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Reading Borough Council is reviewing how it allocates social housing, and would like your thoughts on the proposed changes. Their aims are to make the scheme fairer and easier to understand for the customers who use it, and to ensure they are creating thriving and well-balanced communities where residents want to live. They have defined these two themes as Well-Balanced Sustainable Communities and Clear and Fair Allocations Scheme. The consultation is open until 12 May 2021.
The council has launched a new anti-littering campaign to encourage residents to ‘Love Your Park’. The campaign aims to encourage people to put litter in the park bins or take it home – and will encourage visitors to report litter and full bins for emptying. As the weather gets warmer and lockdown restrictions ease, more and more people will be taking advantage of Reading’s beautiful parks and open spaces.
Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be working with the Office for National Statistics and the Good Things Foundation to offer the Census Support Service for Reading during March and April. Every 10 years a complete census is taken of the current UK population and this provides valuable information to help plan local services in the future. The date for this year’s census is 21 March 2021 and most households will complete the census on or just after that date.
Food4Families are pleased to be offering two new courses starting this April: -Growing Healthy Conversations – free eight week courses (Practise your conversational English whilst learning gardening skills at our local community gardens) -Growing Careers – free six week courses (Practical, hands-on introduction to what you could be doing if you got a job in horticulture)
Reading Voluntary Action has published the key findings from research into what it’s like to grow up in Reading. The research was shaped and carried out by a Youth Social Action Team. It was completed before the start of the pandemic, but the pandemic has made the priorities identified by the Youth Social Action Team – especially tackling loneliness among young people and supporting the diverse communities in Reading – even more urgent.
Catalyst have Community Connector opportunities in Reading – paid work for young people through Kickstart26 March 2021
Catalyst have created a ‘Kickstart in the Community’ project that offers young people paid work as ‘Community Connectors’: This is a new type of role within their Community Investment team that will help young people develop transferable skills, confidence and a local network. Working alongside Catalyst’s Community teams, Community Connectors will use their local knowledge to map local services, talk to residents, stay in touch with socially isolated older people and organise neighbourhood projects to boost community spirit and wellbeing.
Reading voluntary organisations are working together to support people to access their vaccine as they become eligible. RVA has opened a central helpline for carers, family, professionals and individuals in need of support: 0118 334 1091. Support includes: -Responding to a GP letter or confirming an appointment. -Registering with a GP if required. -Safe and friendly transport to and from a vaccine hub. -Buddy around the hub, with language support if required.
The Magic Little Grants 2021 programme promises to be even bigger and better than ever. This gives grants of £500 to small charities and community groups thanks to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Registered charities, community groups and charitable organisations that are schools or connected to schools are eligible to receive funding. Each organisation may only apply once in 2021. The programme is now live and accepting applications until 31 October 2021.
News from (Citizens Advice Reading) Life can bring us lots of concerns and worries, especially at the moment. Citizens Advice Reading are now offering wellbeing workshops. These are free one-off introductions to: -Understanding anxiety -Living with low moods -Managing stress. Currently they are all online, so you can attend in the comfort of your own home. They last one hour and are run by our mental health coach.
A school in East Reading is hoping to promote walking and cycling to school, and clean air for everyone, by starting a School Streets scheme. A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. The restriction applies to school traffic and through traffic. The result is a safer, healthier and pleasant environment for everyone.