South Reading Funday Out The Front

The South Reading Churches Funday is back this year… with a seasonal twist!

We are excited to invite the South Reading community to join together in a stay at home garden party; everyone in their front gardens, porches, balconies or windows, enjoying the day together with picnics and bunting! We’ll use a local radio station to connect us, listening to music and the Funday MC running community games, dances and a phone in.

To make this happen we’re looking for people to sign up (please use the form below) to one or more of the following:

1) to have your household garden party!

2) to be Street Host – rallying your neighbours to have their own household garden party too (so as many households on your street or block of flats are out in their gardens, balconies etc for the afternoon).

3) to be part of a team supporting all the Street Hosts on the day (this is a great role for people who work in South Reading and count it as their community, but don’t actually live here).

Whitley Heroes:

We also want to celebrate our Whitley Heroes this year, so if you have someone in the community who you think deserves to be recognised and celebrated for their contribution to bringing hope and life to our community, especially during the Covid season, please complete the Whitley Heroes nomination form below.

Participating in the Funday Out the Front

Nominations for Whitley Hero Award 2020

Resources for Street Hosts and Households

If you’re a street host…

Think about some things you love about your street and community and how these might best be celebrated/acknowledged on the day.

Get your neighbours involved by speaking to them and sharing the idea of a Funday Out the Front – encourage them to get other neighbours involved as well.

Create space for your neighbours to share ideas, and to build a sense of excitement for the day. Are there things specific to your street that you would like to celebrate together on the day, through special décor, an activity or ‘moment’?

Consider setting up a WhatsApp group to discuss these things.

Check – have you registered yourself and your street with the Funday team? Have you nominated anyone for the Whitley Heroes recognition? If not, please visit www.syc.life/srcfd where you can do both those things!

Invitations & Posters – The Funday team will provide you with a template invitation and poster that you can print off and edit. But feel free to make your own!

Schedule / Programme – The Funday team will let you know roughly when key events will be taking place during the 3 hours so that you can plan anything else you want around that.

RG2Radio – This is a major part of the Funday this year! So things to do:

  1. Go to www.RG2radio.com and set up your device with speakers that you can hear in your garden.
  2. Check which participating households will not have internet access for the afternoon.
  3. Check if anyone has a loudspeaker that can be used to play the radio station so that those without internet can hear whats going on. If you have difficulties with this, let the Funday team know before the day.
  4. We want everyone participating in the Funday to be tuned into RG2Radio (an online radio station) for the 3 hours. From this station the Funday team will be running games, competitions, phone-ins and even dances, we will be celebrating Whitley Heroes and other things that usually take place at the Funday.

Games – The Funday team will give you some ideas of games and activities you can run among the households on your street, but you can think of your own as well – they must maintain social distancing, however. There will also be community-wide games, music and dancing which will be conducted LIVE via the radio station.

Food – Each household is responsible for providing their own food. Generosity and hospitality are really important though, and if folk want to share this can be done, but Covid19 food hygiene protocols must be followed to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Personal & Food Hygiene Tips:

  1. Use a food-safe disinfectant to clean kitchen surfaces. In case you do not have a disinfectant, you can use hot, soapy water as well.
  2. Wear clothing that is suitable, clean, protective.
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:
    – before preparing food
    – after touching raw food
    – after handling food waste or emptying a bin
    – after cleaning
    – after touching your face, phones, light switches, door handles.
  4. Wash raw fruit, leafy salads, and vegetables to remove any contamination.
  5. Use disposable cutlery if you wish to share food items with other households.

Safeguarding – Children should be in the care of a parent or guardian at all times. This is a ‘stay at home’ Funday which means that all households should stay within the bounds of their property.

First Aid / Health & Safety – Since this is a Stay at Home Funday, every household is responsible for the health & safety of everyone on their property. You might still want to have a first aid kit available in case of an emergency. Also, consider having a bottle of sunscreen for your own household, and perhaps a spare bottle if it is possible.

Noise – The Funday will run from midday to 3pm, of course you can carry on after this, but try and encourage people not to run too late or allow it to get too noisy. Remember one of the aims is to build connection and celebrate good will between us all especially your neighbours around you!

