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  • Community space at Tutu’s Table in Palmer Park

    24 October 2019 Community space at Tutu’s Table in Palmer Park

    Tutu’s Ethiopian Table is located in Palmer Park (the old Chalkboard Cafe). Tutu wishes to make the space more available for local community groups and charities who are looking for a meeting space or if groups are looking for a local community setting to take their members or service users to. Palmer Park is a beautiful green space to the east of Reading town centre and is easily accessible by No.17 bus services.

  • Free online safeguarding resources from NCVO

    21 October 2019

    Every charity, voluntary or community group, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place for all its beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published a comprehensive collection of free resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos available at They are straightforward, practical and based on real world experience in the voluntary sector.

  • Have your say on NHS plans for our area

    17 October 2019 Have your say on NHS plans for our area

    A wide spread engagement process on the future arrangements for NHS commissioning in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West was launched this week. It will last until 1 December and there are full details on the Berkshire West CCG website at You can download the survey at Fact sheets giving details of the proposals are also going to be sent to all surgeries in Berkshire West so patients can get involved.

  • Community Safety Survey

    9 October 2019 Community Safety Survey

    It has now been 2 years since Reading Borough Council last asked for your views on Community Safety in Reading. The Community Safety Partnership asks us to consult every 2 years so that we can identify the issues that residents in Reading see as a problem. The Neighbourhood Initiatives Team would therefore like to hear about issues that affect you in your neighbourhood. Your responses will help to identify priorities for our local Safer Neighbourhood Forums across Reading.

  • Free ILM accredited management training for voluntary and community groups

    3 October 2019 Free ILM accredited management training for voluntary and community groups

    Alan Hester Associates is delivering free management training for junior to middle managers of voluntary and community organisations. The training is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management and fully funded by the European Social Fund and the Thames Valley LEP as part of the Skills for the Workforce project. To find out more or to apply for your free place, contact Alan Hester on 07970 522760 or email

  • Befriending Week – are you ready?

    2 October 2019 Befriending Week – are you ready?

    Countdown to Befriending Week 2019! Only 1 month to go. This year the theme puts a spotlight on Health and Wellbeing. To help you prepare for this year’s celebrations, visit the Befriending Week Resources section of the website at to download the free Resource Pack. This includes social media posts, facebook cover, Twitter Banner, Certificates and more. Well done to the 50+ members who have already downloaded their Befriending Week Resource Pack.

  • Coach Core apprenticeships – opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds

    26 September 2019 Coach Core apprenticeships – opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds

    An opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds interested in sports coaching. Get Berkshire Active are are about to launch a sports apprenticeship programme working with Coach Core by The Royal Foundation. Coach Core is an innovative and exciting sports coaching apprenticeship targeting young people who wish to gain further education and employment in sport. Coach Core apprentices will be employed by organisations for 15 months for 30 hours per week which includes one day in education.

  • An introduction to Primary Care Networks

    23 September 2019 An introduction to Primary Care Networks

    Thank you to those of you who came to ‘Putting Health at the Heart of Neighbourhoods’ last week. We heard about the new Primary Care Networks launched on 1 July 2019. A PCN is a grouping of GP practices working with community services, social care and the voluntary sector to plan and co-ordinate care within a neighbourhood of 30-50,000 patients with a strong focus on understanding population need and responding proactively to maintain health and wellbeing.

  • Battle Library community hub opens

    12 September 2019 Battle Library community hub opens

    Battle Library will reopen to the public as a multi-use community hub for west Reading on Tuesday 17 September, following major building improvement work over the summer. Battle Library has been transformed over the summer, so that more people can enjoy what it has to offer. The much-loved library will continue to provide all of its popular library services, as well as Children’s Centre activities, adult learning and community activities.

  • Opening date announced for the Pantry Café and Kitchen

    11 September 2019 Opening date announced for the Pantry Café and Kitchen

    The Pantry Café & Kitchen, Reading Town Hall’s new café, will open to the public this month. The modern new café will sit in the heart of Reading’s vibrant town centre, forming an integral part of the beautiful 18th Century Grade II listed Town Hall and Museum building. The Pantry will offer a fresh exciting place for breakfast, brunch or lunch and a great place to meet and eat. It will be open to the public from Monday 16 September.