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  • Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment now on-line

    5 April 2016 Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment now on-line

    The local Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a local assessment of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population in Reading. It looks at a wide range of factors that help shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities such as education, employment and the environment.

  • Give now to make a meal for all of Reading!

    5 April 2016 Give now to make a meal for all of Reading!

    The Town Meal is unique to Reading and run entirely by volunteers and community groups. Over 1,000 people are served up a mouth-watering meal made from fresh fruit & veg donated by home-growers, cooked and served up by Reading College catering students in Forbury Gardens.

  • Grow your group in 2016!

    29 March 2016 Grow your group in 2016!

    Reading Neighbourhood Network’s major theme for 2016 is ‘Grow your group’, with the emphasis on growing your numbers, funding, image and network. As part of the ‘Grow your image’ strand we are planning a series of free training sessions to help you produce your own high-quality newsletter and make more use of social media to help you get your message out. We already have ideas for up to four sessions, with dates to be arranged – the proposed topics are writing articles, ...

  • Think before you bin. Can you still use it?

    29 March 2016 Think before you bin. Can you still use it?

    With a hint of spring in the air, it might be time to have a big clean out at home. However, with £140m of used clothing and over £12.5 billion of household food waste going to landfill every year, please think twice before binning an unwanted item. Can you still use it?

  • Would you like to help a neighbour and appear on TV?

    24 March 2016

    The BBC is proposing a new series, presented by Paul Martin of Flog It, that will bring a street and a community together to help out a deserving neighbour. The twist to the story is that the worthy nominee will not be told the money being raised is for them, until it is revealed at the very end.

  • Library proposals: have your say

    24 March 2016 Library proposals: have your say

    Reading Borough Council has published a proposal to cut the cost of its library service as part of its greater budget cuts for the next year. A series of drop-in sessions to discuss community hub plans relating to Battle, Southcote and Whitley Libraries have also been arranged for local communities and details and the online consultation form are available at

  • Free Big Lunch street parties 11 – 12 June!

    22 March 2016 Free Big Lunch street parties 11 – 12 June!

    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 11 – 12 June you can close your road and it won’t cost you a penny!

  • Spring’s on the way – how about setting up a Play Street?

    26 February 2016 Spring's on the way - how about setting up a Play Street?

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Spring is finally arriving, and now is a good time to start planning activities in your neighbourhood for when the weather gets warmer.  Play Streets are a great way to get neighbours together and can provide fun for all the family. Reading Borough Council’s Play Streets scheme allows temporary closures of streets so children can play safely outdoors and close to home.  The council’s trial play street scheme was successful, with the result that the scheme ...

  • Could your organisation benefit from the efforts of a young volunteer?

    26 February 2016

    by Ana de la Barreda (Reading Voluntary Action) RVA Youth has worked with a number of organisations to help them harness the skills, talents and enthusiasm young volunteers can bring. Having successfully completed a range of projects we are now seeking to expand access to the benefits an RVA Youth volunteer can bring to more local organisations. What is RVA Youth?  RVA Youth is an innovative scheme run by Reading Voluntary Action designed to allow more young people (16-24) to get involved and ...

  • Local Green Spaces: your opinion counts!

    18 February 2016 Local Green Spaces: your opinion counts!

    by Helen Lambert (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Are there green spaces in your area which are really important to the local community? The new Reading Local Plan gives an opportunity for you to get involved in helping to protect them. The Government has introduced a new type of designation, known as ‘local green space’ in the National Planning Policy Framework. Designating local green space would mean that these areas benefit from the national level policy protection in the NPPF. However, there are a ...