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The Green Machine has an amazing selection of paint colours, finishes, woodstains and masonry paints to supply to community groups, charities, sports club and individuals for £1.20 per litre. They provide employment and volunteering opportunities to disabled and disadvantaged individuals.
In 2016 Reading Borough Council consulted on changes to the library service. Many of these changes were introduced from 2017 and enabled savings of £290,000 from the library service budget. RBC are now launching a further consultation which opened on the 21 Feb and is available online at https://consult.reading.gov.uk.
Every Wilko store has a budget to give a little helping hand to local groups and community projects. They want to help local schools, playgroups and nurseries, parent or family groups, disabled groups, youth clubs, elderly groups, luncheon clubs, community and tenants’ associations. You could get Wilko gift cards, products, or volunteers to help with whatever you’re doing for our community.
The council is proposing large areas of Pay & Display parking around Oxford Road and other areas – deadline for comments 1 March.
To ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch and the Royal Wedding weekend, this year the council is giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on one of five weekends in the summer. To apply to hold a street party for the Big Lunch, please download the application form from www.reading.gov.uk and send it via post to Street Parties, Communications Department, RBC, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU.
re3, the waste management partnership for Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils is has announced enhancements to the recycling collection service for its residents. As of the 12 Feb, household plastic pots, tubs, trays, clean foil, foil trays and food or drink cartons are accepted as part of the kerbside recycling collections across the re3 area.
Reyooz is designed to give good causes access to resources that large organisations and companies no longer need. All organisations need to do it to click on an item, register their email and then Reyooz will do the rest, including organising the delivery. All the items are free, but they ask for a contribution towards the delivery cost.
Reading Voluntary Action will be hosting an awards evening to coincide with Volunteers’ Week 2018, to celebrate those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. Every day volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities throughout Reading. The Reading Volunteer Awards evening will bring together volunteers from across the voluntary and public sectors to thank them for the difference they make.
RVA are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the Reading Volunteer Awards 2018. Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week the awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for details of how you can secure a place for you and your volunteers.
The People of Reading will come together this February in a bid to reduce loneliness and social isolation in our communities. A special public event on Wednesday 21 February at Reading Town Hall will give attendees the opportunity to explore how we can work together to tackle loneliness across the town. The free event runs from 17:00 – 20:00, starting with an information marketplace and refreshments.