News from Reading Neighbourhood Network
News compiled on 20 February 2018
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  • Reading Borough Council announces street party dates

    15 February 2018

    News from: Reading Borough Council

    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.

    The weekends are 19-20 May, 2-3 June, 16-17 June, 23-24 June or 30 June-1 July. The first weekend is the official Royal Wedding weekend, the second coincides with the official dates for this year’s Big Lunch, the third was recommended by the Big Lunch for those who want to celebrate outside of Ramadan and the last two weekends have been added by popular demand for the Great Get-Together.

    To help celebrate the Big Lunch the council will be waiving the usual road closure fee for any approved street party taking place over those weekends – so that residents can celebrate without any extra costs.

    To apply to hold a street party for the Big Lunch on any of the above dates, please download the application form from and send it via post to Street Parties, Communications Department, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU or by emailing the completed form to The deadline for applications this year is 20 April 2018.

    For further ideas or help in planning your street party please visit the Big Lunch or Street Party official websites at and

  • New recycling items can now be collected in Reading

    13 February 2018

    re3, the waste management partnership for Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils has announced enhancements to the recycling collection service for its residents.

    Household plastic pots, tubs, trays, clean foil, foil trays and food or drink cartons are now being accepted as part of the kerbside recycling collections across the re3 area. It means that items such as fruit or vegetable punnets, ready meal trays (as long as they are not black), yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, cosmetic pots, foil trays used in takeaways and juice cartons can be placed in your red recycling bin or box. The council will continue to collect paper, cardboard, tins, cans, plastic bottles and aerosols as before.

    A leaflet showing the new items, an explanatory letter and additional information about the importance of recycling will been sent to all residents in the area. More information on recycling, including the list of all items that can be recycled can be found on

  • Are you in need of free, quality office equipment? Reyooz can help!

    8 February 2018

    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.

    Reyooz make money from charging the firms that no longer want the items, by making it easy and cheaper for them than throwing stuff away. So far Reyooz have only worked in London but are growing quite fast and have taken on a client just outside Reading. All the items listed here are available locally, including high quality desks, chairs and office storage equipment.

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – nominations now open!

    1 February 2018

    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. 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 have identified 8 broad categories within which nominations can be made:

    Can-do Volunteer Awards: Recognising those volunteers who frequently go above and beyond the expected and demonstrate the kind of can-do attitude that gets things done.
    Neighbourhood Award: Recognising those making life in their corner of Reading better for all.
    Behind the Scenes: Recognising the vital role that volunteers play behind the scenes, helping to ensure that the frontline work gets done.
    The Yes Award (Young Volunteers): Recognising the contribution made by younger volunteers, inspiring others to get involved.
    Student Volunteers: Acknowledging the positive contribution to the local community made by those who come to Reading, from across the UK and beyond, to study.
    Life in Reading: Recognising those volunteers who work to make Reading the unique, vibrant and creative place we all know it is.
    Long Standing: Recognising the consistent and significant contributions made by volunteers over an extended period of time.

    Nominations can be made by those working or volunteering in local not-for-profit organisations, those who have benefited directly from the work of a volunteer, or members of the general public.

    The deadline for nominations is 30 March 2018. To nominate a volunteer simply complete the form found HERE

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018

    31 January 2018

    News from: Reading Voluntary Action

    We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the Reading Volunteer Awards 2018! Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) 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.

    The exact date, timings and venue of this year’s awards night will be confirmed soon, but we anticipate it will take place on the evening of the 6 June at a town centre venue. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for details of how you can secure a place for you and your volunteers. In the meantime, please get nominating!

Upcoming events
  • Wed
    15:00 - 20:00Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    Reading’s BIG event to explore ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities. The focus of the event will be on taking action to create change at both a personal and organisational level.

    The first half of the event will be for organisations across all sectors. The second half will be more targeted at members of the public, to enter into the conversation alongside local organisations.

    • 15:00-17:00 – How organisations can work better together to address shared issues around loneliness
    • 17:00-17:45 – Market Place, Networking and Refreshments
    • 17:45-19:30 – Let’s Make Reading Friendlier – Public Event
    • 19:30-20:00 – Networking and Market Place

    The full programme will be made available in the coming weeks, but please save the date and register to book your place. For more information please email to

    If you are representing an organisation and would like to attend the whole event, please register here for attendance from 15:00.

    If you want to attend as an individual or just want to attend the evening session, please register here for attendance from 17:00.

  • Wed
    19:00 StartCouncil Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    Reading City of Sanctuary invites you to their interfaith communal event to talk about how faith communities are putting “faith into action” to ensure that Reading remains a welcoming place.

