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  • Grants for organisations helping disadvantaged children and young people

    18 June 2016

    by Alistair Dowlman, Reading Borough Council BBC Children in Need have announced September deadlines for their grant programmes for groups supporting disadvantaged children and young people: Small Grants Programme Not for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any ...

  • Reading’s first community solar scheme is launched

    17 June 2016

    Reading Community Energy Society have launched an opportunity to buy shares in solar panels that will be put on local community centres. Local people are encouraged to invest.

  • Free evening training sessions in July & August!

    27 May 2016

    Reading Neighbourhood Network’s major theme for 2016 is ‘Grow your group’, with the emphasis on growing your numbers, funding, image and network. We are pleased to announce four free ‘Grow your image’ training sessions.  These will help you produce your own high-quality news content and pictures, lay it out in a newsletter and make use of social media to help you get your message out. All sessions will be held at RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS, from 7.00 to 9.00pm.  ...

  • Big Lunch street parties across Reading in June

    26 May 2016

    Residents from 27 streets in Reading are planning to host street parties in early June as part of The Big Lunch 2016. The aim of the scheme is to get as many people as possible to meet in the streets and have lunch with their neighbours, in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Why not go along to a party near you and meet your neighbours? Here is the list of this year’s street parties around Reading: Sunday 5 ...

  • Have you ever thought about becoming a volunteer befriender?

    26 May 2016

    Can you spare a couple of hours every week or fortnight to spend with someone who is lonely or socially isolated? Many organisations in Reading are currently looking for volunteer befrienders who could make a real difference to the lives of the people they support.

  • The festival season’s here! Where are you going this year?

    25 May 2016

    Summer’s on the way, and this year there are more festivals, fairs and street parties around Reading than ever. How about trying some of these? Monday 30 May, Prospect Park: Reading Carnival – come along and enjoy the atmosphere, with a preview of some of the colourful costumes for this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. Saturday 4 June, Victoria Recreation Ground, Tilehurst: Summer fete organised by the League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital. This year the event will be themed around ...

  • Befriending Forum on 29 June 2016

    19 May 2016

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be hosting the first in a series of Befriending Forums in partnership with Age UK Reading. The information-sharing and networking event will take place on Wednesday 29 June, from 10:00 until 12:00 on the third floor of Reading Central Library.

  • Reading Water Fest: book your stall now

    28 April 2016

    Reading Water Fest will be taking place on Saturday 11 June 2016. The event will run from the Forbury Gardens along the Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. The event will consist of live entertainment, children’s activities, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls. If you would like to join in, please complete the online application form.

  • Promote your organisation at Sunday Assembly Reading

    28 April 2016

    Local charities and community organisations are welcome at Sunday Assembly Reading to give a brief announcement about their work or volunteering opportunities. Sunday Assembly Reading are a non-religious community group that meets once a month to sing pop songs together, listen to great talks and enjoy tea and cake!

  • Still time to help make Reading Town Meal!

    21 April 2016

    The Town Meal is unique to Reading and run entirely by volunteers and community groups. Over 1,000 people are served up a mouth-watering meal made from fresh fruit & veg donated by home-growers, cooked and served up by Reading College catering students in Forbury Gardens.