RVA’s report on Youth Isolation and Loneliness in Reading

RVA’s summer intern Catherine McClane has produced a report on youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. Catherine spent the summer talking to young people and stakeholder organisations, to investigate the causes and impacts of loneliness for 11 to 25 year olds living in the town. Catherine’s report was inspired by national research into the prevalence of loneliness among young people, as well as RVA’s 2017 report on Loneliness and Social Isolation in Reading. Continue reading RVA’s report on Youth Isolation and Loneliness in Reading

Rooms for hire at Support U hub

Support U now offer rooms for hire at their Reading hub on 15 Castle Street (RG1 7SB), available rooms are a Reception room for 20 people, a Conference room for 8 people and 2 Counselling rooms for 2-3 people. See the Support U website at www.supportu.org.uk for the availability of each of the rooms. If you require longer terms, please contact Support U directly by phone on 01183 219111 or email at support@supportu.org.uk. Continue reading Rooms for hire at Support U hub

What’s new in the 2018 Annual Return?

Registered charities are required to keep their information up to date with the Charity Commission. One way of doing this is by completing an ‘Annual Return’. The Charity Commission has extended the questions for the 2018 Annual Returns and for more information see the article at www.gov.uk/government from the Charity Commission for details on the changes to the Annual Return. Continue reading What’s new in the 2018 Annual Return?

Reading on Thames Festival – free tickets for community groups

There are special ticket offers for community groups to come and join us at the Reading on Thames Festival, to help us celebrate our culture, heritage and waterways! On Thursday 6 September In Place of War presents GRRRL, a bespoke, electronic collaboration at Reading Town Hall and on Saturday 15 September run away to the Circus with Cirque Bijou at Caversham Court Gardens. Continue reading Reading on Thames Festival – free tickets for community groups

Have your say: Proposal to change the way services are delivered by RBC

Reading Borough Council is consulting on proposals which may change the way some services are delivered locally. Due to the significant financial pressures being faced by the Council, a range of services will be market tested to see if they can be delivered more economically by third party provider(s). If you would like to take part in the consultation, the consultation documents are available online at: https://consult.reading.gov.uk and the deadline for responses is 31 August 2018. Continue reading Have your say: Proposal to change the way services are delivered by RBC

New computer support sessions for Reading residents

The “Get Online Reading” project to help the town’s people use the internet has been steadily expanding and is now available at two new venues. Residents of Dee Park now have the chance to go to a monthly drop-in session to help them with technology and the Get Online project has also started working with Reading Deaf Centre. Continue reading New computer support sessions for Reading residents

Reading’s second annual Disability Awareness Day

A Disability Awareness Day for Reading took place on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre in Caversham. Themed around culture, wellbeing and leisure, the event celebrated the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. An estimated 120 members of the public attended the event at the accessible community centre on Amersham Road. Continue reading Reading’s second annual Disability Awareness Day

Compass Recovery College – Autumn Prospectus Launch

On Wednesday 15 August, Caversham Court Gardens saw the launch of the new Compass Recovery College prospectus for 2018 to 2019. Compass Recovery College offers a range of courses to suit a variety of needs – topics include understanding mental health, looking after yourself, money management and employability. Continue reading Compass Recovery College – Autumn Prospectus Launch

Consultation on Draft Hosier Street Area Development Framework

Reading Borough Council has published the Draft Hosier Street Area Development Framework for consultation and are seeking your views on the proposals set out in the document for the future development of this important town centre area. The consultation formally started on the 20 July 2018 and will close at the end of the day 28 September 2018. Continue reading Consultation on Draft Hosier Street Area Development Framework