In light of the announcement by the Prime Minister and his health advisors, we regret to inform you that, with immediate effect, all Reading U3A activities will cease until further notice. For absolute clarification, this means that unless and until further advice is given by the Committee, all meetings, group activities and other activities must cease.


The spread of the new Coronavirus is a great challenge to all of us but particularly to the age group of most of our members. The most important advice is: if you have any symptoms such as new cough or fever please stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and contact 111 if the symptoms worsen.


If you have recently been to one of our groups or events and now think you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, please tell the relevant convenor so that they can warn other members who were also at that event.

Keep an eye on our website (https://readingu3a.org.uk/) for updates.

 

Be aware that there is a lot of misinformation circulating on the web and in particular in some social media posts.  Make sure that the information you are viewing on the web is from a genuine and reliable source.

Click here for Government information on COVID-19 and what you need to do

Reading Borough Council News Release

One Reading Community Hub Support and Volunteer Line 0808 1894325

Do you need extra help during the Coronavirus outbreak - or do you want to offer a helping hand?

A new Community Hub has been created for Reading Borough Council residents needing additional support during the outbreak for those wanting to volunteer their time or services, and for businesses who have the resources to help support the community.

If you, or someone you know is in need of extra support:

Fill in our online coronavirus support form

or call,

0808 1894325 (freephone) from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

If you, or your business wish to volunteer:

Fill in the Team Reading: Coronavirus response volunteers form

Groups can register online with Reading Neighbourhood Network

or call,

0808 1894325 (freephone) from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

 

The One Reading Community Hub is a partnership between Reading Borough Council, Reading Voluntary Action and Reading's wide and varied voluntary and community sector.

The public is being urged to only contact the Hub if they have urgent welfare needs which a family member or trusted friend cannot help them with. This is so that resources can be directed to the people that need it most at this challenging time. All offers of help and support are welcome from individuals, businesses and other organisations. The Hub cannot provide health advice and will direct customers to NHS 111.

Download Wellbeing Advice Sheet from Reading Borough Councll

 

Computer Scams

Our Computer Group convenor has made us aware of scam emails about the Coronavirus that purport to come from official organisations like WHO (World Health Organisation), HMRC, etc which ask you to click on links. These links will either take you to phishing websites that will extract your personal and/or banking details, or download malicious software. Never trust what you are told in an email without separately confirming it (but not through any information in the email) and definitely do not click on any links. More information can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51838468

 

Download Advice Sheet on Scams from Reading Borough Council