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  • Passionate about community? Join RVA’s Social Action Mentors

    4 October 2018 Passionate about community? Join RVA’s Social Action Mentors

    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 free governance training with RVA, put this into practice by mentoring a grass roots community group and be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading.

  • Jolly Anglers Public House – potential bidding opportunity

    1 October 2018 Jolly Anglers Public House – potential bidding opportunity

    Reading Borough Council hereby gives notice that on 20 September 2018 it received a notification from the owner of an intention to dispose through a freehold sale the Jolly Anglers Public House, listed by the Council on 17 February 2015 as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011. The Council invites any eligible community interest group to express an interest to be treated as a potential bidder for the asset by 1 November 2018.

  • Black History Month 2018 – at venues across Reading throughout October

    27 September 2018 Black History Month 2018 – at venues across Reading throughout October

    Black History Month returns to Reading this October, with a packed programme of special events coordinated by the council working with voluntary groups and organisations from across Reading. Reading can look forward to a wide range of community celebrations, theatre, poetry, music, dance, exhibitions, film and talks throughout the month for all to enjoy.

  • East Reading Festival 2019 needs you!

    20 September 2018 East Reading Festival 2019 needs you!

    Would you like to help organise a lively and vibrant festival in East Reading? Come and join us.

  • Job vacancy: Citizens Advice Reading, Housing Debt Caseworker

    20 September 2018

    Citizens Advice Reading are being funded to deliver a service for the next three years to support clients at risk of homelessness by helping them prevent eviction and increase their financial capability to prevent future crises. They are looking for an additional two part-time caseworkers to join the existing team to deliver this service. The caseworkers will support clients in taking steps to prevent homelessness, achieve financial stability and improve their financial literacy and digital skills.

  • Free fundraising tool for small charities and groups

    17 September 2018

    The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have developed ‘Fundraising Fundamentals‘, a free fundraising tool to help small charities and groups to develop a fundraising strategy. Many more small community groups in Reading are now working towards Safe and Sound, a good governance award for Reading’s charities. Check out the website at or contact Herjeet on 01189 372273 for more information about how you might get started.

  • RVA’s report on Youth Isolation and Loneliness in Reading

    13 September 2018 RVA’s report on Youth Isolation and Loneliness in Reading

    RVA’s summer intern Catherine McClane has produced a report on youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. Catherine spent the summer talking to young people and stakeholder organisations, to investigate the causes and impacts of loneliness for 11 to 25 year olds living in the town. Catherine’s report was inspired by national research into the prevalence of loneliness among young people, as well as RVA’s 2017 report on Loneliness and Social Isolation in Reading.

  • Grants of up to £10k up for grabs

    12 September 2018

    Grants of up to £10k are available to support Berkshire. Charities and groups are being invited to apply for funds by local granting charity Berkshire Community Foundation. Seven funds are now receiving applications which cover a huge range of issues and projects in Berkshire. The money will support people of all ages struggling with disadvantage. Applications are open now until October. To apply, visit the website at

  • The Lion’s Den! Local community groups could win a small grant

    6 September 2018

    Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 23 October 2018. The aim is to reach out to small community groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. Reading Lions will be distributing small grants of up to £500 each. If you are involved in a local community project here in Reading or are a small local charity then this could be your opportunity to obtain one of the grants.

  • Rooms for hire at Support U Hub

    5 September 2018 Rooms for hire at Support U Hub

    Support U now offer rooms for hire at their Reading hub on 15 Castle Street (RG1 7SB), available rooms are a Reception room for 20 people, a Conference room for 8 people and 2 Counselling rooms for 2-3 people. See the Support U website at for the availability of each of the rooms. If you require longer terms, please contact Support U directly by phone on 01183 219111 or email at