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Following an RVA workshop led by David Neale on How to Run a Street Party, Rosehill Park residents and those living at Rosehill House and cottages joined together for a ‘street’ party on the lawn in front of Rosehill House on Sunday 7 July 2019. Between 70 and 100 people attended and shared lunch together, renewed old friendships and made many new ones.
Reading Community Learning Centre has been awarded its largest ever grant. The award of £95,500 from The Henry Smith Charity will be split over three years to fund the Centre’s running costs including salaries. RCLC provides valuable opportunities for 300 ethnic minority women each year to gain free education and helps them bridge the gap between their own culture and mainstream British cultures by providing classes and also by offering a space for cross-cultural social connection.
People who are not online and who are lonely and socially isolated face multiple barriers to participating and flourishing in the digital society. There are over 9 million people in the UK who are lonely and socially isolated. Our town is surrounded by tech firms and yet there are so many people still unable to access the wealth of information about activities that they’d enjoy and would make such a difference to their lives.
South Reading Community Hub first opened its doors in June 2018 and is already a popular meeting place for a variety of different groups and provides a range of services for local people. Reading Borough Council is investing £2 million in community hubs which bring libraries, children’s centres and community facilities together in one place. Users of the hub joined staff and councillors to celebrate the first birthday of the public facility on Tuesday 25 June.
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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