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Who’s getting excited? Not long to go now until this year’s town meal. We are pleased to announce that RG2 radio will be broadcasting the event live from Reading College for everyone to tune into at 12:00-14:30 Saturday 3 October. Don’t forget to sign up at https://readingtownmeal.com/registrationform if you haven’t already to receive a town meal recipe card and activity packs delivered to your doorstep.
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is beginning a major modernisation of its services and buildings involving the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds over the course of the next ten years. They want to work with local residents to create a new hospital, fit for the 21st century. Take part in the survey: Go the the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust website (www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk) and click ‘Building Berkshire Together’ on the left-hand side.
Food4families are running the following new courses this autumn. -Growing Careers: free, practical and hands on 6 week introductory course into what you could be doing if you got a job in horticulture. -Growing Healthy Conversations: Practise your conversational English whilst you grow fresh fruit and vegetables at our local community gardens. For more information and to book your place contact Sharon Fitton at Sharon@risc.org.uk.
Berkshire Community Foundation is offering small-scale funding for local groups addressing the following issues: -Food Banks and tackling food poverty; -Domestic violence and abuse; -Homelessness or rough sleeping; -Providing employment opportunities, enterprise or skills development. BCF would like to support 10 groups for £2,000 each, with a mix across the different service areas. Some core funding would be considered.
Reading Community Learning Centre is delighted to be reopening from Monday 14 September. If you are interested in joining our programme, please call Petra Robinson for more information and to book an appointment on 07923 138681. We offer courses mainly for women including: -English conversation -Reading and Writing -Sewing -IT for Beginners -Looking good, feeling good -English for Work For more information please visit the website at rclc.org.uk.
School Streets could soon be coming to Reading as part of a new council initiative to help children return to the classroom safely in September. With thousands of pupils shortly to resume journeys for the start of the new academic year, Reading Borough Council is inviting schools and colleges across the borough to apply to create a School Street outside their buildings.
Four new posts that may be of interest, Inclusion Development Worker (closing date 21 September) and 3 Social Prescribing Link Workers (closing date 14 September 2020). All four posts are for an initial 6-month period with the potential to extend. These roles are an opportunity to help us shape new ways of working to improve the lives of many people in Reading. Please see the job adverts, job descriptions and person specifications for more information.
Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce a new project to be delivered by our Schools and Parent Engagement Officer, Anna Chapman. The new Parent Employment Wellbeing project (PEW) is for parents over the age of 16, not in employment, not furloughed and living in Reading. PEW offers free, clear, non-judgemental and confidential information, advice, guidance and support – tailored to individuals and their situation.
Winter is just around the corner – call us now for help! Do you, or anyone you know need help saving money on your electricity, gas and water bills? Citizens Advice Reading has a specially trained Energy Adviser offering free 30-minute telephone appointments to anyone who needs help with utility bills or staying warm.
Lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease but as a cautionary way forward many charities and community groups are continuing to offer remote or virtual services as a way of reducing risk. If your community group or charity is looking for guidance on adapting services online, take a look at the slides from a session we held on 25 June, which included: