Newsletter (original version)

  • 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.

    Last year £92,950 was distributed to 28 different organisations in addressing Police and Crime Plan priorities and the PCC and Chief Constable expect to allocate around £100,000 in this grant round.

    Applications are now invited from local voluntary and community groups who can contribute towards two of the PCC’s strategic objectives in his Police and Crime Plan priorities, which are:
    -Reducing re-offending
    -Serious organised crime and terrorism

    Some examples of projects that may be considered include those that aim to reduce exploitation of young people through gang membership, reduce or prevent violent crime, rehabilitate offenders or prevent exploitation by organised criminals. However, all applications will be required to submit clear evidence of how their project or activity already contributes towards achieving the key aim indicated.

    The closing date for this round of applications is 12:00 on Monday 17 July 2018 and applications will be considered jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable. More information and the application form can be found on the website at

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  • 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 and your success will:
    -Enable those wishing to participate in community activity to access information and resources,
    -Provide an interesting, informative and inspiring training programme,
    -Coordinate a campaign to motivate the public to become community champions,
    -Organise a partnership of organisations to build capacity to reduce loneliness and isolation in Reading.

    Salary: £28,000 pro rata
    Reference number for post: RVA2018/3
    How to apply: Please complete the application form and email to by 17:00 on Friday 13 July
    Application Form
    Open for applications from: 21 June 2018
    Closing date for applications: 13 July 2018

    For more information email:

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  • Consultation on concessionary fares for Access pass holders

    31 May 2018

    Reading Borough Council has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the concessionary fares scheme for Access pass holders.

    The proposed changes would affect disabled people who hold Access passes and would mean that the council:
    -No longer provides free travel within Reading before 09:30 or after 23:00 on a weekday
    -No longer issues or accepts companion bus passes for people who are unable to travel alone
    -No longer provides free travel on ReadiBus dial-a-ride services

    Residents have until 20 July 2018 to complete the survey which can be found online at

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  • Fundraising Workshops in Reading with the FSI

    29 May 2018

    RVA are partnering with the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) again to deliver some more valuable fundraising workshops locally in Reading, in RVA’s training room at Reading Central Library. The sessions are just 1.5 hours to make them as accessible as possible for busy charity employees/volunteers.

    Topics will include:
    -Developing your fundraising strategy
    -Demonstrating impact
    -Retaining and maintaining donors (stewardship)

    More information and booking details can be found online at

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  • Family fun days at the Weller Centre this half term

    24 May 2018

    Come and take part in an exciting range of free activities at the Caversham Family Connect Fun Day on Wednesday 30 May from 11:00 to 15:00. Activities include boxing (for teens and adults), basketball, cycling, growing your own fruit and veg, crafts, virtual reality headsets, healthy lifestyle advice and street art.

    The Caversham Family Connect Fun Day is open to all ages. Light lunch refreshments will be provided. For more information about the day, please contact Nick Rance, Community Physical Activity Manager, on 0770 289 2518 or

    Additional activities on Thursday 31 May, 10:00 – 15:00:
    10:00 – 11:00: Reading Rockets, basketball on ball court (for ages 7-11)
    12:00  – 13:00: Reading Football Club KICKS, outdoor match (for ages 11-19)
    13:00 – 15:00: Glitch Jam, music production, song writing, rap and music tech (for ages 13-18)

    Contact Amersham Road Community Activity on Facebook to reserve a space or email

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  • Priory Avenue Surgery to close in June

    24 May 2018

    NHS Berkshire West has announced the closure of Priory Avenue Surgery in Caversham on 30 June 2018.

    Patients living in the RG4 postcode area will be able to transfer directly to surgeries at Balmore Park or Emmer Green, but those that live south of the river will need to find another surgery to transfer to. Patients are advised to register with a new GP practice by 13 June, after which one will automatically be allocated if no registration has been made.

    If you are currently registered at Priory Avenue Surgery you will receive a letter explaining the options, with a list of surgeries that are accepting registrations. For residents south of the river who are not eligible to register with another surgery in Caversham the list of practices can be downloaded directly from

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  • Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity

    23 May 2018

    News from: Berkshire Community Foundation

    Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches their 2018 Vital Signs survey. BCF are asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. They can then nominate a charity in Berkshire of their choice to win one of the prizes.

