September, 2021 –


Readipop’s open access AAA Friday group sessions for young people and it’s referal based 1-2-1 youth sessions are now running as usual (with some extra health and safety measures – as mentioned below).

We are piloting some community band sessions at Readipop Studios where possible, and in line with our health and safety and COVID-19 policy. This includes Beatroots. Moving On and Tea and Jam have resumed in offsite locations, as our space(s) are currently unfit for social distancing for larger groups. Where possible, we are livestreaming or recording community band sessions, so those uncomfortable about returning to in person sessions can still enjoy sessions.

Family Jam monthly sessions have returned, and available to sign up to via our eventbrite.

Email for more on these times, locations and on how to join a community band – or if you are a current band member, please listen out to you group social media pages and music leaders communications.

We still have COVID-19 health and safety measures in place at the studios, encourage you to sign into Readipop via track-and-trace, and ask that visitors where masks in our corridors and socially distance where possible. Extra measures are in place for studio sessions, and hand sanitiser and wipes are available for wipe downs etc. If you would like more information on these measures, please contact Readipop HQ via e-mail.

Please note venues that we use may also have their own COVID-19 health and safety measures that you will be required to follow. Please ensure you read event and session descriptions carefully before attending to ensure you are following advise and admission requirements.

For full events and programme information, please keep up to date with our work via both the Readipop and Readipop Festival social media channels.

You can find out more about Readipop and helping its work continue into the future by clicking here:

Readipop will update this page as regularly as possible with the latest on any changes to our programmes because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

You will also find our most up-to-date position on Readipop Festival in regards to the outbreak.

If you are a Readipop participant, visitor, user or community band member please keep a close eye on this page during the outbreak, or preferably on our social media channels, as this is the first place we will use to transmit updates to the public (and will likely be updated before this page).

Useful Links and Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

(Please note that the below information was complied in March 2020, and some links and information may no longer be accurate)


Community Support and organising:


For those wishing to help, the Co-Op has a good list of ways to support the fight. Reading Voluntary Action are also looking COVID-19 response volunteers here.


Also for those who want to help is the Reading Mutual Aid for Coronavirus group.


This is a newly set-up volunteer organisation aiming to support the vulnerable and in need during C19 – those in need of support from them should call 07380248606. Fledgling groups have also been set up for Berkshire wide services, as well as in Emmer Green and Woodcote. Those in the wider area can find their local group here:


Nextdoor provides a great online hub to get to know and help neighbours, allowing those who sign up to offer assistance and ask for help to people in their immediate area.


The Citizens Advice Bureau are offering support on their normal range of issues via telephone (03444 111 306) after having to close their Reading offices.


Check Reading Borough Council Service updates for more on local services.


Click COVID-19 Related Scams advice, for help to avoid being scammed during this period.


Mental Health:


Self-isolation and social distancing will undoubtably affect some people’s mental health badly. There is, however, plenty of support our there. You may also find support through the ‘Community Support’ links in the section above.

Reading’s key homeless charity has moved to telephone services in replacing its normal homelessness drop-in, and is now also offering it ‘Here for You’ telephone line to deal with loneliness and signpost to other support (which is for Reading folk, homeless or not).  They currently offer support from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday on 0118 929 1111 or via


BBC News have a handy article on protecting your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, as do rethinkYoung Minds also has a number of blog posts with advice.


For kids, Childline have this explainer of Coronavirus, and how not too worry too much.


Scope have a helpline for those with disabilities here.


For older people, Silver-line have a 24hr support line providing information, friendship and advice at 0800 4 70 80 90.


Both Mind (Mon-Fri excl. Bank Holidays, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393or text 86463)and the Samaritan’s (24hr hotline, 116 123) are still running their help lines.


For those who work/have worked in the Music Industry, Music Minds Matter also have a mental health helpline.


Jelly, the local arts charity, are holding ‘virtual’ versions of their events. With art being so important for people’s mental health, we hope to begin similar practises soon.





Please contact 999 if you or others are in immediate danger.


We know more time at home can put some people at greater risk of abuse (in all forms), here’s some links to help:


Refuge offer support for women and childrenexperiencing abuse via the 24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.


Berkshire Women’s Aid also have a hotline at 0118 950 4003 (9am – 5pm Weekdays, for non-emergencies) for women in abusive relationships (and a guide to what constitutes abuse here.).


Men in abusive relationships can find support here, and LGBTQ+ support locally can be found here.


Financial Support:


For those worried about their finances, particularly those on Zero-Hour contacts and the self-employed, this may be an extremely worrying time. Hopefully you can find some guidance from the below links:



The Government has, and is continuing to bring out need legislation and support to those financially affected by this outbreak.


For the latest on Government support, and new legislation to support those left financially vulnerable, please see here. DWP and Jobcentre advice can be found here. If you already receive welfare/’benefits’, then see here.


As mention above, the Citizen’s Advice Bureauis also available over the telephone for Reading residents on 03444 111 306.

 Both New Beginnings and Readifood run local foodbanks.

For debt advice, local charity Frontline are still offering support over the phone at 01189569300 and online through



Supporting local business:


Edible Reading has an excellent Twitter thread detailing small local food/drink business operating through the crisis here.


If you would like to show others how to support their local music scene, please click this link for a downloadable file containing a share-able, multiple image post for Instagram on how the public can support Musicians, bookers, venues and organisations during these times.


Useful resources for Musicians and others in local music:


  • These times can be particularly challenging to those with existing (or emerging) mental health issues. Help Musicians also run ‘Music minds matter’, which offers mental health support to those in music via or 0808 802 8008.


  • We understand that most musicians are self-employed, and many of you may work Zero hour contacts in order to facilitate growing your music careers. The Government are offering support for various workers.


Of course, it goes without saying that you should follow the latest advice from the NHS, and keep following health advice as set out by the government.