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  • Year of Culture Meeting: focus on non-arts and cultural organisations

    20 August 2015

    The Reading Year of Culture monthly meeting will take place on Monday 7 September and representatives from all organisations are invited to come along!

  • “Get Fit for Culture” Grants

    13 August 2015

    2016 is Reading’s Year of Culture. This will be an opportunity to showcase and encourage engagement with the wide range of activities in the field of arts and heritage. There will be grants for community groups to get involved in some of the monthly themes throughout the Year of Culture.

  • Time to register your RESCUE clean-up event

    10 August 2015

    Reading RESCUE is held twice yearly, in March and October, bringing the public, community and the business sectors together to plan and deliver this popular outdoor clean-up event. The next event is from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 October, and the deadline for registering your own RESCUE clean-up on that day is Monday 21 September. This is your chance to make a difference to Reading’s woodlands, waterways, green spaces and streets, and your team can get support to deliver a safe ...

  • New Directions local courses

    3 August 2015

    Whether you would like to learn a new skill or are interested in getting back into work, gain a new qualification or improve your career prospects – New Directions can offer support and a great range of courses (English, maths, IT, arts and crafts, languages and a range of learning for work courses) to meet your needs. New Directions can also deliver a range of workshops to support individuals into employment, these include: CV’s, application forms, interview skills and skills health ...

  • Budget Consultation – Your Council Services, Your Say

    30 July 2015

    Reading Borough Council estimates it needs to save a further £39million over the next 3 years to 2019. This is because since 2013/14 the Government has cut Reading’s grant funding by 40%. The Council will be making a series of budget proposals to make the savings needed. All feedback will be considered in advance of final decisions through the Autumn and Winter.

  • Using health data to support your funding bid

    23 July 2015

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action At Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector it was suggested that Reading Voluntary Action could provide a resource bank of data sources to help organisations understand the needs of their communities. A good place to start – Reading Borough Council publishes ward profiles based on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, a useful source of information on demography, deprivation, poverty and access to services, economy and enterprise, education, health, and community safety using results from the 2011 ...

  • Santander Foundation – Community Plus Fund

    23 July 2015

    Community Plus grants of up to £5,000 are available for small local charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Grants must directly help disadvantaged people in your local area. The scheme is designed to be quick and simple to use and nominations can be made by charities as well as Santander customers and staff. Just visit any Santander branch and complete a Community Plus Nomination. The completed form should then be dropped into your local branch. By dropping ...

  • Active Communities funding opening again this week

    20 July 2015

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live will be able to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. It’s for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. “We’re looking for small ...

  • Classroom and meeting space for hire

    9 July 2015

    Reading Community Learning Centre has moved to new premises at 94 London Street and is offering classrooms and meeting spaces for hire in the evenings, at weekends and in the summer holidays. They have two classrooms on the 1st floor which are free in the evenings after 3:30 pm. One of the rooms can accommodate 15 people whilst the other can accommodate 20. There are also 2 toilets on this floor and a kitchen and eating area in the basement. Both classrooms are equipped ...

  • Kerbside recycling of small electrical goods on its way

    9 July 2015

    Reading Borough Council is planning a six-month trial for recycling collections small electrical appliances like toasters and hair dryers It will be introduced in September on two recycling rounds to begin with – taking in about 15,600 properties in Reading – and rolled out borough-wide next April. Residents on the chosen rounds will be able to put out one carrier bag of small electrical item on top of their red bin on recycling collection day. The collected items will then be put in ...