Open Collective
Open Collective

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Because we know that as long as profit and power drive most of our societies, war, and the humans displaced by it, are inevitable. That's why we need your help to bolster our support as we prepare for in influx of friends from Ukraine - alt...
Tombola, free yoga & more
Published on February 3, 2022 by Aym
Okay, we say it all the time, but how awesome is Reading? Abbey Baptist Church heard about our work over a year ago and proactively reached out to us to offer us help. Castle Tap pub and Yoginah too, Aisha Masjid have been ...
Things are erratic, hectic, traumatising and hostile for asylum seeking migrants. Look at the work done by amazing groups like Freedom From Torture, Channel Rescue and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute to get a glimpse into the horrors...
Come meet us, celebrate community
Published on July 27, 2021 by Aym
The big thing about community and solidarity isn't a "them and us" attitude. It's about understanding that asylum seeking migrants *are* our community. They are our neighbours, friends and more. So we're ve...
Do you have an hour spare in the week?
Published on June 27, 2021 by Aym
The good part of being a solidarity collective, as opposed to a charity, is that we are 100% focused on supporting the people we c...
Sunshine & Solidarity
Published on June 6, 2021 by Aym
It's been a busy spring, from a bustling Ramadhan to our Reading Red Corner boxing club...
Re-jigging, Ramadhan & Reflection
Published on April 16, 2021 by Aym
We worked hard as a community to ensure hot food, clothing, shoes, credit, phones and more were given to hundreds of asylum seekers while Clearsprings ran an unfit for purpose hotel in our town. While the councils, government and basically...
Hunger strike & keeping families connected
Published on February 21, 2021 by Aym
The conditions in the hotel accommodation in Reading, and indeed across the UK, are horrendous. They are not fit for purpose. With some folks stuck in the accommodation coming up to a year, things peaked in February with a 2-day hunger stri...
A community together
Published on January 31, 2021 by Aym
It’s been an incredible start to the year, and we have so many hopes, ideas and energy for our asylum seeking migrant friends thanks to the amazing ...
10,000 meals for migrants in 2021
Published on December 30, 2020 by Aym
In March, a tiny cluster of friends started Reading Mutual Care for the Coronavirus, blooming into a massive operation of hundreds of volunteers across Reading, delivering food and medicine to vulnerable people. In May, a f...
7 months going strong.
Published on November 15, 2020 by Aym
We are a group of friends who discovered how badly supported asylum seekers in Reading have been, particularly during lockdown. We have, every single night without fail, provided 40 hot nutritious meals, baby items, clothes, phone credit an...