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  • Vital for Berkshire funding – open until 25 January 2019

    9 January 2019

    The second Vital for Berkshire funding round is now open for applications, with grants of up to £10,000 available. Vital for Berkshire aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment. Vital for Berkshire goes beyond the statistics to uncover areas where pockets of deprivation can be found, and where local communities are struggling.

  • New Community Memory Café offers welcoming safe space in Southcote

    3 January 2019

    A New Community Memory Café launched in Southcote with the aim of offering a welcoming space for people who are concerned about their memory or mental wellbeing. At its launch the café welcomed individuals and their carers to a friendly atmosphere with exercise from the Memory Clinic, a talk on museum artefacts from The Museum of English Rural Life and a quiz compiled by the dedicated volunteers.

  • How to dispose of your old Christmas tree

    3 January 2019

    Do you have a traditional Christmas tree that will need to be thrown out this January? Reading Borough Council is providing drop-off points in car parks around the town for disposal of Christmas trees, starting on Wednesday 2 January and closing on Friday 18 January. The trees will be chipped by the Council and used in a range of landscaping schemes across the Borough.

  • Consultation on Draft Palmer Park Development Framework

    20 December 2018

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on plans for the future of Palmer Park. The Draft Palmer Park Development Framework is a planning document which looks in particular at how a new swimming pool could be accommodated within Palmer Park, as well as other options for improvement. Consultation on the Draft Framework began on Friday 14 December and will last until Friday 22 February 2019 and the consultation documents are available online at:

  • Befriending Forum 2019 – save the date

    19 December 2018

    Following the success of the 2018 Let’s Make Reading Friendlier conference, RVA is pleased to announce the first Befriending Forum event of 2019, on Tuesday 19 February, from 12:30 until 16:15, at the Third Floor Community Hub in Reading Central Library. The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.

  • Second year of Reading, Place of Culture funding

    13 December 2018

    Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the second year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Funding is available to organisations to deliver participatory arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes by, with and for Reading residents, particularly those less likely to access cultural opportunities and where engagement could have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing.

  • Reading – Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2018

    4 December 2018

    In accordance with the provisions of the Representation of the People Act 1983 and Section 16 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006, Reading Borough Council must undertake a review of the polling districts and polling places within its area every five years. Section 17 of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 provides that the next such review must take place in the period of 16 months from 1 October 2018.

  • Community Energy for Reading – grants for sustainability initiatives

    22 November 2018

    Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100 to £5,000 for initiatives which aim to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions or support sustainability in the local community. Grants are open to organisations which are not-for-profit, charities or an SME based within an approximate 15 mile radius of Reading Town Hall.

  • Activity workshops for children and families – call for providers

    21 November 2018

    Could you provide activity workshops for young people and families in South Reading? The charity Aspire2 are looking for activity providers to offer some workshops in South Reading. They are looking for a variety of activities for all ages: early years, families, primary and secondary age. The activities could be art, music, dance, drama or sports. If you are interested, please email RVA’s Youth Project Coodinator, Charlotte at

  • Palmer Café let to Tutu’s Ethiopian Table

    15 November 2018

    Reading Borough Council today announced the new tenant of Palmer Park’s Lodge Café as Award winning Tutu Melaku, the founder and owner of Tutu’s Ethiopian Table. The new venture replaces the Chalkboard Café, which closed in 2017. The café is located close to the park playground at the edge of Wokingham Road. Council officers are currently working with Tutu to bring the building back into use and it is anticipated the new café will open in the New Year.