News

Our news is collected from our network of members, and is updated regularly. We also present information and articles from other sources that might be relevant to your kind of group.

  • Advertise your neighbourhood’s seasonal activities with RNN

    20 November 2014

    Are you organising any events over the Christmas period in your neighbourhood – a party, Santa’s grotto, Christmas meal…? You can advertise your event free on the Reading Neighbourhood Network website. Just send the details of your event to info@rgneighbours.net and we’ll do the rest. If possible please include a phone number in case we need to contact you.  

  • Revitalising Reading’s Central Club building

    20 November 2014

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) RVA has been asked to undertake a review and consult with organisations interested in the building, which has been empty since 2006. The Council also agreed that any future plans for the building will fully recognise the cultural and social significance for the local community of the iconic former Central Club mural on London Street, and its position as a high profile local landmark in Reading. We would like to hear from organisations or groups across ...

  • The Care Act in Reading – have your say

    20 November 2014

    News from: Reading Borough Council (RBC) The Care Act 2014 updates over 60 years of law around adult social care in England. The changes affect how councils support people with care and support needs (whether they get support from the Council or not) and carers. If you are already using Reading’s adult social care services, there will be no automatic changes to your support. You are most likely to notice changes at your review or if your needs change (whichever comes first). Reading ...

  • Draughtbusters: is your home draughty?

    20 November 2014

    Are you living in cold and draughty home? …and do you consider yourself to be in energy poverty? Transition Town Reading is a community group who want to help you with the draughtproofing of your home. The cost of materials has been met through a grant from the Council, providing that you meet certain conditions and we visit you before the end of March 2015. The work will be done by experienced volunteers and will take up to a couple of hours. It’s ...

  • Got an idea for your neighbourhood? RNN could help fund it!

    13 November 2014

    Since starting at the end of 2012 RNN has managed to keep its operating costs to a minimum, with the result that we are in the fortunate position of having surplus funds available. We are keen to use these funds for the benefit our member groups and propose to offer small grants (up to £500) to groups for projects. If you or your group have an idea for a community project that would benefit your neighbourhood we really want to hear ...

  • It’s all about the groups: RNN Conference 2014 review

    30 October 2014

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Many thanks to everyone who attended our second Neighbourhoods Conference at the Town Hall. It was an evening of lively discussion, with the theme ‘It’s all about the groups’: the coming year’s focus will be on all the neighbourhood groups around Reading, and how Reading Neighbourhood Network can help them to thrive. We showed a new video showcasing some of the wonderful work they do – you can view the full video at rgneighbours.net/rnn-video-2014 Since starting ...

  • Need the police over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period? Here’s what to do

    30 October 2014

    Halloween and Bonfire Night are two of the busiest nights of the year for Thames Valley Police, especially the officers and staff who work in their Police Enquiry Centres and Control Rooms. On Halloween the police receive an average of 3,700 calls in a day, a large number of them in the evening. This year Halloween falls on a Friday and during half term, so it is likely to to be busier than ever! To report any issues you may have on ...

  • What have your neighbours been doing in the last year? Watch the video…

    18 October 2014

    We’ve been collecting video clips showing some of the wonderful work of neighbourhood groups in our area in 2014. These have been compiled into a single video, and we’re delighted to be able to showcase the range of activities that have been organised in Reading’s neighbourhoods. This project reminds of us of the huge diversity of neighbourhood groups around Reading – tenants’ and residents’ associations, local environmental groups, skill shares, community allotments and many more. Watch our new video at rgneighbours.net/rnn-video-2014 – and ...

  • Grow Your Tenner!

    9 October 2014

    This is a great opportunity to double the value of donations through Localgiving.com Any donation or other money that is banked through Localgiving.com will be matched to a maximum value of £10 until all of the money has run out. And there is over £500,000 in the match pot. Also, any monthly direct debits that are set up will be matched for the first 6 months to a maximum value of £10. If you are already registered with Localgiving.com, ensure that your subscription ...

  • Got a project that needs paint?

    8 October 2014

    News from: The Green Machine / Community RePaint East Berkshire Green Machine has an amazing selection of paint colours, finishes, woodstains and masonry paints to donate to community groups, charities, sports club premises that need a coat of paint. So if you’ve got the skills (or maybe just the willing labour!) you can approach Green Machine for the paint and get the job done. Contact Dawn Cannon on 01344 457940 or green.machine@btconnect.com to talk about it. There’s a minimum donation of £1 per ...