Here are some ways you can put your FAITH IN ACTION in our local community


Donate food to our local food bank, ReadiFood. There are collection points at both St James and St William of York.



Recycle and raise funds for the Parish Project. Suggested ideas include:

– Stamps (used and unused)
– Jewellery and watches (including broken items)
– Mobile phones, cameras and games consoles
– Coins, and currency (UK or foreign)

There are collection points at both St James and St William.


If you are in need of support there are local charities who can offer help. Our Parish volunteer at some of the local charities who help those in need.

Bed for the night

Reading Churches Winter Night Shelter
– Runs from beginning January to end March
– Volunteers typically help at one evening or one morning shift per week
– Volunteers help to set up, pack up, cook, host and talk with guests, and to pray

Christian Community Action

Recycle donations of furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.
– Donations sold in furniture shop, charity shops or distributed to local people in need
– Volunteers help in charity shops, furniture shop, warehouse and driving

T: 0118 9512 336

Link to webiste


Drop in centre for homeless people who are disadvantaged and living in the local community
– Volunteer at one of the drop-in sessions on Monday, Tuesday or Friday 10am-12.30pm

Offers people in Reading information, advice and support with benefits, debt, housing, employment, form filling and more
– Volunteer as an advice worker or receptionist


Preventing homelessness in Reading
– Volunteer supporting homeless people at a drop-in service, provide admin support, run activity groups and more

new beginnings

Community Fridge and Way Ministry food handouts
– Community Fridge food handout Mon to Fri 6pm-7pm
– Way Ministry hot meal takeaway Sun 3-4pm

One Reading Community Hub

Partnership between Reading Borough Council, Reading Voluntary Action and Reading’s voluntary sector to provide additional support to Reading’s residents during Coronavirus outbreak.

Currently no more volunteers needed

T: 0808 1894325

Link to website


Reading’s Food Bank (run by Faith Christian Group)
– Volunteer to sort food, pack food parcels or deliver food parcels


Street outreach/food handout (run by Faith Christian Group) opening again July 2020
– Every Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri evenings volunteers, supported by staff, provide food/drink to local people in real need

Reading Community Learning Centre

Supports refugee and migrant women to improve their English and build confidence
– Female volunteers work directly with centre users, by being a classroom or a creche volunteer or providing admin/office support

T: 0118 959 5455 / 07923 138 681
E: [email protected]

Link to website

Reading Refugee Support Group

Advice, education and practical support for refugees and asylum seekers
– Volunteers help to run a drop-in service
– Currently no volunteer vacancies

Reading Street Pastors

Trained volunteers from local churches who care about our community
– Volunteers are usually on patrol from 10.30pm to 3am on a Friday and Saturday night to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets of Reading

Ridgeline Trust Therapeutic Garden

Helps people with mental or physical health issues
– Volunteers support clients during Mon or Tues gardening sessions, carry out maintenance work on Wed so garden fit for therapeutic use
– Volunteers also help with planning and administrative tasks, or assisting with events

The CowShed

Provides good quality cleaned and ironed clothes and other essentials free to anyone in need.
– Volunteers needed to sort, wash and iron donations
– Donate clothing, footwear, bedding, curtains
Or join the Craft Group making new items from old to support the main charity

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Forbury Road, Reading
Tel: (44) 01189 574171
Monday -Friday (9am -4.30pm)