April 2022 Member News

Opening Up to New Memberships Again! – April 2022 Member News

Welcome to our monthly member news update! Be sure to sign up to our newsletter so you don’t miss our latest updates!

Last month, we managed to get Reading RESCUE underway on the 28th March, having an organisation almost every day for a week go out and helping clean up Reading’s waterways, streets and green spaces. We’ll be sure to share our full report on RESCUE very soon!

Our trustee Paul Buckley was able to attend the Building Berkshire Together event hosted by Royal Berkshire Hospital programme team, and this was starting the conversation on co-production of the potential new hospital. With his Connect Reading hat on, he put across that CR can help provide a joined up voice from our membership in terms of what a great hospital of the future should look like to serve the community.

The team has also been working on transferring over to a new data management program, so we can effectively track our impact better, provide bespoke stats for each of our members, and make our projects even smoother. It’s going to be a huge process, but things are underway and we look forward to the possibilities!

Now, on to our member updates! As always, if there is anything you want to find out more out, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Free Art Workshops over Easter Holidays!

No5 will be running a series of free art workshops during the Easter Half Term for young people aged 13-18!

There are 10 spaces available for the 4 workshop series which will be delivered face to face over two weeks and young people will be guided by Carla, a local artist, to create a mural using different art mediums and materials that represent No5’s values and diversity welcome.

Berkshire Youth - Changes to Chair

Jim Leftwich OBE has been Berkshire Youth’s Chair since 1987, and overseen a wealth of changes to youth work from including girls in their work to the challenges of working within ever tighter budgets. Jim has decided that now is the right time to fully retire from Berkshire Youth.

Our Chair Designate is Greg Wilkinson, who will officially become Berkshire Youth’s Chair later this year. Greg says: “…I hope that my experience and local connections will provide some added value to the great work that Berkshire Youth undertakes.”


Berkshire Vision Staff

Become a Sight Loss Support Officer!

Berkshire Vision are on the look out for a new Sight Loss Support Officer.

It is a pivotal role carrying out assessments of the needs of visually impaired adults with an ongoing programme of support to promote independence for visually impaired people across the Royal Borough of Maidenhead and Windsor area.

It’s a wonderful opportunity and the successful candidate will be providing invaluable
support work for their Members to assess and meet their needs and build independence and resilience.

Refugee Appeal

Cowshed are launching an appeal in partnership with Care4CalaisCitizens Advice WokinghamCitizens Advice Reading and The Hygiene Bank Reading to provide support for refugees with clothing, essential items and advice. Their aim is to show love and support to those arriving in Berkshire by working together with local organisations. They’re looking for:

  • Good quality clothing and shoes for all ages and sizes that we will then wash and iron.
  • Good quality school uniform.
  • Good quality sheets, duvet covers and towels.
  • Unopened toiletries, sanitary products, nappies.
  • Financial donations
  • Purchase of essential items from our Amazon wishlist
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Adviza - April Webinars and Looking for New Trustee

Adviza are hosting many free hosting many free employment workshops this month, feel free to check out their timetable on their website

They are also looking to recruit a new trustee. If you want to be part of supporting young people and adults to successfully progress in their life, learning and work, and have 6 days a year to spare, find out more here!

End of 'Your Place Our Place' Urban Room Event - Still Looking for Participants!

CCQoL successfully held nearly 60 events in the course of 5 weeks over March 2022. There were an average of 200 visitors/week in the urban room.

Their digital map, hosted by Commonplace, has more than 1200 visitors since launched on 23 February, nearly 300 contributors and more than 170 respondents.

They are currently still encouraging the Reading community to participate in our research project until the end of April. Participate in their digital map and participation survey through the links.

CCQoL Thank you

Wanting to be More Involved in Social Care?

Reading Borough Council has been working to increase the number of Direct Payment (DP) and Personal Assistant (PA) users in Reading.

PAs are usually employed directly by the person who needs care and support, and who manages and pays for this through their DP, however they can also be employed privately. Check out all the info on PAs and DPs here.

They’ve also launched a website to support people and PAs to find each other and to advertise their availability.

Friday 29th April - World Wish Day

This April, Make-A-Wish UK is asking communities to come together and raise money to fund wishes of critically ill children that are currently waiting for one, culminating on Friday 29th April – World Wish Day.

You can help by organising a team fundraiser or supporting Team MAW UK efforts by donating cakes and prizes for raffle. Find out more here.

Wish Day poster

Can you help our members?

Two of our charity members are looking for some support in finding some things, can you lead them in the right direction?

  • Donations of any artificial or real indoor plants
  • Any organisations providing pre-retirement courses
Be sure to get in touch if you know who can help, thank you!
April 2022 Member News
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