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A national event called “The Great Get Together” will be taking place on the weekend of 17-18 June this year. The event is being organised by the family and friends of Jo Cox MP and coincides with the anniversary of Jo’s death. The Great Get Together hopes to be a national moment of unity with people and communities coming together to share food in barbecues, bake-offs, street parties and more.
Tilehurst Together is a new project which aims to bring together local people to support each other, building on a gap identified through Reading Voluntary Action’s Social Prescribing service. It is funded through the Berkshire Community Foundation’s Life Less Lonely grants programme.
The council’s free green bin service is being replaced next month with the new paid-for collection scheme, which has two charges depending on how much garden rubbish you want removed. From April 1 only green bins and bags bearing the new scheme’s stickers will be collected.
The February issue of RBC’s Funding Digest features details of the Big Lottery Fund’s “Reaching Communities” programme. Voluntary or community groups can apply for grants of between £10,000 – £500,000 to cover the costs of projects that improve communities by using local knowledge, strengths and assets to test and implement the ideas which matter most to communities.
Tesco Napier Road is supporting the community in a number of ways, in particular through the work of the store’s community champion, Dee. There are several ways in which Dee and the store can help local charities and community groups including practical support and one-off donations of food/raffle prizes and they are always keen to hear from new local charities.
An exhibition at Greyfriars Church on Thursday 9 February will be a first look at the planned transformation of run-down units on Weldale Street into The Foundry Quarter.
Reading Borough Council is asking for the views of service users, members of the public and stakeholders, on the proposed remodelling of Children’s Centres. The feedback from this consultation will be considered by Councillors in Spring 2017.
The January 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features two grant programmes to help small organisations supporting adults and children with disabilities. Barchester Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for grants between £100 and £5,000 from small community groups and small local groups helping adults aged over 18 with mental and physical disabilities, and older people aged over 65…
Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) is taking part in National Student Volunteering Week (20 – 26 February), and is on the hunt for community-based volunteering projects or services where a group of keen volunteers could make a real impact.
Financial Management: 1-2-1 sessions for charities & voluntary groups covering Budgeting, Treasurer advice, Financial controls, Spreadsheets and AGM preparation. The sessions will be held with Rachel Eden of Holy Brook Associates and will take place at Reading Central library on 22 February.