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  • New sessions from Sport In Mind

    20 April 2017

    Sport in Mind is starting two new sessions in April, including Women’s football at Prospect Park on Tuesdays between 12:00 and 13:00 and Yoga at Coronation Hall on Wednesdays between 14:00 and 15:00. The sessions are all drop-ins and open to people of all levels of ability with the aim of having fun in a safe and supported environment. For more information, be sure to check the website:

  • The Lions’ Den: grants for small local voluntary groups

    13 April 2017

    Reading Lions Club is reaching out to small local community groups and charities around Reading. The Lions will be awarding grants for local community projects and you could be lucky enough to be awarded a grant from £150 to £500. Visit the website at for an application form to be returned by the 16 May 2017.

  • Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)

    11 April 2017

    The JSNA is a local assessment of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population in Reading. It looks at a wide range of factors that help shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities such as education, employment and the environment.

  • Does your organisation have a challenge for a corporate team?

    10 April 2017

    Does your organisation have a challenge that could use a corporate team of 15 – 20 people for a day? Perhaps you have a hall to paint, or need some help with a gardening or conservation project? Four local businesses are looking for one-day projects to get them out of the office and working together. At present one of the teams is available in May and the other three in June and July.

  • Berkshire charity holds prices despite education cuts

    6 April 2017

    Local charity ABC to Read has announced that it will be holding the price of school contributions for its volunteer mentors, despite acute pressures on school budgets. The charity’s prices are being held for the seventh successive year at just £360 per volunteer, just £3 a week per child. 95% of the children working with an ABC to Read experience an improvement in their reading performance.

  • Job vacancy: Timebank Co-ordinator – Oxford Road Timebank

    28 March 2017

    The Oxford Road Timebank are seeking to recruit a Timebank Coordinator to help increase their membership and increase participation in local community activity. Working with the Oxford Road Timebank committee and the Lead Timebroker, the job involves talking to people, groups and organisations in the Oxford Road area, spreading the word about the timebank and getting people to join and become active members.

  • Job vacancy: Energy Adviser – Citizens Advice Reading

    23 March 2017

    Citizens Advice Reading is looking for an Energy Adviser to join their Energy team. Working for 7 hours per week, you will be helping clients manage their energy bills better by looking for a better deal, switching supplier or tariff, understanding energy efficiency etc. Ideally you will be a trained Citizens Advice Adviser or equivalent and will have an interest in energy issues and an understanding of the energy market. Full training in energy issues will be provided.

  • Sport England launches two new grant programmes to increase volunteering

    23 March 2017

    The March 2017 issue of Funding Digest features details of Sport England’s two new funding programmes to enable young people and adults from disadvantaged communities to take part in volunteering, using sport or physical activity. The Potentials Fund which targets children and young people aged 10 to 20 and the Opportunity Fund which targets people from disadvantaged areas.

  • Reading Borough Council Personal Assistant Register

    18 March 2017

    Many older people and adults with care and support needs prefer to directly employ their own carers – known as Personal Assistants. Personal Assistants provide support to enable individuals to maintain independence in their lives. If you’re interested in becoming a Personal Assistant, you can join RBC’s Personal Assistant Register at

  • Free bike maintenance and cycle sessions with BikeSmart Reading

    16 March 2017

    Come along to one of these fun, free sessions and build your skills while earning rewards! Back on your Bike, Urban Explorer and Basic Bike Maintenance.