News

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  • Elevate Reading – Making It Real Workshop Evening Session

    14 April 2015

    Due to popular demand an additional evening session of the Elevate Reading Making It Real Workshop has been arranged. This will be on Tuesday 19 May from 5 to 7pm. The new Elevate Hub at The Library, alongside the Elevate Me website, aims to make it easier for young people to find the right support to meet their needs and aspirations. Bringing together a wide range of organisations, Elevate seeks to harness the vast pool of knowledge and insight those working ...

  • Reading Town Meal: Stallholders welcome!

    9 April 2015

    The next Reading Town Meal is currently being planned by Food4Families, and stallholders are wanted. The event is the biggest “picnic in the park” that Reading has ever seen, and will return to Forbury Gardens on Saturday 3 October 2015 – and the local community is invited to get involved in this celebration of local sustainable food. A delicious meal, cooked by Reading College catering students from produce grown and donated by local allotment holders and home growers, will be served free ...

  • How to get funding and support from businesses

    2 April 2015

    Grants from companies can often involve a less rigorous application process and lighter-touch monitoring than funding through charitable trusts, but this doesn’t always mean it’s easier to access. As many of them promote their grants heavily through local branches, lots of people know about them and give it a go. It also often requires gaining public support, so you have to actively encourage your friends, family and supporters to vote online or in store. Here are a run down of companies ...

  • Return of Beat the Street for 2015

    2 April 2015

    Beat the Street will return to Reading from 29 April to 24 June! Beat the Street is a cycling and walking game. People tap cards (like oyster cards) on Beat Boxes placed on lamp posts throughout Reading, Burghfield, Mortimer, Pangbourne and Theale and registers their activity. Cards must be taped at another box to records a journey, earn points for the individual player and earn points for the team. The overall challenge is to walk 300,000 miles on a space race! If ...

  • Olswang Green Community Fund for Reading

    2 April 2015

    Olswang’s Green Seed Fund is giving overall £34.2k (£3k per project) to creative environmental projects that have big social benefits and are based in Reading or Camden (where Olswang have their UK offices). Feel free to have a look at last year’s winners here. If you have won or applied before and are operating in these areas, consider re-applying. The selection area is now smaller so your chances to stand out from the crowd should be better! New applications are of ...

  • RNN grants – successful bidders announced

    31 March 2015

    RNN’s grant scheme has now closed, and we are pleased to announce that nine organisations have been successful.  We hope to distribute the grants in early April.  The following are the successful applicants: Alan Place Residents’ Association – seating for their community allotment and promoting a Big Lunch party Art in Redlands – to organise a summer fete to promote this new organisation in the local area Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association – materials for street planters Lorne Street Play Street – insurance to ...

  • People’s Postcode Trust Grants deadline approaching

    27 March 2015

    by Rachel Goater (Reading Voluntary Action) The People’s Postcode Small Grants Programme opened for applications in Berkshire on 1 April and exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that embody the theme of Advancement of citizenship or community development. Through this programme, the programme provides funding for projects of up to twelve months in length, ranging from £500 up to £20,000 to registered charities, community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations. £2,000 ...

  • East Reading Festival: call for stall holders

    27 March 2015

    by Rachel Goater (Reading Voluntary Action) The next East Reading Festival will be at Palmer Park, Reading, between 12 noon and 6pm on Sunday 14 June 2015 Any organisation interested in having a stall can register their interest by filling in this form. You are not guaranteed a place at this stage, but will ensure you are considered in the stall allocation process. If you would like to be involved as a committee member, performer, stall holder, volunteer or community organisation, you can visit ...

  • Have your say on flood prevention plans

    26 March 2015

    People living in Reading are being asked to give their views on a package of plans designed to minimise the risk of flooding and deal with the consequences of any that may occur. Reading’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) has been prepared in conjunction with the Environment Agency and Thames Water and four Berkshire unitary councils: Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead, West Berkshire and Bracknell Forest. Slough has not been involved, as it is outside the common Thames catchment boundary. Under the ...

  • Free Big Lunch street parties 6 – 7 June!

    26 March 2015

    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 6-7 June you can close your road and it won’t cost you a penny! A small street party means one held in only one or two streets and ...