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  • Grants Available in Abbey for Community Projects

    16 June 2014

    Community First Grants are now open for applications for residents or organisations running activities in Abbey Ward. This year, applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the longest you should have to wait for a response is two months. The priorities for this year are: Improving anti-social behaviour Improving the local environment Improving community cohesion The most important thing to remember with applications this year is that ALL MONEY MUST BE SPENT by March 2015! This doesn’t allow a lot of time, so these ...

  • Time Broker vacancies – Southcote, Katesgrove or Whitley Wood

    15 June 2014

    Circles Network is a national charity and voluntary organisation that helps disabled and disadvantaged people to be included and take control of their lives. In Reading we have three time banks funded by Reading Borough Council that have been running for over a year. Time banks enable people to make friends and get small jobs done. We are recruiting two workers to run the Southcote Skill Swap, Katesgrove Time Trade or Whitley Wood Time Exchange. Reporting to the Regional Co-ordinator, the ...

  • Have Your Say About Arts, Heritage and Sport

    9 June 2014

    by Sarah Morland (Reading Voluntary Action) What does culture mean to you? Reading Borough Council is interested in hearing from you as part of a consultation for the new Culture and Heritage Strategy. “There are many benefits of developing a strategy: culture is important in promoting a sense of national and local identity. Participation in sport and providing children with the opportunity to play which has positive impacts on health, educational attainment, community cohesion and safety, and the economy.” You can have your say ...

  • The RNN Roadshow is back – can you help us?

    29 May 2014

    The Reading Neighbourhood Network roadshow has started again! We are planning to be at the following events: Saturday 5 July: Oxford Road Community Fun Day, Kensington Road Recreation Ground – with the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association (BSANA) Saturday 12 July: South Reading Churches Fun Day – Rabson’s Recreation Ground Sunday 13 July: Caversham Festival, Christchurch Meadow – with the Caversham & District Residents’ Asociation (CADRA) Saturday 30 August: Reading Pride, King’s Meadow Can you help us for a couple of hours? We’ll also be ...

  • Tell us about your Big Lunch!

    29 May 2014

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Are you holding an event for the Big Lunch weekend on 31 May-1 June? Perhaps it’s a street party, or a gathering with your neighbours in a local school playground, community centre or park. Whatever you’re doing, enjoy your party and don’t forget to tell us about it – send in your story and pictures to info@rgneighbours.net. We’d love to hear from you! Are you still looking for some last-minute ideas for your event? Go to www.streetparty.org.uk ...

  • Want a really great communal garden? Read on!

    29 May 2014

    Silver River Productions, a London-based TV company, is currently developing a new primetime gardening series with a working title ‘Garden Republic’ for one of the UK’s major broadcasters. The series will follow a group of neighbouring homeowners who will each expand their individual gardens by banishing fences to allow for one large community garden, to be shared by all the neighbours. Hopefully residents will work together to create a space that none of them could ever dream of owning individually and, ...

  • Project support fund

    29 May 2014

    The Reading Climate Change Partnership is offering a fund of up to £2,000 for organisations who will help them 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 July, October 2014, January, April 2015. Limit per application: £2,000 for approximately 10 projects. If you would like to discuss the suitability of your project, please contact the ...

  • Job Vacancy – Garden Tutor/Development Worker

    29 May 2014

    by Paul Harper (Food4Families) Gardener with Community Development Experience Needed – immediate start. We are looking for a Garden Tutor/Development Worker to work with the Southcote GrowAllot committee to further increase local residents’ participation in this successful community allotment garden. You will have the enthusiasm and skills to get people engaged and help them learn how to grow their own fruit & veg and we have developed lots of resources to help you do that. This position is initially for 5 hours per week during ...

  • Local Advice Service starting for Amersham Road

    29 May 2014

    by Rachel Miller (Development Officer: Community Involvement) Throughout June and July, a new advice service will be available at Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre for local residents. Citizens’ Advice bureau will be providing the advice service, supported by Catalyst Housing, RVA and funded by the Earley Charity. Anyone living in the local area can book an appointment on a Wednesday between 11am and 3pm on Wednesday 4 Jun, 18 June, 2 July and / or 16 July. To book an appointment please call ...

  • Speakers’ Corner Reading Launch: Reading Matters

    29 May 2014

    by Rachel Miller (Secretary) Saturday 14 June marks the first of a monthly opportunity for people in Reading to speak up about what they feel matters to them in Reading. The launch, from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm on 14 June in the Market Place, will include speeches by Councillor Jo Lovelock, leader of the council, and the chair of Reading’s Youth Cabinet, David Langridge, who will speak about why Reading matters to them, and what matters are important to them in Reading. Following their ...