Council Covid-19 Update

26 March 2022

Council News Update - 26 March

Healthwatch Reading - February Newsletter

26 February 2022

Healthwatch Reading, produce regular helpful and interesting information on local health issues.

The latest Newsletter includes: Covid booster information,  the new Government plan on GP access  and also a request to those who have had hospital care in the past 18 months or are still waiting to be seen, to complete their survey.

CADRA's Response - What We are Doing

We developed this page to provide sources of help and advice at the start of the lockdown, when  things were changing frequently. Now, as nearly all restrictions have been lifted, we have removed and edited sections that no longer seem relevant.  

Most of the organisations referred to provide useful support not simply related to Covid.  For example: our local Reading Voluntary Action  has a wide range of useful information for individuals and groups, and nationally we like the information provided by the Eden Communities Project.

We will continue to post new information and help on our Facebook page, for which you don't need a Facebook account to view. 

 

Why Not Join CADRA Today

Council Services

The Council's response and details of how their services are affected can be found at: https://www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/

  • Recycling Centres (re3) are  open, but all visits must be booked online. Book Online
  • The Council's main News Page with links and searches to all their latest news items.

Local Dashboard and Guides to Health & Care Services

Public Health Berkshire, covering Reading and neighbouring Local Authorities, have set up a  Dashboard of useful Covid-19 information.

Healthwatch Reading have provided this helpful Local Guide to Health & Care Services during the pandemic.

Covid 19 Zoe Symptom Study

The ZOE COVID Symptom Study is a not-for-profit initiative launched in March 2020 to support vital COVID-19 research. The app was launched by health science company ZOE with scientific analysis provided by King’s College London. With over 4 million people logging information across the world, the study is the world’s largest ongoing study of COVID-19 and is led by ZOE Co-Founder, Tim Spector who provides a helpful weekly video of their latest research and their view of the current situation, which you can register for.

How You Can help

For those who are able these groups may be of interest

Other ways to help

Ways of Keeping in Touch Online

RVA have put together information about how to keep in touch: http://rva.org.uk/keeping-in-touch-online/

The Facebook community group Champions To End Loneliness - North Reading  posts and comments help bring people together.

Dealing with Anxiety

This is a stressful time for many of us, so we hope these websites will be helpful.

Donating

If you would like to make a donation, then you might consider these organisations:

Local

National

International

Children

Home Education Links

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 Societyhttps://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/schools-really-out

Having Fun

Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children - available as a FREE download a​t:
https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus-ABookForChildren.pdf

Donations requested in lieu of payment, to ​www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/

Reading Chronicle https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/18333718.readings-snow-princess-parties-deliver-free-entertainment-children-facebook-live/

Help for Vulnerable People with No Support

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.

Keeping Mind and Body Active

Keeping Fit

Sport in Mind is a Reading based independent multi-award winning mental health charity, whose mission is "To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity".

The Arts Community is working hard to bring culture and entertainment into your home

Learn something new

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.

There are many different videos and online classes available for all levels, which we will list here, as hear we about them.