Police Property Act Fund open for applications

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The Fund is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals. Continue reading Police Property Act Fund open for applications

Fundraising Workshops in Reading with the FSI

RVA are partnering with the Foundation for Social Improvement to offer small, local charities and community groups three mini workshops in Reading. The sessions are just 1.5 hours to make them as accessible as possible for busy charity employees/volunteers. More information and booking details can be found online at http://rva.org.uk/event/fsi-mini-fundraising-workshops-in-reading. Continue reading Fundraising Workshops in Reading with the FSI

Family fun days at the Weller Centre this half term

Come and take part in an exciting range of free activities at the Caversham Family Connect Fun Day on Wednesday 30 May from 11:00 – 15:00, activities include: boxing (for teens and adults), basketball, cycling, growing your own fruit and veg, crafts, virtual reality headsets, healthy lifestyle advice and street art. For more information about the day, please contact Nick Rance, Community Physical Activity Manager, on nick.rance@getberkshireactive.org. Continue reading Family fun days at the Weller Centre this half term

Priory Avenue Surgery to close in June

NHS Berkshire West has announced the closure of Priory Avenue Surgery in Caversham on 30 June 2018. Patients living in the RG4 postcode area will be able to transfer directly to surgeries at Balmore Park or Emmer Green, but those that live south of the river will need to find another surgery to transfer to. Patients are advised to register with a new GP practice by 13 June. Continue reading Priory Avenue Surgery to close in June

‘A wonderful scheme’ – how Tilehurst Together connected local people

In May 2017, Reading Voluntary Action set up Tilehurst Together with a grant from Berkshire Community Foundation’s ‘A Life Less Lonely’ programme. Over the last year, the project has brought people in the Tilehurst area together every week, alternating between a fortnightly walking group and fortnightly activity sessions focusing on health, relaxation and crafts. Continue reading ‘A wonderful scheme’ – how Tilehurst Together connected local people

PCC Community Safety Fund

The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting applications to the Community Safety Fund Grant. A total of up to £400,000 is available to fund between 6 to 8 large scale projects which can demonstrate a clear link to some of the key aims in his Police and Crime Plan. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30 May at 18:00. Continue reading PCC Community Safety Fund

Reading, Place of Culture – funding available

Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. The fund is part of ‘Reading, Place of Culture’, supported by the Great Place Scheme, which is funded thanks to National Lottery players and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England. Continue reading Reading, Place of Culture – funding available

Business start-up workshops in Reading

Do you want to start your own successful business? Are you going self-employed? Are you are a great entrepreneur with an idea but worried about the ‘backroom’ stuff? These free and ever-popular workshops from the The Real Business Club which are back in Reading from 24 April 2018 could be just the thing for you. Book your place on the website at www.therealbusinessclub.co.uk. Continue reading Business start-up workshops in Reading

The HolyBrook – a new art gallery for Reading

Reading now has a refurbished space in the centre of town where artists and groups can exhibit their work. The HolyBrook Gallery is on the second floor of Reading Central Library and is free for all to visit during Library opening hours. The gallery opened this month with an exhibition of works by members of Reading Guild of Artists. ‘…and the waters flowing beneath…’ which will be on display until 21 April. Continue reading The HolyBrook – a new art gallery for Reading

The GDPR countdown

In preparation for the GDPR coming into force, here are 3 top tips for charities and community groups:
1. Don’t panic, but do make a plan – Yes, everyone is talking about GDPR and how the law around data protection will become stricter after 25 May, but please don’t panic. First things first, it’s an evolution not a revolution in data protection law… Continue reading The GDPR countdown