News

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  • New Reading Services Guide

    10 April 2014

    by Melissa Wise (Transformation Programme Manager, Reading Borough Council) Reading Borough Council is developing a new online services guide which will provide a one-stop information point for Reading residents of all ages. The guide will offer information about: *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 ...

  • Capable Communities: empowering communities in Reading

    10 April 2014

    by Nigel Smith (Community Journalist, Reading Voluntary Action) ‘A major effort to empower local communities and improve the sense of grassroots ownership of local projects.’ This is how Richard Corbett, Director of RVA, describes ‘Capable Communities’, which is a priority strand of Reading’s Vision for 2030, delivered by Reading Borough Council, in association with RVA and other cross sector partners. Richard champions the initiative locally, which aims to build a greater sense of community throughout Reading and improve cohesion in the delivery ...

  • Grants for organisations working with people with disabilities

    21 March 2014

    by Alistair Dowlman (Funding Information Officer, Reading Borough Council) Here are three of the grant and award programmes being featured in our March 2014 edition of Funding Digest. Act Foundation ACT provides grants to individuals & other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, (specifically the mentally & physically disabled). Grants generally fall into the following areas: Building – funding modifications to homes, schools, hospices etc; Equipment – provision of specialised ...

  • Our Big Gig: funding for local music events

    13 March 2014

    Our Big Gig is an annual event that brings communities together to improve community cohesion and inspire people to take part in music making opportunities in their local area. This is a community music celebration taking place across the UK from 11-13 July 2014. 150 community groups can apply for £400 grants to run an Our Big Gig event, to cover the event, publicity materials and resources. All events need to be at least four hours long and free to attend. So ...

  • Community orchard seeking a home!

    6 March 2014

    by Rachel Miller (Communications Officer: Transition Reading) Over the past two winters, Transition Town Reading have been planting community orchards around Reading; in Waterloo Meadows, Prospect Park and two sites in Woodley. The fifth site was due to be on Thameside Promenade, but due to the flooding this is no longer a viable option. Fruit trees have to be planted in late winter / early spring and ideally the 20 remaining fruit trees should be planted by the end of March. We are ...

  • Community How To: Get the most from digital media

    6 March 2014

    by David Neale (Development Officer, Reading Voluntary Action) Do you work in your local community? Do you want to do more, more easily? Digital tools could help you, and Community How To gives you a guide to what’s available. There are plenty of guides to getting started with Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Recommendations are made for tools for all sorts of tasks – for example, planning and advertising events, managing projects and fundraising – and there are expert and user ...

  • Free Big Lunch street parties 31 May – 1 June!

    28 February 2014

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has again confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for the weekend of the Big Lunch. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for the weekend of 31 May – 1 June it won’t cost you a penny! A small street party means one held in only one or two ...

  • Southcote Timebank weekly skillshare coffee mornings

    25 February 2014

    by David Neale (Reading Voluntary Action) Southcote Timebank is starting a weekly coffee morning to share skills and chat, and meet other members of the time bank. Come and find us in Southcote Library every Thursday morning from 10.30 to 12.00 in term-time, starting on 13 February. In future weeks we’d like people to bring something to share and teach other people. We look forward to meeting you! Venue: Southcote Library Coronation Square Southcote Lane Reading RG30 3BA Please contact Anne Lancaster anne.lancaster@circlesnetwork.org.uk for ...

  • Funding opportunity – BG Community Involvement Group

    24 February 2014

    BG Community Involvement Group is offering a new funding opportunity. Funds will focus on projects supporting sustainable community development and skills, and knowledge transfer. Preference will be given to projects that aim to strengthen communities and support disadvantaged groups through areas such as social inclusion and integration, crime reduction, skills development for unemployed people not in education or training (NEETs), etc. BG offers two types of funding at present: *Quarterly online portal vote – a pool of £3,000; BG then chooses three ...

  • Climate Week and Earth Hour

    21 February 2014

    by Karen Rowland (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. You can join in too! Help accelerate action on climate change by making Climate Week happen where you are. Activate your organisation or group to start planning an activity inspired by Climate Week in March 2014. Visit the Climate Week web site for ideas for what you or your organisation can do. This year’s WWF Earth Hour is ...