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  • Thinking of getting an electric car?

    14 November 2018

    Go Electric Reading is a Defra funded project run by Reading Borough Council to look at providing electric car charging for people who have to park their car on the street. The first stage of the council initiative is to identify residents without off-street parking who may be able to benefit from the scheme. The council has opened a survey to gauge demand – if you are interested please visit for more details.

  • Social Prescribing – coming of age

    12 November 2018

    The King’s Fund hosted a conference on 6 November bringing together established and developing Social Prescribing services, NHS acute trusts, GP’s and many voluntary organisation interested in being part of the Social Prescribing movement. The conference kicked off with a breakfast discussion about how social prescribing can help reduce the demand on secondary services for people with long-term health conditions.

  • Police and Property Fund Act open for applications

    10 November 2018

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The fund is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals.

  • Hut at Knights Way, Emmer Green – bidding opportunity

    7 November 2018

    The above Property is currently vacant and the Council has decided to grant a lease. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid for the property. Full marketing particulars can be found at The bidding deadline is noon on 9 January 2019.

  • Winter Watch – helping vulnerable families stay warm this winter

    1 November 2018

    Winter Watch is run by RBC and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure that no-one suffers from cold in their homes during the winter months. Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability or health concerns, have never lived independently, or struggle financially. Apply for Winter Watch until 31 March by phoning 01189 373747.

  • Reading Family Aid’s Christmas Toys and Teens Appeal 2018

    31 October 2018

    Reading Family Aid’s Christmas Toys and Teens Appeal are asking residents to donate new and ‘as new’ toys for 0-16 year old disadvantaged Reading children this Christmas. The donation points are open until Sunday 2 December, after which scores of volunteers will sort, pack and deliver the items to their grateful recipients. Donation points are located all over the Reading area, from Theale to Twyford and Winnersh and Emmer Green to Shinfield.

  • Responses to the government’s new loneliness strategy

    30 October 2018

    The government launched a new strategy for tackling loneliness on 15 October 2018. While voluntary and community organisations may welcome the opportunity it brings to raise awareness of this important issue, a number of national charities have expressed concern over what it will offer locally and on the ground. It is not clear, for example, which of the many government department work and funding streams it describes are genuinely new.

  • Launch of the Southcote Community Hub

    25 October 2018

    The official launch of the newly refurbished Southcote Community Hub will take place on Tuesday 30 October at 11:00. Following some significant enhancements to the community centre, including an extension to the building to incorporate the library, a new kitchen and replacement flooring in the main hall, we are inviting the community to view the site and groups and services using the facility at Coronation Square.

  • Is your organisation worried about cyber crime? Free advice available

    25 October 2018

    Cyber crime is generally where someone unauthorised has got access to a computer system – often by hacking into the system or spreading a virus to it. Examples affecting organisations are: – Cyber criminals have accessed your network and stolen personal information about your customers and are demanding payment for its safe return. This is also known as hacking extortion. – Your system, typically your website, gets flooded with unauthorised traffic causing it to slow down or malfunction. This is called a ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – 12 December 2018 – Save the Date!

    25 October 2018

    Reading Voluntary Action is hosting the next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector on Wednesday 12 December from 10:00 to 12:30. Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group plans to launch a consultation on the draft strategy for working with the voluntary and community sector within the next couple of weeks, with a provisional closing date of 15 December. Subject to confirmation of the consultation timescale, the Forum will give a final opportunity to discuss the strategy and respond to the consultation.