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Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the government’s plan to continue to ease the restrictions around social distancing. If you are planning on re-opening your services then please ensure you complete a full risk assessment and consider the implications on all involved with the organisations, and in particular those who are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.
Berkshire is home to just over 911,000 people. Access to safe, healthy environments in which we live, learn, work and play can powerfully affect lifelong wellbeing. But we know that in Berkshire not everyone can participate equally and Vital Signs has reported growing concern about child poverty, pressure on carers, mental health and homelessness. In 2020 we have the additional challenge of Covid-19.
Over the past 10 years, Food4Families has created over 25 school and community food-growing gardens in Reading, involving thousands of people in growing fresh, healthy produce. As a result of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Food4Families has identified a need to increase local food growing to provide fresh food to vulnerable people in the community. Food4Families is looking for volunteers to make a difference by growing and distributing fresh produce.
The Rising Sun Arts Centre is creating a digital quilt documenting the story of Reading during the Covid-19 pandemic. Join us and other people across Reading to chronicle this unique moment in history. Share your experience of lockdown by adding a patch to the quilt. Your ‘patch’ could be an image that means something to you, a drawing, a photograph, a collage, a piece of fabric a video, a memory.
Transport matters to all of us. It connects us with our workplaces, schools, friends and families. It affects our health, the air we breathe and the streets where we live. It helps our economy to grow and our town to thrive, and it can make the environment around us clean and friendly or dirty and dangerous.
Reading Voluntary Action and the University of Reading want to understand how coronavirus and living in lockdown has been affecting young people in Reading. We want to know how we can improve local services to meet the needs that are emerging as a result of Covid-19. Young people aged 11 to 19 are invited to take part in a survey to let us know about their views and experiences.
Since March, the WEA have moved quickly to move their courses on line. Over 700 tutors have now participated in a comprehensive training programme, and there are now over 500 courses up and running, including ESOL, Community Interpreting and a wide range of community learning courses which WEA are delivering free of charge this summer. In addition to formal courses the WEA has also extended their offer to include informal drop-in and taster sessions.
The Get Online Reading project has now been going for over five years. In that time we have seen over 5000 visitors at 1200+ drop-in sessions where we help people to get online using a computer, smartphone or tablet. With the current Covid-19 situation it has been necessary to discontinue drop-in sessions. Since this is likely to continue for some months, we need to look at innovative ways to help Reading’s digitally excluded people.
We have taken a closer look at the government’s recovery strategy and this article highlights some key things for your organisation to think about when planning your services for the coming months and links to some useful resources to help you assess risk. The government’s recovery strategy includes a phased approach to returning to life as close to normal as possible. The strategy sets out three phases for recovery but this is very much subject to the rate of infection decreasing.
#Coping is a new guide offering support to families struggling during the coronavirus lockdown. It has been produced by a group of leading local health and social care organisations and it signposts people to a range of information, and to groups in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire who are experts in dealing with mental health, anxiety, stress, self care, wellbeing and sleep issues. The guide is being distributed via schools, the NHS, local authorities, and voluntary and community organisations.