Partner in renewable energy with RCES

Reading Community Energy Society is a not for profit community based social enterprise that raised around £300,000 last year to install solar panels on community buildings around Reading. Following its successful first year of operation, RCES is extending its portfolio of buildings to cover a radius of 10 miles from the centre of Reading and is seeking owners of suitable buildings to have renewable energy facilities installed on their buildings at no cost. Continue reading Partner in renewable energy with RCES

30 hours of free childcare available

Parents with a child who is three or four years old may now be entitled to an extra 15 hours a week of free childcare, so 30 hours in total. You must earn the equivalent of 16 hours a week at National Minimum or Living wage, and less than £100,000 per year, to take advantage of the new initiative. Parents can check their eligibility at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk. Continue reading 30 hours of free childcare available

Do you know anyone that needs help to get online? Free drop-in sessions available

Do you know anyone that would benefit from help getting started with a computer or mobile device? The Get Online Reading project was started in 2015 to help narrow the digital divide in the town, and continues to this day. We offer free drop-in sessions around Reading where visitors can get help from our volunteers with using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Continue reading Do you know anyone that needs help to get online? Free drop-in sessions available

Take part in Reading Libraries Fun Palace

We are looking for local groups and organisations to take part and share their skills and interests in our first Fun Palace on Saturday 7 October. Events will be happening across each of our libraries and we are looking for groups to help us make it a success and put on lots of fun free activities across the borough. Continue reading Take part in Reading Libraries Fun Palace

Reading-on-Thames Festival launches

Reading UK CIC is delighted to announce that the inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival will take place between 9 and 17 September 2017. This new arts and cultural festival for Reading was born out of the ideas, enthusiasm and momentum from Reading’s Year of Culture in 2016. It aims to put Reading’s waterways back at the heart of the town as the backdrop and inspiration for an inspiring eight-day arts programme from national and local cultural groups. Continue reading Reading-on-Thames Festival launches

Free food for charities!

FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good-quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to over 2000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom. They are currently matching up the three Aldi stores in Reading with groups that could benefit. Continue reading Free food for charities!

Reading City of Sanctuary – Exciting news!

Exciting news! Reading is now officially a City of Sanctuary and we are proud to extend the welcome of our town to people who come here seeking safety. We want those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries to feel safe and secure here. We are committed to taking practical steps to welcome and integrate all people into our communities, our activities and our culture. Continue reading Reading City of Sanctuary – Exciting news!