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  • 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 and Historic 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 website at

  • 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 the waters flowing beneath…’ which will be on display until 21 April.

  • 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 being used to fund local community projects which raise awareness of illegal money lending.

  • 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 law…

  • Victims First Connect – local links to support victims of crime

    5 April 2018

    Victims First Connect aims to create a localised link between those requiring support after being impacted by a crime and Victims First itself. It will allow someone to access a point in their community to find out more about the services available to victims of crime, receive crime prevention/safety advice, report a hate crime and/or have someone process a referral for support on their behalf.

  • Does your organisation benefit from student volunteers? Please share your experience with us

    4 April 2018

    The University of Reading is looking for local organisations to share their positive experiences of utilising the time, talent and enthusiasm of student volunteers. If you have had any positive experiences with a University of Reading student who has volunteered with you or your organisation, please complete the short form found at

  • Support available for parents looking for work

    29 March 2018

    It’s hard enough being a parent without also having to find out about gaining employment. If you want clear, non-judgemental and confidential information, advice, guidance and support – specific to you and your situation, and you are a parent over the age of 25, unemployed and living in Reading, please contact Anna Chapman, School and Parent Engagement Officer at Reading Voluntary Action by phoning 01189 372054 or emailing

  • Vacant office at Central Library – Bidding opportunity

    29 March 2018

    A vacant office at Central Library is available to rent on a short lease in accordance with the letting particulars set out below. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid. The bidding deadline is noon on Friday 25 May 2018.