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Reading Borough Council is consulting on plans for the future of Palmer Park. The Draft Palmer Park Development Framework is a planning document which looks in particular at how a new swimming pool could be accommodated within Palmer Park, as well as other options for improvement. Consultation on the Draft Framework began on Friday 14 December and will last until Friday 22 February 2019 and the consultation documents are available online at: https://consult.reading.gov.uk.
Following the success of the 2018 Let’s Make Reading Friendlier conference, RVA is pleased to announce the first Befriending Forum event of 2019, on Tuesday 19 February, from 12:30 until 16:15, at the Third Floor Community Hub in Reading Central Library. The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.
Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the second year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Funding is available to organisations to deliver participatory arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes by, with and for Reading residents, particularly those less likely to access cultural opportunities and where engagement could have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing.
In accordance with the provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and Section 16 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006, Reading Borough Council must undertake a review of the polling districts and polling places within its area every five years. Section 17 of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 provides that the next such review must take place in the period of 16 months from 1 October 2018.
Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100 to £5,000 for initiatives which aim to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions or support sustainability in the local community. Grants are open to organisations which are not-for-profit, charities or an SME based within an approximate 15 mile radius of Reading Town Hall.
Could you provide activity workshops for young people and families in South Reading? The charity Aspire2 are looking for activity providers to offer some workshops in South Reading. They are looking for a variety of activities for all ages: early years, families, primary and secondary age. The activities could be art, music, dance, drama or sports. If you are interested, please email RVA’s Youth Project Coodinator, Charlotte at email@example.com.
Reading Borough Council today announced the new tenant of Palmer Park’s Lodge Café as Award winning Tutu Melaku, the founder and owner of Tutu’s Ethiopian Table. The new venture replaces the Chalkboard Café, which closed in 2017. The café is located close to the park playground at the edge of Wokingham Road. Council officers are currently working with Tutu to bring the building back into use and it is anticipated the new café will open in the New Year.
Go Electric Reading is a Defra funded project run by Reading Borough Council to look at providing electric car charging for people who have to park their car on the street. The first stage of the council initiative is to identify residents without off-street parking who may be able to benefit from the scheme. The council has opened a survey to gauge demand – if you are interested please visit www.reading.gov.uk/goelectric for more details.
The King’s Fund hosted a conference on 6 November bringing together established and developing Social Prescribing services, NHS acute trusts, GP’s and many voluntary organisation interested in being part of the Social Prescribing movement. The conference kicked off with a breakfast discussion about how social prescribing can help reduce the demand on secondary services for people with long-term health conditions.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. 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.