News from Reading Neighbourhood Network
News compiled on 23 May 2018
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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 Nin), 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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  • PCC Community Safety Fund

    14 May 2018

    News from: Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is inviting applications to the Community Safety Fund Grant. A total of up to £400,000 is available to fund between 6 to 8 large scale projects which can demonstrate a clear link to some of the key aims in the Police and Crime Plan.

    -Better understanding by police and partners of the extent and nature of elder abuse, followed by positive action taken to address the issues uncovered.

    Reducing Re-offending
    -A review by police and other criminal justice partners on whether processes for identifying and referring individuals in contact with the criminal justice system into substance misuse services are as effective as they could be.
    -Improved data sharing on gangs, with the aim of reducing exploitation of young people through gang membership and reducing and preventing violent crime, especially knife crime.
    -A modern offender management strategy for Thames Valley addressing gaps in existing schemes and tackling offenders across the crime spectrum who pose the greatest risk or threat of harm.

    Serious Organised Crime & Terrorism
    -Better engagement and information sharing between police and organisations supporting vulnerable migrants and rough sleepers, with the aim of preventing exploitation by organised criminals.

    Further information and the application form are available through the below link:

    Any questions should be directed to

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  • Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme – Applications open

    3 May 2018

    The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales funds small and medium-sized charities whose work supports people experiencing multiple disadvantages, at key periods of change and transition in their lives, to move forward and achieve positive lasting outcomes.

    The Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme provides multi-year grants of up to £25,000 per annum to support the core and service delivery costs of charities. The Invest Programme is currently open for initial applications, with a deadline of 17:00 on 18 May.

    Lloyds’ Enable Programme provides grants of up to £15,000 for work which will strengthen and develop charities. Applications can be submitted at any time.

    For more information on the Lloyds Bank Foundation’s eligibility criteria, grant programmes and details of how to apply, please visit

    If you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting your application, please contact either or your local grant manager Sara Cooney by emailing

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  • Reading, Place of Culture – Funding available

    30 April 2018

    News from: Reading Borough Council

    Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents.

    Three pots of £15k are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, with the aim of engaging local people, particularly those less likely to access cultural opportunities and where engagement could have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing.

    Examples of the kind of activities that might be funded:
    Encouraging better physical and mental wellbeing: music programmes to aid stroke recovery or drumming workshops supporting mental health recovery.
    Improving educational attainment and skills development: creative writing with children to increase literacy or music sessions for young people with autism to improve social interaction.
    Fostering social cohesion: community groups creating public art or storytelling projects on local council estates.

    Successful bidders must work with one or more of the target priority groups identified, such as younger or older age groups, those suffering from poor health, physical or learning disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or those living in areas of deprivation or isolation.

    The application process opened on Thursday 19 April and closes on Thursday 31 May. RVA can provide support to applicants, please contact Herjeet Randhawa at

    To find out more visit:

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Upcoming events
  • Wed
    19:00 – 20:30Battle Library

    420 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EE

    A talk by Mike Cooper (author of We Cannot Park on Both Sides) and Ray Parkes about the remarkable men and women from Reading who volunteered to serve and fight for the Republican government in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Mike and Ray will also discuss some of the striking poster art from this time.

    Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. This year, Reading is also taking part, with themed events taking place across Reading Libraries.

    Entry is £4 Library members/£5 non-members.

  • Mon
    12:00 - 19:00Prospect Park

    Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND

    Reading Carnival returns to mark its 41st Anniversary on 28 May 2018.

    We had an amazing year last year and this year we want to make the Carnival even better by aiming to getting EVERYONE in the community involved!

    Come and join the festivities by lining the streets for the parade and enjoy some delicious cuisine, drinks and entertainment from the Caribbean and around the world at Prospect Park until 19:00. Carnival is a truly inclusive and family-friendly event, so everyone is welcome!

  • Wed
    18:00 - 23:00Shehnai Olympia Ballroom

    75-77 London Street, Reading RG1 4QA

    The Reading Volunteer Awards are returning once again. The awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. After the success of last year’s awards, we are delighted to be holding the event again in 2018, celebrating those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills.

  • Sat
    11:00 - 16:00Victoria Recreation Ground

    Kentwood Hill, Tilehurst, Reading RG13 6HT

    Annual Summer Fete by League of Friends Royal Berkshire Hospital.

    There will be stalls, refreshments and entertainment:
    -Arena events including dog shows throughout the day
    -Singers and dancers will also be performing
    -Plenty of charity and business stalls
    -Games and inflatables

    See the website at for more information. If you have any queries please phone 01183 228592 or email

  • Sat
    11:00 - 17:00Forbury Gardens, Riverside and Chestnut Walk - Reading

    Reading Borough Council and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust come together to bring you Reading Water Fest.

    Family event that takes place in the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. The event includes live entertainment, children's activities and refreshments, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls.  

    This year's Reading Water Fest will coincide with the official reopening of Reading Abbey and the start of the Reading Abbey Revealed Festival.

    If you are a stallholder and would like to join us, please complete the online application form. There will be a fee of £50 for all commercial stalls and community/charity stalls are able to apply for a stall for free. The deadline for all applications is Friday 11 May 2018.

  • Sun
    12:00 - 18:00Palmer Park

    Reading RG1 3PA

    East Reading Festival is a local community festival that runs in June every year in Palmer Park. The festival aims to strengthen the connections between the people and organisations of East Reading.

    The event culminates in a fun day at Palmer Park with a wide range of attractions, music and performance marquees.

    For more information see the East Reading Festival Website.

  • 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

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