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Sport in Mind is starting two new sessions in April, including Women’s football at Prospect Park on Tuesdays between 12:00 and 13:00 and Yoga at Coronation Hall on Wednesdays between 14:00 and 15:00. The sessions are all drop-ins and open to people of all levels of ability with the aim of having fun in a safe and supported environment. For more information, be sure to check the website: sportinmind.org.
Reading Lions Club is reaching out to small local community groups and charities around Reading. The Lions will be awarding grants for local community projects and you could be lucky enough to be awarded a grant from £150 to £500. Visit the website at www.readinglions.org.uk/index/thelionsden.html for an application form to be returned by the 16 May 2017.
The JSNA is a local assessment of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population in Reading. It looks at a wide range of factors that help shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities such as education, employment and the environment.
Does your organisation have a challenge that could use a corporate team of 15 – 20 people for a day? Perhaps you have a hall to paint, or need some help with a gardening or conservation project? Four local businesses are looking for one-day projects to get them out of the office and working together. At present one of the teams is available in May and the other three in June and July.
As part of this year’s national Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2017) Reading Voluntary Action will be hosting an awards evening to celebrate those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. The Reading Volunteer Awards evening will bring together volunteers from across the voluntary and public sectors to thank them for the difference they make.
Local charity ABC to Read has announced that it will be holding the price of school contributions for its volunteer mentors, despite acute pressures on school budgets. The charity’s prices are being held for the seventh successive year at just £360 per volunteer, just £3 a week per child. 95% of the children working with an ABC to Read experience an improvement in their reading performance.
Coley Park and Hexham Community Centres are looking for feedback from centre users and other local residents. As funding is being reduced, the centres need to make sure that they are running activities that meet the needs of the local community – your answers will help them plan activities and how to promote them. For more details and to participate in the consultation please visit www.consult.reading.gov.uk. Closing dates are 28 April for Coley Park (so you’ll need to hurry) and 14 May ...
The Oxford Road Timebank are seeking to recruit a Timebank Coordinator to help increase their membership and increase participation in local community activity. Working with the Oxford Road Timebank committee and the Lead Timebroker, the job involves talking to people, groups and organisations in the Oxford Road area, spreading the word about the timebank and getting people to join and become active members.
The March 2017 issue of Funding Digest features details of Sport England’s two new funding programmes to enable young people and adults from disadvantaged communities to take part in volunteering, using sport or physical activity. The Potentials Fund which targets children and young people aged 10 to 20 and the Opportunity Fund which targets people from disadvantaged areas.
Many older people and adults with care and support needs prefer to directly employ their own carers – known as Personal Assistants. Personal Assistants provide support to enable individuals to maintain independence in their lives. If you’re interested in becoming a Personal Assistant, you can join RBC’s Personal Assistant Register at www.reading.gov.uk/paregister.