    This year the focus is on a safe home, good health and secure employment as the foundations of wellbeing. The results drive BCFs fundraising. Last year Mental Health was identified as the major issue. £250,000 was raised to fund vital projects improving the mental health of adults and children.

    Gerry Lejeune, Chief Executive of BCF said “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people, with local knowledge to influence our fundraising for the next year.

    Please take the survey found at and help those in need in Berkshire.

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  • Office space to let at Church House Caversham

    22 May 2018

    News from: Church House Caversham

    At Church House Caversham, 59 Church Street – RG4 8AX, we have three self-contained offices to let on a short-medium term basis (up to 5 years). The building is conveniently situated in the heart of a busy local shopping quarter.

    One office is 455sqft and consists of three ground floor rooms, with integral kitchenette facilities. The others are each one room, 161sqft, with shared kitchenette facilities. One is ground floor, the other first floor, reached by stairs or accessible platform lift. Both are in a brand new bright airy south-facing extension.

    All are newly decorated to a high standard, have use of accessible toilet, electric heating and provision for telephone/wifi. Available on an exclusive leasehold basis. Secure 24/7 access. Parking negotiable.

    If you are interested please email Nigel Smith, the building manager, at

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  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – photographer needed in June

    18 May 2018

    On 6 June 2018, Reading Voluntary Action will host the second Reading Volunteer Awards. Last year, a wonderful volunteer photographer captured images of the night. These photographs have been invaluable to RVA as we work to ensure that everyone in Reading can access volunteering opportunities and get involved in community action.

    Could you volunteer your photography skills to capture this year’s night of celebration, creating some exciting and representative photographs to help RVA support and promote the voluntary sector? It will be an interesting opportunity to photograph the Reading residents who give their time, talent and skills to improve the lives of local people.

    If you think you might be able to help, please get in touch with Steve ( or Demelza ( The event is from 18:00 to 23:00 at Shenai Olympia Ballroom on London Street.

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  • ‘A wonderful scheme’ – how Tilehurst Together connected local people

    16 May 2018

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action

    In May 2017, Reading Voluntary Action set up Tilehurst Together with a grant from Berkshire Community Foundation’s ‘A Life Less Lonely’ programme. Over the last year, the project has brought people in the Tilehurst area together every week, alternating between a fortnightly walking group and fortnightly activity sessions focusing on health, relaxation and crafts.

    The project has worked closely with Tilehurst Surgery, who said: ‘Being able to advise patients that there is a local group meeting for short walks and/or activity sessions has been so useful…Being part of a local community activity has also been such a positive experience for the surgery’.

    Group members described the group as enjoyable, well-organised (thanks to coordinators Cat MacLeod and Christina Hughes Ning), interesting, calming, welcoming, warm and very relaxing. ‘It is so good to do something that’s just for me’, said one participant who is a carer for a family member, while another commented ‘This scheme is wonderful – just what we need in society today – a real antidote to all the isolated online lives people lead’.

    The walks have proved particularly popular, and walkers have turned out in all weathers. Though Tilehurst Together ended last month, the walking group is continuing under the umbrella of Walking for Health. The group will continue to meet fortnightly for a 30-minute walk, followed by an opportunity to sit and chat over coffee.

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Upcoming events

  • Fri
    10:00 - 16:00Beech Hill Memorial Hall

    Wood Lane, Beech Hill, Reading RG7 2BE

    This fun, energetic one-day course introduces you to Community Organising – the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community Organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power.

    During this course you will explore:

    • What community organising is
    • The importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues
    • Power in communities and why it matters
    • How to motivate people to take action
    • How to take your next steps in community organising and social action

    This course is run by Community Organisers Ltd for Community Council for Berkshire and funded by DCMS as part of the Community Organisers Expansion programme.

    The course trainers are experienced and committed Community Organisers. The course is approved as quality training provision by Certa and as approved CPD. All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.

  • Thu
    18:00 - 19:00Reading University

    London Road Campus RG1 5AQ

    The School of the Built Environment (SBE) has invited Nature Nurture's Director, Natalie Ganpatsingh to deliver a lecture on 'Nature & People in our Urban Future'.

    The lectures are part of the Reading 2050 lecture series, which provide a platform to discuss how Reading should evolve into a smarter and more sustainable city by 2050 and is structured around three themes:

    • Place and Environment
    • People and Lifestyle
    • Economy and Employment

    Admission to the lecture is free.

