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Reading Dispensary Trust makes monthly grants for equipment and services not available through statutory sources, to those suffering from physical and mental illness, living within a seven mile radius of the centre of Reading. Applications are only accepted from organisations/agencies on behalf of their clients. Grants have been given for many items including white goods, furniture, carpeting, mobility aids, holidays, laptops and driving lessons.
Berkshire Community Foundation want to know what you think about the current funding climate for third sector organisations. They would like your views on how policies have affected the third sector in recent years, with a particular focus on Big Society policy as this was a third-sector focused initiative. To have your say, please complete the online survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/4G27D.
Little library users in Reading are in for a treat, with the official launch of the town’s toy library at its new central location. The toy library will be officially launched this week on Thursday 31 January at 11:15 by the Mayor of Reading, Cllr Debs Edwards and Cllr Sarah Hacker, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, supported by local children and a fairy princess. The celebration will also include a castle shaped cake!
Reading Borough Council will this week withdraw its East Reading MRT planning application ahead of a public consultation on how the Borough should tackle worsening congestion and poor air quality in the future. As part of a public consultation and visioning exercise to be launched in the spring, Reading Borough Council intends to engage with residents, neighbouring local authorities, businesses and other stakeholders on options for future transport solutions.
The next round of People’s Postcode Trust funding will open on 6 February 2019. Registered charities can apply for a grant of between £500 and £20,000. Constituted groups (unregistered) and community interest companies can apply for grants of up to £2,000 for projects of 12 months. All groups must have a constitution and their own bank account. For further information and how to apply see the website at www.postcodetrust.org.uk.
The Greggs Local Community Projects Funding is open for applications until 28 February 2019. Grants of up to £2,000 are available and they are looking to fund projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. For more information see the website at www.greggsfoundation.org.uk.
Reading Libraries has two spaces for potential rental. An upstairs office space at Tilehurst library is available and our brand new office space at Battle library will be built in 2019. Reading Borough Council are interested in hearing from any organisation that might be interested in a brand new, relatively small office in RG30/RG31 at low cost. If you would like more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 7 February and is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
A club which started out as a dream by two young people on the Amersham Road estate has become a reality with support from local residents. Beginning after the October half term in 2018, two sessions for different school years were offered on Monday evenings. The young people enjoyed craft and sports activities. Everyone went home with a smile on their face. They also left the leaders with lots of ideas of things they wanted to do.
Following the success of the 2018 Let’s Make Reading Friendlier conference, RVA is pleased to announce the first Befriending Forum event of 2019, on Tuesday 19 February from 12:30 until 16:15 at the third floor Community Hub in Reading Central Library. The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.