August Update

Dates for the diary

  • 29th Aug - Link Visiting Scheme visit
  • 5th Sept - CCA collection of single bedding

Link Visiting scheme

"God sets the lonely in families" Psalm 68:6

The Chair of their Trustees John Mallaghan is coming to speak to us on the 29th July. If you have been thinking of volunteering it will be an excellent chance to find out more so come armed with questions.

We have been sent the following update which shows what an marvelous organization the Link Visiting scheme is.

The Link Visiting Scheme is appealing for more volunteers after receiving prestigious award.

Link Visiting are delighted to have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK! We are thrilled that our volunteers have received the recognition they so richly deserve. Volunteers have shown wonderful commitment to providing a lifeline of friendship and support to older people struggling with loneliness.

One of our volunteers, Carol, says: “It has been very rewarding getting to know my 87-year-old Link Friend,Jean. She has felt so lonely at times and for the first 8 months of the lockdown, I was her only visitor. I know she gets a lot out of our friendship, as do I. I helped her purchase a tablet computer 18 months ago and have enjoyed teaching her how to use it. She took to it like a duck to water! It has been life changing for her. We have always enjoyed going out together, visiting garden centres, nature reserves or if the weather is good, just going for tea and cake. I really enjoy our friendship and our time together every week.”

We are now looking for more friendship volunteers who can spare an hour or two each week to join the team. Volunteering with our charity offers the chance to make a real difference to the lives of isolated people in our local community. It’s also a chance to make new friends and feel connected. We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support and we match people up based on your availability and location so can volunteer when it fits in with you!

Find out more by visiting our website: website: or by contacting our office: 0118 9798019.

We believe that no one in our community should feel forgotten or lonely. Please do reach out if you’d like support. We’d love to hear from you!

Marjie Walker, CEO marjie@linkvisiting.org

  • The Link Visiting Scheme | 0118 979 8019 | www.linkvisiting.org
  • Wescott Annex, Wescott Road, Wokingham, RG40 2ER
  • Charity Nr: 1139248 | Company Nr: 07349468

CCA

"On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made." 1 Corinthians 16:2

The current focus of our collection for CCA is single bedding. As it is the summer holidays we won't be having our collection for CCA until the start of September but we would love to be able to provide them with 2 months worth of collections at that point. So do spend the summer looking out for bedding bargains and come armed with a duvets, sheets and pillow cases on the 5th September"

Coombes School

"The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:12

Sadly due to ill-health and end of term confusion we were unable to provide the school with the pot plants as we intended. If you would like to take any of the plants home and consider providing a donation to the school then please feel free to take one and speak to Patricia Fryer about giving a donation.

Mercy Ministry

Mercy Ministry at Arborfield Church

For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. Psalm 72:12

The Arborfield church family are keenly aware of how God, our loving Father has helped us. We are eager to follow in his example and offer our help to those in need. There are many opportunities to serve, listed below are some we are focusing on as a church family. It would be wonderful if you could prayerfully consider if you could help with one (or more) of these organisations. You will need to sign up directly with the organisation and go through their safeguarding procedures. However if the people volunteering in the same organisation could be linked together to share stories and pray together it would be a great encouragement.

There may be people you are aware of who are in need or you may be need yourself. If there is any way we can help we would love to know.

So if any these apply:

  • You are aware of a need you think some of the church family maybe able to help with
  • You want to find out more about any of these volunteering opportunities
  • You want to inform us that you have signed up so you can get in touch with other volunteers.

Please do get in contact by sending an email to mercy.arb@abch.org.uk

Prison FELLOWSHIP

Prison Fellowship's mission is to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them.

“When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

Matthew 25 39,40

There are opportunities to help by writing letters, enabling prisoners to send gifts to their loved ones, supporting the chaplain and more.

Please visit their website to find out more and to sign up Prison Fellowship

“The letters were a breath of fresh air to the prisoners – receiving something from people unknown to them, showing care.”
John Brown (former prisoner chaplain).

The Link visiting scheme

CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND THE LIFE OF SOMEONE ELSE

Would you like to have a chat with someone who may be feeling isolated or lonely and looking forward to a call from you?

Why not consider becoming a volunteer with the Link Visiting Scheme? They have been running for many years and have now become a valuable and essential organisation in Wokingham Borough.

The Link Visiting Scheme is a Wokingham based charity whose aim is ‘Changing lives through friendship’ and they are dedicated to reducing loneliness by helping isolated people make friends.

They have an excellent website where three volunteers explain what it is like to be a volunteer with Link, including reading about why they joined, outlining what they do and the benefits they experience both as volunteers and the people they befriend.

Don’t delay and take a look at their website and request a volunteer pack

Christian Community Action

CCA aim is to demonstrate God's love by meeting people's practical needs and restoring their self worth. In addition they offer support to their service users; helping them to learn new skills, rebuild their confidence and get into paid employment through volunteering at their shops.

CCA provides support for individuals and households in Reading who are in need of emergency furniture, bedding and kitchen items. They do this through recycling donations of furniture, clothing, bric-a-brac and household goods.

They need volunteers to help serve in their shops, and to train as assessors in the Support Centres. Van drivers and able-bodied crew members are needed to collect and deliver furniture.

The following skills are always needed:

  • Administration
  • IT
  • painting
  • decorating
  • plumbing
  • electrical work
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources

To find out more and sign up to serve please visit the volunteer page

We also plan to have a monthly collection for food and other essentials parcels.

The Coombes School

The Coombes primary school is our local primary school. We are keen to support them in a number of ways including reading with children, making cakes for staff, assisting with landscaping and tidying the grounds. There are a number of people from our church serving as governors. The ministry team visit for weekly assemblies.

Owing to the current pandemic we are still exploring how to safely support the school, and will update this page as options are agreed.