Faith in the Community Wokingham Borough

Encouraging Christians in Wokingham Borough to Engage with their Communities

Month: March 2017 (page 1 of 4)

Lent 2017 Day 30 Maiden Place Chaplaincy

Maiden Place Chaplaincy will start after Easter on Tuesday mornings at Rustic Cafe in Maiden Place, Lower Earley.   Volunteers will be available to talk, listen and pray with anyone who would like to talk to someone.

“We are a group of volunteers who want to offer support to those living and working in the area, through a chaplaincy service based in the Rustic Cafe at Maiden Place Shopping Centre.

If you would like to join the team of volunteers you would be very welcome.  Or come along and meet us any Tuesday morning.”

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Lent 2017 Day 29 Earley Crescent Resource Centre

Earley Crescent Resource Centre are a Community Resource Centre, designed to meet the needs of voluntary and community organisations and local people.

CResCent is a welcoming voluntary organisation, which provides access to high quality facilities including: Training, Information / Helpdesk, Room Hire and a Coffee Bar.

“We are dedicated to supporting the development of a well integrated community.”

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Lent 2017 Day 28 Green ‘n’ Tidy Gardening Scheme

Green ‘n’ Tidy is a basic gardening service for elderly or disabled residents of Wokingham Borough who cannot maintain their own properties, lack a support network to take on the job and lack the financial resources to employ commercial companies.

“Our aim is to prevent people attempting gardening maintenance that they may not be safe to do themselves, to discourage rogue traders and door step crime, and to enable people to access and enjoy their gardens.”

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Lent 2017 Day 27 Wokingham Town Mobility

Wokingham Town Mobility operates a fleet of 27 scooters which are available for hire by anyone with mobility issues who lives in Wokingham or is visiting Wokingham Town Centre.

“We meet clients within any of the town centre car parks with at a prearranged time and this service is available Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 9.00am to 1pm, subject to availability.

WTM’s representative will phone you back to confirm both the time and meeting place.  Please note that new members to the scheme will have to fill in a quick registration form and provide 2 proofs of ID for the first journey.”


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Telephone: 0118 9770332

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Lent 2017 Day 26 Woodley First Responders

Woodley First Responders are Working in partnership with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), we respond to 999 emergency calls in the Woodley and surrounding areas. The fundamental aim is to deliver immediate care, to those who need it the most, as soon as possible.

Dispatched as an additional resource, along with an Ambulance crew to back us up, we can usually make it to a patient within minutes of their initial call – this of course can be the difference in helping to save a life.

Trained in Basic Life Support and Emergency First Aid, we are sent to a variety of calls within the local area, to assist those who need us.


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Lent 2017 Day 25 Earley Volunteer Driver Bureau

Earley Volunteer Driver Bureau use volunteer drivers to provide lifts in their private cars for elderly or mobility restricted residents in Earley.

“The service is co-ordinated by Volunteer office staff. If you, or anyone you know, needs our service please ring the Office at the number given above to enquire about registration.

EVDB is partly grant funded, but we welcome donations from other groups and individuals who are interested in supporting our work.

Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) bus passes are valid for journeys made for medical appointments and WBC reimburses us for the costs of these trips.
There are standard costs for all other journeys.”


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Lent 2017 Day 24 Readibus

Readibus is the dial-a-ride bus service for people with restricted mobility in and around Reading, UK.

“Since the service was founded in the early 1980s ReadiBus has met the transport needs many thousands of people with all kinds of mobility needs. The bus service is for people of all ages who can’t make use of the mainstream bus services offered in the area. When ReadiBus started out, mainstream bus services and other forms of public transport were much more difficult for people with restricted mobility to use. Since then, accessible public transport has come on by leaps and bounds, but so has the ability of venues, shops and public buildings to welcome people with restricted mobility. All this means ReadiBus serves more people than ever and over a great range of ages and abilities.

ReadiBus has always invested in training for our staff and volunteers. Of course there are safety procedures and other routines that it is essential that everyone working with ReadiBus understands.

ReadiBus is a registered charity. ReadiBus is supported by community grants from local authorities as well as through individual fundraising and legacies.

If you have restricted mobility, or you care for a person who has, you can from this website request to register to use the ReadiBus service and, once your application has been approved make booking requests.


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Telephone: (0118) 931 0000

Lent 2017 Day 23 Wokingham Carers Hub and Young Carers

Wokingham Carers and Young Carers is run by CrossRoads Care in Wokingham Borough.  It is a network partner of Carers Trust, has been the leading provider of home based respite breaks for unpaid carers and the people they care for in Wokingham, Bracknell and its surrounding areas since 1994.

“A carer is someone of any age who looks after a family member or a friend who is frail, ill, disabled, affected by substance misuse or has mental health problems.
Our professionally trained and friendly carer support workers, all vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service, will take over your caring roles and give you precious time to yourself – time to relax, time to socialise with friends, time to be with other family members. The choices are yours.

For the people with care needs we provide meaningful and stimulating activities, where appropriate, to enhance their quality of lives.”


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Lent 2017 Day 22 Younger People with Dementia

Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire) charity was set up in 2012 to assist in filling the gap in provision for those with young onset dementia and their family and carers.  Their aim is to provide meaningful respite that works with current provision over the working week.

“Young Onset Dementia affects adults under the age of 65 and nationally there are about 40,000 younger people with dementia. Traditional services are designed to meet the needs and expected therapeutic out-comes of older adults and subsequently, access to activities appropriate for younger adults with dementia is limited.

People with young onset dementia often experience a more rapid decline in cognition and quality of life at a time when they may otherwise have expected to be in employment and to have an active social life. The same applies to partners and other family members who consequently face social isolation and carer stress. In many cases, carers have to give up work to support their partner and therefore, the ability to provide respite on a daily basis is often pivotal to keeping carers in work. Furthermore, for the person with dementia, lack of appropriate activities can result in an increase in social isolation, apathy, a decline in health and increased risk of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.”


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Lent 2017 Day 21 Alzheimer’s Cafe Wokingham

The Alzheimer’s Café opened on Wednesday 20th May 2015, by the Worshipful the Mayor of Wokingham Borough, Cllr Ulla Karin Clark. It is aimed at providing a place for those living with this condition and their carers to get together for a time of fellowship.

Activities include:

  • A monthly speaker
  • Question time
  • Social and sharing time
  • Books, fact sheets and resources
  • Make-up sessions by Boots the Chemist
  • Free refreshments
  • Resource boxes from Wokingham Library
  • Music time

The Café meets on Wednesdays fortnightly, from 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Bradbury Centre Meeting Place.  There is also a Carer’s Group that meets on Tuesdays fortnightly, from 1.30 to 3.00pm in the Bradbury Centre. Contact: Claire Knight, Church & Community Team Leader.


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