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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust says membership to Connect Reading is important to our Net Zero Carbon target

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation has joined Connect Reading, an organisation focused on connecting sectors for mutual benefit. With over 125 members, Connect Reading works to bring sectors together to deliver social value, community benefits and local impact.

Alison Foster, Director for Building Berkshire Together Hospital Redevelopment Programme says
‘We are delighted to join Connect Reading as a member. This strongly aligns to our C.A.R.E. (Compassionate, Aspirational, Resourceful, Excellent) values, in particular being resourceful.

It provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with local networks around achieving Net Zero Carbon, as well as the development of our future healthcare facilities. As the largest employer in Reading we hope we can bring something to the membership, as well as take advantage of it.

“We have already been connected with a large mobility provider who have very gratefully donated over 200 desks from one of their offices. This will enable us to make better use of our space with recycled furniture, not to mention means we have already had a significant return on our investment.

We are also looking forward to visiting some of the members who have offered to host some of our public Board meetings which we are sure will enhance our relationship with our local community.

Lorraine Briffitt, CEO at Connect Reading shared "I'm over the moon that we can more directly collaborate with our beloved NHS partners at the RBH. We've already identified opportunities to reduce carbon footprint, connecting RBH staff with opportunities and potential partnerships with other Connect Reading members. Helping our members create social value is one of our core values, and we're looking forward to doing that creatively with our newest member, the Royal Berkshire Hospital."

Connect Reading, established in 2003 as a business community partnership, has grown three-fold in the last 18 months drawing new members from every sector. Through networking, strategic connections (identified by the Connect Reading Team) and innovative partnerships, they help make Reading a better place for everyone.

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