By Raveena Hargun
Sikh Swat (Sikh welfare awareness and team) are based in Reading and other parts of the UK they are a charity that helps support people and the homeless by serving them langer which is a service where the Sikh community help feed people who need it the most and help which is free. They help people across the world too.
The Sri Guru Singh Sabha gurdwara ( Temple) in reading on Cumberland Road will help you get free food as well. All of the food in the gurdwara is always vegetarian due to religious reasons and guests must respect the rules.
Although Sikhs are not required to be vegetarian, vegetarian meals must be served in the gurdwara (temple), this ensures anybody with dietary restrictions of their faith can eat langar and in the langar hall.
The Reading Swat team helps people who need it the most and they do other events and projects that can also change people’s lives in many different ways.
The Swat serves food to the homeless every Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at 6pm anyone is welcome to help volunteer. They will also help people source food at other times.
However, the swat team now has a healthcare team as well which are supported by Tesco and other community services. In Reading they are talking to people that have mental health issues.
The Sikh community in Reading have set up a mobile van that has toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and dentist surgeons that help the homeless.
During covid, the swat team helped by providing hand sanitizer and getting the covid vaccine to keep people safe in these difficult times.
The Sikh community, amongst others, do a great job to help and support people who need it in the Reading area and other parts of the country too.