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In 2013 the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) launched its climate change strategy: ‘Reading Means Business on Climate Change’. which outlines Reading’s response to climate change. RCCP are now seeking your comments on the strategy and action plans as part of a mid-point review. The consultation opens on Monday 15 May and runs to 26 June.
Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help. It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It has a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime.
RBC is in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace its existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036. RBC are seeking comments over the next six weeks during a period of public consultation. The full Draft Local Plan is on the council’s website at www.reading.gov.uk/newlocalplan and copies can also be viewed at the Civic Offices (Bridge Street) and in libraries during normal opening hours.
Reading Community Learning Centre is offering a course for women looking to get into employment on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 14:30. In this course you will get practical help as you seek employment. It’s a relaxed environment with the chance to meet other job seekers, get support and gain the knowledge you need to find work.
Sport in Mind is starting two new sessions in April, including Women’s football at Prospect Park on Tuesdays between 12:00 and 13:00 and Yoga at Coronation Hall on Wednesdays between 14:00 and 15:00. The sessions are all drop-ins and open to people of all levels of ability with the aim of having fun in a safe and supported environment. For more information, be sure to check the website: sportinmind.org.
Reading Lions Club is reaching out to small local community groups and charities around Reading. The Lions will be awarding grants for local community projects and you could be lucky enough to be awarded a grant from £150 to £500. Visit the website at www.readinglions.org.uk/index/thelionsden.html for an application form to be returned by the 16 May 2017.
The JSNA is a local assessment of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population in Reading. It looks at a wide range of factors that help shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities such as education, employment and the environment.
Does your organisation have a challenge that could use a corporate team of 15 – 20 people for a day? Perhaps you have a hall to paint, or need some help with a gardening or conservation project? Four local businesses are looking for one-day projects to get them out of the office and working together. At present one of the teams is available in May and the other three in June and July.
As part of this year’s national Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2017) Reading Voluntary Action will be hosting an awards evening to celebrate those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. The Reading Volunteer Awards evening will bring together volunteers from across the voluntary and public sectors to thank them for the difference they make.
Local charity ABC to Read has announced that it will be holding the price of school contributions for its volunteer mentors, despite acute pressures on school budgets. The charity’s prices are being held for the seventh successive year at just £360 per volunteer, just £3 a week per child. 95% of the children working with an ABC to Read experience an improvement in their reading performance.