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  • 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 Classroom and meeting space for hire

    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 East Reading Festival 2015 – “Biggest Turn Out Ever”

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

    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 Summer's here - how about setting up a Play Street?

    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.  ...

  • Reading 4 Community – new online funding tool

    18 June 2015

    After many years of providing GRANTnet, to help you do your own personalised grant searches, Reading Borough Council are pleased to tell you that they are now able to offer you the latest version of the online Grant Search programme from © Idox plc renamed Reading 4 Community.

  • Small Grants for community groups – deadline 31 July 2015

    18 June 2015

    Reading Borough Council’s small grants programme is available to support grass roots work and designed primarily to fund start-up costs, small projects and events that encourage activity at neighbourhood level.

  • ‘Reading Soup’ to provide funding pot for Reading’s community projects

    4 June 2015 ‘Reading Soup’ to provide funding pot for Reading’s community projects

    Reading’s first-ever ‘Soup’ event to encourage the launch and support of creative community projects takes place on Thursday 9 July. Reading Soup is a community event to spotlight local projects. Presenters have just five-minutes to pitch their idea, with no Powerpoint or other technology allowed. The audience vote decides which project gets funded. The Soup concept started in 2010 in Detroit, Michigan and has hit the headlines in the UK as the creative approach to fundraising has spread. It has since grown ...

  • Digital Champions – Helping more Reading residents get online!

    21 May 2015 Digital Champions – Helping more Reading residents get online!

    News from Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) by Tricia (RVA Community Journalist) Silver surfers enjoyed a taster day onsite at the Trinity Place sheltered housing unit recently. Trinity Place is just one of 11 units for the over 60s in central Reading and now has a computer room to get more of the residents online, giving them the chance to shop from the comfort of home as well as book tickets for trips and events. Ian Williams is a volunteer for the Get ...