Supporting the Support Centre
What we need?
We always need donations of the following items. They need to be clean, without rips, tears or stains please:
Bath towels, sheets, pillows and pillow cases, duvets, and duvet covers,
Good quality undamaged saucepans, frying pans, mugs, tumblers, cutlery, plates and bowls.
Sometimes we have to buy additional items when we haven't got enough donations to meet the level of need.
£11 buys a single duvet and 2 pillows
£13 buys a double duvet and 2 pillows
£200 pays for our Support Centre to open for a day so that we can be there for vulnerable people in crisis.
Ph: 0118 951 2337
369 Oxford Road
Mon, Tues, Thurs
10.00am to 4.00pm
10.00am to 3.30pm
Closed Wed and Sat
Extracts from our Newsletter
Jan to Mar 2017
In 2016: 4,734 families / individuals were helped through our support centres:
That is: 90 individuals / families per week or 2.5 families / individuals every hour we are open.
We delivered 1,981 items of furniture – many were emergency responses where people did not have a bed to sleep in.
We assisted 3 Syrian refugee families to start new lives in Reading by helping to furnish their homes.
We provided 1,528 free hot meals to people who would otherwise not have one on a Wednesday.
Reading Borough Council are no longer providing financial crisis support so the destitute and desperate are coming to us to ask for the basic items that we take for granted – a bed to sleep in, a hot meal, an oven, a washing machine.
Could you make this choice?
Pay for electricity or buy ingredients for a basic meal? But not both?
Your donation will provide a lifeline of support to those who come to us seeking practical assistance and a listening friend.
Donations of Items
Donations can be delivered to the Support Centre or our Oxford Road Charity Shop during opening hours.
Items will be made up into bedding and kitchen packs for single adults, couples or families.
Items like curtains and baby clothes, buggies, prams, cots and cot beds are available at significantly discounted prices in the Support Centre.
Food items will be made up into emergency food parcels, and must be within date.