Help Hub: We offer free practical help when you need it.
Signposting: We offer free support to help you live well.
Community Action: We serve the community through positive action to make it a better place for all.
Are you in urgent need of anything? We offer short term support for anyone in need or unable to get out. For example, we can collect your shopping, pick up a prescription for you, or connect you with another local charity or organisation for longer term help.
Would you like someone to chat or pray with you? We can help provide friendly support to improve your emotional and mental wellbeing, such as befriending and chatting or praying with you.
Can we help build your confidence to get back on your feet? We can help you get out of the house for social re-engagement or to attend appointments, etc.
Can we help with practical tasks (basic DIY/gardening)? We’d love to help with small jobs around the house or garden that you’re unable to do yourself. If the job is too big for us, we can point you other charities or organisations that will be able to help.
Do you need help with CVs, form filling or paperwork? We can help with the aspects of every day life, such as writing CVs, filling out forms or completing paperwork.
Torch is a community Help Hub set up and run by volunteers from local churches across Reading with the aim of providing a helping hand to those who otherwise cannot get help and tend to fall through the gaps of existing support or provision.
This is a completely free service to everyone. All volunteers are DBS cleared and, where possible, come from the local community near the client. Self or agency referrals to Torch can be made by phone, email or via the contact form where they will be triaged by a Coordinator who will select the appropriate volunteer.
Torch will also signpost people to appropriate activities and courses that might provide friendship, wellbeing, practical support as well as assistance with making good life choices.
Torch facilitates local community events to enhance the local environment whilst bringing people together.
Torch is an initiative of local churches in the Reading area: