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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.
Do you have a traditional Christmas tree that will need to be thrown out this January? Reading Borough Council is providing drop-off points in car parks around the town for disposal of Christmas trees, starting on Tuesday 2 January. Old trees will be recycled into wood chips for projects around Reading.
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Police and Crime Act 2014 introduced new powers for dealing with local neighbourhood issues. Public Spaces Protection Orders were introduced as one of the tools and are designed to improve public safety in a defined area. Reading Borough Council are seeking the views of local residents, business and agencies in relation to the proposed conditions to include in the PSPOs and the proposed area to be covered by the orders.
Reading Borough Council continues to face the challenge of the most difficult budget position in its history. Demand for key Council services is rising at a time of unprecedented and sustained cuts in funding for Local Government nationally. RBC are now considering changes to their Council Tax Support Scheme for 2018 to identify further savings where they can. The Council will make a final decision at the end of February 2018.
Reading Borough Council will launch the third and last part of a consultation into its Local Plan on Thursday, November 30. The document will act as a guide for development around the borough up to 2036. The consultation is set to last for eight weeks, ending on 26 January 2018, and can be found at www.reading.gov.uk/newlocalplan.
RVA are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading. 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 purpose of this survey is to ask residents their views about issues such as crime and disorder, litter, parking, and anti-social behaviour amongst other local issues, to help identify priorities across Reading. The Safer Neighbourhood Forums are required to consult on priorities with a community safety focus every 2 years.