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  • 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 2015Digital 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 ...

  • New RVA Health and Safety Service for charities and voluntary groups

    21 May 2015

    Any activity whether for fun or work can involve an accident or damage to someone’s health. Work exposes people to hazards, such as slips, trips and falls, electricity, harmful substances or heavy loads that have to be handled. Health and safety law applies to all employers and there are specific requirements where premises are involved. Written risk assessments and a written health and safety policy will provide evidence of suitable management systems, and thus peace of mind. Appropriate and effective health ...

  • Our Place applications extended until 5 June

    21 May 2015Our Place applications extended until 5 June

    Additional places are now available on the Our Place programme, so the application deadline has been extended to Friday the 5th of June. If you have expressed an interest in the programme (by completing the first stage of the application process, the eligibility checker), but have not yet applied, you now have time to complete your application or get advice from the My Community team on how to apply. Our Place gives your community control over local services – it helps bring ...

  • Big Lunch street parties to take place across Reading

    20 May 2015Big Lunch street parties to take place across Reading

    Residents from 11 different streets in Reading are planning to host street parties during the first weekend of June as part of The Big Lunch 2015. The aim of the scheme is to get as many people as possible to meet in the streets and have lunch with their neighbours, in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. When and where are the street parties this year? Saturday June 6 Talfourd Avenue, from 12pm to 10pm Newport Road, from 1pm to 5pm   Sunday June ...

  • Reading Services Guide – how well is it working?

    20 May 2015

    One year on from its launch, Reading Borough Council is asking residents for their views on the Reading Services Guide. The feedback will help further develop and improve the Services Guide, which provides constantly updated information on adult social care and services for families. You are invited to complete a short on-line survey. The survey closes on Friday 12th June.

  • Neighbourhood Survey: have your say

    14 May 2015Neighbourhood Survey: have your say

    The Neighbourhood Survey is your chance to have your say on issues that affect you in your neighbourhood. Traffic, crime, environmental issues and anti-social behaviour can affect us all. Help your local neighbourhood groups to identify what concerns you the most and help to set priorities. The survey is open until 5 July 2015. Click here to complete the online survey Neighbourhood Survey.

  • RCLC is looking for tenants to share their new building

    7 May 2015

    Reading Community Learning Centre has new premises in London Street. They have a top floor free of 875 square feet plus toilets, which consists of a very large room, a medium sized room and a smaller office. There will also be a shared accessible downstairs interview room, an accessible toilet, and a meeting space after 3.30 pm, along with a shared basement kitchen. The Centre already works with men and though most of their classes will remain women only, the building ...

  • Volunteering drop-ins at RVA’s (and RNN’s) new home

    7 May 2015Volunteering drop-ins at RVA's (and RNN's) new home

    The Reading Voluntary Action team is gradually getting all the boxes unpacked in their new home at the Library along with Reading Neighbourhood Network. The Library will also be the new postal address for RNN. RVA is open for business on the ground floor Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings as usual plus offering drop-ins on Floor 3. The service should be extended once everyone is a little more settled, but for now, these are the times you can be confident that there ...