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Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at dos@reading.gov.uk or fis@reading.gov.uk

Community Wellbeing - Latest Updates May-June 2022

FREE Four-week English courses for Ukrainian adults new to the UK (age 19+)

This course is an introduction to life in the UK and the English language you need for everyday life.

Beginners Course starting 8th June 2022 Wednesday 10:00 to 12:00

New Directions College, RG2 8DH

Week 1: Introductions, personal information and meeting people

Week 2: Daily and weekly routines, likes and dislikes

Week 3: Shopping and money

Week 4: Places in the town and directions

Improvers Course starting 8th June 2022 Wednesday 12:30 - 14:30

New Directions College, RG2 8DH

Week 1: Homes and household problems

Week 2: Health and going to the doctor’s

Week 3: Using public transport and travelling

Week 4: Looking for a job

To book a place Tel: 0345 842 0012 or email: newdirections@reading.gov.uk  

Visit: www.newdirectionsreading.ac.uk

GLL Leisure Centres - free access for Ukraine Refugees for 12 weeks

GLL is supporting Ukrainian refugees who have sought asylum in the UK by offering them a free 3 month membership. The scheme offers free Better Health Centre membership or lesson and course (if available) membership for a fixed 3 month period from join date. The scheme is open to refugees only (supporting UK family members are not eligible)

https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/reading

Email: Supported.membership@gll.org

Email: Supported.lessonandcourse@gll.org 

The application email will need to contain proof of eligibility for this scheme, GLL are accepting:

  • Home Office letter
  • Ukrainian Family Scheme Visa
  • Proof of official application to UK Government as Ukrainian refugee

Abbey Renew Wellbeing Cafe

Opening on Wednesday 18th May 2022

When: Every Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm

Where: Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BE

A safe and welcoming space for people to come and connect with others. Offering a variety of hobbies and activities. Anyone is welcome to share a hobby or skill or to join for a workshop or activity.  Anyone is also welcome to come and relax and chat. Free to join.

For more information, please contact Rev Julia Binney:

Tel: 07533 555 656 or email: juliabinney@outlook.com 

Visit: www.abbeybaptistchurch.org.uk 

Reading Friendship Festival

When: Saturday 28 May - 11am-4pm

Where: Christchurch Meadows, RG4 8BY

Free family fun day for people from Hong Kong, local churches and communities, and everyone in the neighbourhood!

Activities include:

  • Ceilidh, Live music
  • Postcode Olympics Sports Day
  • Giant Garden Games
  • Hong Kong and British Arts and Crafts Making
  • Face painting, balloon modelling
  • Football shootouts
  • Bring a picnic!

To register for free, please click on this link https://bit.ly/ukhkRDG

You can download a copy of the flyer by clicking here

Do you want to help your friends, family and neighbours make an informed choice about having the COVID-19 vaccine?

Become a Community Health Champion in Reading!

By pledging to be a Health Champions, you will have access a range of support to help you feel more confident about having conversation about health and wellbeing, and specifically COVID-19 vaccine.
There will be brief training with like-minded people, either face to face or online depending on what works best for you and your commitments.
Join a supportive Champions network, where you’ll hear from the latest information on all things health and wellbeing, including direct from guest speakers such as GPs, Pharmacist and COVID-19 vaccinators themselves.

Have the opportunity to have all your questions answers about health and wellbeing services available in Reading and have the opportunity to shape the direction of travel for health improvement activity in Reading.

A little bit of your time can make a BIG DIFFERENCE We’d love to hear from you!

https://servicesguide.reading.gov.uk/kb5/reading/directory/site.page?id=UgAwOwuF5qc

Walk-in Covid-19 Vaccinations at Kennet Island

Everyone welcome for a 1st, 2nd and booster doses, age 12 and over

No ID or GP registration required

Where: The Meeting Point, Whale Avenue, Kennet Island RG2 0GY

When: 

Thursday 26 May 2022, 2pm - 7pm

Friday 27 May 2022, 2pm - 7pm

Saturday 28 May 2022, 10am - 4 pm

Sunday 29 May 2022, 10am - 4pm

For more information, call RVA vaccine support helpline on 0118 334 1091

Reading Samaritans Open Day

When: Wednesday 1st June 2022 - 11am-5pm

Where: Victoria Hall, Reading Town Hall, RG1 1QH

Reading Samaritans are hosting a spcial open day to showcase the work Samaritans does to help support people and how people can get involved.

For more information about the event, please click on the link Reading Samaritans Open Day | What's On Reading (whatsonreading.com)

Katesgrove Community Association's Jubilee Party

When: Saturday 4th June - 10am-2pm

Where: Katesgrove Children's Centre, Waterloo Meadows, Elgar Road, RG2 0BX

Free entry. Activities include:

  • Children's activities
  • Bake off - for more information please email Sophia_jones84@outlook.com
  • Tombola
  • Cakes, biscuits, drinks
  • Music
  • and much more....

Please check the link Katesgrove Community Association's facebook page for the latest updates on the events 

Carers Week 2022 - 6 to 12 June

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.  Find out what is happening during Carers Week 2022 in Reading - click on the link below

Carers Week 2022 - Information about events during the week of 6 to 12 June 2022

Understanding dementia and lessening it’s impact – free training for family and friend carers

Whether the person you are supporting lives with you or in their own home, or in a care home, this training may be helpful for you.

The training programme includes an introductory session giving an overview of the understanding dementia approach, with 7 follow up sessions exploring a topic related to dementia in detail.

The training programme is free you are just asked to buy the accompanying training booklet for £4.99.

For more information contact info@understandingdementia.co.uk

Visit: www.understandingdementia.co.uk

Compass Recovery College

Understanding Your Mental Health Medication: May 24

Facilitated by a pharmacist, this workshop is designed to help you understand how your medication works, the importance of taking it as prescribed, and how not taking it as prescribed can increase your problems.

 May 24 1 workshop Online, 15.00 - 16.30

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

Slimming World – 12 week FREE access to slimming world

A service aimed at residents at higher risk of carrying excess weight living in Reading – including people with learning or physical disabilities, from ethnic minority groups and/or those living in areas of higher deprivation.

If you live in Reading or are registered with a Reading GP, you could be entitled to 12 weeks free at Slimming World. To find out, please click this link or scan this QR code​

https://slimmingworld17.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8jMFj6zoYpqM3t4?SchemeID=10361

Peer Support Group for adults with pre-diabetes

6 online sessions supported by Diabetes UK South East and a nurse specialising in diabetes.

Share your experiences with other people living with pre-diabetes and learn about subjects such as food and drink, getting the best care and lots more.

Starts Tuesday 31st May, 6:30pm -7:30pm  Online – Zoom

For more information and to register email caroline.walker@diabetes.org.uk

Visit: www.diabetes.org.uk

Keeping your home cool during the hot weather

Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped

Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun, however, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider replacing or putting reflective material in‑between them and the window space

Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/