News

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  • 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 ...

  • Blog: Do you smile at your neighbours? It might just work!

    15 August 2014

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Not surprisingly, studies have found that we in Britain are a pretty reticent lot. Only a minority of people know their neighbours by name, and many believe they have never even seen their neighbours, let alone spoken to them. But it is clear that people would like to get to know their neighbours: in a recent study conducted by Neighbourhood Watch almost two-thirds (65%) of people say their neighbourhood would be a ‘stronger’ and safer place ...

  • Acre’s Reading Diversity Calendar 2015

    4 August 2014

    Acre is compiling a Desktop Diversity Calendar for Reading. It’s going to be a What’s On guide to everything community based locally throughout 2015, in one handy desktop calendar. The ideal Christmas gift, to inform families of key events, plus the ideal way to promote your organisation by featuring on the calendar. There are also great promotional opportunities for local ethnic catering businesses. Each month will feature a different culture and a recipe from their cuisine. By sponsoring a page of the ...

  • Free finance training for RNN members

    4 August 2014

    Are you the treasurer of a neighbourhood group?  Perhaps you haven’t been doing it long, or would like to brush up on your skills.  Reading Neighbourhood Network can help with a finance training session in September. 13 September: Introduction to accounts using spreadsheets 10.00am-4.00pm 26 September: Budgeting and Financial Forecasting for Managers and Trustees 10.00am-1.00pm These sessions will be held at Highbridge House in Reading town centre, and there are FREE places available to RNN members using the usual discount code.  If you ...

  • A giant leap for healthy living!

    24 July 2014

    Exactly 45 years after the first humans walked on the moon, the people of Reading and surrounding villages have collectively managed to walk there! The Beat the Street walking challenge has just finished in the area, with a grand total of 244,537 miles walked.  More than 12,000 people participated in Reading during May, walking over 170,000 miles, and the villagers of Theale, Mortimer and Pangbourne have been busy since then making up the remaining distance. The competition was open for everyone in ...

  • New community newspaper for Lower Caversham

    24 July 2014

    One of the great success stories of the past few months is the launch of community newspapers around Reading, with Dee Park News, the Whitley Way and the Southcote Echo all proving very popular. The Amersham Road and Lower Caversham area is the latest to get its own paper. Launched in July, the Caversham Compass will be a great opportunity for local people to get involved with a lively new community project, and will keep everyone in the area up to ...

  • Funding available to help combat ‘loan sharks’ in Reading

    23 July 2014

    The national Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is working to help raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks in Reading and there are grants available up to £500 for work which furthers this cause. The team has already secured over 300 prosecutions for illegal money lending, helping nearly 24,000 victims and ensuring the write off of £55,000,000 of illegal debt. An estimated 310,000 household are borrowing from illegal money lenders nationwide, paying interest as high as 131,000% APR. During November 2014 ...

  • What local funding is available in your community?

    18 July 2014

    by Rachel Miller (Development Officer: Community Involvement, Reading Voluntary Action) One of the biggest challenges to running community projects can be making sure you have the money to do it, but where do you start and what is available in your area? Here are a range of local grant opportunities that are available across the town or in specific communities in Reading. Berkshire Community Foundation Berkshire Community Foundation have a range of grants available at different times as they coordinate grant giving for a ...

  • Community and Capital Grants Round – next deadline 1 August 2014

    1 July 2014

    Reading Borough Council’s small grants programme is available to support grassroots work and designed primarily to fund start-up costs, small projects and events that encourage activity at neighbourhood level. The next deadline for local Voluntary & Community sector groups to apply for Community Grants is Friday the 1 August 2014. The following grant types will be available: • Event – Black History Month • General • Green In addition we will consider applications for capital grants in this round. If you have a capital project around land or ...

  • Do you know anyone who has started to get Freeview TV interference?

    26 June 2014

    The arrival of 4G mobile phone services in the Reading area may cause problems with Freeview TV services, leading to a loss of sound, blocky images, or loss of some or all TV channels for a small number of households. People you support may turn to you for help and guidance. Households affected by 4G disruption will have only noticed this recently, and they are likely to have received a postcard from the organisation called at800, warning that their Freeview TV ...