  • Fri
    11:00 - 12:00Coley Park Commmunity Centre

    140 Wensley Road, Reading  RG1 6DW

    A walk of roughly one mile in Coley Park. When the ground is dry enough we walk in the water meadows and along the Holy Brook. It is a lovely walk and we have seen deer, red kites and herons.

    If the ground is wet we walk around the streets and explore the area. Wear suitable clothing and footwear as we walk on uneven ground. Meet at Coley Park Community Centre at 11:00.

    Contact Annie O'Neill at for details.

  • Sat
    11:00 - 16:30Forbury Gardens and Broad Street

    Reading Town Centre

    Reading pays tribute to the Armed Forces and its veterans with a host of family-friendly music and activities in the beautiful surroundings of Forbury Gardens, as well as Broad Street in the town centre.

    Enjoy an afternoon of live music from the bandstand in Forbury Gardens, culminating in an Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation ceremony.

    Highlights will be performances from Diane James as Dame Vera Lynn and a military band who will be performing at both Broad Street and the bandstand at Forbury Gardens. There will also be activity stands in Broad Street where the Salvation Army will be performing.

    Entry to the gardens is free so bring a picnic - refreshments will also be available. For more information contact 0118 937 2771.

  • Sun
    10:00 StartProspect Park

    Liebenrood Road, Reading, Berkshire RG30 2ND

    The Berkshire Motor Show this year will be held at Prospect Park in Reading raising funds for the fire fighters charity. All the usual attraction will be there including the Fun Fair, vehicle display, crafts, food and stalls. The show is now open to classic cars, custom, rod, Bikes, tractors and even steam.

    The event is for the whole family and disabled people to enjoy. There will be trophies for Best 4x4, Best Classic, Best Customised, Best Club Stand, Best Motor Bike, Best in show and Best HGV.

    Public Car parking is a donation of £2. Entrance to the event by walkers is a donation to the charity, Marshall's shall be holding buckets. For disabled parking, please ask a member of staff.

    Contact details:
    Mobile: 07990 667503

  • Fri
    09:00 - 18:00Hennerton Golf Club

    Crazies Hill Road, Wargrave RG10 8LT

    The Lions Club of Reading organises a Prostate Cancer Awareness Event each year at The Circle Hospital, Reading. On that day, men are tested free of charge for early signs of prostate cancer.

    Last year, 1500 men attended, 37 of whom underwent subsequent treatment. While the test is free, Reading Lions have to pay the NHS £20 for each blood sample to be tested.

    To help cover these significant costs, Reading Lions are organising their 4th charity golf day on 6 July at Hennerton Golf Club. A team entry is £220 and individuals can enter for £55. Full details and entry forms are available at

  • Sat
    12:00 - 15:00Rabson's Recreation Ground

    Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF

    Face painting, talent contests, live music, bouncy castles, free BBQ, tug of war, Battlezone, and a giant slide and assault course: these are just some of the activities and events you will find at the South Reading Churches Fun Day.

    Join us for a great afternoon for all the family at Rabson's Rec! Details at

  • Sun
    12:30 - 16:30rLab

    Unit C1, Weldale Street, Reading RG1 7BX

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:
    -Mechanical items
    -Computers (hardware/software)
    -Tool sharpening

    Additionally, if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake.

    Email if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Thu
    11:30 - 13:30Reading Community Learning Centre

    94 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ

    You are invited to attend the presentation of the independent community research report looking into the needs of ethnic minority women living in Reading and how RCLC meets those needs.

    The research was organized and led by Dr Sally Lloyd Evans, Associate Professor at the University of Reading. The data analysis and questionnaire design was by Lorna Zischka, Post-doc Researcher at the University of Reading. RCLC staff, learners and volunteers carried out the research in the community.

    The presentation of the report, funded by Comic Relief, will be followed by lunch.

    If anyone would like to attend, please RSVP to Aisha Malik by 12 July 2018. Email or phone 01189 599009.

  • Sat
    11:00 - 21:30Abbey Rugby Football Club

    Peppard Road, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8XA

    A music festival for adults and young people with additional needs. Our site is completely flat and wheelchair friendly. The music is not too loud with no flashing lights. We have a sensory area and chill out tent.

    The site is large, with plenty of room to move about and adjacent parking. We have all the usual festival things – food, drink, stalls, workshops and of course fantastic music and a DJ festival set to close.

    Bring a chair, tent, gazebo and settle down for a fantastic day!

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