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Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100 to £5,000 for initiatives which aim to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions or support sustainability in the local community. Grants are open to organisations which are not-for-profit, charities or an SME based within an approximate 15 mile radius of Reading Town Hall.
Could you provide activity workshops for young people and families in South Reading? The charity Aspire2 are looking for activity providers to offer some workshops in South Reading. They are looking for a variety of activities for all ages: early years, families, primary and secondary age. The activities could be art, music, dance, drama or sports. If you are interested, please email RVA’s Youth Project Coodinator, Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Borough Council today announced the new tenant of Palmer Park’s Lodge Café as Award winning Tutu Melaku, the founder and owner of Tutu’s Ethiopian Table. The new venture replaces the Chalkboard Café, which closed in 2017. The café is located close to the park playground at the edge of Wokingham Road. Council officers are currently working with Tutu to bring the building back into use and it is anticipated the new café will open in the New Year.
Go Electric Reading is a Defra funded project run by Reading Borough Council to look at providing electric car charging for people who have to park their car on the street. The first stage of the council initiative is to identify residents without off-street parking who may be able to benefit from the scheme. The council has opened a survey to gauge demand – if you are interested please visit www.reading.gov.uk/goelectric for more details.
The King’s Fund hosted a conference on 6 November bringing together established and developing Social Prescribing services, NHS acute trusts, GP’s and many voluntary organisation interested in being part of the Social Prescribing movement. The conference kicked off with a breakfast discussion about how social prescribing can help reduce the demand on secondary services for people with long-term health conditions.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The fund is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.
The above Property is currently vacant and the Council has decided to grant a lease. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid for the property. Full marketing particulars can be found at www.reading.gov.uk/hut-knights-way. The bidding deadline is noon on 9 January 2019.
Winter Watch is run by RBC and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure that no-one suffers from cold in their homes during the winter months. Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns, have never lived independently, or struggle financially. Apply for Winter Watch until 31 March by phoning 01189 373747.
Reading Family Aid’s Christmas Toys and Teens Appeal are asking residents to donate new and ‘as new’ toys for 0-16 year old disadvantaged Reading children this Christmas. The donation points are open until Sunday 2 December, after which scores of volunteers will sort, pack and deliver the items to their grateful recipients. Donation points are located all over the Reading area, from Theale to Twyford and Winnersh and Emmer Green to Shinfield.
The government launched a new strategy for tackling loneliness on 15 October 2018. While voluntary and community organisations may welcome the opportunity it brings to raise awareness of this important issue, a number of national charities have expressed concern over what it will offer locally and on the ground. It is not clear, for example, which of the many government department work and funding streams it describes are genuinely new.