Wellbeing Service Newsletter from the Council

28 September 2020

Here is the latest  Newsletter  from Reading's Wellbeing Service. The service is overseen by a board drawn from the Council together with representatives of medical, health and welfare organisations in Reading.

Reading's Current Economic Situation Dashboard

24 September 2020

The Council's Policy Committee meeting on Monday 28 September at 6:30pm can be watched online. The Agenda includes an item, which you may find interesting on Supporting Reading's Economic Recovery and Renewal . It outlines the current economic situation in Reading, as a result of COVID-19, and the Council's initial and ongoing response. These appendices accompany it.

Reading "Unlocking" - August Dashboard - Statistics on town centre footfall,  employment and transport.

Reading Powered by the People - The Council's economic recovery strategy 2020-22.

Council's Coronavirus Safety Messages

21 September 2020

The Council (RBC) have created an easy-access version of the national coronavirus test and isolate messages

In the interests of reaching as many residents as possible with important coronavirus safety messages, the Council now has a webpage that brings together locally produced information and signposting to national resources in different languages: www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus-translations 

Older People’s Day 2020 Memory Project Covid-19

6 August 2020

1st October celebrates United Nations Day for Older People, and this year Reading's Older People’s Day Planning Group is organising a Memory Project, to capture a snapshot of this unique time and how it affected the older people of Reading. The Group is made up of residents, members of the Reading's Older People’s Working Group and voluntary sector organisations.

Their aim is to collect stories and materials to make a record of older people's thoughts, memories and experiences of the pandemic, so future generations will understand what was experienced and how it felt for them.

The Group are asking those working with older people to  encourage and help them take part. You can download their Memory Project Template,  which is designed to help facilitate the collation of memory items including pictures, videos or poems.

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 many restrictions have been lifted, we are removing and editing sections that no longer seem relevant.  We will continue to post new information and help on our Facebook page, for which you don't need a Facebook account for. 

Our local Reading Voluntary Action  organisation also has a wide range of useful information for individuals and groups, and nationally we like the information provided by the Eden Communities Project.

Why Not Join CADRA Today

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.

How You Can help

For those who are able these groups may be of interest

Other ways to help


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




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/

  • The Central Library is open, but by appointment only: https://www.facebook.com/ReadingLibraries/
  • Recycling Centres (re3) are  open, but all visits must be booked online. Book Online
  • The green bin collections have resumed. Any renewal payments that have been received before 26th April 2020 will mean that the new subscription period will begin on 27th April 2020.  The subscription period will no longer run from 1 April to 31 March each year. The subscription period will run for 12 months from the date payment is made. https://www.reading.gov.uk/garden-waste
  • Council  Committee meetings are currently being held online and the public are able to observe them, in line with the recent government regulations.


  • The Council's main News Page with links and searches to all their latest news items.


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:

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/


Much has changed since the lockdown was eased, but the Which Magazine have maintained a table of Supermarket Opening Times, these includes times specifically allocated for vulnerable people or for key workers.

At the start we developed a list of the many local suppliers who offered a range of goods and some also delivered. Whilst they may no longer provide the same services, here was the last list we published, which may be useful: Local Food Deliveries and Collections

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/

Dealing with Anxiety

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

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

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.

Keeping Fit

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.