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Following on from the recent Funding Fair, RVA is hosting further 1-2-1 appointments with the Big Lottery and Groundworks (Tescos Bags of Help) for Reading based voluntary and community groups. Please book your slot in advance through the links in the main article. Due to popularity, spaces are limited to 1 appointment per organisation – your organisation must be based in Reading to qualify for an appointment.
On the weekend of 17-18 June, communities all over the country got together for the annual Big Lunch event, where neighbours gather for a meal, street party or picnic. As well as the Big Lunch, many communities were also participating in the Great Get-Together, a national event marking the anniversary of the death of the MP Jo Cox and celebrating her life. The weather was hot and sunny, and plenty of neighbourhoods in Reading held events – as well as street ...
The Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) is offering a fund of up to £2,000 for organisations who will help to reduce carbon emissions/help prepare for the effects of climate change. This fund is open to the business and community sector for non capital projects. Deadlines are on going. Applications will be reviewed in RCCP board meetings in January, April, July and October each year.
Have you filled in Thames Valley Alerts Local Priority Survey? It’s short, anonymous and will help Thames Valley Alerts understand what matters to you in your community.
Sport in Mind started a new set of weekly Wellbeing Walks in Prospect Park on Friday 9 June. Walks take place every Friday 10:30 – 11:30, meeting by the changing rooms at Prospect Park – just turn up and enjoy the walk! The address is Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND. All session are drop-in and open to all abilities with the aim of having fun, in a safe and supported environment.
Throughout April and May, Reading Voluntary Action, in partnership with a range of local voluntary organisations and Reading Borough Council, conducted a town-wide questionnaire to gain insight into loneliness and isolation. The questionnaire helped to identify who is affected, what their circumstances are, what barriers they face to overcoming these issues and what would help reduce their isolation and loneliness.
News from Bell Tower Community Association. A community in central Reading is urging the council to keep the cast iron lighting columns in its area, as the LED street lighting replacement programme sweeps across the town. The lights in The Bell Tower Community Association’s area, off Caversham Road, are all due to be converted to LED technology in June 2017. There are more than 20 cast iron lamp posts in the area, most of which are original Victorian gas lighting columns. Bell Tower ...
Is your charity or other non-profit organisation looking for office space? We might have just what you’ve been looking for, in a convenient location right in the heart of Reading. Reading UK CIC is offering space to lease on the top floor of Reading Central Library.
United Way UK has announced that ‘Give Local’ grant applications are open for 2017. These grants of £1,000 are available to small charities working in the community. “Give Local” grants are inclusive and aim to support community based, local organisations. More detailed information can be found within the application forms at www.unitedway.org.uk/grants.
RVA are delighted to announce two funding fairs coming up in June and July for Reading community and voluntary groups to hear from different funders, including the Big Lottery. This will also be your chance to get some top tips on funding applications and let the funders know what your needs are, which will feed back into their grant-making processes.