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Community Fracture at one of the Big Local Area – Church Hill

IT WAS THE ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR of young people that led to the creation of Church Hill Big Local area. Wendy and Ian Johnson’s concern about this issue in their local town centre drove them to attend a meeting at which, coincidentally, they first heard about the Big Local Programme. Wendy is now chair and Ian…

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Whitley Researchers Newsletter for April 2019

Whitley Researchers (WRs) are a research team committed to working together in a friendly and inclusive way where everyone’s work is equally valued. Our research centres on collaboration, co-production and participation in order to help local communities and organisations understand and tackle complex issues surrounding well-being and social exclusion in South Reading. We are trained…

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National Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers‘ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. Whitley Community Development Association and Whitley Social Club & Cafe would like thank all our dedicated volunteers for their…

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CEO of Local Trust – Matt Leach – visit in Whitley

Last week we’ve had a visit from Matt Leach, CEO of Local Trust. Matt oversees the operations of Local Trust, leading the staff team and working closely with the board on strategy and governance. Matt came to visit Whitley Community Development Association – meet the trustees, staff, volunteers, local residents and the many partners –…

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Conversation Cafe

Starting Wednesday, 5 June 2019 – we invite you to Conversation Cafe Every Wednesday 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm at Whitley Community Cafe Sessions are FREE ! Join this friendly group, build confidence in speaking, share a cuppa. Children are welcome if supervised by adult Working in partnership with these organisations:

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Learning for Work Information Evening

From 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm on Tuesday 18th June Come along for information about courses and gaining qualifications, support getting into work or advice on career change. We offer: vocational qualifications; working in schools or nurseries; leadership & management, IT and office skills employability skills and support, budgeting and bookkeeping work placement and apprenticeship…

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Assist Whitley children to read …

Do you live in the Whitley and would like to find a rewarding volunteering role where you can make a real difference? Assisting Berkshire Children to Read (ABC to read) currently have an urgent need for reading mentors to support children regularly in many of our Berkshire primary schools. No experience is required as training…

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Nature Walk Challenge

WHAT? Three days of walks Guided nature walks Totally free to participate DAY 1: 20 min walk with us DAY 2 & DAY 3: 20 min walk on your own Complete some questionnaires before and after walks WHO? We are looking for adults living locally to take part in our research WHY? Walking can have…

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Are you interested in getting a new qualification?

Are you interested in getting a new qualification but need childcare for an under 5? New Directions South Reading offer Adult Learning Courses for September 2019 and can provide a FREE creche for under 5’s – on site, Ofsted registered creche with qualified staff to care for your children whilst you learn. Through Reading Children’s…

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Community Learning in South Reading

Study Higher – a partnership of universities, further education colleges and other stakeholders working together to provide young people with high quality impartial advice and guidance about education opportunities – partnered with Whitley Researchers and the University of Reading to produce the booklet, called Community Learning in South Reading. The aim was to report on…

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