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.
There are special ticket offers for community groups to come and join us at the Reading on Thames Festival, to help us celebrate our culture, heritage and waterways! On Thursday 6 September In Place of War presents GRRRL, a bespoke, electronic collaboration at Reading Town Hall and on Saturday 15 September run away to the Circus with Cirque Bijou at Caversham Court Gardens.
Reading Borough Council is consulting on proposals which may change the way some services are delivered locally. Due to the significant financial pressures being faced by the Council, a range of services will be market tested to see if they can be delivered more economically by third party provider(s). If you would like to take part in the consultation, the consultation documents are available online at: https://consult.reading.gov.uk and the deadline for responses is 31 August 2018.
The “Get Online Reading” project to help the town’s people use the internet has been steadily expanding and is now available at two new venues. Residents of Dee Park now have the chance to go to a monthly drop-in session to help them with technology and the Get Online project has also started working with Reading Deaf Centre.
A Disability Awareness Day for Reading took place on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre in Caversham. Themed around culture, wellbeing and leisure, the event celebrated the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. An estimated 120 members of the public attended the event at the accessible community centre on Amersham Road.
On Wednesday 15 August, Caversham Court Gardens saw the launch of the new Compass Recovery College prospectus for 2018 to 2019. Compass Recovery College offers a range of courses to suit a variety of needs – topics include understanding mental health, looking after yourself, money management and employability.
Reading Borough Council has published the Draft Hosier Street Area Development Framework for consultation and are seeking your views on the proposals set out in the document for the future development of this important town centre area. The consultation formally started on the 20 July 2018 and will close at the end of the day 28 September 2018.
Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Ltd is seeking a highly experienced Voluntary and Community Sector Representative who can bring their commitment, passion and energy to the Thames Valley Berkshire Area ESI Funds Sub-Committee. With a successful track record in Berkshire you will bring your skills, experience and constructive challenge to the Partnerships well-developed ambitions.
This year’s Reading Town Meal needs everyone to be involved! You can help by donating your veg which will be cooked up into a delicious meal by the students of Reading College, and served FREE in Forbury Gardens on 29 September 2018. Whether you have your own allotment or grow in your garden, or have never grown before and want to give something a go, get involved and ‘pledge your veg’ today.
The Real Business Club are running their popular, free workshops again this autumn. They are interactive, friendly and practical and cover everything you need to think about about if you want to start your own business. They offer clear explanations, delivered by business professionals, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Each workshop runs from 10:00 to 13:00 and takes place at Reading Business Centre.
Catherine, RVA’s summer intern for 2018, is looking for organisations that work with 11-25 year olds to be part of her research into the causes and impacts of youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. If you are interested in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.