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This year’s Reading Water Fest – on Saturday 15 June 2019 – will celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary. The event takes place in Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. RBC and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope you can join them for a very enjoyable day!
Changing the story around loneliness with a day of free, fun events for older people across the UK. This year Silver Sunday will take place on 6 October 2019, so with 7 months to go it’s a perfect time to start planning. If you have an idea and want help to develop it, find funding for it and volunteers to help you, please get in touch with Rhiannon Stocking-Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NHS in Reading is changing, and it needs your help. The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS until 2023. You can help decide how that money should be spent in our local NHS. Please take part in a short survey at www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do today. Healthwatch Reading will also be holding in-depth focus groups over the next eight weeks to gather your thoughts, views and stories about what matters most.
Preparations for the 2019 Reading Thames Festivals are in full flow, and we’re very keen to understand the kinds of events and activities that local people enjoy, if they’d like to participate, and how best to let them know about what’s happening. With our colleagues at the University of Reading, we have created a short survey, which is open until Sunday 24 March 2019.
Reading Soup still have two slots for community organisations to pitch for funding at their next Reading Soup event, on May 1. Reading Soup is a grassroots, community fundraising organisation supporting community projects in the Reading area. They’re inspired by the original Detroit SOUP, and are run by a committee of five volunteers. They hold fundraising dinners in Reading every other month. Community groups who pitch could benefit from around £200-300 of funding from their crowdfunding pot.
Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards. Every day volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities throughout Reading. As in previous years, we will be hosting an awards evening to coincide with Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June, celebrating those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town.
Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 12 June 2019. Their aim is to reach out to small groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. They will be distributing grants of up to £750 each. If you are involved in a local community project here in Reading or are a small local charity then this could be your opportunity to obtain one of the grants.
Reading’s Loneliness and Social Isolation steering group is keen to hear from any older people’s services, local care homes, and voluntary and community groups that may already be delivering such a scheme – or are interested in doing so. Members of the steering group would like to gain more insight into what’s worked well, and perhaps not so well, and whether there are opportunities for older and younger Reading residents to benefit from new initiatives.
To ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch, this year the council is giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on one of three weekends in the summer. The weekends are 1-2 June, 22-23 June or 6-7 July. The first weekend is the official Big Lunch weekend and the last two weekends have been added by popular demand for the Great Get-Together.
This project explores what factors other than language influence how we communicate. Specifically, we assess how different conversation partners affect the way in which people communicate. This study will help research on communication in people with and without brain impairments and may help people with acquired brain injury in the future. For more information, please email Willemijn Doedens at email@example.com.