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  • Grants of up to £10k up for grabs

    12 September 2018

    Grants of up to £10k are available to support Berkshire. Charities and groups are being invited to apply for funds by local granting charity Berkshire Community Foundation. Seven funds are now receiving applications which cover a huge range of issues and projects in Berkshire. The money will support people of all ages struggling with disadvantage. Applications are open now until October. To apply, visit the website at

  • The Lion’s Den! Local community groups could win a small grant

    6 September 2018

    Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 23 October 2018. The aim is to reach out to small community groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. Reading Lions will be distributing small grants of up to £500 each. If you are involved in a local community project here in Reading or are a small local charity then this could be your opportunity to obtain one of the grants.

  • Rooms for hire at Support U Hub

    5 September 2018

    Support U now offer rooms for hire at their Reading hub on 15 Castle Street (RG1 7SB), available rooms are a Reception room for 20 people, a Conference room for 8 people and 2 Counselling rooms for 2-3 people. See the Support U website at for the availability of each of the rooms. If you require longer terms, please contact Support U directly by phone on 01183 219111 or email at

  • What’s new in the 2018 Annual Return?

    30 August 2018

    Registered charities are required to keep their information up to date with the Charity Commission. One way of doing this is by completing an ‘Annual Return’. The Charity Commission has extended the questions for the 2018 Annual Returns and for more information see the article at from the Charity Commission for details on the changes to the Annual Return.

  • New Directions part-time adult education – enrol now for September

    24 August 2018

    New Directions is enrolling now for part-time adult education courses starting in September. Courses are run in accessible, friendly venues and community settings across Reading at a range of times in the day and are taught by high quality, experienced and supportive tutors. To enrol or find out more you can go to the website at or you can email

  • Reading on Thames Festival – free tickets for community groups

    23 August 2018

    There are special ticket offers for community groups to come and join us at the Reading on Thames Festival, to help us celebrate our culture, heritage and waterways! On Thursday 6 September In Place of War presents GRRRL, a bespoke, electronic collaboration at Reading Town Hall and on Saturday 15 September run away to the Circus with Cirque Bijou at Caversham Court Gardens.

  • Have your say: Proposal to change the way services are delivered by RBC

    22 August 2018

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on proposals which may change the way some services are delivered locally. Due to the significant financial pressures being faced by the Council, a range of services will be market tested to see if they can be delivered more economically by third party provider(s). If you would like to take part in the consultation, the consultation documents are available online at: and the deadline for responses is 31 August 2018.

  • New computer support sessions for Reading residents

    17 August 2018

    The “Get Online Reading” project to help the town’s people use the internet has been steadily expanding and is now available at two new venues. Residents of Dee Park now have the chance to go to a monthly drop-in session to help them with technology and the Get Online project has also started working with Reading Deaf Centre.

  • Reading’s second annual Disability Awareness Day

    16 August 2018

    A Disability Awareness Day for Reading took place on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre in Caversham. Themed around culture, wellbeing and leisure, the event celebrated the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. An estimated 120 members of the public attended the event at the accessible community centre on Amersham Road.

  • Compass Recovery College – Autumn Prospectus Launch

    16 August 2018

    On Wednesday 15 August, Caversham Court Gardens saw the launch of the new Compass Recovery College prospectus for 2018 to 2019. Compass Recovery College offers a range of courses to suit a variety of needs – topics include understanding mental health, looking after yourself, money management and employability.