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The Veg4Reading project started in June 2020 in response to the number of residents needing additional food parcels or hot meals in order to get by. The project has recruited 71 volunteers to date, who have been working at four Food4families sites, Whitley GrowAllot, Southcote GrowAllot, Lavender Place and Katesgrove Community Allotment, to extend the food growing capacity and grow additional fruit and veg.
Working alongside the local NHS, Royal Berkshire Hospital and partners in the voluntary sector, Reading Borough Council has launched a seven-week campaign to ‘Stay Well in Reading this Winter.’ With the cold winter nights now drawing in, the campaign aims to address some of the challenges we will all face over the coming weeks and how we can help ourselves, help others and be resilient to the pressures of the pandemic and the second national lockdown.
Public Health for Berkshire are producing a weekly briefing to share the latest local Covid-19 information with a wider audience. It includes: -Current information and surveillance -Key messages from the Strategic Director of Public Health for Berkshire and the six local authorities Download the briefings here: www.berkshirepublichealth.co.uk/information-centre/berkshire-covid-19-weekly-briefing.
TO LET: Vacant shop at 34 Coronation Square, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3QN. The property has a central front entrance with 2 display windows. There is a further private staff entrance at the rear of the property opening through to a service area and car park. Internally the property provides an open retail area, partitioned room, kitchenette, utility space and a WC. A lease for up to 10 years from the lease completion date is offered.
While the ‘rule of six’ means that many leisure and recreational groups are unable to meet at the moment, some groups are still able to meet. If you teach yoga, pilates, tai chi or similar and are looking for a central location to hold your classes why not consider the hall at RISC? The hall has skylights for good ventilation, a sprung maple floor and room for up to 10 people on yoga mats.
Reading Borough Council has published a draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document for consultation – the deadline for responding is 17:00 on Friday 13 November 2020. The Affordable Housing SPD provides detailed guidance on how the Council will secure contributions towards affordable housing from new developments. It gives detail on meeting policies H3 (Affordable Housing) and H4 (Build to Rent Schemes) of the Reading Borough Local Plan, adopted in November 2019.
We are sad to hear of the passing of one of Reading’s great community champions. Roger Williams was a well-loved figure in Reading’s voluntary sector, and a tireless campaigner for tenant participation and neighbourhood involvement. Roger’s energy and willingness to help always seemed to be boundless, at times even when he was unwell, and we have lost count of the number of organisations that he helped over the years – as a trustee and making use of his career in accountancy ...
As you would imagine, things have changed a lot for the Get Online project this year. It seems like a very long time since we had our last chance to offer one-to-one support sessions at libraries and community venues, and at the moment we don’t know when we’ll be able to return. However, we’re still open for business, just operating remotely.
Reading International Solidarity Centre is pleased to announce the opening of Global Refills—Reading town centre’s first zero waste shop. Global Refills comes as a response to our concern over the excess plastic being used during the Covid crisis, and its impact on the environment. The team at RISC has steadily been working to repurpose the back of the Global Café for this venture, using reclaimed wood wherever possible.