Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Reading Gateway: Local Employment Opportunities


The Reading Gateway development in Whitley, near M4 junction 11, takes another step forward tomorrow (Wednesday 13 September) with the holding of a "Local Employment Opportunities" event.
With employment opportunities within the construction sector, as well as future chances in other industries, anyone interested should get along to the South Reading Community Centre, 252 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 7QA, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
The Reading Gateway scheme, which is due for completion in September 2018, will see the opening of a 120 Premier Inn Hotel, a Beefeater restaurant, a Toys R Us store, a Burger King and a Costa drive through.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Are You Registered To Vote?

Your Vote Matters - Don't Lose It

Did you know that registering to vote can help you:

Open a bank account
Get a mortgage
Buy a mobile phone
Get a loan or store card

To check to see if you are registered to vote or to register to vote please call 
0118 937 3717 or visit www.gov.uk/registertovote

Register to vote

You can register to voteOpens new window at the Gov.uk website if you are over 16 - you should do this well in advance of an election. If you change your name or move house you will have to register again.

Postal vote

After you register, you can apply for a postal voteOpens new window. This is useful if voting at your local polling station is not convenient for you. You should apply at least 11 days before an election.

Proxy vote

After you register, you can apply for a proxy voteOpens new window. This is useful if you cannot get to your polling station because you fall ill or are abroad.


Students can register at home or in the place they are at college or university. However, they can only vote once.

Electoral register

Once you register to vote, you are added to the electoral register. There are two versions:
  • the full register - this is used for elections, law enforcement and by credit reference agencies
  • the open register - businesses and charities can contact us to purchase a copy to confirm name and address details
Contact us to exclude your details from the open register.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Vote To Help Berkshire Womens Aid

Berkshire Womens Aid (BWA) are applying for a grant to fund the installation of solar panels at one of their refuge's - you can help by voting for them!

Back in the 1970s Berkshire Womens Aid (BWA) opened Reading’s first refuge for victims of domestic abuse. And through that and our other local refuges we have supported numerous local women and children over the years.

Now BWA and Reading Rotary are funding the renovation and extension of that first refuge.
We need a refuge that brings accommodation for these desperate women and children into the 21st Century.

The plan is for an 18 room building that will help at least 90 families in its first 5 years. It’s a big undertaking but we’re up for the challenge! We’ve done surveys and energy assessments and will take a holistic approach to energy use reduction involving, fabric improvements, more efficient use of natural gas by introducing gas condensing boilers with highly efficient control systems, and to top it off solar panels that will actually help power the building.  We do have some budget for energy efficient improvements but unfortunately not sufficient to cover the costs of solar panels and new boilers.

In summary, our project:
  • Provides a better living environment and better quality of life for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse
  • Being able to generate some of its own electricity reduces our carbon emissions and generates cost savings which help the charity become sustainable.  Which is especially important given the cuts made by the local authority
Please support us in helping to change local lives

You can vote for BWA's project here

Thank you.