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Summer activities for children and young people across Reading

23 July 2021

Activities ranging from basketball to a teddy bear’s picnic are being offered to children and young people in Reading by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) this summer. Our children’s centres and youth teams have put together a busy programme of events for all tastes and ages during the school holidays. And even more activities are …

Supporting Reading schools to make ‘green’ learning fun

21 July 2021

Inspiring and fun ways of teaching Reading pupils about climate change and the environment are featured in a new newsletter for schools published by Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) and the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP). The Reading Schools Eco Newsletter includes offers of free teaching resources, help to make outdoor spaces greener, sustainable travel …

Help with school uniforms

02 July 2021

Parents of children who are starting secondary school in September will soon be thinking about buying the school uniform for the start of term. The cost of a school uniform can be a cause for concern for some families but there is some help available from local charities. Parents who are facing difficulty buying a …

Reading part of a pilot for a new UK government emergency alert system

23 June 2021

The UK government is introducing a new Emergency Alerts system that will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger. To ensure the Emergency Alerts system works effectively, the government will be carrying out a series of tests. The first test will be in Reading on Tuesday 29 June, between …

National Thank a Teacher Day 2021

22 June 2021

A national day to celebrate the work of teachers is taking place on Wednesday 23 June and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) is encouraging Reading’s children and parents to take part. The last year has been another challenging one for schools as COVID-19 continued to put additional work and responsibilities on teachers and support staff. …

Reading foster carers recognised for outstanding contribution and long service

14 June 2021

A virtual awards ceremony was held to recognise the amazing work of Reading’s foster carers, new and old. Brighter Futures for Children’s independent fostering agency (IFA) staged the online awards and dinner evening on Tuesday 8 June. Foster carers were gifted a takeaway dinner of their choice to enjoy during the celebration of their fantastic …

Brighter Futures for Children’s fostering team take on the #JerusalemaChallenge

08 June 2021

What better way to spend a sunny morning than in a stunning Reading park, learning the steps and ‘moves’ to take on the ‘Jerusalema dance challenge’. That’s what staff and foster carers from Brighter Futures for Children did recently, joined by children and young people in care, who were on hand as unofficial teachers! Fostering …

Invitation to deliver summer activities for Reading children

02 June 2021

Organisations across Reading are being invited to bid for funding to provide activities for disadvantaged children throughout the summer holidays. Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC), which provides education and children’s services in Reading, is co-ordinating the programme as part of the government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme. The company is interested in hearing from …

Foster Care Fortnight: Why keeping children in care rooted in Reading makes a difference

10 May 2021

Brighter Futures for Children’s Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) is encouraging the people of Reading to learn more about being a foster carer during Foster Care Fortnight, which runs from 10-23 May 2021. In Reading we have, on average, 270 children and young people in our care. We would like as many of them as possible …