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  • Covid surge testing starts in Reading

    4 June 2021Covid surge testing starts in Reading

    A Covid surge testing programme is underway for residents, workers and students over the age of 12 in the following postcode areas: RG1 3, RG1 5, RG1 6, RG1 7 Testing takes place from Monday 7 June until Sunday 20 June. There is currently no change to local restrictions in the light of this testing. You can still travel to work and school in the affected areas. Please continue to follow public health advice and national guidelines to minimise the spread ...

  • Water Fest is back!

    22 May 2021Water Fest is back!

    News from Reading Borough Council Reading Borough Council is delighted to announce the return of its much-loved Reading Water Fest on 19 June this year as the flagship celebration event to mark the 900th anniversary of Reading Abbey. 2021 is an incredibly auspicious year for Reading – marking 900 years since Reading Abbey, originally one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries, was founded by King Henry I of England.  Reading Water Fest will be the focal celebration event for this landmark year. Water Fest ...

  • The Weller Centre wins award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community

    21 May 2021The Weller Centre wins award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community

    News from Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) Congratulations to The Weller Centre on winning the Outstanding Contribution to the Community award at the recent Thames Valley Business and Community Awards. The Thames Valley Business and Community Awards judges commented: “We wish that there were more centres like this around the country, centres that support numerous groups, clubs and classes in the heart of the community. This facility will help people of all ages.” Read about the other 2021 winners here. The Weller Centre distributes ...

  • Brighter Futures for Children seeks activity providers

    18 May 2021Brighter Futures for Children seeks activity providers

    News from Brighter Futures for Children by Ciaran Delaney, Holiday Activity Fund Coordinator The Department for Education (DfE) is providing funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children during the 2021 Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. More information about the scheme can be found here: Holiday activities and food programme 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Brighter Futures for Children is coordinating the programme locally and we are looking to work with a range of ...

  • Growing Careers – new courses starting in June

    18 May 2021Growing Careers – new courses starting in June

    Food4Families is offering Growing Careers – a free 6-week series of courses starting in June these offer a practical, hands-on introduction to what your could be doing if you got a job in horticulture. -1.5 hour sessions, based outdoors in local Reading community gardens -seed sowing and propagation -plant care -soil health -garden maintenance -sustainable growing techniques. For dates, times and locations please download this flyer.

  • Help save lives by donating blood plasma

    11 May 2021Help save lives by donating blood plasma

    The NHS Blood and Transplant service needs help from men aged 17 to 66. In April, the service began collecting blood plasma from donations to make vital antibody-based medicines and we urgently need more people to make donations.  These medicines, called immunoglobulins, will help thousands of people with immune diseases. NHS Blood and Transplant is asking for men to consider donating their blood plasma. Plasma is used to make antibody-based medicines called immunoglobulins, for people with weak immune systems and a variety ...

  • Interested in tenants’ rights? ACORN needs you!

    26 April 2021Interested in tenants' rights? ACORN needs you!

    The ACORN community union, representing tenants, is hoping to set up a branch in Reading. The union is about organising for a fairer deal for tenants and focuses on housing issues. To establish a branch locally, ACORN needs to get a membership of 100. The union will then appoint a branch organiser, which is a paid role, but they need to see enough local support before they will invest in an employee.

  • Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund – deadline 10 May 2021

    21 April 2021Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund – deadline 10 May 2021

    Berkshire Community Foundation will be allocating funds to local charities, community and voluntary groups impacted by and working to help people affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in Berkshire. Their aims are: -To help organisations respond to immediate needs. -To help stabilise organisations supporting those in need. -To help organisations adapt to the crisis. Grants up to a maximum of £5,000 will be considered, subject to funding availability.

  • Community Participatory Action Research Facilitator – closing date 5 May 2021

    20 April 2021Community Participatory Action Research Facilitator – closing date 5 May 2021

    This is an exciting opportunity to facilitate a local community participatory research project as part of a voluntary and statutory sector partnership. The role will support local researchers from minority ethnic communities in Reading to co-produce and carry out community research into widening health inequalities Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, inequalities in health, especially mental health, have become magnified amongst some Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups disproportionately affected.

  • Have your say – RBC is reviewing how it allocates social housing

    19 April 2021Have your say – RBC is reviewing how it allocates social housing

    Reading Borough Council is reviewing how it allocates social housing, and would like your thoughts on the proposed changes. Their aims are to make the scheme fairer and easier to understand for the customers who use it, and to ensure they are creating thriving and well-balanced communities where residents want to live. They have defined these two themes as Well-Balanced Sustainable Communities and Clear and Fair Allocations Scheme. The consultation is open until 12 May 2021.