118 942 7331.  Lunch starts at 12.30pm.  It is followed at 2pm by a “Knit and Natter” group, to which all are very welcome.

WELLER CENTRE, 110 AMERSHAM ROAD, CAVERSHAM, RG4 5NA

Weller Centre Warm space Café is open week days 9.30-12 offering hot drinks, cold drinks and biscuits from 20p. Pay if you can.

Winter Wellbeing - Flu Vaccinations

Flu is a highly infectious disease, it can be unpredictable in terms of spread each year and has symptoms that come on very quickly.  Healthy people usually recover within a week or so but, for some, the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death. We also still have COVID 19 with us, putting additional pressure on us as individuals and on the NHS. If you're eligible for the free flu vaccine, it's likely you can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) seasonal booster.

If you haven’t already, you can get your flu jab from your GP or local Pharmacy and for your COVID-19 boosters contact the National Booking System

If you have any or anyone you know are having difficulties booking or have questions, you can contact  Voluntary sector vaccine support helpline on 0118 334 1091 

Carer's Rights Day 2022 - Thursday 24th November

Know your rights as a family carer.

Come to the Wycliffe Church at Cemetery Junction from 10 am to 2 pm


The Reading & West Berks Carers Partnership are launching their new service on Carers Rights Day

Citizens Advice Reading will talk about carers’ rights, benefits and how to manage and deal with debts
Reading Borough Council’s Debt Advice Team will talk about money matters during the cost of living crisis
Local Charities will be there to help you and answer your questions
Learn about how the new Reading & West Berkshire Carers Partnership will be helping you over the next three years
Help us to learn about you and the challenges you face
Refreshments & snacks available

Support Mental and Physical Health - Get Involved

The PAMH (Physical Activity for Mental Health) Partnership is a group of organisations working in Reading to deliver physical activity and mental health and wellbeing activities to the communities of Reading. The group was successfully awarded funding to develop a community of learning and training programme. 

If you work with communities in Reading and are interested in developing your offer of physical activity and mental health and wellbeing support then please get in touch.

Existing partners come from different sectors including local voluntary sector organisations, the local leisure provider, Reading Borough Council and more.

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming part of the PAMH Partnership please email us at PAMHPartnership@reading.gov.uk or contact Dayna White on 01189373856

You can sign up immediately to the free up-coming training sessions below:

On-line Safeguarding Level 2 training Saturday 19th November 10am-2pm

Walk Leader training on 22nd November 1-5pm, Church House in Caversham 

For more details and to book your place please email: 

PAMHPartnership@reading.gov.uk 

Chat, Connect, Befriend – volunteers needed in Reading!

Do you have a spare hour or two a week to volunteer in a support role to someone who may have lost their confidence and previous social connections and is facing loneliness in Reading?  A phone call or a visit from someone can make all the difference, and can be the stepping stone for someone to get out and about on their own.

 Click here to find out who’s looking for you!  Or go to our web page http://www.rgneeds.me/ where you can request an appointment with one of our team or click on the superhero photo to browse the kind of volunteering opportunities that interest you.

For more information visit: https://rva.org.uk/chat-connect-befriend/

Berkshire Maestro Singing Cafe

All sessions include singing followed by a chat and refreshments.

Community for older people - weekly sessions

Berkshire Maestros Reading Music Centre RG30 4EZ
Thursdays 10:15am-11:00am

For further details on these sessions please email bimbishaw-cotterill@berkshiremaestros.org.uk

Dementia friendly 'Memory Lane' - sessions run monthly on Fridays 10:30am-12:00pm

Berkshire Maestros Reading Music Centre, RG30 4EZ

For these sessions please pre book through Age UK and
email: Victoria.Rowland@AgeUKBerkshire.org.uk

Parkinson's Group - sessions run fortnightly on Fridays 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Our Lady of the Peace, Earley, Reading. RG6 7DA

For further details on these sessions please email bimbishaw-cotterill@berkshiremaestros.org.uk

Royale Dancehall Flamingo Show

Saturday 26th November, 6:30pm

St Bartholomews Church, on St Bartholomews Road (on the corner of Palmer Park)

Part of Dance Reading Festival 22 is The Royale Dancehall Flamingo show. Part party, part dance performance, this event will get everyone dancing, even if it's only toe tapping under the table.

Dance company PCDC are made up of older people from Hackney who dance regularly together. They have made a fantastic, fabulous, flamingo show, using Dancehall moves and Caribbean music to wiggle their hips, and slowly transform into a flock of flamingos!

With free home cooked food, drinks a plenty, upbeat music and fantastic performance, this is a party for the older people of Reading like no other! You can even take part if you want and fluff your own feathers on the dance floor!
Tickets are 'pay what you can' or totally free. 

If you need any help getting to the show, including a taxi, please let us know and we can help.

For more information please visit: www.dancereading.com/dancehallflamingo

Preparation for Adulthood for Young People with Additional Needs - Information and Fun Day

Saturday 19th November 2:30pm - 5pm

The Avenue School, Conwy Close, Tilehurst, RG30 4BZ

For parent carers and young people aged 12 plus. Find out what care and support are available when young people with additional needs leave school and college. 

Enjoy fun activities - temp tattoos, hair braiding and reptiles. Refreshments served by the school. 

MAP Club - for 16+ people with SEND 

The MAP Club provides activities for 16+  people with SEND (physical, sensory, autism and LD) including a 2 course lunch, computer skills, sensory room, lifeskills, arts and crafts, games and a selection of indoor sports adapted to members’ needs. The group is supported by trained staff and provides a friendly, inviting and relaxing environment for members. 

On Wednesday’s there is a Disco

£5/session  or £20 for a full day Mon – Thursday

For more information tel: 0118 9860705 or email: info@mapclub.org.uk

Map Club: 22-24 Mount Pleasant, Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2TD

Small Grants Fund from Reading Borough Council 2022-2023 - Closing 21st November

Reading Borough Council has opened Round 2 of its Small Grants Fund 2022/23.

£100k is available for community-led activities that support inclusion and connectivity for the most marginalised groups and most vulnerable adults and children in our communities. Such as activities that:

  • break down barriers of prejudice, discrimination, language, culture
  • raise awareness, understanding and empathy;
  • engender hope through friendship, new skills, physical and mental wellbeing and respect for self and others.

Individual organisations can apply for up to a £5k grant and 2 or more organisations applying in partnership can apply for up to £10k.

Applications should be made using (Reading Small Grants Fund 2022/23 Grant Application Form) www.reading.gov.uk/SmallGrantsFund

The deadline for Round 2 applications is the 21st November 2022. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 12th December 2022. 

If you have any queries please contact Clare Muir, Policy and Voluntary Sector Manager email: clare.muir@reading.gov.uk / tel: 0118 9372119

Compass Recovery College

Compass Recovery College continues to run free mental health and wellbeing workshops, both online and in person. Whether you are a returning participant or new to Compass Recovery College, there’s something for everyone. The wide range of workshops we offer are an educational route to recovery from mental health challenges and increasing positive wellbeing.

Workshops focus on self-management skills and living well, with the aim of all our participants becoming experts in their own self-care.  All our workshops are co-produced; designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges together with mental health professionals. Our aim is for everyone to feel listened to in a safe space, with the opportunity to connect with others.

Everyone is welcome and everyone is a participant, whether affected directly or indirectly by mental ill health.  You do not need a referral or a diagnosis to attend. So, whether you are struggling yourself, or perhaps you are a carer, family member or professional who would like to know more about mental health and wellbeing, we can help.

Our regular drop-in Social Sessions:

  • Coffee and Chat, Tuesdays at the Biscuit Factory 10.30-11.30
  • Walk-Talk-Walk, Fridays in Palmer Park 10.30-11.30

You can register for free via our website.

To register and to find out about the range of free sessions that Compass offer:

Tel: 0118 937 3945 or Email: compass.opportunities@reading.gov.uk

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