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  • Funding Digest features Reaching Communities programme

    20 February 2017

    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.

  • Free food and support from Tesco

    16 February 2017

    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.

  • New development for Wickes and Iceland sites

    9 February 2017

    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.

  • Remodelling of Reading Children’s Centres consultation

    2 February 2017

    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.

  • New funding opportunities for smaller organisations

    26 January 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…

  • National Student Volunteering Week is coming!

    25 January 2017

    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 sessions for charities & voluntary groups

    19 January 2017

    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.

  • Winter Watch – tackling fuel poverty

    28 December 2016

    Winter Watch is run by the council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure you do not suffer from cold in your home during the winter months. Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns. Winter Watch can help you by: – Carrying out a home energy check – Giving advice on your bills and energy provider – Telling you about ...

  • Apply for the WHSmith Community Grant

    22 December 2016

    The WHSmith Trust is offering grants to voluntary organisations from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies. You can apply for a grant of up to £500. There are two annual application rounds, and at the end of each six month period grant applications will be reviewed and grants issued.

  • Sports pavilion for lease

    15 December 2016

    Reading Borough Council invites bids for the lease of Courage Park Sports Pavilion. The pavilion is in Edenham Crescent, Coley Park, and could be suitable for community or voluntary sector use.