Do we need to rethink addiction?

We wanted to share two videos on addiction. The first we found so simple and clear. The second, simple again, yet moving. Addiction specialist and author Gabor Maté says dealing with past trauma may be the key to breaking addiction. He says: “Addiction is not a choice anybody makes, it’s a response to emotional pain.” […]

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol in Reading

As we head towards the winter months, councils across the country are getting ready for any severe weather spells. Housing and homelessness departments have been busy revising their arrangements for Severe Weather Emergency Protocol, known for short as SWEP, to ensure their readiness for the colder months. Under this humanitarian response, when temperatures of 0°or […]

Reading’s Walk-In Health Centre Initiative

Since October 2017, the Museum of Homelessness and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have recorded the deaths of almost 1000 homeless people. From January – June 2019, at least 235 people affected by homelessness have died – an average of one person every 19 hours. When someone is homeless, they are often living chaotic lives. […]

Hoarding Disorder’s UK – New support and advice group launching in Reading

Compulsive hoarding is a recognised mental health disorder and is marked by an obsessive need to acquire and keep things, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary. There can be many triggers for why someone starts hoarding, including living in poverty for a period of time, grief, loss of a partner or breakdown of […]

Map of Local Services in Reading

There’s a great new map that’s available for FREE that maps emergency support services for those sleeping rough in Reading. Yes, you can find all services on Street Support Reading but not everyone likes or has access to digital, so a printed map is an essential partner to Street Support Reading. For your free copies, […]

YMCA Reading – Summertime and Beyond

Reading YMCA provides 40 units of supported housing for 16 to 24 year olds referred by Reading Borough Council. The bedsits are modern and all are ensuite, 28 with kitchenettes and 12 with shared kitchens. Four of the units are reserved for young mother’s with babies. Guest blog by Arlene Kersley, YMCA Reading Chief Executive […]

Four new Action Groups launched in Reading!

At the Reading Homelessness Partnership meeting on September 4th, four new Action Groups were formed to tackle key issues in our town. Public Engagement and Comms group (including begging and tents): Vee Hutcheson (RBC), Kirsti Wilson (CONNCET Reading), Anthony Brain (RBC), Jon Yates (BCF), Alexa Volker (BID) andRebecca McDonald (BT Police) NRPF People/Migration & homelessness: […]

Have your say on Reading’s homelessness strategy

Reading Borough Council’s Homelessness Strategy Consultation is now live! Reading Borough Council is looking for your views on proposed priorities for their next Homelessness Strategy. Your feedback will shape and inform the approach and strategic direction regarding homelessness in the town over the next five years. Reading Borough Council’s existing Homelessness Strategy is not due for […]

St Mungo’s – 10 years of helping people sleeping rough.

Our outreach teams go out early in the morning and late at night, following up referrals from members of the public via StreetLink and from other local organisations who’ve told us they’re concerned about someone sleeping rough. Some of those people might be newly rough sleeping and we talk to them, see what options there […]

Lord Bourne’s visit to Reading

Lord Bourne, Minister for Faith, politician and former professor of law visited Reading University on 28 June 2019 to meet with various representatives from faith groups working in the community that support people who are sleeping rough and homeless.  The four key partners who met with Lord Bourne were: Faith Christian Group which comprises local […]