Reading Town Meal 2018 – pledge your veg!

This year’s Reading Town Meal needs everyone to be involved! You can help by donating your veg which will be cooked up into a delicious meal by the students of Reading College, and served FREE in Forbury Gardens on 29 September 2018. Whether you have your own allotment or grow in your garden, or have never grown before and want to give something a go, get involved and ‘pledge your veg’ today. Continue reading Reading Town Meal 2018 – pledge your veg!

Start your own business workshops

The Real Business Club are running their popular, free workshops again this autumn. They are interactive, friendly and practical and cover everything you need to think about about if you want to start your own business. They offer clear explanations, delivered by business professionals, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Each workshop runs from 10:00 to 13:00 and takes place at Reading Business Centre. Continue reading Start your own business workshops

Open for Applications: Big Lottery Building Connections

Earlier this month the government announced it would be allocating £11 million to charities through its Building Connections initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation. Part of this funding is now open for applications through the Big Lottery. The closing date for applications is 12:00 on 24 August and the funding will be announced in December 2018. The youth-focused funding through the Co-operative Foundation will open for applications in August. Continue reading Open for Applications: Big Lottery Building Connections

Save the date: Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day

The Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network (PDSN) is hosting Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre. The event will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. The day will include lots of fun and participatory sessions for everyone, including children, other family members and carers. Continue reading Save the date: Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day

Passionate about community? Take a look at our September launch

Are you passionate about a cause in Reading, have links to particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee? Join the Social Action Mentors: Receive basic good governance training from the RVA Advice Worker, put this into practice by mentoring your community group and be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading. Continue reading Passionate about community? Take a look at our September launch

Struggling communities to be given a lifeline by new fundraising campaign

Berkshire is seen by many as epitomising the South East, a prosperous and successful county. But behind this image is another Berkshire, one with hidden deprivation. Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) is putting a spotlight on this hidden Berkshire with the launch of their new campaign: Vital for Berkshire. People across Berkshire are struggling to cope with a range of issues including a safe home, good health and secure employment… Continue reading Struggling communities to be given a lifeline by new fundraising campaign

Police Property Act Fund open for applications

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The Fund is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals. Continue reading Police Property Act Fund open for applications

Have your say: proposed flood defences for the Thames

The Environment Agency is investigating how to reduce flooding from the River Thames in north Reading and Lower Caversham. A number of options have been identified, all of which need further investigation to decide which, if any, could be taken forward. The Environment Agency would like to hear your views on the options they have been investigating as well as general feedback to help make sure they have considered all possible options before developing a design. Continue reading Have your say: proposed flood defences for the Thames