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  • Delivering Integrated Health and Social Care in Reading – get involved!

    16 August 2016

    Come and join RVA at Reading’s Wellbeing Forum on Friday 9 September. It’s a great opportunity for Voluntary and Community groups to explore RVA’s involvement in delivering an integrated health and social care service to some of the most vulnerable people in Reading.

  • Reading SOUP: community-focused projects required

    4 August 2016 Reading SOUP: community-focused projects required

    Reading SOUP is a community-focused, grassroots crowd-funding project, aiming to bring together like-minded individuals to share ideas aimed at benefiting the local community. The next event is Reading SOUP First Birthday (from 18:30 on 24 August at St Lawrence’s Church).

  • Parks and Open Spaces – Inquiry

    2 August 2016 Parks and Open Spaces - Inquiry

    Parliamentary public inquiry launched to address the UK’s Greenspace underfunding crisis. The deadline for responses and evidence is 30 September 2016.

  • Reading University 2016 Brand Jam

    27 July 2016

    Reading University will be holding a structured four week ‘design-thinking’ brand ‘jam’ with Part 3 typography & design students in November 2016, working exclusively with not-for-profits. The students take on briefs and develop a visual identity and any other marketing collateral they feel is appropriate over four weeks and it’s completely free.

  • International arts event at Reading Prison this autumn

    23 July 2016 International arts event at Reading Prison this autumn

    “Inside – Artists and Writers in Reading Prison” will take place from 4 September to 30 October 2016. Leading artists, performers and writers will respond to the architecture of the prison, themes of imprisonment and separation, and the work of the prison’s most famous inmate, Oscar Wilde.

  • Active Communities fund open for applications

    23 July 2016 Active Communities fund open for applications

    People’s Health Trust Active Communities fund is now open for applications in Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell Forest. Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

  • New loyalty card for Oxford Road shoppers

    21 July 2016 New loyalty card for Oxford Road shoppers

    Shoppers in West Reading will have the opportunity to grab a bargain thanks to a new loyalty card for Oxford Road. The Oxford Road Traders’ Association launched its shoppers’ Smile loyalty card at the weekend outside Tesco Extra in Portman Road.

  • Did you hold a Big Lunch this year? Tell us about it!

    27 June 2016 Did you hold a Big Lunch this year? Tell us about it!

    Residents in many streets around Reading participated in this year’s Big Lunch, with 27 streets granted road closures for their parties in June and plenty of other summer events around the area. Among them were the Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association to the west of the town centre and the Bell Tower Community Association, which held its party in Newport Road, near Caversham Road. In Baker Street there was a large bouncy castle, enjoyed by adults as well as children, plenty of ...

  • Policing and crime: have your say

    27 June 2016 Policing and crime: have your say

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is consulting on the views of the public on policing and crime in their local area. The results of the survey will be used to help inform the next 5 year Police and Crime Plan, which will set priorities and direction for crime and policing across the Thames Valley Police area. To take part in the survey please visit

  • Using the Smallmead tip? Don’t forget your orange sticker

    25 June 2016 Using the Smallmead tip? Don't forget your orange sticker

    From 1 July the re3 recycling centres in Reading and Bracknell are introducing new visitor access requirements. Residents are being reminded to use the vinyl permits that have now been posted to households in the Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Council areas. Households will only be given one permit, but this can be transferred between vehicles – if you prefer not to display the sticker all the time on your windscreen the suggestion is to put it back on its ...