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.

  • 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 ...

  • Winter Watch and Affordable Warmth Workshop

    7 October 2014

    News from: Reading Borough Council (RBC) Following last year’s success Winter Watch is back! This is a multi-agency project supported by Citizens Advice Bureau, Age Concern and NHS Professionals who can refer clients they feel are at risk of fuel poverty or the effects of cold. Reading residents who hear about the project can also refer themselves or neighbours/friends who they think may need the service by ringing 01189 373747. Help can be provided in the form of home energy checks, advice ...

  • Reading University 2014 Brand Jam

    2 October 2014

    Reading University will be holding a structured four week ‘design-thinking’ brand ‘jam’ with Part 3 typography & design students in November 2014, working exclusively with not-for-profits. The students take on briefs and develop a visual identity and any other marketing collateral they feel is appropriate over four weeks and it’s completely free. Organisations are under no obligation to use the work the students produce, but may if they wish. This exercise is particularly useful for organisations that are ‘start-ups’, need a ‘brand ...

  • Want some free publicity for your group? Here’s your chance!

    29 September 2014

    We’re making a new promotional video for RNN, to show at our Neighbourhoods Conference at the end of October and more widely to various audiences. Now’s your chance to be part of it and get some free promotion for your group and what it does! We’re looking for about 6 neighbourhood groups from around Reading to talk to us about what they do for their communities – whether it’s organising a street party or fun day, cleaning up your area, running ...

  • Have your say on the council’s online services

    29 September 2014

    Reading Borough Council has developed a Digital Strategy which sets out how it plans to develop digital services in Reading and to ensure that as many residents and businesses as possible can benefit from these. The council plans to make all administrative tasks available online as a self-service option. This will not remove any services, but aims to make the council more efficient behind the scenes. Going digital means investing in systems and technology which will allow you to use your computer, ...

  • Join your local RESCUE clean-up event in October

    29 September 2014

    Reading RESCUE is here again – the next event is from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 October. 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. This is your chance to make a difference to Reading’s woodlands, waterways, green spaces and streets – why not join a local team and make a difference to our environment? Clean-up teams are provided with litter pickers, ...

  • RNN membership reaches 50 groups

    15 September 2014

    With the recent addition of the new Norcot Community Association Reading, Neighbourhood Network now has 50 member groups.  RNN’s membership has more than doubled since it was founded in December 2012. RNN chair Helen Lambert said: “We are delighted that we have reached this important milestone. We shall be going into our Neighbourhoods Conference in October knowing that RNN represents an even broader range of people around Reading, both geographically and in terms of their different interests.” As well as the number ...

  • Introducing the Reading Services Guide

    28 August 2014

    Reading Borough Council has introduced a new Services Guide with information on: Community activities and support groups for all NHS Choices for GPs, Pharmacies, Dentists Care services, specialist support services, social activities and advice services for older people and people with disabilities and their carers. Information for families in the Family Information Service (FIS) section of the guide – parents can search for Registered Childcare Services, see OFSTED reports, find activities or get parenting advice. Information, activities and support services for young people, collectively making ...

  • Community group boosting pride in Tilehurst’s Norcot estate

    21 August 2014

    About 60 people gathered together in the Norcot Youth and community centre in Lyndhurst Road on Sunday for a “street party” marking the group’s launch. The new community association, which has no name yet, covers the area of the old Norcot estate bounded by Norcot Road, Rodway Road, Oxford Road and McIlroy Park. One of the organisers, Alison Afzal, said: “We are currently working with Reading Borough Council and Norcot Youth and Community Centre as well as a group of passionate local ...

  • Time to register your RESCUE clean-up event

    20 August 2014

    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 9 to Saturday 11 October, and the deadline for registering your own RESCUE clean-up on that day is 22 September. 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 and ...