1 July 2020
Here are some of recent posts from Healthwatch Reading, which you may find helpful.
Healthwatch also produce regular newsletters on local health issues.
11 June 2020
1 June 2020
31 May 2020
We have recently updated/added this information on our Covid-19 page:
The Workers's Education Association is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. It's first volunteer-led branch was opened in Reading in 1904. Read how they are offering to Online ourses, on the RVA's website.
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We are developing this page to provide sources of help and advice during the coronavirus pandemic. We will try to keep the information up to date but, as you can appreciate, things are changing frequently. Please check for new posts on https://www.facebook.com/cavershamresidents. You do not need to be on Facebook for this. These are organisations and items we are highlighting:
Community Action Response - Covid 19 have listed five things you can do to make a positive difference in your community.
The CADRA Facebook page, for which you don’t have to be on Facebook, will have information posted as it becomes available https://www.facebook.com/cavershamresidents/
Caversham Mutual Aid Covid Coronavirus Help Support is a forum to seek or offer help https://www.facebook.com/groups/196803968271709/
Emmer Green mutual aid covid-19 support https://www.facebook.com/groups/224018755635420/. If you live in Emmer Green and need assistance please start your post with HELP NEEDED. Help with: groceries, medication, dog walking etc. Never list your address/phone/email, a private message in reply will be sent.
Reading & Local Areas: Delivery & Takeaway Suppliers https://www.facebook.com/groups/2528901730759928/
Class of Covid-19 is for parents and teachers to share resources for home teaching and a place to ask questions from teachers offering support https://www.facebook.com/groups/502042943810868/
If you would like to make a donation, then you might consider these organisations:
The Council's response and details of how their services are affected can be found at: https://www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus
Here's what various celebrities and others are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed: Home Education
The British Psychological Society - https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/schools-really-out
Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children - available as a FREE download at:
Donations requested in lieu of payment, to www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/
The Which Magazine are maintaining a table of Supermarket Opening Times, that includes times specifically allocated for vulnerable people or for key workers.
Booking delivery slots with major supermarkets is proving difficult, but is evolving rapidly. An alternative may be to use smaller local suppliers who offer a range of goods and some also deliver. Here is the latest list: Local Food Deliveries and Collections
Some self isolating and vulnerable people may not be able to shop online, but will have offers of help from friends and neighbours. Paying them can be a problem, because of a lack of a cash, no internet acesss or that the shopper is not comfortable with giving their bank details to another person, so they can be paid. A way round this could be to send a gift card by post or ideally as an e-Card. Several supermarkets offer this, including: Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco.
With restaurants, cafes and pubs closed, many are offering take-away for delivery or collection.
The Government has advice on which businesses can stay open https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close
There is a growing list of small mainly local suppliers offering delivery services. The list is subject to change, as organisations may no longer be able to provide the service or are simply overwhelmed by requests (pdf version):
Lockey Farm at Arborfield has a list you can select from - meat, veg, fruit, dairy and bread. Free delivery within 7 miles for minimum spend of £20.
The Master Fryer, near Budgens at Emmer Green will deliver to over anyone over age 70 within 2 miles - call 0118 947 3332.
Red White & Cru - Wine importer based in Caversham, now set up for local deliveries. - cases or individual bottles at good range of prices. Minimum order 6 bottles. Free delivery within 10 miles, enter FreeCav at checkout.
FruitDelivered based in Lower Basildon. Delivering one-off fruit, veg, bread, milk boxes, from £12.99 plus a delivery charge of £2.49. Accepting online or telephone orders. Tel. 01189 079207
Brakes Food Shop - Sell a range of chef-recommended products, as well as everyday essentials and well-known brands. Min. £75.
This is a stressful time for many of us, so we hope these websites will be helpful.
If you know or are a vulnerable person who has no support, then the One Reading Community Hub action line can connect people in need of help with: volunteers, organisations and services that can support them during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Please only contact the hub for urgent welfare needs, when no family member or trusted friend can help. Their telephone no. 0808 189 4325 is open 9am-5pm, five days a week.
https://www.futurelearn.com has a huge range of fascinating and free on-line short courses, from Universities all over the world. Typically, they take 4 or 5 hours a week.
Read about WEA courses on the RVA website. The Workers's Education Association is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland. It's first volunteer-led branch was opened in Reading in 1904.
General advice from Sports England https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home
Reading Sport + Leisure have listed useful links which offer exercise ideas for all ages and abilities.
There are many different videos and online classes available for all levels, which we will list here, as hear we about them.