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  • Consultation on Draft Hosier Street Area Development Framework

    10 August 2018

    Reading Borough Council has published the Draft Hosier Street Area Development Framework for consultation and are seeking your views on the proposals set out in the document for the future development of this important town centre area. The consultation formally started on the 20 July 2018 and will close at the end of the day 28 September 2018.

  • Voluntary role: Voluntary and Community Sector Representative

    9 August 2018

    Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Ltd is seeking a highly experienced Voluntary and Community Sector Representative who can bring their commitment, passion and energy to the Thames Valley Berkshire Area ESI Funds Sub-Committee. With a successful track record in Berkshire you will bring your skills, experience and constructive challenge to the Partnerships well-developed ambitions.

  • Reading Town Meal 2018 – pledge your veg!

    8 August 2018

    This year’s Reading Town Meal needs everyone to be involved! You can help by donating your veg which will be cooked up into a delicious meal by the students of Reading College, and served FREE in Forbury Gardens on 29 September 2018. Whether you have your own allotment or grow in your garden, or have never grown before and want to give something a go, get involved and ‘pledge your veg’ today.

  • Start your own business workshops

    7 August 2018

    The Real Business Club are running their popular, free workshops again this autumn. They are interactive, friendly and practical and cover everything you need to think about about if you want to start your own business. They offer clear explanations, delivered by business professionals, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Each workshop runs from 10:00 to 13:00 and takes place at Reading Business Centre.

  • Can you help with our research into youth isolation and loneliness?

    2 August 2018

    Catherine, RVA’s summer intern for 2018, is looking for organisations that work with 11-25 year olds to be part of her research into the causes and impacts of youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. If you are interested in taking part, please email to arrange a meeting.

  • People’s Postcode Lottery opens for applications on 1 August

    31 July 2018

    The People’s Postcode Lottery will open for application on 1 August. Charities and community groups will be able to apply for funding between £500 – £20,000. Funding will be available through The People’s Postcode Trust, The Postcode Community Trust and The Postcode Local Trust. For all three, Stage 1 of the applications process is an expression of interest to be submitted between the 1 August until the 15 August.

  • Free workshops in August from Berkshire Youth and Reading Borough Council

    30 July 2018

    Exciting free workshops in August from Berkshire Youth and Reading Borough Council. To book these sessions, call Ebony on 07841 721457 or email Music Technology – Create your own track Get tips and tricks from a music producer on how to use editing software to create your own music tracks (laptops provided). Ages 12-18 welcome. Booking required. Monday 6 August, 5-6pm and 6-7pm, Hexham Community Centre (1a Bambugh Close, RG2 7UD) Tuesday 7 August, 2-3pm and 3-4pm, Whitley Wood Community Centre (Swallowfield Drive, ...

  • Have your say: How should money from developments be spent?

    30 July 2018

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on how some of the money that is collected from new developments should be spent within local areas. Money for infrastructure is collected from new developments through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This is a charge based on the floorspace of new developments. The law states that 15% of the money collected must be spent on infrastructure in the local area in which the development takes place. This consultation asks for your views on how this ...

  • Research report: the needs of ethnic minority women in Reading

    29 July 2018

    The University of Reading and Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) have completed joint research into the needs of ethnic minority women living in Reading. The project was funded by Comic Relief. The findings and final report were presented by the researchers at a packed meeting of statutory and voluntary organisations held at RCLC on 19 July, in the presence of the Mayor of Reading. The key findings of this study, which involved interviews with 144 women, are that: – Women from ethnic ...

  • Excited by social action and its potential?

    19 July 2018

    Would you like to play a vital role in shaping social action in Reading? RVA is currently seeking to appoint 2 experienced, talented and committed people to strengthen their Board of Trustees. They are looking for trustees who are excited by social action and who have a strong commitment to improving the lives of the people of Reading. If you are interested in finding out more contact for an information pack.