News

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  • How should Reading market itself? A chance to have your say

    31 August 2021How should Reading market itself? A chance to have your say

    News from: Reading UK Reading UK, Reading Borough Council and The University of Reading are working together to develop a place story and marketing approach for Reading. This will help celebrate the best of Reading, build civic pride, confidence in Reading, market the area to attract inward investment, create jobs, and support existing business. They will be holding two ‘virtual’ workshops in September, to understand more about Reading from the people that live and work here. As a voluntary organisation in Reading, ...

  • The Health on the Move van is out and about in Reading

    28 August 2021The Health on the Move van is out and about in Reading

    NHS Berkshire West has set up a Health on the Move van, which will be in various locations in Reading in the coming weeks. Pop by with any healthcare concerns and you can talk to our local healthcare professionals. Covid-19 vaccines available to anyone aged 16+ that has not been vaccinated yet or is eligible for a second dose. -Blood pressure and BMI checks available. -COVID vaccine (Pfizer) available if you want it. -First and second doses (must be a minimum of 8 ...

  • Get involved at your community allotment

    27 August 2021Get involved at your community allotment

    Food4Families helps organise community allotments all over Reading. At your local allotment you can help grow organic fruit and vegetables, get the health benefits of gardening and learn all about growing. Gardens are now open to the public, but please get in touch and book before you visit. This way we can be aware of numbers. Let’s all stay safe!

  • Consultation: help the council improve Reading’s libraries

    27 August 2021Consultation: help the council improve Reading’s libraries

    RBC is developing a ‘vision’ for its library service to ensure it is forward looking, innovative and provides an excellent experience for everyone. A draft idea has been set out of what the service hopes to achieve and what it thinks its priorities should be. The council now wants to know more about how you use the library service, what you think of it, where you think our priorities should lie and what should be its future goals.

  • Starting your own business? Free workshops available

    26 August 2021Starting your own business? Free workshops available

    This is a 10-week online workshop series based on the increasingly popular Start Your Own Business Workshop Series. If you want to start your own business – start right here! These are practical accessible workshops for people starting up businesses (including being sole traders) to do or make all kinds of things and for people who have all kinds of backgrounds.

  • Tell us what you think about Reading town centre – what can be done to make it more sustainable, inclusive and liveable?

    26 August 2021Tell us what you think about Reading town centre – what can be done to make it more sustainable, inclusive and liveable?

    RVA is working with the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) and the University of Reading’s Participation Lab on a research project exploring community perceptions of Reading town centre. We are interested in what you think about the town centre and what could be done to make it more sustainable, inclusive and liveable. The online survey is open until Sunday 5 September 2021 and can be found here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/readingtowncentre.

  • Empower people with us, become an RVA Trustee!

    25 August 2021Empower people with us, become an RVA Trustee!

    Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) supports and helps voluntary and community groups to start up and thrive, matches volunteers to great opportunities and works together with organisations across Reading to improve the lives of local people. Are you interested in supporting the local voluntary and community sector to thrive and would you like to share your skills, knowledge and experiences on our Trustee Board?

  • Street parties are back in September!

    25 July 2021Street parties are back in September!

    Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for any weekend in September 2021. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for September you can close your road and it won’t cost you a penny! A small street party means one held in only one or two streets and for neighbours only.

  • Berkshire Community Foundation supports local reading catch-up

    24 July 2021Berkshire Community Foundation supports local reading catch-up

    BCF has awarded local reading charity ABC to Read a grant of £5,000 to address the education gap caused by Covid-19. This is in addition to numerous previous grants awarded by the Foundation in ongoing support of the charity. On average, 500 children are encouraged and mentored by an ABC to Read volunteer every year, with 12,000 hours invested into improving not only their reading ability but their enjoyment of the pastime as well as their general attitudes and confidence.

  • Formal bidding process for Caversham Court lease

    24 July 2021Formal bidding process for Caversham Court lease

    This is advance notice to the voluntary and community sector that the formal bidding process through the open market and also through the third sector process for the Caversham Court long leasehold or short-term lease will open on 21 July. Local voluntary organisations are invited to submit their proposals by 12:00 on 17 September 2021. For information and advice on the third sector bidding process please contact RVA’s Advice Service Manager, Herjeet Randhawa by emailing herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk.