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  • Be part of Reading Community Lottery – register as a good cause in time for the public launch

    19 February 2020Be part of Reading Community Lottery – register as a good cause in time for the public launch

    There’s still time to register as a good cause in time for the public launch of Reading Community Lottery on 28 February 2020. Reading Community Lottery is a weekly online lottery. Funds raised go to good causes that benefit the communities in the area of Reading. 60p from every £1 ticket goes to local charities and good causes.

  • New £100k RBC fund to support small community groups

    13 February 2020New £100k RBC fund to support small community groups

    A New £100,000 fund to support small community groups in Reading deliver local projects is being proposed, as part of the Council’s new three year Medium Term Financial Plan. The details of the how the fund will operate are still being worked up, but the intention is that small community groups or organisations in the town which are delivering projects that benefit local communities, will be able to bid for a grant of up to £5,000 each.

  • Community journalism: Walk, talk and share with Mental Health Mates Reading

    12 February 2020Community journalism: Walk, talk and share with Mental Health Mates Reading

    On a very cold but beautifully sunny Saturday morning recently, RVA’s Community Journalist Simone Illger met up with Mental Health Mates Reading at Christchurch Bridge. Mental Health Mates Reading is part of a UK-wide peer support group organising walks and talks for those affected by mental illness, including their families, children, friends and dogs. The group meet twice a month for around an hour’s walk followed by a cuppa, at two or three venues in and around Reading.

  • The Prince’s Trust – Get Started with Music

    11 February 2020The Prince’s Trust – Get Started with Music

    The Prince’s Trust have partnered up with Readipop this February to deliver a Get Started with Music programme. This is a week long programme giving young people ages 16-25 the opportunity to take part in creative music workshops like drumming and vocals, music performance, music production and much more, while working in groups towards performing their very own showcase gig for family and friends at the end of the week.

  • Countdown to Reading Community Lottery ticket sales going live

    6 February 2020Countdown to Reading Community Lottery ticket sales going live

    The lottery will be launched to the general public at the end of the month, with ticket sales going live on Friday 28 February and the first draw taking place on Saturday 28 March. If you would like to send supporters to your own Reading Community Lottery page on www.readingcommunitylottery.co.uk in time for the very first draw, then please make your application via the website by Friday 21 February.

  • Have your say on ward boundaries for Reading Borough Council

    5 February 2020Have your say on ward boundaries for Reading Borough Council

    The Local Government Boundary Commission for England recently published draft recommendations for new wards, ward boundaries and ward names for Reading Borough Council. They are now inviting comments on those recommendations. They are encouraging everyone who has a view on the draft recommendations to contact them, whether you support them or whether you wish to propose alternative arrangements.

  • Street party workshops across Reading

    23 January 2020Street party workshops across Reading

    Reading Voluntary Action and Reading Neighbourhoods Network are delighted to be working in partnership with a number of local community associations, to deliver four more free workshops on How to Organise a Street Party in Your Neighbourhood. The free, one-hour sessions will give people the information, resources and ideas they need to run a street party or ‘green space’ event, making the most of the ‘free road closure’ weekends in June and July, 2020.

  • New safeguarding tool for charities

    22 January 2020

    Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work. The government has designed a new digital tool to help charities handle the reporting of safeguarding concerns or allegations about the behaviour or actions of a person in their charity.

  • Reading Hydro share offer open – until 14 February 2020

    19 January 2020Reading Hydro share offer open – until 14 February 2020

    Invest in Reading Hydro’s share offer and help them build a community-owned hydro scheme on the Thames in Reading, next to Caversham weir. Reading Hydro will generate renewable electricity and cut carbon emissions for decades to come. Income from selling electricity will run the scheme and pay a return to investors. Many local people have already invested and the share offer is progressing well, but there’s still a way to go.

  • RVA Youth Research: what is it like growing up in Reading?

    17 January 2020RVA Youth Research: what is it like growing up in Reading?

    We are seeking the views of young people in your local communities. RVA’s Social Action Youth Leaders are conducting research across Reading to learn what it is like for young people to grow up in Reading. We are therefore asking young people in your communities aged 12-22 years to please complete our online survey and to let us know if anyone would be interested in joining a small youth focus group to share their experiences of life in Reading.