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Reading Council’s social care team making a difference

I’m really proud of the services that Reading Council offers to older and disabled residents in our town.  Despite the unbelievable levels of austerity that we face and the increases in population our dedicated staff makea real difference t opeoples lives.  That comes across in regular inspections from the Care Quality Commission which consistently rate Reading Councils services as good – including the Maples which is the Council’s day care centre, servin people with a range of needs and provides specialised day services for frail older people and people with physical disabilities.

Following the successful festive tea dance in December, it’s brilliant to have another opportunity for people to enjoy dancing at the Maples as a special Valentines event.  As the councillor responsible for Adult Social Care I’m determined to work with others to ensure we can all live fulfilling and active lives, regardless of our age.


Not only does dancing help to keep us physically fit and healthy, whatever our age, but it’s also a great excuse to socialise.

The social event is open to everyone over 50 and takes place on Wednesday 14th February, from 1:30-3:30pm at Rivermead Leisure Centre in the Thames Suite.

As well as refreshments and a prize draw. There will be live music with opportunities to get up and dance or just relax and chat to friends.

All the proceeds from the event will go to the Maples Amenity Fund which allows the centre to provide additional trips and activities alongside their regular programme.

The cost is £5 per person which includes the refreshments.

It’s brilliant that we’ve also got support from Rivermead leisure centre operator GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd), who are providing the venue and sponsorship from Tescos for the refreshments and raffle prizes.

The tea dance, which is also dementia friendly, supports the Council’s Health & Wellbeing Strategy priority to make Reading a place where people can live well with dementia.

To find out more and to book a place, contact Sarah Hunneman: or call on 07580 870945


At the opening of the Maples Day Centre

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