Reading Community Learning Centre

Helping ethnic minority women and their families in Reading

Reading Community Learning Centre Coronavirus Update

Our services have not stopped since the social distancing measures were implemented in Mar 2020. We have continued to provide much needed support over the telephone and through our zoom classes. We are happy to say that we re-opened the centre for a few classes to maintain safe social distancing measures from 14/9/2020. 

Sadly we had to close the centre for our Spring 2021 Term due to the high infection rates especially as we were located in Tier 4. Our spring term was taught completely online but we are hoping if all goes well that the summer 2021 term will be taught in both face to face classes and online. 

Please have a look at our new Summer 2021 flyer for our classes.

Please use the mobile numbers below if you would like to contact us;

Petra Robinson (main Office and enrolments) : 07923 138 681 or 0118 959 5455 (Mon-Thur 9am-2:30pm)

Shaheen Kausar (for advice, support and outreach): 07923 138 730 or 0118 959 5455 (Mon & Tue 9am-5pm)

Hemamalini Sundararajan (for advice and support): 07923 138 654 (Wed 9am- 4pm)

Aisha Malik (manager): 07923 138 711 (Mon-Thur 9:30-2:30pm)

Government Guidance For COVID-19

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
– Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
– Cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
– Make space – stay at least one metre away from people not in your household

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

Monday 8 March is the first date at which certain restrictions are intended to ease under Step 1. These are:

  • All children and students will return to face to face education in schools and colleges
  • People can leave home for recreation outdoors such as a coffee or picnic with their household or support bubble, or one person outside their household
  • Wraparound childcare and other supervised children’s activities can resume where they enable parents to work
  • Care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor provided they are tested and wear PPE

A further part of step one sees the following changes introduced from Monday 29 March:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 6 people or 2 households will be allowed, including in private gardens
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts can reopen, and people can take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

At this point the stay at home order will end, although many lockdown restrictions will remain and you should continue to work from home where possible.

Provided the Government is satisfied with the data relating to vaccine programmes, infection rates and risks, further easing of restrictions could take place under Step 2 no earlier than 12 April. This would include the opening of non-essential retail, outdoor attractions, indoor leisure facilities and the opportunity for hospitality venues to serve customers outdoors only.

More details on this, along with Step 3, can be found on the Government website here.

One Reading Community Hub Support:

One Reading Community Hub Support and Volunteer Line: 0808 189 4325

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 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and 9am – 1pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

How services are affected where you live:

In response to the Government’s guidance on the social distancing measures needed to slow the spread of the virus, Reading, West Berks and Wokingham Borough Councils have made changes to many services with most civic offices now closed to the public.
Reading Borough Council:
West Berkshire Council:
Wokingham Council:…

Messages and updates from Borough Council Leaders

Please follow these links:
West Berkshire:

Coronavirus Symptoms

If you have coronavirus symptoms:
– High temperature
– New, continuous cough
– Loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Do not leave home for at least 10 days. Get a Coronavirus test here:

Please click on the link below to install the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app for England and Wales.

How to avoid catching or spreading Coronavirus

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

We are in constant contact with Reading Borough Council, other charities and the Home Office, and this approach is consistent with advice at this moment in time from Public Health England.

For further information, visit the UK Government website here:

Coronavirus Guidance Translations

In the interests of reaching as many residents as possible with important coronavirus safety messages, Reading Borough Council  now have a webpage that brings together locally produced information and signposting to national resources in different languages:

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