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  • ‘Give Local’ grant fund open for applications

    1 June 2017

    United Way UK has announced that ‘Give Local’ grant applications are open for 2017. These grants of £1,000 are available to small charities working in the community. “Give Local” grants are inclusive and aim to support community based, local organisations. More detailed information can be found within the application forms at

  • Reading Funding Fairs 2017 – Booking Open!

    30 May 2017

    RVA are delighted to announce two funding fairs coming up in June and July for Reading community and voluntary groups to hear from different funders, including the Big Lottery. This will also be your chance to get some top tips on funding applications and let the funders know what your needs are, which will feed back into their grant-making processes.

  • Are you holding a Big Lunch party?

    22 May 2017

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Are you celebrating the Big Lunch this year? The Big Lunch is on 17-18 June, and this also coincides with the Great Get-Together, a nationwide event in memory of Jo Cox MP, who was killed last June. Some areas are holding their events on the weekend of July 1-2 to include the local Muslim population, since the Big Lunch weekend falls during Ramadan this year. Reading Borough Council has closed its window for street closure applications for ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre chosen for Co-Op funding

    18 May 2017

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been chosen by the Co-Op to be one of three local charities to receive funding from local Co-Op stores. Over the next 6 months, when Co-Op members buy selected Co-op branded products and services 1% of what they spend will now go to three local causes they have chosen. The money from sales of carrier bags will also be donated.

  • Reading Climate Change Strategy Consultation

    17 May 2017

    In 2013 the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) launched its climate change strategy: ‘Reading Means Business on Climate Change’. which outlines Reading’s response to climate change. RCCP are now seeking your comments on the strategy and action plans as part of a mid-point review. The consultation opens on Monday 15 May and runs to 26 June.

  • Launch of Victims First – new resource for victims of crime

    4 May 2017

    Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help. It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It has a section on the Victims Code explaining clearly what help victims can expect from the police and other criminal justice agencies if they report the crime.

  • Reading Borough’s new Local Plan – chance to comment

    3 May 2017

    RBC is in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace its existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036. RBC are seeking comments over the next six weeks during a period of public consultation. The full Draft Local Plan is on the council’s website at and copies can also be viewed at the Civic Offices (Bridge Street) and in libraries during normal opening hours.

  • Employability skills training for women

    26 April 2017

    Reading Community Learning Centre is offering a course for women looking to get into employment on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 14:30. In this course you will get practical help as you seek employment. It’s a relaxed environment with the chance to meet other job seekers, get support and gain the knowledge you need to find work.

  • New sessions from Sport In Mind

    20 April 2017

    Sport in Mind is starting two new sessions in April, including Women’s football at Prospect Park on Tuesdays between 12:00 and 13:00 and Yoga at Coronation Hall on Wednesdays between 14:00 and 15:00. The sessions are all drop-ins and open to people of all levels of ability with the aim of having fun in a safe and supported environment. For more information, be sure to check the website:

  • The Lions’ Den: grants for small local voluntary groups

    13 April 2017

    Reading Lions Club is reaching out to small local community groups and charities around Reading. The Lions will be awarding grants for local community projects and you could be lucky enough to be awarded a grant from £150 to £500. Visit the website at for an application form to be returned by the 16 May 2017.