    Refugees, asylum seekers fleeing persecution and violence and some vulnerable migrants are welcomed and supported to engage, feel safe and become part of the Reading Host Society. A Call to Action based on the needs identified by support agencies in Reading:
    -What can you do to make them feel welcome and safe in Reading?
    -What practical action can you take to help facilitate their integration?

    City of Sanctuary is a national movement to a build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Its goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the UK which are proud to be places of safety, and which include people seeking sanctuary fully in the life of their communities.

    RSVP to

  • Fri
    10:00 - 13:00The Rose Centre

    Oxford Road Community Centre, 344 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1AG

    The Rose Centre is a community-based initiative which celebrates beneficent cultural traditions and rites of passage, and the diverse communities living in Reading. We support individuals and communities that have experience of harmful cultural practices and we advocate the abandonment of such traditions such as FGM, and provide a safe space, informal peer-to-peer support, training and discussions on topical issues.

    This sponsored walk is to raise awareness among the community that The Rose Centre is here, a free resource open to all, and to raise funds to keep it free and open to all. For more details and to participate please contact or phone on 01189 510279.

  • Sat
    08:00 - 17:30Circle Reading Hospital

    Off A33, Reading RG2 0GQ

    Reading Lions Club invites all local men over 45 to the Circle Hospital Reading on Saturday 3 March to learn more about prostate cancer and take a simple PSA blood test. It is well proven that early detection and treatment may vastly increase your chances of survival.

    The test involves a simple blood sample taken on the day. The samples are sent to a specialist laboratory for analysis and a letter is sent to every man taking part with their own individual results.

    Please allow 30 to 45 minutes for registration and the test although this may take longer at busy times. Bring your completed consent form, download from the website at

    There is no parking available at the hospital. Please park at the Madejski Stadium and use the complimentary shuttle bus to and from the hospital.

  • Mon
    11:00 - 16:15Green Park

    100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading RG2 6GP

    The Equality and Human Rights Framework is a free digital toolkit and learning programme for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations. It’s been designed by the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) to help organisations explore how equality and human rights can help achieve your core purpose, and how you can integrate equality and human rights into your work.

    The learning programme combines three training workshops with online resources and a webinar to make it easy for you to participate. It aims to support community groups and organisations understand how to use the Equality and Human Rights Framework to make a difference. It provides topic overviews, addresses key themes identified by VCS organisations, and gives you the opportunity to explore how you could apply the learning to your own organisation’s work in a supportive context.

    The three learning programme workshops are coming to Green Park on 5 March (full day) and 9 April (2 half day workshops). The workshops are free (with a £50 refundable deposit) and the deadline for registration is 26 February 2018.

    For more information about the learning programme workshops see the EDF website at

    Click here to Register

  • Wed
    09:30 - 16:30Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library (rear doors), Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    In partnership with Reading Voluntary Action, and with support from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is coming to Reading for the first time to deliver a training event on the 7 March, offering small and local charities one of their most popular fundraising subjects: Fundraising from Trusts & Foundations.

    With an estimated 9,000 independent trusts and foundations in the UK giving £2 billion in grants each year they are a prime source of funding for your charity. This course aims to give participants the essential skills and knowledge they need to develop successful fundraising from trusts and foundations.

    This course will benefit those who want to develop, refresh and improve their strategies for successful Trust and Foundation fundraising, including researching, selecting and applying to potential funders. You will learn how to find charitable trusts that can provide funding, along with how to develop a funding plan, apply for funding and follow up your applications.

    The course is heavily subsidised for small charities and voluntary organisations and costs £15 for FSI members. You will need to first join the FSI, but this is free for most small charities.

    For more information on the FSI, how to join and to book your place see the website at

  • Thu
    10:15 - 13:15Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    If you are new to the role of treasurer, have done it for a while but would like to be sure you’re doing the right thing, or would like to find out more about being a treasurer this course is for you.

    Aims of the workshop
    -To build understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organisation
    -To ensure the ability to deal with the specifics of the finances of a small voluntary organisation
    -To leave the workshop confident about the issues that are likely to face the treasurer of a small organisation

    Learning outcomes
    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:
    -Understand their financial responsibilities as trustees
    -Understand the particular requirements for the accounts of a small voluntary organisation
    -Be aware of corporate governance issues facing small voluntary organisations
    -Be ready to resolve issues with record keeping and know where to get help if they need it
    -Be able to determine if the organisation they volunteer with needs an audit or independent examination of their accounts

    The workshop will be open to up to 12 delegates. It will be aimed primarily at new volunteers who wish to act as treasurers in Reading’s voluntary sector.

    The course is at our reduced rate of £40 for Reading-based charities and community groups. There are a limited number of FREE places for RNN members using the usual promotional code - please contact us at if you need this code.

    Please register at


  • Thu
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Free registration at

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