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For those who have been eagerly awaiting the new round of Reaching Communities funding to commence under the new system, the Big Lottery have confirmed that this will be launched on 3 April. You can find out more on the website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk. RVA will also be hosting further one-to-one funding sessions with Big Lottery Funding Officers who can advise on proposed applications.
Reading Borough Council invites bids for the lease of Palmer Park Lodge in accordance with the council’s Third Sector Premises Policy Statement. Local organisations, voluntary or other, have until 16:00 on Thursday 10 May 2018 to submit a bid for the property. Bids are for the leasehold of the property. If no successful bids are received, the property will be re-marketed.
NHS England and NHS Improvement are working on plans to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday in July. The celebrations will include a programme of national, regional and local events across the whole health and social care system, including the voluntary sector. The term “NHS family” has been suggested to cover voluntary and community organisations which contribute to the NHS’s work as well as staff, volunteers, carers etc.
For sale, for conversion or redevelopment (mural to be retained): Reading Central Club, 36-42 London Street, Reading RG1 4SQ. Reading Central Club is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of a 999 year leasehold interest. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have until noon on Friday 11 May 2018 to submit a bid for the property.
Reading Carnival returns to mark its 41st Anniversary on the 28 May in Prospect Park. We had an amazing year last year and this year we want to make Carnival even better by aiming to getting EVERYONE in the community involved! We believe Reading Carnival is truly an inclusive event and we aim to represent all areas of the Reading community bringing everyone together to celebrate.
The Green Machine has an amazing selection of paint colours, finishes, woodstains and masonry paints to supply to community groups, charities, sports club and individuals for £1.20 per litre. They provide employment and volunteering opportunities to disabled and disadvantaged individuals.
In 2016 Reading Borough Council consulted on changes to the library service. Many of these changes were introduced from 2017 and enabled savings of £290,000 from the library service budget. RBC are now launching a further consultation which opened on the 21 Feb and is available online at https://consult.reading.gov.uk.
Every Wilko store has a budget to give a little helping hand to local groups and community projects. They want to help local schools, playgroups and nurseries, parent or family groups, disabled groups, youth clubs, elderly groups, luncheon clubs, community and tenants’ associations. You could get Wilko gift cards, products, or volunteers to help with whatever you’re doing for our community.
The council is proposing large areas of Pay & Display parking around Oxford Road and other areas – deadline for comments 1 March.
To ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch and the Royal Wedding weekend, this year the council is giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on one of five weekends in the summer. To apply to hold a street party for the Big Lunch, please download the application form from www.reading.gov.uk and send it via post to Street Parties, Communications Department, RBC, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU.