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  • New Directions local courses

    3 August 2015

    Whether you would like to learn a new skill or are interested in getting back into work, gain a new qualification or improve your career prospects – New Directions can offer support and a great range of courses (English, maths, IT, arts and crafts, languages and a range of learning for work courses) to meet your needs. New Directions can also deliver a range of workshops to support individuals into employment, these include: CV’s, application forms, interview skills and skills health ...

  • Budget Consultation – Your Council Services, Your Say

    30 July 2015

    Reading Borough Council estimates it needs to save a further £39million over the next 3 years to 2019. This is because since 2013/14 the Government has cut Reading’s grant funding by 40%. The Council will be making a series of budget proposals to make the savings needed. All feedback will be considered in advance of final decisions through the Autumn and Winter.

  • Using health data to support your funding bid

    23 July 2015

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action At Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector it was suggested that Reading Voluntary Action could provide a resource bank of data sources to help organisations understand the needs of their communities. A good place to start – Reading Borough Council publishes ward profiles based on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, a useful source of information on demography, deprivation, poverty and access to services, economy and enterprise, education, health, and community safety using results from the 2011 ...

  • Santander Foundation – Community Plus Fund

    23 July 2015

    Community Plus grants of up to £5,000 are available for small local charities with funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. Grants must directly help disadvantaged people in your local area. The scheme is designed to be quick and simple to use and nominations can be made by charities as well as Santander customers and staff. Just visit any Santander branch and complete a Community Plus Nomination. The completed form should then be dropped into your local branch. By dropping ...

  • Active Communities funding opening again this week

    20 July 2015

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live will be able to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. It’s for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. “We’re looking for small ...

  • Classroom and meeting space for hire

    9 July 2015

    Reading Community Learning Centre has moved to new premises at 94 London Street and is offering classrooms and meeting spaces for hire in the evenings, at weekends and in the summer holidays. They have two classrooms on the 1st floor which are free in the evenings after 3:30 pm. One of the rooms can accommodate 15 people whilst the other can accommodate 20. There are also 2 toilets on this floor and a kitchen and eating area in the basement. Both classrooms are equipped ...

  • Kerbside recycling of small electrical goods on its way

    9 July 2015

    Reading Borough Council is planning a six-month trial for recycling collections small electrical appliances like toasters and hair dryers It will be introduced in September on two recycling rounds to begin with – taking in about 15,600 properties in Reading – and rolled out borough-wide next April. Residents on the chosen rounds will be able to put out one carrier bag of small electrical item on top of their red bin on recycling collection day. The collected items will then be put in ...

  • East Reading Festival 2015 – “Biggest Turn Out Ever”

    2 July 2015

    Thousands enjoyed the sun at the East Reading Festival in Palmer Park on Sunday, June 14 with organisers declaring it the biggest turnout ever. The free entry event saw four music stages catering to the crowd with the main stage headlined by Origami Heart. The Lime Stage is a new addition to the festival and showcased world music while duo The Papers blended rock guitar with rap. Also on offer was the Reading Ukelele Group while Reading College had its own ...

  • RNN Summer Get-Together – Wednesday 5 August, 6.30pm

    30 June 2015

    Reading Neighbourhood Network is planning its summer get-together in early August. This will be a chance to catch up with other neighbourhood groups – or just to come along and find out what’s happening around Reading. Date: Wednesday 5 August 2015 Time: 6.30-9.00pm (join us for tea & coffee from 6.30, main event starts at 7.00) Venue: Reading Ukrainian Community Centre, 21 Sidmouth Street (corner of Greys Court), Reading RG1 4QZ. A buffet will be provided – and it’s all completely free! There is ...

  • Summer’s here – how about setting up a Play Street?

    20 June 2015

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) 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 has been extended to allow applications all year round. The first Play Street was hosted by Lorne Street – just off Oxford Road – in October 2013. Since starting, the council has received no objections and the scheme has proved popular.  ...