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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...