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  • 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 ...

  • Caversham’s Cafe with legs!

    29 May 2014

    by Nigel Smith (Community Journalist) ‘An idea which has legs.’ So said Cllr Marian Livingston, Mayor of Reading, at the opening of the Caversham Community Café (the 3Cs). She was commenting on the concept of community cafés. Cllr Livingston explained that this is the second community café she has opened in recent months. Using churches as cafés, she said, was a great example of effective use of large community spaces and volunteers to provide valuable community facilities. The new café is situated in St ...

  • Jacksons building to reopen for bike repairs

    20 May 2014

    by Rachel Miller (Reading Voluntary Action) Reading Bicycle Kitchen, a new bike-maintenance initiative designed to get more Reading residents cycling, has announced that it will be taking over the iconic Jackson’s building in the town centre. The building, which has stood empty since Christmas Eve, is slated for redevelopment and RBK will be taking over the ground floor whilst plans are finalised. Dave Sage, a secondary school teacher and the founder of Reading Bicycle Kitchen, says “The building is perfect for us: we’re ...

  • Police Property Fund – grant applications invited

    15 May 2014

    by Sarah Morland (Reading Voluntary Action) The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has announced this year’s round of grants from the Police Property Fund. The fund is created from the proceeds of sale of goods recovered by the police that cannot be returned to their original owner, and all awards from the fund must be for charitable purposes Applications are invited from local voluntary and community groups which are working to improve the lives of people in the Thames Valley Police ...

  • Community Organisers start work in Reading

    29 April 2014

    by Rob Stirling (Community Organiser) A group of 4 Community Organisers have started work in Reading in a bid to get people across the town more involved in where they live. Hosted by Reading Voluntary Action on Duke Street, Annemaire Byrnes, Freya Walker, Robert Stirling and Smriti V Hunter will be talking to people, finding out what they love about the area they live in and what things they would most like to improve. The four of them will then be looking ...

  • Beat the Street goes live!

    28 April 2014

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) The Beat the Street scheme to encourage people to take more exercise is set to go!  Cards are now available from local GP surgeries, libraries and leisure centres and a map has been published showing where the Beat Boxes will be.  The scheme officially runs from 1 May to 4 June, and you can register on the Beat the Street website from Wednesday 30 April. Beat the Street was rolled out in Caversham last year for ...

  • Grants available from Sage

    27 April 2014

    Grants in the region of £2,000 are available for groups in the Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell areas. The fund aims to support local people of all ages to nurture talent and/or provides life and employability skills which will make a lasting contribution towards improving the quality of life of those it helps Applications are welcomed that: • Help groups rather than individuals • Provides long-lasting benefits rather than transient ones • Offers support to and/or aids the continuous professional development of those working for ...

  • Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

    27 April 2014

    Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 (inclusive) available through Berkshire Community Foundation The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to: • increase local services, • build ...

  • Upcoming grants round from RBC – next deadline 13 June 2014

    26 April 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 13 June 2014. The following grant types will be available: • Event – Reading Pride • General • Green For further information or for copies of the relevant Application Form/s to be sent to you please call the Voluntary Sector ...

  • Know your local noticeboards

    24 April 2014

    by Rachel Goater (Development Officer, Community Involvement, Reading Voluntary Action) 24 April 2014 Reading is full of noticeboards, shops and community venues more than happy to display posters for community events, but where is your closest one and how do you access it? A busy up-to-date noticeboard can really help to make an area feel active and alive, and also ensures you reach people you may not reach through social media and online promotion, but sometimes just knowing where they are or how ...