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  • Reading City of Sanctuary – Exciting news!

    10 July 2017

    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.

  • Community centre to be named in honour of local postman

    4 July 2017

    Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre (ARYCC) is to be renamed The Weller Centre in honour of a local postman who died earlier this year. Local households voted for the new name of the centre, which is currently undergoing a major renovation, in honour of Caversham resident Martin Weller who was a familiar face in the Amersham Road area.

  • Big Lottery and Groundworks 1-2-1 Funding Advice Sessions in July

    29 June 2017

    Following on from the recent Funding Fair, RVA is hosting further 1-2-1 appointments with the Big Lottery and Groundworks (Tescos Bags of Help) for Reading based voluntary and community groups. Please book your slot in advance through the links in the main article. Due to popularity, spaces are limited to 1 appointment per organisation – your organisation must be based in Reading to qualify for an appointment.

  • The Big Lunch and Great Get-Together: tell us about your party!

    26 June 2017

    On the weekend of 17-18 June, communities all over the country got together for the annual Big Lunch event, where neighbours gather for a meal, street party or picnic. As well as the Big Lunch, many communities were also participating in the Great Get-Together, a national event marking the anniversary of the death of the MP Jo Cox and celebrating her life. The weather was hot and sunny, and plenty of neighbourhoods in Reading held events – as well as street ...

  • Climate Action Network Grants

    22 June 2017

    The Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) is offering a fund of up to £2,000 for organisations who will help to reduce carbon emissions/help prepare for the effects of climate change. This fund is open to the business and community sector for non capital projects. Deadlines are on going. Applications will be reviewed in RCCP board meetings in January, April, July and October each year.

  • The Thames Valley Alerts Local Priority Survey 2017

    15 June 2017

    Have you filled in Thames Valley Alerts Local Priority Survey? It’s short, anonymous and will help Thames Valley Alerts understand what matters to you in your community.

  • Weekly wellbeing walks at Prospect Park

    13 June 2017

    Sport in Mind started a new set of weekly Wellbeing Walks in Prospect Park on Friday 9 June. Walks take place every Friday 10:30 – 11:30, meeting by the changing rooms at Prospect Park – just turn up and enjoy the walk! The address is Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND. All session are drop-in and open to all abilities with the aim of having fun, in a safe and supported environment.

  • 11% of Reading residents are lonely most of the time: together we can change that

    8 June 2017

    Throughout April and May, Reading Voluntary Action, in partnership with a range of local voluntary organisations and Reading Borough Council, conducted a town-wide questionnaire to gain insight into loneliness and isolation. The questionnaire helped to identify who is affected, what their circumstances are, what barriers they face to overcoming these issues and what would help reduce their isolation and loneliness.

  • Neighbours campaign to save old street lights

    6 June 2017

    News from Bell Tower Community Association. A community in central Reading is urging the council to keep the cast iron lighting columns in its area, as the LED street lighting replacement programme sweeps across the town. The lights in The Bell Tower Community Association’s area, off Caversham Road, are all due to be converted to LED technology in June 2017. There are more than 20 cast iron lamp posts in the area, most of which are original Victorian gas lighting columns. Bell Tower ...

  • Office space to rent at the library

    6 June 2017

    Is your charity or other non-profit organisation looking for office space? We might have just what you’ve been looking for, in a convenient location right in the heart of Reading. Reading UK CIC is offering space to lease on the top floor of Reading Central Library.