AS the coronavirus continues to spread, many of our readers may be feeling anxious, worried or lonely if they or their loved ones are self-isolating or struggling to come to terms with the pandemic.

We’ve collated a list of numbers for you to call if you need any advice or support during this time.

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Alzheimer’s Society

Support line: 0333 150 3456


If you’d like to connect and talk with other people affected by dementia, visit the online community Talking Point at


Following the Covid-19 outbreak, Launchpad is launching the 'here for you' telephone service for anyone in need of support, whether you have housing or homelessness issues or not.

If you are struggling and need a listening ear, or would like help accessing vital services in Reading, contact the team between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday on 0118 929 1111 or email

Please note, the 'here for you' telephone service aims to help the local community with signposting and emotional support during this pandemic - however, please note that Launchpad is unable to provide resources such as food packages and staff aren’t trained counsellors.

Healthwatch Reading

Healthwatch Reading has made changes to its service due to coronavirus. Their website explains the telephone helpline service and face-to-face drop-in service for the general public (which was running Monday to Friday) has stopped until further notice.

However, people can still contact the team via email, text or using the contact form on the website.


Text: 07860 018 073

Twitter: @HealthwatchRdg

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Age UK Reading

Telephone: 0118 950 2480


Reading Samaritans

Call 116 123. This number is free to call from all phones – even one without any credit.