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  • 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 ...

  • More Play Streets for Reading

    11 April 2014

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) More residential roads in Reading have applied to become Play Streets. Reading Borough Council’s Play Streets scheme allows temporary closures of streets so children can play safely outdoors and close to home. Exbourne Road, Whitley Wood, Cumberland Road, Newtown, and Armour Road in Tilehurst have recently applied to be added to the scheme, which previously involved seven streets. The first Play Street was hosted by Lorne Street – just off Oxford Road – in October 2013. Since starting, ...

  • Managing a building? Free workshops available

    10 April 2014

    by Rachel Spencer (Advice Service Manager, Reading Voluntary Action) Free, short, health & safety training for committees responsible for managing buildings. Held at a time and venue to suit your committee. Simple checks and techniques to help ensure people using your building are safe from harm and you are safe from prosecution. Get in touch with RVA to arrange a workshop for your committee – a common sense and practical workshop created specifically for volunteer committees and held in your own premises. Topics covered include: Is the ...

  • 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 ...