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  • The Big Lunch and Great Get-Together: tell us about your party!

    26 June 2017

    On the weekend of 17-18 June, communities all over the country got together for the annual Big Lunch event, where neighbours gather for a meal, street party or picnic. As well as the Big Lunch, many communities were also participating in the Great Get-Together, a national event marking the anniversary of the death of the MP Jo Cox and celebrating her life. The weather was hot and sunny, and plenty of neighbourhoods in Reading held events – as well as street ...

  • Climate Action Network Grants

    22 June 2017

    The Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) is offering a fund of up to £2,000 for organisations who will help to reduce carbon emissions/help prepare for the effects of climate change. This fund is open to the business and community sector for non capital projects. Deadlines are on going. Applications will be reviewed in RCCP board meetings in January, April, July and October each year.

  • The Thames Valley Alerts Local Priority Survey 2017

    15 June 2017

    Have you filled in Thames Valley Alerts Local Priority Survey? It’s short, anonymous and will help Thames Valley Alerts understand what matters to you in your community.

  • Weekly wellbeing walks at Prospect Park

    13 June 2017

    Sport in Mind started a new set of weekly Wellbeing Walks in Prospect Park on Friday 9 June. Walks take place every Friday 10:30 – 11:30, meeting by the changing rooms at Prospect Park – just turn up and enjoy the walk! The address is Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND. All session are drop-in and open to all abilities with the aim of having fun, in a safe and supported environment.

  • 11% of Reading residents are lonely most of the time: together we can change that

    8 June 2017

    Throughout April and May, Reading Voluntary Action, in partnership with a range of local voluntary organisations and Reading Borough Council, conducted a town-wide questionnaire to gain insight into loneliness and isolation. The questionnaire helped to identify who is affected, what their circumstances are, what barriers they face to overcoming these issues and what would help reduce their isolation and loneliness.

  • Neighbours campaign to save old street lights

    6 June 2017

    News from Bell Tower Community Association. A community in central Reading is urging the council to keep the cast iron lighting columns in its area, as the LED street lighting replacement programme sweeps across the town. The lights in The Bell Tower Community Association’s area, off Caversham Road, are all due to be converted to LED technology in June 2017. There are more than 20 cast iron lamp posts in the area, most of which are original Victorian gas lighting columns. Bell Tower ...

  • Office space to rent at the library

    6 June 2017

    Is your charity or other non-profit organisation looking for office space? We might have just what you’ve been looking for, in a convenient location right in the heart of Reading. Reading UK CIC is offering space to lease on the top floor of Reading Central Library.

  • ‘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 ...