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Are you enthusiastic about getting Berkshire teenagers more active? Satellite Clubs is a programme funded by Sport England to support community sports clubs and other non-sporting community organisations to deliver physical activity sessions to young people. Satellite Clubs provide regular opportunities for inactive young people to access physical activity that is enjoyable, appealing and convenient based on their individual needs.
Tesco is inviting community groups and charities in Reading to apply for thousands of pounds’ worth of funding through the store’s Bags of Help Scheme. Anyone can also nominate groups or charities that benefit the local community. Three groups will be awarded grant amounts of £2,000, £1,000 or £500 every three months. Customers will cast their vote for shortlisted charities using blue tokens handed out in stores to decide where the money goes.
In January 2020, The Real Business Club will be delivering masterclasses in Reading to help businesses be more productive and grow. These workshops are available and free to everyone, no matter what kind of business they may own or run. Others who have attended consistently give great feedback on the benefits of attending, including clear explanations, practicality and relevance, and professional delivery from real business owners.
Free energy training available to front line staff and volunteers from local organisations and community groups. The training can assist those who refer individuals onto support, individuals who are most at risk from cold homes by providing advice about what people can do to protect themselves. If you are interested in attending this training or want to find out more about it, please contact the energy team by phone on 01189 523022 or email email@example.com.
Mental Health Mates – Reading is a peer support group organising walks and talks for those in the local area affected by mental illness, along with their families, children, friends and dogs. They meet twice a month for around an hour’s walk followed by a cuppa, at two or three venues in and around Reading. For further details of upcoming walks and to ensure you are kept up to date please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading Borough Council are currently consulting on proposed changes to its Private Sector Renewal and Disabled Adaptations Policy and would very much like to hear from you. The policy relates to residents in the private sector only. The aim of the proposed changes is to provide discretionary grants that enable work on homes to allow independent living, reduce hospital admissions and prevent falls.
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.