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Refill Reading is a grassroots campaign started by Transition Town Reading. We are aiming to reduce the amount of disposable coffee cups going to landfill by encouraging people in our town to use reusable cups in cafes. This project is running in partnership with local cafes across Reading and has the support of Reading Borough Council.
This week, RVA hosted a workshop on data protection for charities with a specific focus on getting reading for the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force in May 2018. Led by Kellie Peters of Databasix, the sold-out event made a potentially daunting subject more accessible for charities and small organisations.
The next Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will take place on Wednesday 6 December 2017 at RISC. Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council, Seona Douglas, will be speaking, and there will be the usual opportunities for discussion and networking.
Community groups could be in with a chance of winning up to £1,000 in a new glass recycling campaign prize draw from re3, the waste management partnership for Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham. To take part in the prize draw, re3 is encouraging schools, charities and voluntary and community sector organisations to make a commitment to increasing glass recycling at bring banks.
Reading Community Energy Society is a not for profit community based social enterprise that raised around £300,000 last year to install solar panels on community buildings around Reading. Following its successful first year of operation, RCES is extending its portfolio of buildings to cover a radius of 10 miles from the centre of Reading and is seeking owners of suitable buildings to have renewable energy facilities installed on their buildings at no cost.
Winter Watch is run by the council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure you do not suffer from cold in your home during the winter months. Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns.
Reading Champions to End Loneliness Campaign launched in July with our first workshop at Reading Central Library. 24 participants found out about loneliness in Reading and discussed what they could do to help reduce loneliness in their communities. Last week we then ran our second workshop in Caversham with 40 participants in Caversham Library, in partnership with local residents who are member of 5 local churches.
Parents with a child who is three or four years old may now be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of free childcare, so 30 hours in total. You must earn the equivalent of 16 hours a week at National Minimum or Living wage, and less than £100,000 per year, to take advantage of the new initiative. Parents can check their eligibility at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
Local authorities are required to periodically assess the need for gypsy and traveller accommodation in their areas. The Council has looked carefully at the scope to meet these needs within its boundaries, and has produced a Gypsy and Traveller Provision Consultation Document. The Document is open for consultation, which will last until 17:00 on the 24 October 2017
Do you know anyone that would benefit from help getting started with a computer or mobile device? The Get Online Reading project was started in 2015 to help narrow the digital divide in the town, and continues to this day. We offer free drop-in sessions around Reading where visitors can get help from our volunteers with using a computer, tablet or smartphone.