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Mayor Debs Edwards


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My story

[p]The Mayor of Reading Cllr Debs Edwards is spending the next 12 months raising money for four local charities. Look out for special events and fundraising opportunities being launched throughout the year.[/p][p]The Mayor's chosen charities are BWA, Launchpad, Berkshire West Your Way and YMCA Reading.[/p][p] [b]Berkshire Womens Aid[/b] provides confidential support, information, outreach services and refuge accommodation for victims of domestic abuse and violence, and their children. BWA has operated in Reading since 1975. The need for their services is as great as ever as at least 1 in 4 women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. In 2012/13 BWA's 24hr helpline (0118 950 4003) received 6,312 calls and an additional 4,000 plus referrals were made directly to BWA's outreach services.[/p][p] BWA aims to develop the ability and confidence of children and young people to overcome their experience of abusive relationships and to understand what healthy and respectful relationships look like. BWA also raises awareness and understanding of domestic abuse & violence and lobbies statutory and other organisations.[/p][p] BWA works throughout Bracknell, Reading and Wokingham, and is affiliated to the Women's Aid Federation of England (WAFE). It has nine refuges which provide a breathing space where decisions can be made free from pressure or fear. People go to refuge when they are in crisis. BWA helps begin the process of rebuilding damaged lives. They don't judge, they listen.[/p][p] [/p][p] [b]Launchpad[/b] is a charity that helps some of Reading's most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around and fulfil their potential. It provides three services to prevent homelessness in Reading:[/p][p] Housing with support. Launchpad can house 140 people and, with individual targeted support, they help people get their lives back on track. Last year they housed and helped 177 people providing over 10,700 hours of support.[/p][p]Preventing homelessness. Their Floating Support service is for anyone in unsuitable accommodation or at risk of becoming homeless, supporting over 400 Reading people a year, 25% of whom are vulnerable families.[/p][p]Drop-in. The Launchpad Drop-in service is for anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness related advice. They can help prevent a problem becoming a crisis. Last year over 700 people went to the drop-in for advice, guidance and support.[/p][p][b]Berkshire West Your Way[/b] (formerly known as Reading Your Way) works alongside individuals in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire who are experiencing mental health issues, supporting them to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. This can include:[/p][p] Managing mental health[/p][p]Entering education[/p][p]Returning to work[/p][p]Finding new hobbies and social activities[/p][p]Solving housing issues[/p][p]Making friends[/p][p]Organising finances[/p][p]Berkshire West Your Way offers one-to-one support, social groups and peer support to help people build resources that help them stay well, their way. Individuals lead their own journey to wellbeing and are experts in their own recovery.[/p][p] [/p][p][b]YMCA Reading[/b] was formed in 1847 and since its very beginnings has worked with young men and women in need. Our YMCA is a thriving and active community. A community that is transforming lives. They focus on young people and help them play an active and fulfilling role within our community. [/p][p]Alongside residential supported accommodation for 40 young people, they offer a wide range of services and activities, including:[/p][p] Woodwork sessions in their workshop for residents and also pupils in years 6-11 from local schools at risk of exclusion or who have been excluded.[/p][p]Weekly sports and leisure activities such as football, basketball, archery, boxing, judo and dance club. Their football team plays at quite a good level![/p][p]Summer youth activity programme. Previous years activities have included: paint balling, rock-climbing, ice-skating, an Eid and Henna party, land yachting, a talk about moving-on, sexual health drop-in, cooking classes, film-making, street dance sessions, pampering sessions, DVD nights, graffiti workshop, football, music studio sessions, X-Box competition, table tennis competition and cinema/theatre trips.[/p][p]Regular arts and crafts activities.[/p][p]Support to residents to engage them in volunteering opportunities, training, education, and employment.[/p][p]Special events such as Black History Month celebrations.[/p][p]IT Suite available for resident and community use. [/p][p]Running a community cafe (Parkside Cafe) which provides training opportunities for young people and a space for the community to come together.[/p][p]Hosting Pine Cones and Fir Tree older peoples groups.[/p][p]Hosting and supporting 1st Reading YMCA Sea Scouts group.[/p][p] [/p]

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Rebecca McLean

Well done to my sister in law and my nephew for completing the Reading half you are both fabulous well done 😁




Good luck to all the runners



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Good luck Lucy x

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Go For it Steve+Zoe Elsey.

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For my sister Jemma and Nick bravely doing the Reading half marathon! Good luck you two! Lots of love x


David Ward

Good luck all, especially Jemma!

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Good work Jemma!

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Tadley Boot Camp


Jo Jones

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