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  • Consultation on new secondary school in Reading

    18 July 2018

    Parents and members of the public are being invited to take part in a consultation on proposals for a new secondary school in Reading. The Council selected a preferred location for a new 6-form entry secondary school last month to cope with the on-going growth in demand for school places in the town. The next stage is for parents, residents and existing schools to have their say on issues such as the new school’s catchment area, its ethos and curriculum.

  • Open for Applications: Big Lottery Building Connections

    17 July 2018

    Earlier this month the government announced it would be allocating £11 million to charities through its Building Connections initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation. Part of this funding is now open for applications through the Big Lottery. The closing date for applications is 12:00 on 24 August and the funding will be announced in December 2018. The youth-focused funding through the Co-operative Foundation will open for applications in August.

  • Berkshire Community Foundation – symposium registration now open

    5 July 2018

    Berkshire Community Foundation’s annual Symposium will take place this year on Monday 8 October at the Green Park Conference Centre. You are invited to register for your free place at Due to the high demand of previous years the number of available places has been increased to 150. However, we already have over half the spaces reserved so please register soon to guarantee your spot.

  • Save the date: Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day

    28 June 2018

    The Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network (PDSN) is hosting Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre. The event will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. The day will include lots of fun and participatory sessions for everyone, including children, other family members and carers.

  • Passionate about community? Take a look at our September launch

    27 June 2018

    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 basic good governance training from the RVA Advice Worker, put this into practice by mentoring your community group and be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading.

  • ‘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…