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The Reading Refugee Support Group has been leading the way in helping refugees rebuild their lives not only in Reading but the whole of Berkshire through services provided by the centre.

The centre which was started by a group of refugees almost three decades ago, has become sanctuary for many refugees and asylum seekers, most of whom have now become positive contributors to different societies.

Reading Refugee Support Group is located on the first floor RISC 35-39 On London Street Reading RG1 4PS, operating Monday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

The group works with a number of other organisations and groups that provide help for refugees. Most of these groups and organisation the Reading Refugee Support Group work with offer advice and other services such as training, jobs, funding among others.

Some local organisations that could help are Reading Community Lottery, Reading Community Grants and VCS Emergency Services.

Homework clubs help independent schools with weekly sessions including caseworker one-to-one sessions. There is also a women’s lunch group that helps keep people safe and provides support such as aiding in achieving personal goals, education, and language development which is attended by about 15 people each week.

The job club helps people become employed by focusing on their CVs and providing helpful information. Volunteers also work with individuals and families to develop their English language skills.

You can also volunteer to help the Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and the community. They do activities such as holding a drop-in centre which can offer help.

In addition to this, RVA recently did a Covid event on the 25th of January 2022, which was to provide the vaccine to people and to provide emotional support for those grieving as well as lateral flow and PCR tests.

How can you support the charity? You can donate or volunteer to help the charity. The charity also helps people from Syria and Afghanistan to find homes and assist them in the other ways.

There is news and event information on the RVA website and for more information, please visit: https://rva.org.uk/news/

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