‘A wonderful scheme’ – how Tilehurst Together connected local people

In May 2017, Reading Voluntary Action set up Tilehurst Together with a grant from Berkshire Community Foundation’s ‘A Life Less Lonely’ programme. Over the last year, the project has brought people in the Tilehurst area together every week, alternating between a fortnightly walking group and fortnightly activity sessions focusing on health, relaxation and crafts. Continue reading ‘A wonderful scheme’ – how Tilehurst Together connected local people

PCC Community Safety Fund

The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting applications to the Community Safety Fund Grant. A total of up to £400,000 is available to fund between 6 to 8 large scale projects which can demonstrate a clear link to some of the key aims in his Police and Crime Plan. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30 May at 18:00. Continue reading PCC Community Safety Fund

Reading, Place of Culture – funding available

Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. The fund is part of ‘Reading, Place of Culture’, supported by the Great Place Scheme, which is funded thanks to National Lottery players and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Historic England. Continue reading Reading, Place of Culture – funding available

Business start-up workshops in Reading

Do you want to start your own successful business? Are you going self-employed? Are you are a great entrepreneur with an idea but worried about the ‘backroom’ stuff? These free and ever-popular workshops from the The Real Business Club which are back in Reading from 24 April 2018 could be just the thing for you. Book your place on the website at www.therealbusinessclub.co.uk. Continue reading Business start-up workshops in Reading

The HolyBrook – a new art gallery for Reading

Reading now has a refurbished space in the centre of town where artists and groups can exhibit their work. The HolyBrook Gallery is on the second floor of Reading Central Library and is free for all to visit during Library opening hours. The gallery opened this month with an exhibition of works by members of Reading Guild of Artists. ‘…and the waters flowing beneath…’ which will be on display until 21 April. Continue reading The HolyBrook – a new art gallery for Reading

The GDPR countdown

In preparation for the GDPR coming into force, here are 3 top tips for charities and community groups:
1. Don’t panic, but do make a plan – Yes, everyone is talking about GDPR and how the law around data protection will become stricter after 25 May, but please don’t panic. First things first, it’s an evolution not a revolution in data protection law… Continue reading The GDPR countdown

Victims First Connect – local links to support victims of crime

Victims First Connect aims to create a localised link between those requiring support after being impacted by a crime and Victims First itself. It will allow someone to access a point in their community to find out more about the services available to victims of crime, receive crime prevention/safety advice, report a hate crime and/or have someone process a referral for support on their behalf. Continue reading Victims First Connect – local links to support victims of crime

Does your organisation benefit from student volunteers? Please share your experience with us

The University of Reading is looking for local organisations to share their positive experiences of utilising the time, talent and enthusiasm of student volunteers. If you have had any positive experiences with a University of Reading student who has volunteered with you or your organisation, please complete the short form found at https://reading.onlinesurveys.ac.uk. Continue reading Does your organisation benefit from student volunteers? Please share your experience with us

Support available for parents looking for work

It’s hard enough being a parent without also having to find out about gaining employment. If you want clear, non-judgemental and confidential information, advice, guidance and support – specific to you and your situation, and you are a parent over the age of 25, unemployed and living in Reading, please contact Anna Chapman, School and Parent Engagement Officer at Reading Voluntary Action by phoning 01189 372054 or emailing anna.chapman@rva.org.uk. Continue reading Support available for parents looking for work

Vacant office at Central Library – Bidding opportunity

A vacant office at Central Library is available to rent on a short lease in accordance with the letting particulars set out below. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid. The bidding deadline is noon on Friday 25 May 2018. Continue reading Vacant office at Central Library – Bidding opportunity