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  • ‘Building Connections Fund’ to open in July 2018

    26 June 2018

    The Prime Minister announced this week that charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness. The funding will go towards supporting and expanding programmes that bring people together and are proving to benefit communities. It will also fund projects that use technology to link those in remote areas and help improve transport connections to make face-to-face contact easier.

  • Struggling communities to be given a lifeline by new fundraising campaign

    25 June 2018

    Berkshire is seen by many as epitomising the South East, a prosperous and successful county. But behind this image is another Berkshire, one with hidden deprivation. Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) is putting a spotlight on this hidden Berkshire with the launch of their new campaign: Vital for Berkshire. People across Berkshire are struggling to cope with a range of issues including a safe home, good health and secure employment…

  • Police Property Act Fund open for applications

    21 June 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.

  • Have your say: proposed flood defences for the Thames

    20 June 2018

    The Environment Agency is investigating how to reduce flooding from the River Thames in north Reading and Lower Caversham. A number of options have been identified, all of which need further investigation to decide which, if any, could be taken forward. The Environment Agency would like to hear your views on the options they have been investigating as well as general feedback to help make sure they have considered all possible options before developing a design.

  • RVA Ready Friends Coordinator role – closing date 13 July 2018

    20 June 2018

    RVA are looking for an experienced community development worker with the motivation and skills to build on their loneliness and isolation work. An exciting opportunity for anyone who cares about social action in Reading, who is self motivated and able to engage the public in the campaign. Your role will be to encourage community participation in collaborative activity…

  • Consultation on concessionary fares for Access pass holders

    31 May 2018

    Reading Borough Council has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the concessionary fares scheme for Access pass holders. Residents have until 20 July 2018 to complete the survey which can be found online at

  • Fundraising Workshops in Reading with the FSI

    29 May 2018

    RVA are partnering with the Foundation for Social Improvement to offer small, local charities and community groups three mini workshops in Reading. The sessions are just 1.5 hours to make them as accessible as possible for busy charity employees/volunteers. More information and booking details can be found online at

  • Family fun days at the Weller Centre this half term

    24 May 2018

    Come and take part in an exciting range of free activities at the Caversham Family Connect Fun Day on Wednesday 30 May from 11:00 – 15:00, activities include: boxing (for teens and adults), basketball, cycling, growing your own fruit and veg, crafts, virtual reality headsets, healthy lifestyle advice and street art. For more information about the day, please contact Nick Rance, Community Physical Activity Manager, on

  • Priory Avenue Surgery to close in June

    24 May 2018

    NHS Berkshire West has announced the closure of Priory Avenue Surgery in Caversham on 30 June 2018. Patients living in the RG4 postcode area will be able to transfer directly to surgeries at Balmore Park or Emmer Green, but those that live south of the river will need to find another surgery to transfer to. Patients are advised to register with a new GP practice by 13 June.

  • Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity

    23 May 2018

    Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches their 2018 Vital Signs survey. Now in its fifth year, the Vital Signs survey is used to uncover the hidden areas of deprivation within Berkshire. BCF are asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. They can then nominate a charity in Berkshire of their choice to win one of the prizes.