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Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited 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.
The UK’s annual Heritage Open Days are back, and there are lots of opportunities to explore Reading’s past – historic buildings holding open days and events, guided walks, arts and cultural events, exhibitions and more. There are 47 events in this year’s programme, including lace making demonstrations at the Museum of English Rural Life, a postcard making workshop for families at the Malmaison hotel, walks around Reading’s conservation areas and exploring Reading’s industrial past, and the opportunity to see RISC’s hidden ...
FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK. It does this by rescuing good-quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to over 2000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom. They are currently matching up the three Aldi stores in Reading with groups that could benefit.
The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the guidance notes for its small grants programme Awards for All, including fewer restrictions and new priorities. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies in order to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.
Reading Borough Council is inviting voluntary and community groups to two sessions to help shape a new commissioning framework for local services. This framework will set out funding opportunities from June 2018 when the current ‘Narrowing the Gap’ funding arrangements come to an end. The two half-day consultation events will be at the council’s offices on Plaza West on the 17 August and 26 September.
By David Neale, Reading Neighbourhood Network After more than four years it’s time for a review of Reading Neighbourhood Network’s structure and how it operates. We are now going through a period of much change, with council budget reductions and many calls on the local voluntary sector for help. We are fortunate to have enough funding to continue, but right now we don’t have enough engagement and support to be sustainable in the long term. We’d like to find out what you would ...
Exciting news! Reading is now officially a City of Sanctuary and we are proud to extend the welcome of our town to people who come here seeking safety. We want those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries to feel safe and secure here. We are committed to taking practical steps to welcome and integrate all people into our communities, our activities and our culture.
Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre (ARYCC) is to be renamed The Weller Centre in honour of a local postman who died earlier this year. Local households voted for the new name of the centre, which is currently undergoing a major renovation, in honour of Caversham resident Martin Weller who was a familiar face in the Amersham Road area.
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 ...