News

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  • BCF – Funds for the Elderly – Open for Applications until 1 May 2019

    2 April 2019

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) are offering grants of up to £5,000 to charity and community groups for projects working with the elderly to improve their health and well-being, access to facilities, advice and training; or to overcome their problems of illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty. The closing date for applications is 09:00 on 1 May 2019. For more information and online application, visit the BCF website at www.berkshirecf.org.

  • Participate in nutrition studies at the University of Reading

    28 March 2019 Participate in nutrition studies at the University of Reading

    The University of Reading is internationally recognised for its excellence in research on the relationship between diet and chronic disease. They are currently looking for volunteers to participate in two studies. The ENVAL study testing a diet app developed by researchers from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences and the Whey2glo Study investigating how dairy and plant proteins control blood sugar levels and vascular health.

  • Take part in RBC’s consultation on their Statement of Community Involvement

    28 March 2019 Take part in RBC’s consultation on their Statement of Community Involvement

    RBC has published a discussion paper on the Statement of Community Involvement for consultation. The SCI is a planning document that details how consultation and community involvement on plans and major developments will be carried out. RBC’s most recent SCI was adopted in March 2014. The council is now considering whether there is a need to revise the SCI. The council is now seeking your views on the proposals set out in the discussion paper.

  • Apply for free community and charity stalls at Reading Water Fest

    27 March 2019 Apply for free community and charity stalls at Reading Water Fest

    This year’s Reading Water Fest – on Saturday 15 June 2019 – will celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary. The event takes place in Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. RBC and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope you can join them for a very enjoyable day!

  • Silver Sunday: Changing the story around loneliness

    21 March 2019

    Changing the story around loneliness with a day of free, fun events for older people across the UK. This year Silver Sunday will take place on 6 October 2019, so with 7 months to go it’s a perfect time to start planning. If you have an idea and want help to develop it, find funding for it and volunteers to help you, please get in touch with Rhiannon Stocking-Williams at ready.friends@rva.org.uk.

  • What would you do to make the NHS better in Reading?

    14 March 2019 What would you do to make the NHS better in Reading?

    The NHS in Reading is changing, and it needs your help. The Government is investing an extra £20bn a year in the NHS until 2023. You can help decide how that money should be spent in our local NHS. Please take part in a short survey at www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do today. Healthwatch Reading will also be holding in-depth focus groups over the next eight weeks to gather your thoughts, views and stories about what matters most.

  • Reading on Thames Festival – input wanted on events and activities

    13 March 2019 Reading on Thames Festival – input wanted on events and activities

    Preparations for the 2019 Reading Thames Festivals are in full flow, and we’re very keen to understand the kinds of events and activities that local people enjoy, if they’d like to participate, and how best to let them know about what’s happening. With our colleagues at the University of Reading, we have created a short survey, which is open until Sunday 24 March 2019.

  • Looking for funding? Pitch to Reading Soup

    4 March 2019 Looking for funding? Pitch to Reading Soup

    Reading Soup still have two slots for community organisations to pitch for funding at their next Reading Soup event, on May 1. Reading Soup is a grassroots, community fundraising organisation supporting community projects in the Reading area. They’re inspired by the original Detroit SOUP, and are run by a committee of five volunteers. They hold fundraising dinners in Reading every other month. Community groups who pitch could benefit from around £200-300 of funding from their crowdfunding pot.

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2019 – nominations now open!

    28 February 2019 Reading Volunteer Awards 2019 – nominations now open!

    Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards. Every day volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities throughout Reading. As in previous years, we will be hosting an awards evening to coincide with Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June, celebrating those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town.

  • The Lion’s Den community grant scheme is back

    27 February 2019

    Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 12 June 2019. Their aim is to reach out to small groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. They will be distributing grants of up to £750 each. If you are involved in a local community project here in Reading or are a small local charity then this could be your opportunity to obtain one of the grants.