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Reading Community Learning Centre has meeting and social space for hire – in the holidays, after 15:00 on weekdays, and at the weekends. There are three rooms for hire at subsidised rates to voluntary and community groups. The rooms can also be hired at competitive rates by public bodies, private organisations and individuals. The meeting rooms are suitable for conferences, training, and meetings for up to 15 people.
Reading is a town of two halves when it comes to technology – on the one hand, there is a highly IT literate workforce and on the other, there are areas of deprivation where there are high levels of digital exclusion. Get Online Reading works to increase digital inclusion by recruiting tech-savvy volunteers who provide one-to-one support at drop-in sessions, for residents who may not have the skills or opportunity to access the internet and digital services.
Reading Refugee Support Group is a small charity with aspirations to do so much more for our client group – asylum seekers and refugees. We are passionate about telling the stories of our amazing clients and need to engage our supporters better. We are 25 years old but still have much to do to raise our profile and build understanding of the stories we have to tell. This is your challenge!
Are you passionate about a cause in Reading, have links to particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee? Join the Social Action Mentors: Receive free governance training with RVA, put this into practice by mentoring a grass roots community group and be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading.
Reading Borough Council hereby gives notice that on 20 September 2018 it received a notification from the owner of an intention to dispose through a freehold sale the Jolly Anglers Public House, listed by the Council on 17 February 2015 as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011. The Council invites any eligible community interest group to express an interest to be treated as a potential bidder for the asset by 1 November 2018.
Black History Month returns to Reading this October, with a packed programme of special events coordinated by the council working with voluntary groups and organisations from across Reading. Reading can look forward to a wide range of community celebrations, theatre, poetry, music, dance, exhibitions, film and talks throughout the month for all to enjoy.
Would you like to help organise a lively and vibrant festival in East Reading? Come and join us.
Citizens Advice Reading are being funded to deliver a service for the next three years to support clients at risk of homelessness by helping them prevent eviction and increase their financial capability to prevent future crises. They are looking for an additional two part-time caseworkers to join the existing team to deliver this service. The caseworkers will support clients in taking steps to prevent homelessness, achieve financial stability and improve their financial literacy and digital skills.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have developed ‘Fundraising Fundamentals‘, a free fundraising tool to help small charities and groups to develop a fundraising strategy. Many more small community groups in Reading are now working towards Safe and Sound, a good governance award for Reading’s charities. Check out the website at http://rva.org.uk/safe-and-sound or contact Herjeet on 01189 372273 for more information about how you might get started.
RVA’s summer intern Catherine McClane has produced a report on youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. Catherine spent the summer talking to young people and stakeholder organisations, to investigate the causes and impacts of loneliness for 11 to 25 year olds living in the town. Catherine’s report was inspired by national research into the prevalence of loneliness among young people, as well as RVA’s 2017 report on Loneliness and Social Isolation in Reading.