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Do you have a traditional Christmas tree that will need to be thrown out this January? Reading Borough Council is providing drop-off points in car parks around the town for disposal of Christmas trees, starting on Saturday 4 January and closing on Monday 20 January. Once collected, the trees will be chipped by the council and used in landscaping schemes around the borough.
Each year, Reading Borough Council sets its budget for the coming year. This budget sets the rate of Council Tax for the coming year, and shows how much the council will spend to run vital services including parks, playgrounds, libraries, waste and recycling, planning, transport, highways, street cleaning, environmental health, children’s services and adult social care. It also includes proposals to invest in the town to maintain and improve assets such as buildings and leisure facilities.
Most of us recycle lots during and after Christmas, but are we getting it right? With the increased volume of waste during the festive period, please be aware of what can be put in the recycling bins and boxes. Lately there have been some great improvements to the kerbside recycling services, giving residents the opportunity to recycle much more festive packaging, including plastic sweet tubs and mince pie foil cases. More details at www.re3.fccenvironment.co.uk.
The Earley Crescent Resource Centre offers a wide range of training courses including free employability workshops for jobseekers, English classes for people who have recently arrived in the UK, IT courses, Accredited Level 2 Qualifications in First Aid and Food Safety for voluntary/community groups and a family learning programme. The Earley Crescent Resource Centre is at Warbler Drive, Lower Earley, Reading RG6 4HB.
The Postcode Community Trust will re-open its grants programme on the 21 January 2020 for expressions of interest from groups who are seeking to deliver projects in the areas of improving community health and wellbeing, increasing participation in the arts and physical recreation, and reducing isolation. Registered charities, community and voluntary organisations, and social enterprises can apply. Application forms will appear on the Postcode Community Trust website during the stage 1 dates.
Reading Voluntary Action are delighted to announce the launch of a new online lottery to support local good causes. Tickets for Reading Community Lottery will cost £1, with 60p going directly to charities, voluntary organisations and community groups (compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery). Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot for a matching sequence of six numbers, other prizes are £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.
Help reduce loneliness over the festive season. There’s lots happening around town during December, so if you know anyone who could do with some company or a free Christmas Day meal, or who may need to know about their nearest open chemist over the bank holiday period, please pass this information onto them, click through for link in main article.
With the planned arrival of a new community and lifestyle centre in the Dee Park housing estate, Catalyst are reaching out to all potential organisations that may have an interest in being involved. A Brighter Futures for Children, Children’s Centre is confirmed as being a major tenant, however Catalyst are interested to hear from other partners, groups, businesses, charities and organisations that would either like to be based within the building or deliver services from the building.
Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood. Reading Voluntary Action and Reading Neighbourhood Network would like to deliver a number of 90 minute workshops across Reading for anyone interested in running a street party in 2020.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is an annual day to raise awareness of this hidden and largely unknown problem, to highlight the effects on health and what can be done about it. Fuel poverty affects 2.5 million households in England. “Heating or eating” is a choice many people have to make. Millions of households across the UK ‘self-disconnect’, turning off the heating to save money. In Berkshire 28,900 households live in fuel poverty.