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  • 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!

  • Spring’s on the way – how about setting up a Play Street?

    26 February 2016

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Spring is finally arriving, and now is a good time to start planning activities in your neighbourhood for when the weather gets warmer.  Play Streets are a great way to get neighbours together and can provide fun for all the family. Reading Borough Council’s Play Streets scheme allows temporary closures of streets so children can play safely outdoors and close to home.  The council’s trial play street scheme was successful, with the result that the scheme ...

  • Could your organisation benefit from the efforts of a young volunteer?

    26 February 2016

    by Ana de la Barreda (Reading Voluntary Action) RVA Youth has worked with a number of organisations to help them harness the skills, talents and enthusiasm young volunteers can bring. Having successfully completed a range of projects we are now seeking to expand access to the benefits an RVA Youth volunteer can bring to more local organisations. What is RVA Youth?  RVA Youth is an innovative scheme run by Reading Voluntary Action designed to allow more young people (16-24) to get involved and ...

  • Local Green Spaces: your opinion counts!

    18 February 2016

    by Helen Lambert (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Are there green spaces in your area which are really important to the local community? The new Reading Local Plan gives an opportunity for you to get involved in helping to protect them. The Government has introduced a new type of designation, known as ‘local green space’ in the National Planning Policy Framework. Designating local green space would mean that these areas benefit from the national level policy protection in the NPPF. However, there are a ...

  • Children’s reading charity has a new home

    10 February 2016

    Local charity ABC to Read has been given a new lease of life thanks to the Church of St Mark in Reading. The charity were facing eviction from their current office at Bridge Hall in Reading due to council funding cuts. Rev. Nicholas Cheeseman of The Church of St Mark said: “Having heard about the great work that ABC to Read do in our local community, I was more than happy to offer them our Church Hall as their new home.” Marcia ...

  • Have your say on how Reading should develop over the next 20 years

    28 January 2016

    Reading Borough Council have started producing a new Local Plan, which will set out the planning policies to guide development in Reading up to 2036. This will replace the existing planning policy documents. This is the first stage in consulting on the plan, asking which issues the plan should tackle, and how it should deal with them.