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Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation launches its 2019 Vital Signs survey. BCF is asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. Now in its sixth year, Vital Signs uses the views of the local community, along with other research, to enable BCF to produce a community ‘health-check’ report. This report reveals priorities, needs and opportunities for action by measuring the quality of life in local areas.
Local charity ABC to Read is celebrating 15 years of providing trained volunteers to support Berkshire children who are struggling to read. To celebrate its 15th birthday, the charity hopes to help a record number of children develop a love of reading to enhance their lives. Plans include supporting a school and orphanage in Malawi by setting up a library, as well as launching a Reading Buddy workshop in secondary schools, training sixth form pupils to support younger ones.
Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) are offering grants of up to £5,000 to charity and community groups for projects working with the elderly to improve their health and well-being, access to facilities, advice and training; or to overcome their problems of illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty. The closing date for applications is 09:00 on 1 May 2019. For more information and online application, visit the BCF website at www.berkshirecf.org.
The University of Reading is internationally recognised for its excellence in research on the relationship between diet and chronic disease. They are currently looking for volunteers to participate in two studies. The ENVAL study testing a diet app developed by researchers from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences and the Whey2glo Study investigating how dairy and plant proteins control blood sugar levels and vascular health.
RBC has published a discussion paper on the Statement of Community Involvement for consultation. The SCI is a planning document that details how consultation and community involvement on plans and major developments will be carried out. RBC’s most recent SCI was adopted in March 2014. The council is now considering whether there is a need to revise the SCI. The council is now seeking your views on the proposals set out in the discussion paper.
This year’s Reading Water Fest – on Saturday 15 June 2019 – will celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary. The event takes place in Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. RBC and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope you can join them for a very enjoyable day!
Changing the story around loneliness with a day of free, fun events for older people across the UK. This year Silver Sunday will take place on 6 October 2019, so with 7 months to go it’s a perfect time to start planning. If you have an idea and want help to develop it, find funding for it and volunteers to help you, please get in touch with Rhiannon Stocking-Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NHS in Reading is changing, and it needs your help. The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS until 2023. You can help decide how that money should be spent in our local NHS. Please take part in a short survey at www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do today. Healthwatch Reading will also be holding in-depth focus groups over the next eight weeks to gather your thoughts, views and stories about what matters most.
Preparations for the 2019 Reading Thames Festivals are in full flow, and we’re very keen to understand the kinds of events and activities that local people enjoy, if they’d like to participate, and how best to let them know about what’s happening. With our colleagues at the University of Reading, we have created a short survey, which is open until Sunday 24 March 2019.
Reading Soup still have two slots for community organisations to pitch for funding at their next Reading Soup event, on May 1. Reading Soup is a grassroots, community fundraising organisation supporting community projects in the Reading area. They’re inspired by the original Detroit SOUP, and are run by a committee of five volunteers. They hold fundraising dinners in Reading every other month. Community groups who pitch could benefit from around £200-300 of funding from their crowdfunding pot.