If the coronavirus confirmed anything to us, it was how crucial it is that we look out for and support the most vulnerable in our communities.
Within weeks of a national lockdown, churches and charities across Reading mobilised to respond to the most pressing needs of the town. In tandem Transform Reading launched a campaign to fundraise support for five key charities doing vital work across the region. We raised over £10k in a matter of weeks – £11,381 to be precise! This was divided up equally between the chosen beneficiaries.
We would like to heartily thank each and every individual who gave generously. Read on for details on how your support is benefitting the chosen charities.
The new One Reading Hub operated by the council are taking calls from people who need support and the Christian charities and churches in the town are playing an essential part in delivering the help where it’s needed. Here is some of what is happening in Reading:
CCA are continue to provide an emergency response for displaced people such as those who were previously homeless and those who are fleeing domestic violence. Ensuring they have the things needed to eat, cook and sleep.
CommuniCare have taken over 330 referrals from the hub already and provide information and advice. This includes support for people who are worried about their finances and need help with obtaining food parcels and accessing benefits.
ReadiFood responded to the increased demand for food parcels and made deliveries across Reading. The volunteers are provided PPE so they can continue to work as safely as possible.
Mustard Tree has been working with a number of churches to create hubs for RVA’s shopping service delivering essential supplies to people who can’t go out. Our projects have also been busy…
- Engage Befriending have expanded their telephone befriending providing a lifeline for people who are lonely and have no other regular contact. Many are saying how grateful they are for the calls and the volunteers are enjoying the chance to connect with someone too.
- Starting Point are creating online challenges, to help young people find a sense of routine and something to focus on. The team are also supporting Year 11 students who are transitioning through education or into employment or training without the usual networks to help guide them.
None of this would be possible without the generous support that helps these organisations keep going. If you’d still like to make a donation to Transform Reading and the organisations we support, head to our Donation page.