News

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  • 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 ...

  • Reading Bicycle Kitchen is now cooking at Jackson’s

    17 June 2014

    Taking over the former floor space of Jackson’s department store while plans for the renovations are completed, Reading Bicycle Kitchen launched on Saturday 14 June with live music, balloons and bike fixing. There was also live music and a plentiful supply of food and coffee. Hundreds of people entered the store, bringing bikes to be fixed and to see what was happening.  They were greeted by volunteers wearing green aprons who handed out balloons to happy children and invited people inside ...

  • Grants Available in Abbey for Community Projects

    16 June 2014

    Community First Grants are now open for applications for residents or organisations running activities in Abbey Ward. This year, applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the longest you should have to wait for a response is two months. The priorities for this year are: Improving anti-social behaviour Improving the local environment Improving community cohesion The most important thing to remember with applications this year is that ALL MONEY MUST BE SPENT by March 2015! This doesn’t allow a lot of time, so these ...

  • Time Broker vacancies – Southcote, Katesgrove or Whitley Wood

    15 June 2014

    Circles Network is a national charity and voluntary organisation that helps disabled and disadvantaged people to be included and take control of their lives. In Reading we have three time banks funded by Reading Borough Council that have been running for over a year. Time banks enable people to make friends and get small jobs done. We are recruiting two workers to run the Southcote Skill Swap, Katesgrove Time Trade or Whitley Wood Time Exchange. Reporting to the Regional Co-ordinator, the ...

  • Have Your Say About Arts, Heritage and Sport

    9 June 2014

    by Sarah Morland (Reading Voluntary Action) What does culture mean to you? Reading Borough Council is interested in hearing from you as part of a consultation for the new Culture and Heritage Strategy. “There are many benefits of developing a strategy: culture is important in promoting a sense of national and local identity. Participation in sport and providing children with the opportunity to play which has positive impacts on health, educational attainment, community cohesion and safety, and the economy.” You can have your say ...

  • The RNN Roadshow is back – can you help us?

    29 May 2014

    The Reading Neighbourhood Network roadshow has started again! We are planning to be at the following events: Saturday 5 July: Oxford Road Community Fun Day, Kensington Road Recreation Ground – with the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association (BSANA) Saturday 12 July: South Reading Churches Fun Day – Rabson’s Recreation Ground Sunday 13 July: Caversham Festival, Christchurch Meadow – with the Caversham & District Residents’ Asociation (CADRA) Saturday 30 August: Reading Pride, King’s Meadow Can you help us for a couple of hours? We’ll also be ...