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  • Nominate a local hero for a Census 2021 Purple Plaque

    28 December 2020Nominate a local hero for a Census 2021 Purple Plaque

    Do you know someone in your area who is a community hero? To mark Census 2021 in March next year, a competition has launched to find the nation’s unsung community heroes. 22 people across England and Wales, one for each census that has taken place, will have their community spirit and efforts commemorated with a unique purple plaque. The iconic purple plaques, ...

  • New Family Carers Card

    12 December 2020New Family Carers Card

    Many people are family carers and support someone who relies on them to collect shopping, prescriptions and other essential items. Reading Mencap have produced “The Reading Family Carers Card” which is available to carers for FREE and it will identify you as a family carer in order to help shorten the time you might have to spend queueing for a ...

  • Oxford Road stories project – deadline 8 January 2021

    11 December 2020Oxford Road stories project – deadline 8 January 2021

    Reading is one of 68 areas of England to receive a share of a £95 million government fund having secured High Street Heritage Action Zone status for three conservation areas in the centre of the town. As a result, Reading will receive up to £806,500 for the implementation of a four-year programme agreed with Historic England. In advance of the ...

  • Friends of the Elderly Grants for older people in financial need

    7 December 2020Friends of the Elderly Grants for older people in financial need

    Friends of the Elderly provide grants of up to £400 to older people living on low incomes. These grants can only be accessed via a third-party Referral Agent who knows you in a professional or community capacity. They currently have four grant streams open Home essentials, Digital Connection, Financial support and Essential living cost. For further information and how to ...

  • Energy vouchers available from Citizens Advice Reading – by referral

    30 November 2020Energy vouchers available from Citizens Advice Reading – by referral

    Organisations in Berkshire who work with people who may be struggling with their energy bills, for all sorts of reasons – debts, loss of job, because they are vulnerable or elderly or living in cold homes  – can make a referral to Citizens Advice Reading for energy vouchers. Citizens Advice Reading is reaching out through Berkshire Community Foundation to extend ...

  • Food waste collections start in February 2021

    30 November 2020Food waste collections start in February 2021

    Reading Borough Council is introducing a weekly food waste collection for residents in February 2021, as well as reducing the size of the general waste bins. The recycling team are keen to engage with as many community associations as possible. If you are able to help with distribution of information to residents of Reading they would like to hear from ...

  • Mental Health Community Grants – open until 9 December 2020

    24 November 2020Mental Health Community Grants – open until 9 December 2020

    RVA are pleased to announce this new funding to deliver early help and wellbeing support for Black and Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities within Berkshire West. The programme aims to identify voluntary sector organisations that can deliver and support BAMER groups in our communities accessing early help, support with navigating the system to access the right level of support ...

  • RVA launches expanded Social Prescribing service

    14 November 2020RVA launches expanded Social Prescribing service

    RVA is extending its existing Social Prescribing service to work with Primary Care Networks across Reading. This month RVA welcomes four new Social Prescribing Link Workers: Sharon Fitton, Louise Keane, Helen Murphy and Charlotte Netherton-Sinclair. They join longstanding Social Prescribers Amber Holdway and Sarah Martin, and Social Prescribing Coordinator Liz Morrison at RVA, and Age UK Berkshire’s Social Prescriber Jodie ...

  • Reading Rotary Virtual Santa Run 2020

    13 November 2020Reading Rotary Virtual Santa Run 2020

    The Seventh Reading Rotary Santa Run is now open for entries. Due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus it will not be possible for us to all run together. Participants will complete a safe Virtual Run at any time either in the park, around town, up and down their stairs, or even on a treadmill, between 1 December and 31 ...

  • Veg4Reading update

    12 November 2020Veg4Reading update

    The Veg4Reading project started in June 2020 in response to the number of residents needing additional food parcels or hot meals in order to get by. The project has recruited 71 volunteers to date, who have been working at four Food4families sites, Whitley GrowAllot, Southcote GrowAllot, Lavender Place and Katesgrove Community Allotment, to extend the food growing capacity and grow ...