Welcome to Reading RESCUE

Next RESCUE event:

Thurs 9th to Sat 11th October 2014.  To register, please complete the online form by the 22nd of September.  Or to make a general enquiry, please contact us.

During our last clear up in March, we collected….

360 bags of rubbish and recycling, lots of scrap metal and debris including:
furniture, kitchenware, car parts, scaffolding (recovered & returned to company), electrical items and lots of glass bottles collected & taken to recycling banks.

345 people took part over four days, from 23 organisations, clearing 35 sites between them.

510 hours of clearing up time between them all, not including organisation time before the long weekend.

Result: lots of satisfied happy people and a cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy!

Pictures on twitter & facebook now and full report on our event pages to follow.

Latest news…

September 2014

Amersham Rd clean up this Sat 13 Sept, 11am-4pm
There will be a swap shop for unwanted items 
Also come to help tidy up the area. 
Meet at the community centre to get involved 



We are very pleased to hear that Waitrose Caversham has raised £350 for RESCUE through a ‘Community Matters’ box – thank you to everyone who voted for us!


Reading Borough Council Housing are organising a massive estate clean up on Saturday 27th September in Southcote. They are looking for volunteers to carry out:

  • Litter picking

  • Cutting back vegetation

  • General tidying of communal areas and estate areas

Meeting at Southcote Advice Centre, Coronation Square at 9.30am

Running 9.30-2.30pm with a free lunch provided at the end.

For more details please contact Kerry Gray on 0118 937 2161.

August 2014

Love the Lea campaign has started planting a natural drainage system that cleans water running into rivers from roads, improving water quality and aquatic wildlife.  Read more about this exciting project.

Risk assessment training available for community groups on 11 September, 9.30-1pm in Wokingham, cost £25.  Click here for more information.

July 2014

Litter Prevention Commitment launched: Keep Britain Tidy launches scheme for businesses.  Read more here…

June 2014

Thames Water have confirmed that they will be sponsoring both October 2014 and March 2015 Reading RESCUE events.  We welcome this continued support from the water company who have headquarters in Reading.  They also take part in the event by offering staff time through their ‘time to Give’ scheme, which encourages all staff to give 2 days of volunteering time a year.  Read more here…


The amounts of rubbish going to land fill are at a record low in the UK according to an ediewaste article.  Still, we manage to find so much that doesn’t quite make it to one!


RVA have published some guidelines for community groups to contact the press with their news stories.  Read the artlicle here.

Our Autumn RESCUE 2013 was a great success.  

Find out where the clean up teams were in operation here… 

Check our twitter feed below to see pictures from the clean up event which took place in October 2013 and read what the clean up teams achieved together here.

Mayor of Reading says ‘Thank You’ to all RESCUE volunteers

Mayor of Reading on 11 Sept 2013Following the great effort over a number of years by hundreds of volunteers, the Mayor invited representatives from business, community clean up teams and RBC waste services to personally say ‘thank you’ for their commitment and effort towards keeping Readings environmental spaces clean.

The Mayors reception took place on Septeber 3rd 2013 in the Mayors Parlour, Civic Centre.  Mayor Marian Livingstone enjoyed personally meeting and thanking volutneers for their contribution.  The volunteers were also pleased to be thanked in this way and said it was a priviledge to be invited to such an event.

A valuable networking event for some groups too as RESCUE volunteers  discussed ways to work together during clean up events.

Mayors Reception photo Sept 2013 all volunteers

Please click here to find out about our Pride of Reading Award 2010.

Find out more about Reading RESCUE, when it happens and how it’s organised.