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British Telecom have recently identified 16 phone boxes in Reading that are not being used for their intended purpose and they have therefore applied to RBC Planning for the removal of these or for local communities to buy them off BT for the nominal sum of £1.
The Rotary Club of Reading are looking for a young person or group of young people (under 25) making a positive difference here in Reading Borough through the Young Citizens Award 2017. Suitable nominees will have their contribution recognised by the Reading club. One nominee will potentially be adopted by the District Rotary organisation to go towards regional or even national recognition.
The November 2016 edition of Funding Digest from Reading Borough Council features two new grant programmes focusing on young people. The first is to help them overcome the financial barriers that prevent them from achieving their education, training or employment goals and the second provides support to organisations working with young people leaving care.
Robert Parker was the treasurer, and a trustee of Reading Voluntary Action until his death in 2013. Robert is now remembered in an artwork commissioned to honour three figures with a Reading connection. Robert, Oscar Wilde and Alexander Buller Turner VC now have roads named after them in the Kings Mead development off Kenavon Drive.
To mark the 70th anniversary of Reading and Düsseldorf’s twinning there will be various events during 2017, including a Düsseldorf involvement in the Reading Fringe Festival. Reading Dusseldorf Association would like community groups in Reading to consider “twinning” with similar groups in Düsseldorf. This partnership could be as simple as an exchange of working practice, shared news and future plans.
Citizens Advice Reading is offering free advice sessions to community groups and frontline workers to help people reduce their gas and electricity bills. Bookings for winter 2016/2017 are now open.
Each year RBC produces a newsletter for Older People in Reading to see what activities/services/campaigns are running throughout December/January. Do you know of any activities suitable for older people to attend across Reading? If so RBC would love to include it in the newsletter.
The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is launching again on 7 November 2016. The fund will be donating 70 awards of £300 to warm-hearted community projects and people. Local charities, organisations and people are invited to apply for the funding.
The Reading Troubled Families Board welcome applications from the voluntary and community sector for help from the Troubled Families Innovation Fund. The deadline for submissions is 31 October 2016. In the first round they will be prioritising bids relating to three of the six key indicators for Troubled Families; The areas of Worklessness, Domestic Abuse and Crime.
The Health and Wellbeing Board would like your views on Reading’s draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-2020. The draft sets out how the Health and Wellbeing Board plans to realise its vision for ‘a healthier Reading’ and meet its key strategic objectives.