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Through the Transform Reading network of churches and charity partners across the town, we are working together to play our part in helping the most isolated and vulnerable in our communities at this challenging time.

Donating is key to helping people through, and after, Covid-19. Please donate generously today.

With your support organisations like the ones below can impact more lives, from linking in with isolated and vulnerable people to providing families with crucial food supplies in this time of crisis.

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Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Transform Reading to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Transform Reading we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Transform Reading to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. I understand that Transform Reading will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

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Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Transform Reading receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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The last two months have highlighted how crucial it is that we look out for and support the most vulnerable in our communities. 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

CCA are continuing 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.

CIRDIC

CIRDIC are feeding around 60 homeless people every day, with hot food and packed lunches.  They also have a nurse who visits the centre who provides help and advice.

CommuniCare

CommuniCare have taken over 330 referrals from the hub already and are providing information and advice.  This includes support for people who are worried about their finances and need help with obtaining food parcels and accessing benefits.

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ReadiFood

ReadiFood been responding to the increased demand for food parcels and making deliveries across Reading.   The volunteers are provided PPE so they can continue to work as safely as possible.

Mustard Tree

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

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 that they provide something to look forward to each week.

 

Starting Point

Starting Point are providing remote mentoring and creating online challenges to help young people who face disadvantage find a sense of routine and purpose. The team are also supporting Year 11 students who are at transitioning from secondary school into further education, employment or training.

To find out more about these projects or how you can get involved, visit the charities’ Facebook pages or websites.

None of this would be possible without the generous support that helps these organisations keep going.

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