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.

  • Free Big Lunch street parties 6 – 7 June!

    26 March 2015

    Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has again confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for the weekend of the Big Lunch. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for the weekend of 6-7 June you can close your road and it won’t cost you a penny! A small street party means one held in only one or two streets and ...

  • Reading’s new waste collection fleet taking to the streets

    5 March 2015

    A new fleet of narrower and more environmentally-friendly waste collection trucks is taking to the streets of Reading this Spring. The 13 new waste collection vehicles replace Reading’s old fleet, which were at the end of their working life and had been in operation for nearly 10 years. The new vehicles are narrower than the old trucks – particularly important in a densely populated town like Reading where waste trucks can sometimes struggle to manoeuvre around narrow terraced streets. The fleet ...

  • New Neighbourhood Teams rolled out in Reading

    5 March 2015

    New Neighbourhood Teams are being rolled out across Reading this week as the Council puts in place a new way of working aimed at responding more effectively to resident’s concerns on environmental issues and anti-social behaviour. A total of nine Neighbourhood Teams have been set up across Reading, responding to a range of neighbourhood issues including litter, graffiti, fly-tipping, grass cutting and maintenance of public spaces, crime and fear of crime, speeding, road safety and street drinking. Every neighbourhood in Reading is ...

  • Fruit Trees for Communities

    19 February 2015

    Transition Town Reading have been grafting and growing around 100 fruit trees which are now saplings, ready to find permanent homes in the community. The trees are free to a good home, that can commit to tending, watering, keeping an eye on the trees and eventually making use of the apples. This could be a community orchard of 15-30 trees or a small piece of land for 2-5 trees within the grounds of a school, faith building, community centre or business. The ...

  • Time to register your RESCUE clean-up event

    19 February 2015

    Reading RESCUE is held twice yearly, in March and October, bringing the public, community and the business sectors together to plan and deliver this popular outdoor clean-up event. The next event is from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 March, and the deadline for registering your own RESCUE clean-up on that day is Monday 2 March. This is your chance to make a difference to Reading’s woodlands, waterways, green spaces and streets, and your team can get support to deliver a safe ...

  • Reading University internship scheme open

    17 February 2015

    The Reading Internship Scheme (RIS) is run by the Careers Service at the University of Reading, in association with Santander Universities SME Programme and The Earley Charity, and offers project-based internships. Internships typically last 6-12 weeks and take place over the summer. They are open to all students including postgraduates, allowing small to medium sized employers (SMEs) to access a wide range of talented students, and giving Reading University students valuable workplace experience. The University has a budget to financially incentivise organisations ...

  • £4.5 million for Berkshire – Building Better Opportunities Conference

    29 January 2015

    Monday 9 March 2015 9:30am -12:15pm at the Green Park Conference Centre. The Building Better Opportunities Fund of £4.5 million to enable projects to tackle economic inequality in Berkshire. Come along to find out how this fund could be relevant for your organisation and how to get involved. The Building Better Opportunities programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Big Lottery to deliver projects that promote social inclusion and tackle poverty. Reading Voluntary Action, supported by the ...

  • Do you require assistance with accounting matters?

    28 January 2015

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) We’re at the time of year when budgets are being finalised for 2015/16. If you represent a voluntary organisation and need any help with putting your accounting practices in place, updating your procedures or completing your accounting reports, help might be at hand. Nelson Walters, a retired chartered accountant, is looking to provide support to the local voluntary sector. He comes with a wealth of experience in accountancy and finance and is keen to help with ...

  • ‘Central Club’ building review – open meeting

    24 January 2015

    Reading Voluntary Action is in the middle of a review looking into the potential of reopening the ‘Central Club’ for public use. Local voluntary organisations have been talking, planning and have submitted their ideas on how they would use the building and raise the capital required. Anyone interested in the progress of the review, or who would like to provide input, is invited to an open meeting on Wednesday 11 February, 6.30pm at RVA, Highbridge House, 16-18 Duke Street, Reading RG1 ...

  • Whitley Growallot – come and give us your ideas for 2015

    16 January 2015

    News from Whitley Growallot We are now starting our third growing season, having completed the planned development of the site (including BBQ, meeting shed and compost loo!) and established a working committee. The focus of 2015 will be to offer the best possible growing resource to local people that we can. We have built up a productive garden (too much to eat at times) and a solid community of local growers. For the next phase we need to offer interesting, relevant workshops, ...