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  • Want a really great communal garden? Read on!

    29 May 2014

    Silver River Productions, a London-based TV company, is currently developing a new primetime gardening series with a working title ‘Garden Republic’ for one of the UK’s major broadcasters. The series will follow a group of neighbouring homeowners who will each expand their individual gardens by banishing fences to allow for one large community garden, to be shared by all the neighbours. Hopefully residents will work together to create a space that none of them could ever dream of owning individually and, ...

  • Project support fund

    29 May 2014

    The Reading Climate Change Partnership is offering a fund of up to £2,000 for organisations who will help them reduce carbon emissions / help prepare for the effects of climate change. This fund is open to the business and community sector for non capital projects. Deadlines are on going. Applications will be reviewed in July, October 2014, January, April 2015. Limit per application: £2,000 for approximately 10 projects. If you would like to discuss the suitability of your project, please contact the ...

  • Job Vacancy – Garden Tutor/Development Worker

    29 May 2014

    by Paul Harper (Food4Families) Gardener with Community Development Experience Needed – immediate start. We are looking for a Garden Tutor/Development Worker to work with the Southcote GrowAllot committee to further increase local residents’ participation in this successful community allotment garden. You will have the enthusiasm and skills to get people engaged and help them learn how to grow their own fruit & veg and we have developed lots of resources to help you do that. This position is initially for 5 hours per week during ...

  • Local Advice Service starting for Amersham Road

    29 May 2014

    by Rachel Miller (Development Officer: Community Involvement) Throughout June and July, a new advice service will be available at Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre for local residents. Citizens’ Advice bureau will be providing the advice service, supported by Catalyst Housing, RVA and funded by the Earley Charity. Anyone living in the local area can book an appointment on a Wednesday between 11am and 3pm on Wednesday 4 Jun, 18 June, 2 July and / or 16 July. To book an appointment please call ...

  • Speakers’ Corner Reading Launch: Reading Matters

    29 May 2014

    by Rachel Miller (Secretary) Saturday 14 June marks the first of a monthly opportunity for people in Reading to speak up about what they feel matters to them in Reading. The launch, from 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm on 14 June in the Market Place, will include speeches by Councillor Jo Lovelock, leader of the council, and the chair of Reading’s Youth Cabinet, David Langridge, who will speak about why Reading matters to them, and what matters are important to them in Reading. Following their ...

  • Caversham’s Cafe with legs!

    29 May 2014

    by Nigel Smith (Community Journalist) ‘An idea which has legs.’ So said Cllr Marian Livingston, Mayor of Reading, at the opening of the Caversham Community Café (the 3Cs). She was commenting on the concept of community cafés. Cllr Livingston explained that this is the second community café she has opened in recent months. Using churches as cafés, she said, was a great example of effective use of large community spaces and volunteers to provide valuable community facilities. The new café is situated in St ...

  • Jacksons building to reopen for bike repairs

    20 May 2014

    by Rachel Miller (Reading Voluntary Action) Reading Bicycle Kitchen, a new bike-maintenance initiative designed to get more Reading residents cycling, has announced that it will be taking over the iconic Jackson’s building in the town centre. The building, which has stood empty since Christmas Eve, is slated for redevelopment and RBK will be taking over the ground floor whilst plans are finalised. Dave Sage, a secondary school teacher and the founder of Reading Bicycle Kitchen, says “The building is perfect for us: we’re ...

  • Police Property Fund – grant applications invited

    15 May 2014

    by Sarah Morland (Reading Voluntary Action) The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has announced this year’s round of grants from the Police Property Fund. The fund is created from the proceeds of sale of goods recovered by the police that cannot be returned to their original owner, and all awards from the fund must be for charitable purposes Applications are invited from local voluntary and community groups which are working to improve the lives of people in the Thames Valley Police ...

  • Community Organisers start work in Reading

    29 April 2014

    by Rob Stirling (Community Organiser) A group of 4 Community Organisers have started work in Reading in a bid to get people across the town more involved in where they live. Hosted by Reading Voluntary Action on Duke Street, Annemaire Byrnes, Freya Walker, Robert Stirling and Smriti V Hunter will be talking to people, finding out what they love about the area they live in and what things they would most like to improve. The four of them will then be looking ...

  • Beat the Street goes live!

    28 April 2014

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) The Beat the Street scheme to encourage people to take more exercise is set to go!  Cards are now available from local GP surgeries, libraries and leisure centres and a map has been published showing where the Beat Boxes will be.  The scheme officially runs from 1 May to 4 June, and you can register on the Beat the Street website from Wednesday 30 April. Beat the Street was rolled out in Caversham last year for ...