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Intern required at RVA for the coordination of a youth summer activity programme. RVA is looking for an intern to work alongside the Youth Project Coordinator to create, promote, attend and report on a calendar of youth summer holiday activities across Reading. Tasks include creating a calendar of all youth activities taking place across Reading during the summer holidays, monitoring the overall programme and producing a final report at the end of the summer.
Reading Voluntary Action is looking for a new Stronger Together Referral Co-ordinator to raise awareness of all the partnership has to offer and to support people to navigate the services available to them. The Stronger Together partnership is made up of 7 local organisations who offer a range of services to help unemployed and economically inactive people get into volunteering or work, to start their own business or just move closer to those goals.
At the Reading Befriending Forum on 16 May, a new toolkit was launched by RVA in partnership with Reading Neighbourhood Network, to inspire and equip local people to take action on loneliness in their street, community, and with friends and family. The toolkit (an 8-page printed booklet and a more in-depth online version) is packed with ideas, tips, information and downloadable resources to help people take action – today!
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provide prevention, protection and response services across the county of Berkshire. 12 whole-time and six on-call fire stations cover 486 square miles. They serve a diverse population of 863,000, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They want to build an inclusive workforce which reflects our local community and as such are approaching a number of local community groups to understand more about perceptions of the Service and roles within it.
Many of you will be aware of Arts on Prescription, Museums on Prescription and Exercise on Prescription. These are all initiatives designed to support and improve our health and wellbeing. Two local events last week gave some of the evidence of how physical activity, arts and culture can benefit us. On Wednesday, the Get Berkshire Active Sport and Physical Activity Network event focused on physical activity in Social Prescribing.
From 11 July to 7 September 2019, Reading Community Learning Centre offers three bright, well-equipped rooms for hire to voluntary and community groups at subsidised rates. The rooms can also be hired at competitive rates by public bodies, private organisations and individuals. The meeting rooms all have smart boards and flip charts and are suitable for conferences, training, and meetings for up to 15 people.
The Woodland Trust is giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. They have two delivery periods per year, (one in March and the other in November) and are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2019. All the trees are sourced and grown in the UK. To apply choose your pack(s) from the list on the website at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk and fill out the application form.
Booking has now opened for Launchpad’s Big Sleep Out 2019, which is taking place on World Homeless Day and in a brand new location – the iconic and historic Reading Abbey Ruins. Launchpad would love you to join in on Thursday 10 October 2019 to brave the outdoors for the night, so people facing homelessness in Reading don’t have to. It will be an event to remember with entertainment, yummy food and some very special guests.
Four exciting events are to be held in Reading to celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation to the town’s economic, social and cultural life. A consortium of local community groups and Reading Borough Council have been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to organise the activities. Read more about Windrush Day in Reading at http://news.reading.gov.uk/windrush_day.
Find out how horticultural therapy and community gardening can help improve mental health and wellbeing. Being outside, surrounded by plants and nature, doing physical activity can all help us feel better about ourselves. The potential benefits for people experiencing mental health difficulties can be even more significant. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Reading Gardening Health and Wellbeing Network is offering professionals the opportunity to visit local gardening projects and see how they might help your clients.