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Care and Support conference being held in Reading

Reading Borough Council, service providers, voluntary sector partners and service users will be coming together for a Care and Support Conference, taking place at the Town Hall all day today.

The conference will discuss the Care Act and what changes in the national care system will mean for Reading residents and those who support them.

The Conference will be used to highlight some of the Council's plans for better integration between health and social care services, and how it wants to work with all partners to deliver this. This includes the implementation of the UNISON ethical care charter launched earlier this year. It will also cover the plans for the 'Better Care Fund' national programme to bring the NHS and social care closer together with Reading as one of the first areas taking this forward.

The Care and Support Conference will also discuss and identify priorities for future care and support services, and how agencies can work together to support Reading people to thrive whatever they need, including reducing use of residential care and supporting more people to live well at home.

Break-out sessions will address all aspects of care and support, including residential and nursing, supported living, domiciliary and wider community-based and preventative services. Council officers will provide information on the move to focus on outcomes for residents, and share best practice.

"The need for care and support affects everyone in Reading, whether our neighbours, family members or we need support ourselves. There are huge challenges that, like the rest of the country, Reading faces to ensure that we can live fulfilling lives regardless of our needs. Only by ensuring that the council, the NHS, voluntary organisations and private providers all work together with residents will we meet that challenge. This Conference is an important step in developing our Reading-wide strategy for adult social care, and I would urge anyone with an interest to attend."

– Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Rachel Eden

Singer Dappy found guilty of assaulting man in club

Former N-Dubz star Dappy has been fund guilty of common assault following an attack on a night club reveller in Reading.

The 27-year-old, who appeared in court under his real name, Costadinos Contostavlos, attacked Devonn Reid at the Evissa club on October 6 last year.

Reading Magistrates' Court heard that the star punched Mr Reid during a fight on the dance floor

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Dappy goes on trial accused of assault in Reading

Dappy is standing trial at Reading Magistrates Court Credit: PA

Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has gone on trial accused of assaulting a man at a nightclub in Reading.

The 27-year-old, who appeared in court under his real name, Costadinos Contostavlos, is alleged to have attacked Devonn Reid at the Evissa club on October 6 last year.

Reading Magistrates' Court heard that the star punched Mr Reid during a fight on the dance floor.

Marchers gather for this year's Reading Pride parade

The annual Reading Pride parade has taken place in Berkshire. The event celebrates the community's diversity.

The pride organisation works to advance education and eliminate discrimination in relation to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.

Marchers prepare for parade through Reading
People in Reading during the Pride event to celebrate the community's diversity

Investigation after woman raped in Reading

Part of Reading's busy town centre was sealed off today as police searched for clues following an attack on a young woman.

It happened in Chain Street which is an alleyway leading from Broad Street to the main shopping centre in Reading.

The woman had been attacked by a man and alerted staff when she was admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Divya Kohli reports.

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Appeal after 22-year-old woman raped in Reading

An appeal has been launched after a 22-year-old woman told police she was raped at 4am this morning.

Police were called after a woman who attended the A&E department of the Royal Berkshire Hospital disclosed to staff that she had been raped.

At this time we are carrying out a full and thorough investigation into this incident, and this will include reviewing CCTV in and around the area we believe the offence occurred, to gather as much forensic evidence as possible.

As such, there is currently a scene watch in place in Chain Street, and this will remain there until we have concluded our enquiries.”

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, is currently with specially trained officers going through the details of the incident with them.

I would like anyone who was in or around the Chain Street area this morning to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible and help us with our enquiries.”

– Supt Robin Rickard, local area commander for Reading

Banging the drum for the tropics

Now that we're well and truly into the summer, most of us are thinking about having a barbecue or going out dancing. And that can only mean one thing - it's carnival season. The life and soul of many tropical island parties is the steel pan. Asana Greenstreet went to meet the youngsters at Reading's All Steel Percussion Orchestra to see what it takes to learn this colourful instrument.

Liverpool 2 - 1 victory over Southampton

Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne scores his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Credit: PA

A new look Saints team took on some familiar faces at Anfield today. Liverpool took the lead in the 23rd minute with a goal from Raheem Sterling. An equaliser by Clyne in the 56th minute was not enough though after a goal from Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge 11 minutes from time. Final score - Liverpool 2, Southampton 1.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield Credit: PA
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield Credit: PA
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