Photography – Check if neighbours are okay with being photographed and have someone with an interest in photography to be responsible for this task on the day. The Funday team will have an official photographer and videographer on the day, they will be visiting the different streets between 12.00 noon – 3.00 PM. They will ask specific verbal permission for any closeup photos and footage.

Set up your own garden, visit neighbours to see if they are good to participate.

Check if neighbours are able to connect to the radio station on the internet, or if being used that the speaker is working and able to be heard by all those who need to.

The Funday schedule/programme will serve as a guide to know when you should tune into RG2 radio for community-wide games and dances and when you can have games for your own street.

At the end of the Funday, find a couple of people to help clear up of rubbish, take down posters etc and leave the place clean and tidy.

Connect with your neighbours within a day or two after the Funday to thank them and celebrate their participation. Together you might want to plan another stay at home or normal (when restrictions are lifted) street party.

You might also want to find ways of staying connected and supporting each other in an ongoing way. This is what being a healthy community is all about!!

Download PDF - Hosts

To download the above in one PDF click here.

If you’re a household…

Register your participation in the Funday; this will enable us to provide any support and information you might need before and on the day of the Funday.

Nominate someone for Whitley Heroes. You can do both these things on www.syc.life/srcfd

Invite others – Let your neighbours know that you are planning to take part in the Funday and see if they would like to as well. If so, connect them with your Street Host, if you don’t yet have one, contact the Funday team on 0118 931 4747.

Funday Program – Your Street Host will have an idea of the program for the 3 hours and will let you know. By tuning into RG2Radio you will know exactly whats going on in the Funday across the community.

RG2Radio – Do you have internet access in your household? If so: Go to www.RG2radio.com and set up your device with speakers that you can hear in your garden. If not: let your street host know and they will try and make sure you can hear the radio from your garden. If you don’t know who your street host is, contact the Funday team on 0118 931 4747.

Games – Your Street Host will have some games and activities to run with other households on your street whilst maintaining social distancing. These will help keep everyone connected and having fun together!

Food – Each household is responsible for providing their own food. Generosity and hospitality are really important though, and if folk want to share this can be done, but Covid19 food hygiene protocols must be followed to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Personal & Food Hygiene Tips:

  1. Use a food-safe disinfectant to clean kitchen surfaces. In case you do not have a disinfectant, you can use hot, soapy water as well.
  2. Wear clothing that is suitable, clean, protective.
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:
    – before preparing food
    – after touching raw food
    – after handling food waste or emptying a bin
    – after cleaning
    – after touching your face, phones, light switches, door handles.
  4. Wash raw fruit, leafy salads, and vegetables to remove any contamination.
  5. Use disposable cutlery if you wish to share food items with other households.

Safeguarding – Please make sure that everyone in your household stays within the bounds of your property. Children and young people are the responsibility of their parents/guardians for the duration of the Funday.

First Aid / Health & Safety – Since this is a stay at home Funday, everyone is responsible for their own health & safety. consider having a bottle of sunscreen for your own household.

Noise – The Funday will run from midday to 3pm, of course you can carry on after this, but try not to run too late or allow it to get too noisy. Remember one of the aims is to build connection and celebrate good will between us all especially your neighbours around you!

Photographs and Video – The Funday team will have an official photographer and videographer for the Funday, they will be visiting the different streets between 12.00 noon – 3.00 PM. They will ask specific verbal permission for any closeup photos and footage.

Your street host might approach you about getting photographs just from your street – you are free to give or withhold permission!

Set up and decorate your garden/porch whatever space you are using, for the Funday.

Tune into RG2Radio.com or make sure you can hear it.

Bring out your picnic, and participate and enjoy the day with your family and neighbours!

Help with cleaning your street as directed by your Street Host.

Stay connected to your Street Host and other neighbours.

Download PDF - Households

To download the above in one PDF click here.

Staying Covid19 Safe At the Funday

Watch the video below for some tips about staying Covid19 safe at the Funday this year.

The video has been transcribed for your benefit in a Q/A format. You can download it HERE.

Tips on Hosting

Watch the video below for some tips about being a street host:

The video has been transcribed for your benefit in a Q/A format. You can download it HERE.