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Reading Voluntary Action and Reading Neighbourhoods Network are delighted to be working in partnership with a number of local community associations, to deliver four more free workshops on How to Organise a Street Party in Your Neighbourhood. The free, one-hour sessions will give people the information, resources and ideas they need to run a street party or ‘green space’ event, making the most of the ‘free road closure’ weekends in June and July, 2020.
Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work. The government has designed a new digital tool to help charities handle the reporting of safeguarding concerns or allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity.
Invest in Reading Hydro’s share offer and help them build a community-owned hydro scheme on the Thames in Reading, next to Caversham weir. Reading Hydro will generate renewable electricity and cut carbon emissions for decades to come. Income from selling electricity will run the scheme and pay a return to investors. Many local people have already invested and the share offer is progressing well, but there’s still a way to go.
We are seeking the views of young people in your local communities. RVA’s Social Action Youth Leaders are conducting research across Reading to learn what it is like for young people to grow up in Reading. We are therefore asking young people in your communities aged 12-22 years to please complete our online survey and to let us know if anyone would be interested in joining a small youth focus group to share their experiences of life in Reading.
Are you enthusiastic about getting Berkshire teenagers more active? Satellite Clubs is a programme funded by Sport England to support community sports clubs and other non-sporting community organisations to deliver physical activity sessions to young people. Satellite Clubs provide regular opportunities for inactive young people to access physical activity that is enjoyable, appealing and convenient based on their individual needs.
Tesco is inviting community groups and charities in Reading to apply for thousands of pounds’ worth of funding through the store’s Bags of Help Scheme. Anyone can also nominate groups or charities that benefit the local community. Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months. Customers will cast their vote for shortlisted charities using blue tokens handed out in stores to decide where the money goes.
In January 2020, The Real Business Club will be delivering masterclasses in Reading to help businesses be more productive and grow. These workshops are available and free to everyone, no matter what kind of business they may own or run. Others who have attended consistently give great feedback on the benefits of attending, including clear explanations, practicality and relevance, and professional delivery from real business owners.
Free energy training available to front line staff and volunteers from local organisations and community groups. The training can assist those who refer individuals onto support, individuals who are most at risk from cold homes by providing advice about what people can do to protect themselves. If you are interested in attending this training or want to find out more about it, please contact the energy team by phone on 01189 523022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Mates – Reading is a peer support group organising walks and talks for those in the local area affected by mental illness, along with their families, children, friends and dogs. They meet twice a month for around an hour’s walk followed by a cuppa, at two or three venues in and around Reading. For further details of upcoming walks and to ensure you are kept up to date please email email@example.com.
Reading Borough Council are currently consulting on proposed changes to its Private Sector Renewal and Disabled Adaptations Policy and would very much like to hear from you. The policy relates to residents in the private sector only. The aim of the proposed changes is to provide discretionary grants that enable work on homes to allow independent living, reduce hospital admissions and prevent falls.