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  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – photographer needed in June

    18 May 2018

    On 6 June 2018, Reading Voluntary Action will host the second Reading Volunteer Awards. The awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. Could you volunteer your photography skills to capture this year’s night of celebration, creating some exciting and representative photographs to help RVA support and promote the voluntary sector?

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

    16 May 2018

    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.

  • PCC Community Safety Fund

    14 May 2018

    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 ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme – Applications open

    3 May 2018

    The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales funds small and medium-sized charities whose work supports people experiencing multiple disadvantages, at key periods of change and transition in their lives, to move forward and achieve positive lasting outcomes. The Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme provides multi-year grants of up to £25,000 per annum to support the core and service delivery ...

  • Reading, Place of Culture – Funding available

    30 April 2018

    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 ...

  • Business start-up workshops in Reading

    19 April 2018

    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 ...

  • The HolyBrook – a new art gallery for Reading

    18 April 2018

    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 ...

  • Funding available to help combat ‘loan sharks’

    17 April 2018

    The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are putting proceeds of crime money to good use with grants to community groups. The national team, who investigate and prosecute loan sharks, are encouraging community groups to bid for grants of up to £5,000. This money, which has been confiscated from convicted loan sharks through the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002), is ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – team nominations now open

    12 April 2018

    Nominations for volunteer teams are now open for this year’s Reading Volunteer Awards. Every day volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities throughout Reading. The Reading Volunteer Awards evening will bring together volunteers from across the voluntary and public sectors to thank them for the difference they make.

  • The GDPR countdown

    10 April 2018

    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 ...