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Reading’s Loneliness and Social Isolation steering group is keen to hear from any older people’s services, local care homes, and voluntary and community groups that may already be delivering such a scheme – or are interested in doing so. Members of the steering group would like to gain more insight into what’s worked well, and perhaps not so well, and whether there are opportunities for older and younger Reading residents to benefit from new initiatives.
To ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch, this year the council is giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on one of three weekends in the summer. The weekends are 1-2 June, 22-23 June or 6-7 July. The first weekend is the official Big Lunch weekend and the last two weekends have been added by popular demand for the Great Get-Together.
This project explores what factors other than language influence how we communicate. Specifically, we assess how different conversation partners affect the way in which people communicate. This study will help research on communication in people with and without brain impairments and may help people with acquired brain injury in the future. For more information, please email Willemijn Doedens at email@example.com.
The first International Social Prescribing Day is on Thursday 14 March 2019. RVA are joining patients, GPs, community groups and other voluntary organisations in the UK and across the world, in highlighting the importance and significance of Social Prescribing in health and social care. Age UK Berkshire and Reading Voluntary Action are celebrating by raising the profile of Social Prescribing in local GP surgeries.
Elderly and vulnerable residents in Reading Police Area have been targeted by courier fraudsters. Courier fraudsters phone and trick victims into handing over their bank cards and associated PIN (number) to a courier that arrives at their home. Thames Valley Police are calling on friends and family to help tackle the problem by talking to elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives. If you receive this type of call, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Reading Dispensary Trust makes monthly grants for equipment and services not available through statutory sources, to those suffering from physical and mental illness, living within a seven mile radius of the centre of Reading. Applications are only accepted from organisations/agencies on behalf of their clients. Grants have been given for many items including white goods, furniture, carpeting, mobility aids, holidays, laptops and driving lessons.
Berkshire Community Foundation want to know what you think about the current funding climate for third sector organisations. They would like your views on how policies have affected the third sector in recent years, with a particular focus on Big Society policy as this was a third-sector focused initiative. To have your say, please complete the online survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/4G27D.
Little library users in Reading are in for a treat, with the official launch of the town’s toy library at its new central location. The toy library will be officially launched this week on Thursday 31 January at 11:15 by the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Debs Edwards and Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, supported by local children and a fairy princess. The celebration will also include a castle shaped cake!
Reading Borough Council will this week withdraw its East Reading MRT planning application ahead of a public consultation on how the Borough should tackle worsening congestion and poor air quality in the future. As part of a public consultation and visioning exercise to be launched in the spring, Reading Borough Council intends to engage with residents, neighbouring local authorities, businesses and other stakeholders on options for future transport solutions.
The next round of People’s Postcode Trust funding will open on 6 February 2019. Registered charities can apply for a grant of between £500 and £20,000. Constituted groups (unregistered) and community interest companies can apply for grants of up to £2,000 for projects of 12 months. All groups must have a constitution and their own bank account. For further information and how to apply see the website at www.postcodetrust.org.uk.