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Parents and members of the public are being invited to take part in a consultation on proposals for a new secondary school in Reading. The Council selected a preferred location for a new 6-form entry secondary school last month to cope with the on-going growth in demand for school places in the town. The next stage is for parents, residents and existing schools to have their say on issues such as the new school’s catchment area, its ethos and curriculum.
Earlier this month the government announced it would be allocating £11 million to charities through its Building Connections initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation. Part of this funding is now open for applications through the Big Lottery. The closing date for applications is 12:00 on 24 August and the funding will be announced in December 2018. The youth-focused funding through the Co-operative Foundation will open for applications in August.
Berkshire Community Foundation’s annual Symposium will take place this year on Monday 8 October at the Green Park Conference Centre. You are invited to register for your free place at www.eventbrite.co.uk. Due to the high demand of previous years the number of available places has been increased to 150. However, we already have over half the spaces reserved so please register soon to guarantee your spot.
The Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network (PDSN) is hosting Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre. The event will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. The day will include lots of fun and participatory sessions for everyone, including children, other family members and carers.
Are you passionate about a cause in Reading, have links to particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee? Join the Social Action Mentors: Receive basic good governance training from the RVA Advice Worker, put this into practice by mentoring your community group and be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading.
The Prime Minister announced this week that charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness. The funding will go towards supporting and expanding programmes that bring people together and are proving to benefit communities. It will also fund projects that use technology to link those in remote areas and help improve transport connections to make face-to-face contact easier.
Berkshire is seen by many as epitomising the South East, a prosperous and successful county. But behind this image is another Berkshire, one with hidden deprivation. Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) is putting a spotlight on this hidden Berkshire with the launch of their new campaign: Vital for Berkshire. People across Berkshire are struggling to cope with a range of issues including a safe home, good health and secure employment…
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.
The Environment Agency is investigating how to reduce flooding from the River Thames in north Reading and Lower Caversham. A number of options have been identified, all of which need further investigation to decide which, if any, could be taken forward. The Environment Agency would like to hear your views on the options they have been investigating as well as general feedback to help make sure they have considered all possible options before developing a design.
RVA are looking for an experienced community development worker with the motivation and skills to build on their loneliness and isolation work. An exciting opportunity for anyone who cares about social action in Reading, who is self motivated and able to engage the public in the campaign. Your role will be to encourage community participation in collaborative activity…