News

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  • RNN members’ projects in Reading need your support!

    7 May 2015

    Voting is now open for the AVIVA community fund! Six projects local to Reading have applied for funding from the AVIVA fund, and now rely on the public vote to be considered to receive funding. Everyone who logs in can vote up to 10 times, so why not spread your vote between all six projects, or if one is particularly close to your heart, you can vote 10 times for one project. The closing date for voting is Saturday 30 ...

  • Food4Families Cookery courses

    28 April 2015

    Food 4 Families are running two free courses on cooking using seasonal fruit and veg, both starting the second week of June on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Friday course will take place at South Reading New Directions between 10 to 12 am and run from 12 June to 17 July. The Wednesday course will take place at the Amersham Road Youth & Community Centre between 9.30 to 11.30 am and runs from 10 June to 15 July. For more information and to book email sharon@risc.org.uk or ...

  • Your Community Your Cash: funding for projects in local authority areas

    24 April 2015

    If you have a project that could improve the look and feel of council housing estates or improve quality of life for council tenants, Reading Borough Council wants to hear from you. Your Community Your Cash gives you the power to bid for up to £6,000 of Decent Neighbourhood Funding, and in July you will have the opportunity to vote on which projects in your local area will be awarded funding. In the past few years local communities have voted to ...

  • Blog: Can you get a whole town online?

    16 April 2015

    By David Neale (Reading Voluntary Action) We are now well and truly in the Digital Age, with our proliferation of laptops and smart mobile devices, and in many ways the UK is the leader in Europe – for example, more than 75% of adults in Britain now have a smartphone, and the UK is Europe’s most active nation of online shoppers. With the vast majority of us using the internet regularly, one thing that is often overlooked, though, is the disadvantage of ...

  • Elevate Reading – Making It Real Workshop Evening Session

    14 April 2015

    Due to popular demand an additional evening session of the Elevate Reading Making It Real Workshop has been arranged. This will be on Tuesday 19 May from 5 to 7pm. The new Elevate Hub at The Library, alongside the Elevate Me website, aims to make it easier for young people to find the right support to meet their needs and aspirations. Bringing together a wide range of organisations, Elevate seeks to harness the vast pool of knowledge and insight those working ...

  • Reading Town Meal: Stallholders welcome!

    9 April 2015

    The next Reading Town Meal is currently being planned by Food4Families, and stallholders are wanted. The event is the biggest “picnic in the park” that Reading has ever seen, and will return to Forbury Gardens on Saturday 3 October 2015 – and the local community is invited to get involved in this celebration of local sustainable food. A delicious meal, cooked by Reading College catering students from produce grown and donated by local allotment holders and home growers, will be served free ...

  • How to get funding and support from businesses

    2 April 2015

    Grants from companies can often involve a less rigorous application process and lighter-touch monitoring than funding through charitable trusts, but this doesn’t always mean it’s easier to access. As many of them promote their grants heavily through local branches, lots of people know about them and give it a go. It also often requires gaining public support, so you have to actively encourage your friends, family and supporters to vote online or in store. Here are a run down of companies ...

  • Return of Beat the Street for 2015

    2 April 2015

    Beat the Street will return to Reading from 29 April to 24 June! Beat the Street is a cycling and walking game. People tap cards (like oyster cards) on Beat Boxes placed on lamp posts throughout Reading, Burghfield, Mortimer, Pangbourne and Theale and registers their activity. Cards must be taped at another box to records a journey, earn points for the individual player and earn points for the team. The overall challenge is to walk 300,000 miles on a space race! If ...

  • Olswang Green Community Fund for Reading

    2 April 2015

    Olswang’s Green Seed Fund is giving overall £34.2k (£3k per project) to creative environmental projects that have big social benefits and are based in Reading or Camden (where Olswang have their UK offices). Feel free to have a look at last year’s winners here. If you have won or applied before and are operating in these areas, consider re-applying. The selection area is now smaller so your chances to stand out from the crowd should be better! New applications are of ...

  • RNN grants – successful bidders announced

    31 March 2015

    RNN’s grant scheme has now closed, and we are pleased to announce that nine organisations have been successful.  We hope to distribute the grants in early April.  The following are the successful applicants: Alan Place Residents’ Association – seating for their community allotment and promoting a Big Lunch party Art in Redlands – to organise a summer fete to promote this new organisation in the local area Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association – materials for street planters Lorne Street Play Street – insurance to ...