BBC South Today recently had a news item regarding how vulnerable people are coerced by drug dealers and users into using their homes drug taking and dealing. Trisha Bennett our Community Development Coordinator spoke to BBC South Today on how important a coordinated community approach is critical to tackling the issue. Our work with local…

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Whitley CDA would like to offer their congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Head of Boys’ Games at Leighton Park School, Tim. Tim completed 30 laps of their 65-acre park last Friday evening and in the process raised £1,200 for our food delivery project in Reading. Every day we are doing our best to ensure food…

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We have seen the working class put on the front line with the lowest pay, the least protections and the biggest risks. So we feel it’s important that we say how proud we are of the Whitley Community and how honoured we are to be a part of it. The purpose of this article is…

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For the past 10 years Food4families has created 25+ school and community food-growing gardens in Reading, involving thousands of people in growing fresh, healthy produce.  As a result of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic Food4Families has identified a need to increase local food growing to provide fresh food to vulnerable people in the…

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Trisha Bennett (our Community Development Coordinator) was featured on BBC Radio Berkshire this morning. You can hear Trisha talking with Andrew Peach on his Breakfast show here: We are incredibly proud of how well everyone in the Whitley community has pulled together to get through these difficult times. There are so many community heroes we…

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The expression ‘unprecedented times’ is being bandied around a lot and rightfully so. We prefer to think of this as the ‘unpleasantness’ and look forward to it passing. We are in the thick of a global crisis and at Whitley CDA we are doing what we can to help the elderly and vulnerable in our…

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We are really excited that our next Way Back When will be a little bit special. We recently met with Graham Turner and Joe Doak of History And Events Of Coley Reading Group. It was a fascinating conversation where we shared stories and discussed the overlapping histories of our respective areas. We learnt that Graham…

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Reading’s John Madejski Academy has been praised by Ofsted in a recently published inspection report. Following a visit in January, Ofsted’s inspectors noted that “the academy is improving” and identified many areas of progress at the secondary school. This positive sentiment was shared by a number of pupils and parents interviewed by the inspectors. The…

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