Reading has been found to be the second most caring town in England, according to a study by Pensionbee.
The online pension provider compared major towns and cities across England on a range of factors relating to community, charitable contributions, and environmental efforts to crown England’s most caring towns and cities.
As the top scoring town for the number of charities (575 per 100,000 people) and the number of people seeking out volunteering opportunities online (1,502 per 100,000 people), we are immensely proud that Reading landed in the second spot of the most caring towns in the UK. In the top spot was Norwich, which scored the highest for the number of animal shelters (12 per 100,000 people) and charity shops (50 per 100,000 people).
The town was also found to be the second happiest town on the list, with Bournemouth winning the accolade of happiest town. It is by the sea, after all!
It's excellent to see the caring nature of Reading’s people recognised and celebrated. There is still work to be done in terms of homelessness rates and environmental impact, but with charities like Launchpad tackling homelessness in Reading and the Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN) working to create a positive change in the environment we live in, we believe that the kind-hearted people of Reading will continue to work towards a better future.