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The above Property is currently vacant and the Council has decided to grant a lease. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid for the property. Full marketing particulars can be found at www.reading.gov.uk/hut-knights-way. The bidding deadline is noon on 9 January 2019.
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. Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns, have never lived independently, or struggle financially. Apply for Winter Watch until 31 March by phoning 01189 373747.
Reading Family Aid’s Christmas Toys and Teens Appeal are asking residents to donate new and ‘as new’ toys for 0-16 year old disadvantaged Reading children this Christmas. The donation points are open until Sunday 2 December, after which scores of volunteers will sort, pack and deliver the items to their grateful recipients. Donation points are located all over the Reading area, from Theale to Twyford and Winnersh and Emmer Green to Shinfield.
The government launched a new strategy for tackling loneliness on 15 October 2018. While voluntary and community organisations may welcome the opportunity it brings to raise awareness of this important issue, a number of national charities have expressed concern over what it will offer locally and on the ground. It is not clear, for example, which of the many government department work and funding streams it describes are genuinely new.
The official launch of the newly refurbished Southcote Community Hub will take place on Tuesday 30 October at 11:00. Following some significant enhancements to the community centre, including an extension to the building to incorporate the library, a new kitchen and replacement flooring in the main hall, we are inviting the community to view the site and groups and services using the facility at Coronation Square.
Cyber crime is generally where someone unauthorised has got access to a computer system – often by hacking into the system or spreading a virus to it. Examples affecting organisations are: – Cyber criminals have accessed your network and stolen personal information about your customers and are demanding payment for its safe return. This is also known as hacking extortion. – Your system, typically your website, gets flooded with unauthorised traffic causing it to slow down or malfunction. This is called a ...
Reading Voluntary Action is hosting the next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector on Wednesday 12 December from 10:00 to 12:30. Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group plans to launch a consultation on the draft strategy for working with the voluntary and community sector within the next couple of weeks, with a provisional closing date of 15 December. Subject to confirmation of the consultation timescale, the Forum will give a final opportunity to discuss the strategy and respond to the consultation.
Reading Community Learning Centre has meeting and social space for hire – in the holidays, after 15:00 on weekdays, and at the weekends. There are three rooms for hire at subsidised rates to voluntary and community groups. The rooms can also be hired at competitive rates by public bodies, private organisations and individuals. The meeting rooms are suitable for conferences, training, and meetings for up to 15 people.
Reading is a town of two halves when it comes to technology – on the one hand, there is a highly IT literate workforce and on the other, there are areas of deprivation where there are high levels of digital exclusion. Get Online Reading works to increase digital inclusion by recruiting tech-savvy volunteers who provide one-to-one support at drop-in sessions, for residents who may not have the skills or opportunity to access the internet and digital services.
Reading Refugee Support Group is a small charity with aspirations to do so much more for our client group – asylum seekers and refugees. We are passionate about telling the stories of our amazing clients and need to engage our supporters better. We are 25 years old but still have much to do to raise our profile and build understanding of the stories we have to tell. This is your challenge!