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The Great Get Together is back this winter and they’d love for you to be part of it and to share some #mincepiemoments in your community! Jo Cox was passionate about building kinder communities and ensuring everyone feels a sense of belonging. However, over 9 million of us in the UK currently feel lonely and it’s in all of our power to change this. As the days get colder, it’s time to make your community a bit warmer.
The Berkshire Observatory is a new, one-stop shop for data on the local population. It covers all six Berkshire local authorities, including Reading. The website, www.berkshireobservatory.co.uk, offers a goldmine of local statistical information on the Reading population, at your fingertips. The easy-to-use site lets you make data comparisons at a council level, ward level and/or smaller, within Reading, across Berkshire, the South East and England.
Fifty volunteers and support staff from twenty of Reading’s community groups enjoyed an evening of celebration, sharing and learning on 1 November. The Crowne Plaza hosted the first-of-its-kind event, which brought together volunteers who are helping local people facing loneliness and social isolation, all year round. Volunteer roles included befrienders, buddies, community drivers, lunch and social club organisers, homeless hostel residents’ support and mental health group support volunteers.
Reading’s first electric charging points on residential streets are now live. Powered using the existing electrical supply to lamp posts, a total of 15 charging points have been installed and are operational on Coventry Road, Filey Road, Manchester Road, St Bartholemews Road, East Street, Anstey Road Caversham Road and Wantage Road. The charging points are free to use for electric vehicle owners in the first month. After that they will cost 30p/kWh.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, John Campbell, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. £170,000 is available to community and voluntary groups across the Thames Valley. The Fund is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.
This winter, we want to help as many people as possible know about their entitlement to flu vaccination and know what they need to do. Please help us spread this important message to your family, friends and those you work with. Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for older people or those with other health conditions. Flu spreads easily and can be passed from one person to the other, even if the person carrying the virus has no symptoms.
Tutu’s Ethiopian Table is located in Palmer Park (the old Chalkboard Cafe). Tutu wishes to make the space more available for local community groups and charities who are looking for a meeting space or if groups are looking for a local community setting to take their members or service users to. Palmer Park is a beautiful green space to the east of Reading town centre and is easily accessible by No.17 bus services.
Every charity, voluntary or community group, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place for all its beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published a comprehensive collection of free resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos available at https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/safeguarding. They are straightforward, practical and based on real world experience in the voluntary sector.
A wide spread engagement process on the future arrangements for NHS commissioning in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West was launched this week. It will last until 1 December and there are full details on the Berkshire West CCG website at www.berkshirewestccg.nhs.uk. You can download the survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk. Fact sheets giving details of the proposals are also going to be sent to all surgeries in Berkshire West so patients can get involved.
It has now been 2 years since Reading Borough Council last asked for your views on Community Safety in Reading. The Community Safety Partnership asks us to consult every 2 years so that we can identify the issues that residents in Reading see as a problem. The Neighbourhood Initiatives Team would therefore like to hear about issues that affect you in your neighbourhood. Your responses will help to identify priorities for our local Safer Neighbourhood Forums across Reading.