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  • New funding opportunities for smaller organisations

    26 January 2017 New funding opportunities for smaller organisations

    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 National Student Volunteering Week is coming!

    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 sessions for charities & voluntary groups

    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 - tackling fuel poverty

    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 Sports pavilion for lease

    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.

  • Do you need a good training venue or individual classrooms?

    14 December 2016

    At Reading Community Learning Centre located at 94 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ, we have three lovely classrooms for up to 16 learners. The classrooms have smart boards, whiteboards, tables and chairs, kitchen, crèche and accessible toilets. They are available after 15:00 each weekday as well as all weekend and holiday times.

  • Consultation – Reading Your Way

    13 December 2016

    Reading Your Way is part of Together, a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues on their journey to leading fulfilling and independent lives. The consultation is open until Tuesday 28 February 2017 and the consultation response will be reported to the council’s Adult Social Care Children’s and Education Committee on 20 March 2017.

  • Office space at RISC to let

    1 December 2016 Office space at RISC to let

    Self-contained office available to let to a voluntary/community sector organisation or social enterprise. The office space is approximately 386 sq ft/36 sq m and would comfortably accommodate between 4 and 6 people. The cost will be £6,000 per year including services and utilities.

  • Have your say on council tax changes

    29 November 2016 Have your say on council tax changes

    Reading Borough Council has opened two consultations on proposed changes to council tax – one affecting levels for properties qualifying for discounts and the other changing levels of council tax relief. It is proposed that the council tax discount scheme will be removed for many empty properties, so that owners would have to pay full council tax on them when unoccupied. The council tax relief changes affect the qualifying criteria and maximum level of benefit available. Everyone who lives, works or studies ...