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This year’s Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 7 February and is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
A club which started out as a dream by two young people on the Amersham Road estate has become a reality with support from local residents. Beginning after the October half term in 2018, two sessions for different school years were offered on Monday evenings. The young people enjoyed craft and sports activities. Everyone went home with a smile on their face. They also left the leaders with lots of ideas of things they wanted to do.
Following the success of the 2018 Let’s Make Reading Friendlier conference, RVA is pleased to announce the first Befriending Forum event of 2019, on Tuesday 19 February from 12:30 until 16:15 at the third floor Community Hub in Reading Central Library. The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.
The second Vital for Berkshire funding round is now open for applications, with grants of up to £10,000 available. Vital for Berkshire aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment. Vital for Berkshire goes beyond the statistics to uncover areas where pockets of deprivation can be found, and where local communities are struggling.
A New Community Memory Café launched in Southcote with the aim of offering a welcoming space for people who are concerned about their memory or mental wellbeing. At its launch the café welcomed individuals and their carers to a friendly atmosphere with exercise from the Memory Clinic, a talk on museum artefacts from The Museum of English Rural Life and a quiz compiled by the dedicated volunteers.
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 Wednesday 2 January and closing on Friday 18 January. The trees will be chipped by the Council and used in a range of landscaping schemes across the Borough.
Reading Borough Council is consulting on plans for the future of Palmer Park. The Draft Palmer Park Development Framework is a planning document which looks in particular at how a new swimming pool could be accommodated within Palmer Park, as well as other options for improvement. Consultation on the Draft Framework began on Friday 14 December and will last until Friday 22 February 2019 and the consultation documents are available online at: https://consult.reading.gov.uk.
Following the success of the 2018 Let’s Make Reading Friendlier conference, RVA is pleased to announce the first Befriending Forum event of 2019, on Tuesday 19 February, from 12:30 until 16:15, at the Third Floor Community Hub in Reading Central Library. The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.
Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the second year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Funding is available to organisations to deliver participatory arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes by, with and for Reading residents, particularly those less likely to access cultural opportunities and where engagement could have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing.
In accordance with the provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and Section 16 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006, Reading Borough Council must undertake a review of the polling districts and polling places within its area every five years. Section 17 of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 provides that the next such review must take place in the period of 16 months from 1 October 2018.