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Winter Watch is run by the council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure you do not suffer from cold in your home 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.
Reading Champions to End Loneliness Campaign launched in July with our first workshop at Reading Central Library. 24 participants found out about loneliness in Reading and discussed what they could do to help reduce loneliness in their communities. Last week we then ran our second workshop in Caversham with 40 participants in Caversham Library, in partnership with local residents who are member of 5 local churches.
Parents with a child who is three or four years old may now be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of free childcare, so 30 hours in total. You must earn the equivalent of 16 hours a week at National Minimum or Living wage, and less than £100,000 per year, to take advantage of the new initiative. Parents can check their eligibility at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
Local authorities are required to periodically assess the need for gypsy and traveller accommodation in their areas. The Council has looked carefully at the scope to meet these needs within its boundaries, and has produced a Gypsy and Traveller Provision Consultation Document. The Document is open for consultation, which will last until 17:00 on the 24 October 2017
Do you know anyone that would benefit from help getting started with a computer or mobile device? The Get Online Reading project was started in 2015 to help narrow the digital divide in the town, and continues to this day. We offer free drop-in sessions around Reading where visitors can get help from our volunteers with using a computer, tablet or smartphone.
We are looking for local groups and organisations to take part and share their skills and interests in our first Fun Palace on Saturday 7 October. Events will be happening across each of our libraries and we are looking for groups to help us make it a success and put on lots of fun free activities across the borough.
The 2017 Aviva Community Fund opens for project submissions on 12 September, with more chances to win than ever before. The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding from £1,000 up to £25,000 for an important cause in your community. All you have to do is enter a project for your community organisation and tell us what a difference these much-needed funds could make.
We want to make our 10th annual East Reading Festival bigger and better than ever! All East Reading communities and residents are invited for this free event on Sunday 17 June 2018 in Palmer Park. Save the date and watch this space for further information.
A new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund has been announced. The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.
Many thanks to everyone that completed our recent survey. We had a great response, and it’s really good to know that there are still plenty of active groups of neighbours around Reading and people getting involved in their communities. Our next step is to spend some time analysing the responses to the survey. The holiday season’s here, so please be patient with us – we expect to review the results at the beginning of September and will be in touch shortly ...