Reading Community Welfare Rights Unit was established 30 years ago to provide support to vulnerable members of the community in Reading who were facing hardship. We work hard to alleviate poverty, sickness and distress through advice and assistance to people about their rights to benefits. The vast majority of the people who come to us for help have complex needs.
Our catchment area is Reading Borough and we are unable to assist anyone who lives outside of the borough. Our catchment area could be expanded to allow us to help more people if we had more staffing resource. Prior to 2010, the Unit employed 17 members of staff and we helped vulnerable people across Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
We have seen central government grant funding to Reading Borough Council, (which was worth £57 Million in 2010) completely Disappear. This cut 40% from our staffing budget as the majority of our funding comes from our local council. We are however committed to helping all those who need us. We are comprised of three teams: Trustees, paid staff and volunteers.