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  • Reading’s First ‘Lamp Post’ Electrical Charging Points Now Live

    5 November 2019 Reading’s First ‘Lamp Post’ Electrical Charging Points Now Live

    Reading’s first electric charging points on residential streets are now live. Powered using the existing electrical supply to lamp posts, a total of 15 charging points have been installed and are operational on Coventry Road, Filey Road, Manchester Road, St Bartholemews Road, East Street, Anstey Road Caversham Road and Wantage Road. The charging points are free to use for electric vehicle owners in the first month. After that they will cost 30p/kWh.

  • Police Property Act Fund – open until 22 November 2019

    31 October 2019

    The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, John Campbell, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. £170,000 is available to community and voluntary groups across the Thames Valley. 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 you had your flu jab?

    29 October 2019

    This winter, we want to help as many people as possible know about their entitlement to flu vaccination and know what they need to do. Please help us spread this important message to your family, friends and those you work with. Flu can be a serious illness, particularly for older people or those with other health conditions. Flu spreads easily and can be passed from one person to the other, even if the person carrying the virus has no symptoms.

  • Community space at Tutu’s Table in Palmer Park

    24 October 2019 Community space at Tutu’s Table in Palmer Park

    Tutu’s Ethiopian Table is located in Palmer Park (the old Chalkboard Cafe). Tutu wishes to make the space more available for local community groups and charities who are looking for a meeting space or if groups are looking for a local community setting to take their members or service users to. Palmer Park is a beautiful green space to the east of Reading town centre and is easily accessible by No.17 bus services.

  • Free online safeguarding resources from NCVO

    21 October 2019

    Every charity, voluntary or community group, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place for all its beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published a comprehensive collection of free resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos available at They are straightforward, practical and based on real world experience in the voluntary sector.

  • Have your say on NHS plans for our area

    17 October 2019 Have your say on NHS plans for our area

    A wide spread engagement process on the future arrangements for NHS commissioning in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West was launched this week. It will last until 1 December and there are full details on the Berkshire West CCG website at You can download the survey at Fact sheets giving details of the proposals are also going to be sent to all surgeries in Berkshire West so patients can get involved.

  • Community Safety Survey

    9 October 2019 Community Safety Survey

    It has now been 2 years since Reading Borough Council last asked for your views on Community Safety in Reading. The Community Safety Partnership asks us to consult every 2 years so that we can identify the issues that residents in Reading see as a problem. The Neighbourhood Initiatives Team would therefore like to hear about issues that affect you in your neighbourhood. Your responses will help to identify priorities for our local Safer Neighbourhood Forums across Reading.

  • Free ILM accredited management training for voluntary and community groups

    3 October 2019 Free ILM accredited management training for voluntary and community groups

    Alan Hester Associates is delivering free management training for junior to middle managers of voluntary and community organisations. The training is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and fully funded by the European Social Fund and the Thames Valley LEP as part of the Skills for the Workforce project. To find out more or to apply for your free place, contact Alan Hester on 07970 522760 or email

  • Befriending Week – are you ready?

    2 October 2019 Befriending Week – are you ready?

    Countdown to Befriending Week 2019! Only 1 month to go. This year the theme puts a spotlight on Health and Wellbeing. To help you prepare for this year’s celebrations, visit the Befriending Week Resources section of the website at to download the free Resource Pack. This includes social media posts, facebook cover, Twitter Banner, Certificates and more. Well done to the 50+ members who have already downloaded their Befriending Week Resource Pack.

  • Coach Core apprenticeships – opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds

    26 September 2019 Coach Core apprenticeships – opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds

    An opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds interested in sports coaching. Get Berkshire Active are are about to launch a sports apprenticeship programme working with Coach Core by The Royal Foundation. Coach Core is an innovative and exciting sports coaching apprenticeship targeting young people who wish to gain further education and employment in sport. Coach Core apprentices will be employed by organisations for 15 months for 30 hours per week which includes one day in education.