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  • Free workshop in Reading.
  • St Luke's C of E Church, Erleigh Road, Reading RG1 5QY
  • 29th January 2020 from 10am-12 noon
  • Speakers from NatWest, Thames Valley Police and Fraud UK 

To book your place, contact Charlotte Rampton at Berkshire Vision on 0118 987 2803

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Winter hospital visiting - volunteer now

Age UK Berkshire will be offering support to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading over their busy winter period. The project will run from January to April 2020.Volunteers will visit older people on the wards and chat with them, offer support and carry out activities e.g. playing cards.This is a great opportunity to make a real difference to older people staying in hospital over the winter period.Read more on our Volunteering page.

Exciting New Project in Wokingham

Age UK Berkshire is working in partnership with Wokingham Volunteers Centre, The Link Visiting Scheme and Involve to deliver a new project that aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the Wokingham area. The project is currently recruiting for key staff members- if you want to make a real difference to older peoples lives please visit the jobs page:

Age UK Berkshire awarded Charity Quality Standard

We are proud to have achieved the Age UK Charity Quality Standard (CQS) which recognises the high standard of our performance as an organisation.

The Standard is externally assessed and awarded to members of the Age UK network that have demonstrated they are well governed and managed; have a clear direction and strategy; and are committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of older people, their staff and volunteers.

We achieved the Standard following a rigorous examination of our work and a full day assessment visit by leading experts SGS.

Money matters for older people

Age UK Berkshire, in collaboration with local charities and interest groups, are running a series of information sessions around Berkshire offering financial information for the county’s older residents.

“Money Matters for Older People” sessions are completely free of charge and provide impartial information on relevant topics such as managing money, checking eligibility for benefits, and paying for care in later life.

To find out more or to book a place, phone Age UK Berkshire on 0118 959 4242, or email

New Friendly Gardeners group in Reading

If you enjoy gardening and would like to make some new friends, why not join us at Friends Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB on Fridays from 10am to 12 noon.

Phone 0118 959 4242 to find out more, or email

The first session is free, then a suggested donation of £3 each week. 

Refreshments are provided.

Quiz night raises record funds

Leading Reading solicitors Blandy & Blandy LLP raised over £5,000 for Age UK Berkshire and another local charity at their annual quiz night on 7 March 2019.

The evening’s quizmaster, Blandy & Blandy marketing manager and chair of the firm’s charities committee David Lamont,was delighted to announce the record amount raised this year. The winning quiz team were representing Savills estate agents.

It's Big Knit time!

Big Knit smoothie bottles with knitted hats

The Age UK/Innocent Smoothies Big Knit is back ! So grab your needles and your yarn and get knitting smoothie hats for Age UK. Help us be there for older people who have no one else to turn to.  

To find out more, and to download this year's knitting and crochet patterns, visit

Living the Highclere life

In June 2017 a group of 20 clients, carers and staff of Age UK Berkshire were invited to spend an afternoon visiting Highclere Stud, part of the estate of Highclere Castle (location for the Downton Abbey TV series). The current Earl's father was the Queen's racing manager for over 30 years and the family still own and manage the stud. 

In the paddock we met each of the mares and their foals, ranging in age from three months to yearling status, who were introduced to us by their individual grooms. Then we visited the stable yard where the stallion, Cable Bay, renowned Sire of Highclere Stud, was paraded past. 

The day finished with a delicious tea hosted by members of the family.

Highclere stud horses

Are you a priority customer?

Age UK Berkshire are working with Thames Water and Scottish & Southern Electricity to highlight the benefits of their priority registers, which offer people over 60 some additional help in case of an issue with water or power supplies in their area. Customers can sign up to the scheme online, or ring the office on 0118 959 4242 and we will send you a leaflet with all the details. Other energy companies have similar schemes - for details, phone your supplier or visit their website.