Newsletter

News from Reading Neighbourhood Network – 12 June 2021

Welcome to the latest Reading Neighbourhood Network newsletter, where you will find all the latest news and events from our members and the local voluntary sector. All our news and much more can be found on our website at www.rgneighbours.net.

News articles

  • Covid surge testing starts in Reading

    4 June 2021Covid surge testing starts in Reading

    A Covid surge testing programme is underway for residents, workers and students over the age of 12 in the following postcode areas:
    RG1 3, RG1 5, RG1 6, RG1 7

    Testing takes place from Monday 7 June until Sunday 20 June. There is currently no change to local restrictions in the light of this testing. You can still travel to work and school in the affected areas. Please continue to follow public health advice and national guidelines to minimise the spread of the virus www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

    You should take the test if you live or work in the affected areas even if you don’t have symptoms, have received a Covid vaccination or have been taking regular Lateral Flow (rapid) tests.

    However, you should not take the test if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days using a PCR test.

    You can order a test online from www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

    Alternatively, you can get a test at a local test site from Monday 7 June. No appointment is needed:

    Site Address Time Service
    Prospect Park Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND 14.00-20.00 Walk-up
    Reading University London Road, Crown Place, Reading RG1 5AQ 14.00-20.00 Walk-up
    Reading University Car Park 7 Reading University, RG6 6DR 12:00-18:00 Drive or walk-up
    Thames Valley Park & Ride Earley, RG6 1PQ 07:30- 13:30 and 14:30- 20:30 Drive or walk-up
    Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Business Park, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 1WG 08.00-20.00 (closed Sundays) Drive or walk-up

    You will get a text or email with your result within 3 days. If you do not have symptoms you can continue to go to work or school while you wait for your results.

    If you test positive you must self-isolate immediately along with your household for 10 days to stop the spread of the virus, and engage with contact tracers when contacted. To check if you are eligible for a self-isolation support payment please visit www.reading.gov.uk/covidselfisolate, or contact the One Reading Community Hub if you need extra help to self-isolate www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-one-reading-community-hub-support/

  • Water Fest is back!

    22 May 2021Water Fest is back!

    News from Reading Borough Council

    Reading Borough Council is delighted to announce the return of its much-loved Reading Water Fest on 19 June this year as the flagship celebration event to mark the 900th anniversary of Reading Abbey.

    2021 is an incredibly auspicious year for Reading – marking 900 years since Reading Abbey, originally one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries, was founded by King Henry I of EnglandReading Water Fest will be the focal celebration event for this landmark year.

    Water Fest is Reading’s largest free town centre-based community event. It will feature an exciting mix of arts, culture and heritage, through live and digital performances, activities and workshops. The Abbey’s illustrious history will be brought to life with the Forbury Civil War Camp and Medieval Village where people can experience the sounds and smells of the Quarter’s history.

    This accessible one-day event will take place on Saturday 19 June between 11am and 5pm, within the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the River Kennet, celebrating the Abbey’s rich 900-year history and its environmental and heritage connections with Reading’s waterways.

    As with all events this year in the light of the ongoing pandemic, Water Fest will look very different from previous years. The event will be delivered in a stringently Covid compliant way.  Workshop and interactive activities will be booked in advance and numbers will be limited. Safety measures will necessitate a ticketed system, with reduced capacity and staggered arrival times. It is anticipated that there should be plenty of tickets to go around, but the public is encouraged to sign on early to avoid disappointment. During the event the gardens and abbey will be closed to the general public.

    Please note that admission is by ticket only this year. Details on how to book a free ticket at this event are on What’s On Reading. A range of online activities will also be on offer to complement the live event.

    To take part either by volunteering, performing at the event or running a stall or activity please get in touch.

  • The Weller Centre wins award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community

    21 May 2021The Weller Centre wins award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community

    News from Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)

    Congratulations to The Weller Centre on winning the Outstanding Contribution to the Community award at the recent Thames Valley Business and Community Awards. The Thames Valley Business and Community Awards judges commented: “We wish that there were more centres like this around the country, centres that support numerous groups, clubs and classes in the heart of the community. This facility will help people of all ages.”

    Read about the other 2021 winners here.

    The Weller Centre distributes surplus fresh and perishable food by request. It also offers signposting to specialist services for benefits, budgeting, employment, housing, parent supports and more. Ther centre is at 110 Amersham Road, RG4 5NA and is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 12pm. For more information please call 0118 947 5828 or email admin@wellercentre.org.uk.

  • Brighter Futures for Children seeks activity providers

    18 May 2021Brighter Futures for Children seeks activity providers

    News from Brighter Futures for Children
    by Ciaran Delaney, Holiday Activity Fund Coordinator

    The Department for Education (DfE) is providing funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children during the 2021 Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. More information about the scheme can be found here: Holiday activities and food programme 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    Brighter Futures for Children is coordinating the programme locally and we are looking to work with a range of providers including community-based organisations, existing holiday care providers, schools, childminders, sports coaching, volunteer organisations, creative and performing arts providers and many others.

    There will be an opportunity for providers to bid for funding to support the delivery of holiday schemes. We are looking to widen provision across the borough for the summer holidays and award funds to providers who can prove they can deliver:
    -High quality enriching activities which includes at least one hour of physical activity
    -A healthy nutritious meal
    -Skills, activities/classes aimed at helping children and their parents to make healthy and affordable choices
    -A positive legacy that lasts longer than the experience

    If your organisation is interested in working with the Holiday Activity Fund please contact Ciaran Delaney at Ciaran.Delaney@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

  • Growing Careers – new courses starting in June

    18 May 2021Growing Careers – new courses starting in June

    Food4Families is offering Growing Careers – a free 6-week series of courses starting in June

    these offer a practical, hands-on introduction to what your could be doing if you got a job in horticulture.

    -1.5 hour sessions, based outdoors in local Reading community gardens
    -seed sowing and propagation
    -plant care
    -soil health
    -garden maintenance
    -sustainable growing techniques.

    For dates, times and locations please download this flyer.

Upcoming events

  • Thu
    17
    Jun
    2021
    13:30 - 14:30Online via Zoom

    This training provides some key demographic information for Reading when planning for needs and services and introduces how we can all all contribute to inclusion personally and in our organisations.

    If you are thinking about inclusion in your organisation, have started the journey or would like to know where to go next, this training can support you.

    There are up to two places per organisation available to allow for further discussion and development in your organisation after this training. lt will be held via Zoom, and will be led by Azra Raja, RVA’s Inclusion and Development Worker. A meeting link will be circulated to registered attendees closer to the time.

    Free registration via this Eventbrite link: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rva-inclusion-training-tickets-154679902753

  • Sat
    19
    Jun
    2021
    11:00 - 17:00River Kennet & Reading Abbey

    Water Fest is Reading’s largest free town centre-based community event. It will feature an exciting mix of arts, culture and heritage, through live and digital performances, activities and workshops. The Abbey’s illustrious history will be brought to life with the Forbury Civil War Camp and Medieval Village where people can experience the sounds and smells of the Quarter’s history.

    2021 is an incredibly auspicious year for Reading - marking 900 years since Reading Abbey, originally one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries, was founded by King Henry I of EnglandReading Water Fest will be the focal celebration event for this landmark year.

    This accessible one-day event will take place on Saturday 19 June between 11am and 5pm, within the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the River Kennet, celebrating the Abbey’s rich 900-year history and its environmental and heritage connections with Reading’s waterways.

    Please note that because of the pandemic admission is by ticket only this year. Details on how to book a free ticket at this event are on What’s On Reading. A range of online activities will also be on offer to complement the live event.

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