News

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  • 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 ...

  • Exercise – how do you encourage people to be physically active?

    15 February 2014

    How can you help to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Reading through increased physical activity? Did you know that increased physical activity can have a positive impact on many different health conditions including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, mental wellbeing and obesity? Physical activity helps school children to concentrate, can lead to more productivity in the workforce and can improve the general well being of communities. Reading’s Public Health team is working on a “Physical Activity Framework” – they want to ...

  • Abbey Quarter consultation

    6 January 2014

    Reading Borough Council is putting together proposals for the conservation and promotion of Reading’s historic Abbey Quarter, and needs your views. The aim is to highlight the Quarter’’s many heritage gems of both local and national importance to create a unique heritage destination for residents and visitors. You can help by taking a few minutes to complete the council’s short online survey. Feedback from this consultation will be used to help support the council’s application for Heritage Lottery Funding at the end ...

  • NHS to raise army of Good Samaritans for winter

    19 December 2013

    The NHS has issued a call for 100,000 people to sign a pledge saying they will look in on an elderly friend or neighbour this winter. In England, 51 per cent of all people over 75 live alone and five million older people say the television is their main form of company. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are also harmful to our physical health, with studies indicating that lack of social connections is as likely to cause early death ...

  • The Hero Project 2013

    9 December 2013

    Do you know a homeowner in need of a hero? With Christmas just round the corner, MyBuilder wants to spread the festive spirit by helping homeowners in need. It is joining forces with generous tradesmen to take on repairs and small projects for homeowners who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get the job done. Christmas is not only a time for giving and receiving but also a time to stop and think about those who are less fortunate than ourselves. As part of ...