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.

  • Could you be a Digital Champion?

    8 January 2015 Could you be a Digital Champion?

    In the digital age essential services are being increasingly accessed online, and inevitably those without the opportunity and skills to access online services will be at a disadvantage. No doubt there are many people out there who would benefit from access to computer equipment in their area, such as at their local community centre, church hall or other community building. Perhaps you have been thinking of helping your neighbours get online, or even know of a local facility such as a ...

  • ‘Tis the season to be granting!

    24 December 2014 'Tis the season to be granting!

    A reminder that Reading Neighbourhood Network’s small grants scheme is fast approaching its first round deadline. Applications are welcomed from anyone looking to improve cohesion in their neighbourhood and get more activities going – we are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who is thinking of starting up a new neighbourhood group in their community, so RNN membership is not a pre-requisite. The deadline for this round is 31 December, so time is running out!  Details of the scheme and a link ...

  • What’s on for older people in Reading this Christmas

    4 December 2014

    by Michelle Brown, Reading Borough Council (RBC) There are lots of events and activities happening across the Christmas season in Reading and RBC’s Adult Social Care team have compiled a useful list of the ones they know about. The list is not comprehensive but it’s a useful starting point, so do take a look, highlight relevant items to your neighbours and print it off if you have somewhere to display it. The flyer also includes other useful information in one place like ...

  • How can Reading recycle more?

    1 December 2014 How can Reading recycle more?

    A lively forum was organised by the Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN) with support from RNN, with the aim of looking into Reading’s recycling successes and challenges. The event was attended by councillors, council officers and members of GREN and Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN). There was a presentation on how the recycling system works and a video of material collected for recycling being sorted at Smallmead to separate out useful materials for industry. This produces high quality materials from loose paper, ...

  • Advertise your neighbourhood’s seasonal activities with RNN

    20 November 2014 Advertise your neighbourhood's seasonal activities with RNN

    Are you organising any events over the Christmas period in your neighbourhood – a party, Santa’s grotto, Christmas meal…? You can advertise your event free on the Reading Neighbourhood Network website. Just send the details of your event to and we’ll do the rest. If possible please include a phone number in case we need to contact you.  

  • Revitalising Reading’s Central Club building

    20 November 2014 Revitalising Reading's Central Club building

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) RVA has been asked to undertake a review and consult with organisations interested in the building, which has been empty since 2006. The Council also agreed that any future plans for the building will fully recognise the cultural and social significance for the local community of the iconic former Central Club mural on London Street, and its position as a high profile local landmark in Reading. We would like to hear from organisations or groups across ...

  • The Care Act in Reading – have your say

    20 November 2014

    News from: Reading Borough Council (RBC) The Care Act 2014 updates over 60 years of law around adult social care in England. The changes affect how councils support people with care and support needs (whether they get support from the Council or not) and carers. If you are already using Reading’s adult social care services, there will be no automatic changes to your support. You are most likely to notice changes at your review or if your needs change (whichever comes first). Reading ...

  • Draughtbusters: is your home draughty?

    20 November 2014 Draughtbusters: is your home draughty?

    Are you living in cold and draughty home? …and do you consider yourself to be in energy poverty? Transition Town Reading is a community group who want to help you with the draughtproofing of your home. The cost of materials has been met through a grant from the Council, providing that you meet certain conditions and we visit you before the end of March 2015. The work will be done by experienced volunteers and will take up to a couple of hours. It’s ...

  • Got an idea for your neighbourhood? RNN could help fund it!

    13 November 2014

    Since starting at the end of 2012 RNN has managed to keep its operating costs to a minimum, with the result that we are in the fortunate position of having surplus funds available. We are keen to use these funds for the benefit our member groups and propose to offer small grants (up to £500) to groups for projects. If you or your group have an idea for a community project that would benefit your neighbourhood we really want to hear ...

  • It’s all about the groups: RNN Conference 2014 review

    30 October 2014 It's all about the groups: RNN Conference 2014 review

    by David Neale (Reading Neighbourhood Network) Many thanks to everyone who attended our second Neighbourhoods Conference at the Town Hall. It was an evening of lively discussion, with the theme ‘It’s all about the groups’: the coming year’s focus will be on all the neighbourhood groups around Reading, and how Reading Neighbourhood Network can help them to thrive. We showed a new video showcasing some of the wonderful work they do – you can view the full video at Since starting ...