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Reading Community Outreach Service

The service will have a place-based community focus. That means rather than having a set location it will be dynamic and flexible in the way Outreach Workers will reach people in their communities.

Email: readingcos@together-uk.org
Phone: 0203 962 8201

Services offered:

  • Community support
  • Outreach
  • Peer support

Locality Manager: Carolin Sternecker

Operations and Development Manager: Andrew Farquhar

The Reading Community Outreach Service will focus on providing mental health support in the community within Reading to improve the wellbeing of people and help build resilience and independence to help combat issues with poverty and inequality.

We look to support people in their recovery of mental health but also have a specific aim of providing preventative mental support to reach people from ethnically diverse communities to ensure that they have access to the right support at the right time. Our service specifically looks to work alongside people who are refugees and asylum seekers, those who may have experienced discrimination or injustice, as well and looking to ensure they are integrated into communities and supported to achieve self-sufficiency.

We provide personalised support delivered by Peer Outreach Workers, who have a lived experience of mental health themselves, who bring a genuine understanding and empathetic approach in supporting you to work towards your goals. The service will be providing 1-2-1 support of up to 9 weeks whilst meeting people in the community or providing phone and online sessions. There will also be a group programme themed around wellbeing, developing coping strategies, self-management and facilitating peer support. You can choose how you access support – whether that’s in person, online via video chat, or on the phone.

Please note this does not extend to meeting people in their homes. Our staff will meet people in the community in public places such as libraries or coffee shops.  It should also be noted that the meetings our staff conduct will be specifically to provide one to one support.

Part of our support is specifically for people in Reading from the refugee and asylum seeker community. We offer specialist one to one and group support from a Peer Outreach Worker who has first-hand experience of being a refugee.

The service will have a place-based community focus. That means rather than having a set location, the Reading Community Outreach Service will be dynamic and flexible in reaching communities.

Making a referral to Reading Community Support Service

If you are a member of the public looking to access Reading Community support service for support or are a professional looking to refer a person to the service you can contact us directly by email at readingcos@together-uk.org or call us on freephone 0203 962 8201. Alternatively you can fill out the referral form below:

Reading Community Outreach Service Referral Form

Please let us know who is making the referral to the Reading Community Outreach Service and how you heard about us:

Who is making the referral to the Reading Community Outreach Service? *

Information about you

Are you currently a refugee or asylum seeker?
Are you currently a migrant in this country?

Information about the person you're referring and you as the referrer

Is the referee currently a refugee or asylum seeker?
Is the referee currently a migrant in this country?

About the person being referred - In order to better understand the support you/the person being referred might need, it would be helpful if you could complete the following as best as you can. This is to better understand the situation, and some of the difficulties that may have been experienced. Please be as honest as possible, it is important that we are aware of anything which may impact our ability to support you/the person who is being referred safely.

Please can you outline if you would consider that you have difficulties, or problems in managing in any of these areas below (Please tick and then provide further details):

Consent to Share Information

In order to carry out our work, Together needs to share information between some staff members and with organisations that commission the work or monitor and inspect us. In this service, that organisation is Reading Borough Council and Clinical Commissioning Group. This is a requirement for all service users and so we ask you to tick the box below to confirm that you understand and accept this. *
Please confirm you understand and accept that Together staff will share some information from this form with other Together staff and organisations who commission, monitor and inspect their services: *

Equality and Diversity Monitoring - Please note questions in this section are optional and if you'd rather not answer or would prefer to provide the information in person you can leave these blank

How would you describe you ethnic group/background?
How would you describe your gender?
How would you describe your gender identity?
How would you describe your religion?
How would you describe your sexual orientation?
If you have a disability, please indicate which of the options below applies to you:

Accessibility/Communication Needs