RESCUE is an outdoor clean up event which supports community groups, business teams and residents who want to make a difference to their local area. We aim to clear up Reading’s shared areas including tow paths, green spaces and streets.
Our main four day event takes place in March (Spring RESCUE) and more recently a two day event in October
(Autumn RESCUE) has been added to the campaign.
Our next Reading wide event is Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March 2013.
If you would like to get involved, please contact us to join an existing team or enter a team of your own.To take part in the RESCUE event this March
Click Here to find the list of groups who have signed up for upcoming March event.
Are you registered with us for upcoming March event?
If the answer is yes, you may want to take a next step. Publicize your event. You can use RESCUE publicity poster for encouraging volunteers to take part by telling them where and when you are meeting for your clean up.
After your litter pick
This year we are asking groups to complete a litter survey to identify where the litter comes from. Click here to fill up a short litter survey, and help us understand your view on litter you’ve found .
How we did last year!
Our second Autumn clear up took place from 11th to 13th October. Over 200 volunteers endured intermittent rain to clear 16 sites across Reading. Two of our business teams were visited by the BBC who covered the event on the BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC South Today.
New organisations who took part were ORH Consultancy, who had their entire company out, Caversham Park Village Residents Association joined Caversham Globe to increase the coverage of the event north of the River Thames, Kyocera Document Solutions who worked near their offices in South Reading, and freshers from Wantage Hall at the University of Reading.
Mucky work it can be but everyone felt great after contributing to help keep their local environment clean for all to enjoy. More…
please click here to see an article on Get Reading about what we did last October.
From the 9th to 11th March there was a force of volunteers enjoying the sunshine while litter picking all over Reading making Reading’s public areas a better environment for all. A total of 30 community and business teams gave up their time to remove unsightly and sometimes hazardous rubbish from some of Readings beautiful natural and highly used communual spots.
All in all roughly 4 tonnes of rubbish was cleared from nearly 2 Million m2 of public space in Reading.
Reading Borough Council’s parks, street care, street cleansing and sustainability teams worked in partnership with the volunteers to clear the rubbish away.
Volunteers said they enjoyed the camaraderie of clearing up and feel they made an important difference in a short space of time.
Now Reading residents and visitors to Reading can all enjoy the natural spaces free of litter.
Thames Water once again sponsored the event as well as supplying a team of 40 volunteers to pick up litter along the River Thames.
Organisers have so far totalled up 200 volunteers taking part contributing a total of 500 volunteer hours.
Paul Gittings: Another successful RESCUE event with Reading Borough Council working in partnership with volunteers from the community and business giving up their time to do this vital work. Well Done!
Tracy Sacks, Thames Water’s Community Investment Manager, said:
Our employees got stuck in again last week to support Reading RESCUE as we celebrated five years of sponsoring the bi-annual clean up event. At three separate locations - The Coal Wood, Island Road and Rose Kiln Lane areas – groups of volunteers spent the afternoon tidying up the areas they work in and accumulated an impressively large haul of rubbish in a little over three hours.’
Our recent Radio jingle can also be listened to here Reading RESCUE 2012 jingle
New Logo for 2012!
RESCUE rganisers revealed a new logo and poster for RESCUE 2012. They managed to secure extra funding this year to design the new blue, green and white logo, which replaces the orignal red life ring which has been used since the annual event took off in 1989.
We hope you like it!
Congratulations to RESCUE! Winner of the Pride of Reading Environmental Project 2010.
Judges were impressed by the massive local effort put into our distinctly Reading event. The website itself was heralded as showing both the urban landmarks of Reading but also highlighting the environmental assets Reading holds, which can get neglected.
Get Reading wrote:
“A group of people who really get their hands dirty for the town won the Environmental Project award. The Rivers and Environmental Spaces Clean Up Event or RESCUE organises volunteers to clear up rubbish all over town.”
Attending the 7th Pride of Reading award ceremony, to accept the award on behalf of RESCUE was Ricky Josey, RESCUE Committee Chair, Sally Evans, Thames Water (sponsor) and Summreen Sheikh from RBC who coordinate the efforts of the 25 groups taking part over three days.
Pictured here with the award and Reading FC Manager Brian McDermott, Ricky said that he was shocked to win the award as the competition was tough. He added that ‘it’s great to have been part of the award ceremony and to feel inspired by the people of Reading who go that extra step to show compassion for each other’
Sally Evans from RESCUE main sponsor Thames Water, Brian McDermott from Reading FC, and Chair of the RESCUE Organising Committee Ricky Josey
Link to other winners :
There is now also a Reading RESCUE Facebook Group that anyone is welcome to join.
This site is designed and hosted for free for RESCUE by Reading Design company Article 10 Design and maintained/updated by Holly Baker at Connect Reading.