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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...