RVA Services Administrator role – closing date 7 August 2019

Reading Voluntary Action are looking for a Services Administrator who will manage the processes required to support RVA’s services, staff and board, ensuring that systems are being operated consistently throughout the organisation. The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support services to ensure smooth running of the charity. For more information please contact Rachel Spencer by phone on 01189 372273 or email at rachel.spencer@rva.org.uk. Continue reading RVA Services Administrator role – closing date 7 August 2019

Have your say on sport and leisure: Active Reading consultation now open

The council is conscious that one of the most important things it can do is help people lead more active and healthy lives. We know there are many residents who regularly enjoy participating in sports and being active, whether it’s a regular swim, taking part in team sports or simply a weekly walk around your local park. Regular exercise helps keep people healthier and happier. Continue reading Have your say on sport and leisure: Active Reading consultation now open

Summer holiday clubs at Reading Salvation Army

Reading Central Salvation Army are running two free clubs for young people this summer. ‘Splash!’ A summer holiday club for children aged 5 to 12 years on Wednesday 28 August to Friday 30 August and ‘Make Lunch’ aimed at primary school children every Monday and Thursday from the 25 July to 2 September. To sign up for either club, please contact Matthew Stone, Community Development Manager by email at matthew.stone@salvationarmy.org.uk or phone on 0118 958 3019. Continue reading Summer holiday clubs at Reading Salvation Army

Free resources for charity leaders from Clore Social Leadership

Clore Social Leadership has developed some free resources for those in leadership positions in the voluntary and community sector to help address leadership challenges. These tools are referred to as the ‘Backpack’ and contain the most impactful leadership tools they have gathered in the past 10 years of running leadership programmes. You can access the free resources on the website at www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk. Continue reading Free resources for charity leaders from Clore Social Leadership

Wild about Reading – 9-day programme celebrating nature across Reading

Wild about Reading is a town-wide event to showcase and celebrate the many organisations, groups and individuals that preserve and conserve different aspects of our beautiful town. There will be free activities every day from Saturday 27 July to Sunday 4 August 2019. Find out more about the exciting range of events on the “Wild about Reading” website at www.wildaboutrg.com. Continue reading Wild about Reading – 9-day programme celebrating nature across Reading

RVA-inspired street party a great success

Following an RVA workshop led by David Neale on How to Run a Street Party, Rosehill Park residents and those living at Rosehill House and cottages joined together for a ‘street’ party on the lawn in front of Rosehill House on Sunday 7 July 2019. Between 70 and 100 people attended and shared lunch together, renewed old friendships and made many new ones. Continue reading RVA-inspired street party a great success

RCLC awarded grant from The Henry Smith Charity

Reading Community Learning Centre has been awarded its largest ever grant. The award of £95,500 from The Henry Smith Charity will be split over three years to fund the Centre’s running costs including salaries. RCLC provides valuable opportunities for 300 ethnic minority women each year to gain free education and helps them bridge the gap between their own culture and mainstream British cultures by providing classes and also by offering a space for cross-cultural social connection. Continue reading RCLC awarded grant from The Henry Smith Charity

Reducing loneliness and social isolation – digitally

People who are not online and who are lonely and socially isolated face multiple barriers to participating and flourishing in the digital society. There are over 9 million people in the UK who are lonely and socially isolated. Our town is surrounded by tech firms and yet there are so many people still unable to access the wealth of information about activities that they’d enjoy and would make such a difference to their lives. Continue reading Reducing loneliness and social isolation – digitally

South Reading Community Hub celebrates its first birthday

South Reading Community Hub first opened its doors in June 2018 and is already a popular meeting place for a variety of different groups and provides a range of services for local people. Reading Borough Council is investing £2 million in community hubs which bring libraries, children’s centres and community facilities together in one place. Users of the hub joined staff and councillors to celebrate the first birthday of the public facility on Tuesday 25 June. Continue reading South Reading Community Hub celebrates its first birthday

Briefing note on the Tenant Fees Act 2019

You may be aware that the Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June. The Act bans unfair lettings fees and sets out the fees that landlords and agents can still charge private tenants. Reading Borough Council’s Trading Standards have produced a useful briefing note on what the changes mean for thousands of private renters. If you have any questions you can contact Paul Evans in the Private Sector Housing team by emailing paul.evans@reading.gov.uk or phoning 07595 092364. Continue reading Briefing note on the Tenant Fees Act 2019