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RVA are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the Reading Volunteer Awards 2018. Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week the awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for details of how you can secure a place for you and your volunteers.
The People of Reading will come together this February in a bid to reduce loneliness and social isolation in our communities. A special public event on Wednesday 21 February at Reading Town Hall will give attendees the opportunity to explore how we can work together to tackle loneliness across the town. The free event runs from 17:00 – 20:00, starting with an information marketplace and refreshments.
RVA are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading. They are interested in hearing from a wide range of people. Your participation in these focus groups will help RVA and local voluntary organisations in the community understand more about how to respond to the needs and wishes of people in Reading, and ultimately help to reduce social isolation and loneliness locally.
The Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS) initiative supports residents in caring for their communities and local environment. You can help keep the Borough clean and tidy by looking after your street or local area. You choose the area you want to keep clean and tidy and when you want to do it. Get your friends, family and neighbours involved and make your street or local area one to be proud of.
For 60 years the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK. These small to medium organisations are often unsung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected. To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and the vital role of volunteers and community charities, they have just launched an additional grants scheme that will be open until 30 June 2018 – the Weston Anniversary Fund.
Winter Watch is run by RBC and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure that no-one suffers from cold in their homes during the winter months. Apply for Winter Watch until 31 March by phoning 01189 373747.
In 2017, the theme of loneliness hit the headlines time and time again. While loneliness is not a new problem, recent research has brought to light the negative implications of loneliness on our physical and mental health. Research has also shown the economic impact of loneliness and highlighted that loneliness is an all-age issue, not just one felt by older people.
A very happy new year from the RVA team! If one of your new year’s resolutions is to give a little time to a local charity, then take a look at the many volunteering opportunities advertised on RVA’s website. Looking for a new job in 2018? Keep up-to-date with the latest voluntary and community sector vacancies on RVA’s job pages. For the latest news from all RVA’s projects, follow them on Twitter @rva_news.
Are you supporting a friend or loved one with dementia? Would you like more information on different aspects of dementia? The Alzheimer’s Society is organising two information sessions in Reading for people who care for someone with dementia.
Reading Borough Council are seeking views from people who use health and social care services, to understand the likely impact of commissioning a single Local Healthwatch for Reading and Wokingham. The consultation questionnaire can be completed at: www.reading.gov.uk/yourlocalhealthwatch.