Wokingham Borough Community Response
Managing the Covid-19 crisis is a team effort. The borough council, town and parish councils, voluntary groups, community organisations and charities, neighbourhoods and individual people are all pulling together to support those of us who need extra help at this time.
The Wokingham Borough Community Response is our borough-wide one stop shop for helping those in need during this difficult time.
If you need support
If you need help, the first thing to try is a family member, friend or trusted neighbour. Or, if you have a charity you already work with, contact them.
If neither of those work for you, contact the Wokingham Borough Community Response by contacting Citizens Advice Wokingham by visiting the Citizens Advice Wokingham website or calling 0300 330 1189. If you are hard of hearing, you can use the text relay service by calling 03444 111 445. Phone lines will be staffed Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
Citizens Advice Wokingham is the 'front door' for our community response. They are taking calls and emails from residents and putting them in contact with the people and organisations they need, for example:
- the Wokingham Volunteer Centre can help collect prescriptions
- First Days is running a food distribution hub to deliver food parcels and essential toiletries
- the LINK Visiting Scheme will make regular welfare checks
The council is working with the organisations above, as well as our town and parish councils, Wokingham Food Bank, Home Start, Churches Together and other churches and voluntary organisations across the borough.
Involve Community Services is communicating with the many voluntary sector organisations in the borough so we have an integrated response to those most in need.
If you can donate
The community distribution hub needs your donations: please donate any extra food, toiletries and other essentials by dropping them off at one of our donation drop off locations:
- St Crispin’s Leisure Centre, London Road, Wokingham, Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm
- Libraries at Twyford, Woodley, Lower Earley, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 12pm
Check the Wokingham Community Hub Facebook page for the latest list of needed items.
We are working together to serve our community
Wokingham Borough Council, Citizens Advice Wokingham, Involve Community Services, Wokingham Volunteer Centre, The Link Visiting Scheme, First Days, Wokingham Foodbank, Age UK Berkshire and local churches and others
If you want to help
The most helpful thing you can do right now is to reach out to family, friends and neighbours who may be self isolating and need some help.
You may also notice posters popping up around your community, and local places help us to spread the word about how to help and where you can get help from. If you would like to share this message, please download and print our Covid-19 community poster (PDF document) and place it somewhere for people to see.