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  • Silvers’ Workshop offers tools for active retirement

    21 April 2016

    Retired men in the Reading area have the perfect toolkit for an active and enjoyable retirement thanks to The Silvers’ Workshop based in West Reading. The Silvers’ Workshop is a member of the UK Men’s Shed Association. It gives its members the opportunity to work on arts, crafts and DIY projects in the company of other like-minded men.

  • Bags of Help – funding opportunity for local green space

    21 April 2016

    The second funding round for the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme opened on Monday 18 April 2016. The scheme is available to a wide range of community groups and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces that do not charge for access.

  • Office Space At RISC To Let

    21 April 2016

    2nd floor self-contained office available at Reading International Solidarity Centre to let to a voluntary/community sector organisation or social enterprise.

  • Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment now on-line

    5 April 2016

    The local Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a local assessment of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population in Reading. It looks at a wide range of factors that help shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities such as education, employment and the environment.

  • Give now to make a meal for all of Reading!

    5 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.

  • Grow your group in 2016!

    29 March 2016

    Reading Neighbourhood Network’s major theme for 2016 is ‘Grow your group’, with the emphasis on growing your numbers, funding, image and network. As part of the ‘Grow your image’ strand we are planning a series of free training sessions to help you produce your own high-quality newsletter and make more use of social media to help you get your message out. We already have ideas for up to four sessions, with dates to be arranged – the proposed topics are writing articles, ...

  • Think before you bin. Can you still use it?

    29 March 2016

    With a hint of spring in the air, it might be time to have a big clean out at home. However, with £140m of used clothing and over £12.5 billion of household food waste going to landfill every year, please think twice before binning an unwanted item. Can you still use it?

  • Would you like to help a neighbour and appear on TV?

    24 March 2016

    The BBC is proposing a new series, presented by Paul Martin of Flog It, that will bring a street and a community together to help out a deserving neighbour. The twist to the story is that the worthy nominee will not be told the money being raised is for them, until it is revealed at the very end.

  • Library proposals: have your say

    24 March 2016

    Reading Borough Council has published a proposal to cut the cost of its library service as part of its greater budget cuts for the next year. A series of drop-in sessions to discuss community hub plans relating to Battle, Southcote and Whitley Libraries have also been arranged for local communities and details and the online consultation form are available at

  • Free Big Lunch street parties 11 – 12 June!

    22 March 2016

    Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has again confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for the weekend of the Big Lunch. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for the weekend of 11 – 12 June you can close your road and it won’t cost you a penny!