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  • Berkshire charity holds prices despite education cuts

    6 April 2017

    Local charity ABC to Read has announced that it will be holding the price of school contributions for its volunteer mentors, despite acute pressures on school budgets. The charity’s prices are being held for the seventh successive year at just £360 per volunteer, just £3 a week per child. 95% of the children working with an ABC to Read experience an improvement in their reading performance.

  • Are you in Coley Park or the Hexham estate? Help improve your community centre

    2 April 2017

    Coley Park and Hexham Community Centres are looking for feedback from centre users and other local residents. As funding is being reduced, the centres need to make sure that they are running activities that meet the needs of the local community – your answers will help them plan activities and how to promote them. For more details and to participate in the consultation please visit Closing dates are 28 April for Coley Park (so you’ll need to hurry) and 14 May ...

  • Job vacancy: Timebank Co-ordinator – Oxford Road Timebank

    28 March 2017

    The Oxford Road Timebank are seeking to recruit a Timebank Coordinator to help increase their membership and increase participation in local community activity. Working with the Oxford Road Timebank committee and the Lead Timebroker, the job involves talking to people, groups and organisations in the Oxford Road area, spreading the word about the timebank and getting people to join and become active members.

  • Sport England launches two new grant programmes to increase volunteering

    23 March 2017

    The March 2017 issue of Funding Digest features details of Sport England’s two new funding programmes to enable young people and adults from disadvantaged communities to take part in volunteering, using sport or physical activity. The Potentials Fund which targets children and young people aged 10 to 20 and the Opportunity Fund which targets people from disadvantaged areas.

  • Reading Borough Council Personal Assistant Register

    18 March 2017

    Many older people and adults with care and support needs prefer to directly employ their own carers – known as Personal Assistants. Personal Assistants provide support to enable individuals to maintain independence in their lives. If you’re interested in becoming a Personal Assistant, you can join RBC’s Personal Assistant Register at

  • Free bike maintenance and cycle sessions with BikeSmart Reading

    16 March 2017

    Come along to one of these fun, free sessions and build your skills while earning rewards! Back on your Bike, Urban Explorer and Basic Bike Maintenance.

  • Job vacancy: Energy Adviser – Citizens Advice Reading

    10 March 2017

    Citizens Advice Reading is looking for an Energy Adviser to join their Energy team. Working for 7 hours per week, you will be helping clients manage their energy bills better by looking for a better deal, switching supplier or tariff, understanding energy efficiency etc. Ideally you will be a trained Citizens Advice Adviser or equivalent and will have an interest in energy issues and an understanding of the energy market. Full training in energy issues will be provided.

  • The Great Get Together: 17-18 June

    8 March 2017

    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.

  • Job vacancy: Part-time Project Co-ordinator, Tilehurst Together

    5 March 2017

    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.

  • Householders to pay for green waste scheme from April

    2 March 2017

    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.