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NHS Berkshire West has announced the closure of Priory Avenue Surgery in Caversham on 30 June 2018. Patients living in the RG4 postcode area will be able to transfer directly to surgeries at Balmore Park or Emmer Green, but those that live south of the river will need to find another surgery to transfer to. Patients are advised to register with a new GP practice by 13 June.
Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches their 2018 Vital Signs survey. Now in its fifth year, the Vital Signs survey is used to uncover the hidden areas of deprivation within Berkshire. BCF are asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. They can then nominate a charity in Berkshire of their choice to win one of the prizes.
At Church House Caversham, 59 Church Street – RG4 8AX, we have three self-contained offices to let on a short-medium term basis. The building is conveniently situated in the heart of a busy local shopping quarter. All are newly decorated to a high standard, have use of accessible toilet, electric heating and provision for telephone/wifi. If you are interested please email Nigel Smith, the building manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 6 June 2018, Reading Voluntary Action will host the second Reading Volunteer Awards. The awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. Could you volunteer your photography skills to capture this year’s night of celebration, creating some exciting and representative photographs to help RVA support and promote the voluntary sector?
In May 2017, Reading Voluntary Action set up Tilehurst Together with a grant from Berkshire Community Foundation’s ‘A Life Less Lonely’ programme. Over the last year, the project has brought people in the Tilehurst area together every week, alternating between a fortnightly walking group and fortnightly activity sessions focusing on health, relaxation and crafts.
The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting applications to the Community Safety Fund Grant. A total of up to £400,000 is available to fund between 6 to 8 large scale projects which can demonstrate a clear link to some of the key aims in his Police and Crime Plan. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 30 May at 18:00.
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales funds small and medium-sized charities whose work supports people experiencing multiple disadvantages, at key periods of change and transition in their lives, to move forward and achieve positive lasting outcomes. The Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme provides multi-year grants of up to £25,000 per annum to support the core and service delivery costs of charities.
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.
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.
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.