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  • Free Big Lunch street parties 11 – 12 June!

    22 March 2016 Free Big Lunch street parties 11 – 12 June!

    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 11 – 12 June you can close your road and it won’t cost you a penny!

  • Spring’s on the way – how about setting up a Play Street?

    26 February 2016 Spring's on the way - how about setting up a Play Street?

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Spring is finally arriving, and now is a good time to start planning activities in your neighbourhood for when the weather gets warmer.  Play Streets are a great way to get neighbours together and can provide fun for all the family. 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 ...

  • Could your organisation benefit from the efforts of a young volunteer?

    26 February 2016

    by Ana de la Barreda (Reading Voluntary Action) RVA Youth has worked with a number of organisations to help them harness the skills, talents and enthusiasm young volunteers can bring. Having successfully completed a range of projects we are now seeking to expand access to the benefits an RVA Youth volunteer can bring to more local organisations. What is RVA Youth?  RVA Youth is an innovative scheme run by Reading Voluntary Action designed to allow more young people (16-24) to get involved and ...

  • Local Green Spaces: your opinion counts!

    18 February 2016 Local Green Spaces: your opinion counts!

    by Helen Lambert (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Are there green spaces in your area which are really important to the local community? The new Reading Local Plan gives an opportunity for you to get involved in helping to protect them. The Government has introduced a new type of designation, known as ‘local green space’ in the National Planning Policy Framework. Designating local green space would mean that these areas benefit from the national level policy protection in the NPPF. However, there are a ...

  • Children’s reading charity has a new home

    10 February 2016 Children's reading charity has a new home

    Local charity ABC to Read has been given a new lease of life thanks to the Church of St Mark in Reading. The charity were facing eviction from their current office at Bridge Hall in Reading due to council funding cuts. Rev. Nicholas Cheeseman of The Church of St Mark said: “Having heard about the great work that ABC to Read do in our local community, I was more than happy to offer them our Church Hall as their new home.” Marcia ...

  • Have your say on how Reading should develop over the next 20 years

    28 January 2016 Have your say on how Reading should develop over the next 20 years

    Reading Borough Council have started producing a new Local Plan, which will set out the planning policies to guide development in Reading up to 2036. This will replace the existing planning policy documents. This is the first stage in consulting on the plan, asking which issues the plan should tackle, and how it should deal with them.

  • Palmer Park walks

    28 January 2016

    A companionable respite for carers and their relatives/clients as it is known that walking brings stress release, is energizing and a welcome distraction from the indoor environment.

  • Could your organisation benefit from Tesco’s 5p carrier bag funds?

    21 January 2016

    The Tesco Local Community Grant Scheme is due to re-open for applications in April 2016. The scheme will provide funding to local communities to improve local green spaces. Organisations eligible to apply include not-for profit organisations such as voluntary and community organisations, development trusts and housing organisations.

  • Grow For It awards for young people

    14 January 2016 Grow For It awards for young people

    Grow Wild are looking for young people, aged 12 to 25, to enter their exciting new Get Creative competition or to apply for Transform a Space awards. Have you got a brilliant idea to communicate the importance of native wild flowers and wild spaces in a creative way? Apply now for our Get Creative award. Or do you want to work with others to help transform a local space with native plants and wild flowers? Apply now for our Transform a ...

  • Funding Round-up page – new from RVA

    14 January 2016 Funding Round-up page – new from RVA

    Reading Voluntary Action have set up a new page on their website containing a round-up of all funding-related information including new funding opportunities, updates from RBC’s monthly ‘Funding Digest’ and their Reading 4 Community online funding search tool.