News

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  • Save the date: Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day

    28 June 2018 Save the date: Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day

    The Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network (PDSN) is hosting Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre. The event will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. The day will include lots of fun and participatory sessions for everyone, including children, other family members and carers.

  • Passionate about community? Take a look at our September launch

    27 June 2018 Passionate about community? Take a look at our September launch

    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 basic good governance training from the RVA Advice Worker, put this into practice by mentoring your community group and be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading.

  • ‘Building Connections Fund’ to open in July 2018

    26 June 2018

    The Prime Minister announced this week that charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness. The funding will go towards supporting and expanding programmes that bring people together and are proving to benefit communities. It will also fund projects that use technology to link those in remote areas and help improve transport connections to make face-to-face contact easier.

  • Struggling communities to be given a lifeline by new fundraising campaign

    25 June 2018 Struggling communities to be given a lifeline by new fundraising campaign

    Berkshire is seen by many as epitomising the South East, a prosperous and successful county. But behind this image is another Berkshire, one with hidden deprivation. Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) is putting a spotlight on this hidden Berkshire with the launch of their new campaign: Vital for Berkshire. People across Berkshire are struggling to cope with a range of issues including a safe home, good health and secure employment…

  • Police Property Act Fund open for applications

    21 June 2018 Police Property Act Fund open for applications

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The Fund is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.

  • Have your say: proposed flood defences for the Thames

    20 June 2018 Have your say: proposed flood defences for the Thames

    The Environment Agency is investigating how to reduce flooding from the River Thames in north Reading and Lower Caversham. A number of options have been identified, all of which need further investigation to decide which, if any, could be taken forward. The Environment Agency would like to hear your views on the options they have been investigating as well as general feedback to help make sure they have considered all possible options before developing a design.

  • RVA Ready Friends Coordinator role – closing date 13 July 2018

    20 June 2018 RVA Ready Friends Coordinator role – closing date 13 July 2018

    RVA are looking for an experienced community development worker with the motivation and skills to build on their loneliness and isolation work. An exciting opportunity for anyone who cares about social action in Reading, who is self motivated and able to engage the public in the campaign. Your role will be to encourage community participation in collaborative activity…

  • Consultation on concessionary fares for Access pass holders

    31 May 2018 Consultation on concessionary fares for Access pass holders

    Reading Borough Council has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the concessionary fares scheme for Access pass holders. Residents have until 20 July 2018 to complete the survey which can be found online at https://consult.reading.gov.uk/dens/consultation-on-changes-to-the-concessionary-fares.

  • Fundraising Workshops in Reading with the FSI

    29 May 2018 Fundraising Workshops in Reading with the FSI

    RVA are partnering with the Foundation for Social Improvement to offer small, local charities and community groups three mini workshops in Reading. The sessions are just 1.5 hours to make them as accessible as possible for busy charity employees/volunteers. More information and booking details can be found online at http://rva.org.uk/event/fsi-mini-fundraising-workshops-in-reading.

  • Family fun days at the Weller Centre this half term

    24 May 2018 Family fun days at the Weller Centre this half term

    Come and take part in an exciting range of free activities at the Caversham Family Connect Fun Day on Wednesday 30 May from 11:00 – 15:00, activities include: boxing (for teens and adults), basketball, cycling, growing your own fruit and veg, crafts, virtual reality headsets, healthy lifestyle advice and street art. For more information about the day, please contact Nick Rance, Community Physical Activity Manager, on nick.rance@getberkshireactive.org.