We were delighted to welcome Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust into our Connect Reading community last month. We’re thrilled that they are just as excited to join us as we are to have them!
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce their membership to Connect Reading, an organisation focused on connecting sectors for mutual benefit. With over 125 members, Connect Reading works to bring sectors together to deliver social value, community benefits and local impact.
The last year and a half has shown us the importance of community. As a long-established provider of healthcare services to generations of Reading’s residents, the Trust is keen to work in partnership with local organisations so that our community continues to flourish and thrive.
Connect Reading, which was established in 2003 as a business community partnership, has grown three-fold in the last 18 months drawing new members from every sector. Through networking, strategic connections and innovative partnerships, they help make Reading a better place for everyone.
Alison Foster, Director for Building Berkshire Together Hospital Redevelopment Programme for the Trust said: “We are delighted to join Connect Reading as a member. This strongly aligns to our C.A.R.E. (Compassionate, Aspirational, Resourceful, Excellent) values, in particular being resourceful. It provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with local networks around achieving Net Zero Carbon, as well as the development of our future healthcare facilities. As the largest employer in Reading we hope we can bring something to the membership as well as take advantage of it. We are already in discussions about an exciting opportunity which will deliver our first significant return on our investment”.
Lorraine Briffitt, CEO at Connect Reading shared: “I’m over the moon that we can more directly collaborate with our beloved NHS partners at the RBH. We’ve already identified opportunities to reduce carbon footprint, connecting RBH staff with opportunities and potential partnerships with other Connect Reading members. Helping our members create social value is one of our core values, and we’re looking forward to doing that creatively with our newest member, the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.”