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You may be aware that the Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June. The Act bans unfair lettings fees and sets out the fees that landlords and agents can still charge private tenants. Reading Borough Council’s Trading Standards have produced a useful briefing note on what the changes mean for thousands of private renters. If you have any questions you can contact Paul Evans in the Private Sector Housing team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 07595 092364.
Reading Council’s Adult Social Care Transformation Team is undertaking a review of the Council’s on-line Reading Services Guide. Reading Borough Council would like feedback from you and your colleagues about what features you think work well at the moment or what could be improved on. Please can you respond to questions 1 to 6 listed in the main article and send your responses to Kate Wigley in the Transformation Team (email@example.com) by 19 July.
Berkshire Community Foundation is asking for your views on issues facing people in Berkshire. An estimated 98,000 people in Berkshire are family carers and the numbers are set to grow as more people live longer into older age. The Vital Signs survey is designed to help BCF understand the priorities of local people in relation to care needs in Berkshire communities. By completing the survey, you could win £1,000 to be granted to a cause of your choice.
Neighbourly events this summer: It is too late to apply to Reading Borough Council for a road closure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an event in your neighbourhood this summer – just one that doesn’t need a street closure! Your local park, neighbours’ front gardens and other accessible community spaces are all places you could host an event for everyone – especially for those who rarely get out.
Reading Borough Council is seeking volunteers to become local Air Quality Champions and help spread its clean air and anti-idling message. On ‘Clean Air Day’ – Thursday 20 June – the Council is holding a ‘no idling day’ and is appealing to local people to come forward and help persuade motorists to switch off their engines. Volunteering is easy. Go to www.reading.gov.uk/idlingaction to register or to find out more.
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Intern required at RVA for the coordination of a youth summer activity programme. RVA is looking for an intern to work alongside the Youth Project Coordinator to create, promote, attend and report on a calendar of youth summer holiday activities across Reading. Tasks include creating a calendar of all youth activities taking place across Reading during the summer holidays, monitoring the overall programme and producing a final report at the end of the summer.
Reading Voluntary Action is looking for a new Stronger Together Referral Co-ordinator to raise awareness of all the partnership has to offer and to support people to navigate the services available to them. The Stronger Together partnership is made up of 7 local organisations who offer a range of services to help unemployed and economically inactive people get into volunteering or work, to start their own business or just move closer to those goals.
At the Reading Befriending Forum on 16 May, a new toolkit was launched by RVA in partnership with Reading Neighbourhood Network, to inspire and equip local people to take action on loneliness in their street, community, and with friends and family. The toolkit (an 8-page printed booklet and a more in-depth online version) is packed with ideas, tips, information and downloadable resources to help people take action – today!
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provide prevention, protection and response services across the county of Berkshire. 12 whole-time and six on-call fire stations cover 486 square miles. They serve a diverse population of 863,000, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They want to build an inclusive workforce which reflects our local community and as such are approaching a number of local community groups to understand more about perceptions of the Service and roles within it.