Our news is collected from our network of members, and is updated regularly. We also present information and articles from other sources that might be relevant to your kind of group.

  • The RVA Survey 2015 – Deadline 2 October

    24 September 2015

    The RVA Survey 2015 launched today. There are 10 brief questions that will only take a minute to complete and your feedback is really valuable.

  • Save the date – RNN Neighbourhoods Conference 2015 Tuesday 24 November

    10 September 2015 Save the date - RNN Neighbourhoods Conference 2015 Tuesday 24 November

    After another exhilarating year it’s time for all of us to get together again. This year we are holding our Neighbourhoods Conference at the Reading Town Hall, on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 6.30pm.

  • Want some free publicity for your group? Here’s your chance!

    21 August 2015 Want some free publicity for your group? Here's your chance!

    We’re making a new promotional video for RNN, to show at our Neighbourhoods Conference in November and more widely to various audiences. Now’s your chance to be part of it and get some free promotion for your group and what it does! We’re looking for about 6 neighbourhood groups from around Reading to talk to us about what they do for their communities – whether it’s organising a street party or fun day, cleaning up your area, running activities and clubs, ...

  • Year of Culture Meeting: focus on non-arts and cultural organisations

    20 August 2015

    The Reading Year of Culture monthly meeting will take place on Monday 7 September and representatives from all organisations are invited to come along!

  • “Get Fit for Culture” Grants

    13 August 2015

    2016 is Reading’s Year of Culture. This will be an opportunity to showcase and encourage engagement with the wide range of activities in the field of arts and heritage. There will be grants for community groups to get involved in some of the monthly themes throughout the Year of Culture.

  • Time to register your RESCUE clean-up event

    10 August 2015 Time to register your RESCUE clean-up event

    Reading RESCUE is held twice yearly, in March and October, bringing the public, community and the business sectors together to plan and deliver this popular outdoor clean-up event. The next event is from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 October, and the deadline for registering your own RESCUE clean-up on that day is Monday 21 September. This is your chance to make a difference to Reading’s woodlands, waterways, green spaces and streets, and your team can get support to deliver a safe ...

  • New Directions local courses

    3 August 2015 New Directions local courses

    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 Budget Consultation – Your Council Services, Your Say

    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 Using health data to support your funding bid

    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 ...