News from Reading Neighbourhood Network
News compiled on 17 June 2024
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  • Residents invited to vote on design for new Victoria Park play area

    25 May 2024Residents invited to vote on design for new Victoria Park play area

    News from: Reading Borough Council

    Local residents are being invited to help choose the design for a new play area at a much-loved neighbourhood park, as part of the Council’s ongoing major investment in playgrounds across the town.

    £458,000 is being invested in Victoria Park in Reading which includes relocating and upgrading the play equipment to create a new, exciting and accessible play area for children aged between 3 years and 12 years.

    Residents can have their say on a shortlist of five possible designs on the Victoria Park play area consultation found online at

    They all offer an exciting mix of equipment that ensures the play area is accessible to children and carers using mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walking frames and equipment.

    The Victoria Park play area consultation opened on 7 May and closes on 10 June 2024, with residents encouraged to vote on their favourite design.

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  • Offices available for charity use at 10 Eaton Place, Reading RG1 7LP

    25 May 2024Offices available for charity use at 10 Eaton Place, Reading RG1 7LP

    Avire is an agency matching charities with businesses for short-term lettings. They have an offer of a 2-storey building, sized from 1000 sq ft up to 2000 sq ft.

    -The property is available to charities on a rent, business rates and service charge-free basis. The charity would pay the utilities.
    -The property can be used for office, administration, training, workshops and any other charitable use.
    -The terms for the letting are a 3-year lease, outside the Landlord and Tenant Act, with a rolling landlord and charity 28 day or 90 days break clause.

    To find out more please contact Tracey Bayford at Avire:
    -Tel: 01295 256338
    -Direct dial: 01295 256417

    Further support from RVA – If you would like support with your lease or other documentation, please contact for free, confidential advice.

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  • Life Changers Therapeutic Gardening Programme

    25 May 2024Life Changers Therapeutic Gardening Programme

    News from: Thrive

    Life Changers is a free, four month gardening programme for those living with a life-changing illness or injury to enable them to improve their health and wellbeing.

    Whether recovering from a stroke, cancer or surgery, or living with a long term condition like diabetes, multiple sclerosis or Long Covid, people experiencing a life-changing health condition can experience the joy of gardening, build new friendships and increase social networks and build confidence to regain or maintain an active, healthy and independent life.

    Thrive’s weekly sessions will be tailored to individual needs through gentle gardening to help improve health and wellbeing. Alongside each individual, the horticultural practitioner builds a set of gardening activities for each client gardener to improve their general health and wellbeing, and to work towards particular goals identified by the gardener, such as increasing stamina, mobility and balance, improving fine motor skills, increasing memory and information retention or strengthening muscles.

    Thrive provide specially adapted tools and equipment, along with access to glasshouses and table-top gardening ensuring accessibility for all. Examples of activities include seed sowing, planting bulbs, pruning, weeding, and making hanging baskets. No prior gardening experience is required.

    -Tuesdays, 10:30-15.30 at the gardens in Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT

    For more information and to book, telephone 01189 884844, email or look on the website at

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  • Funding opportunity from Tesco and easyfundraising

    22 May 2024Funding opportunity from Tesco and easyfundraising

    Tesco and easyfundraising have come together again to give a helping hand to organisations working tirelessly to keep up with spiralling costs and rising demand.  Easyfundraising turns the everyday online shopping of staff, members, volunteers, and supporters into funds for the organisation. Easyfundraising partners with over 8,000 brands who want to give back, transforming ordinary online shops into extraordinary rewards.

    Voluntary organisations, non-profit charities or CICs are eligible to apply. There will be five chances to win £1000 in this round of funding. The funding can be used to help with costs and rising demands.

    For a chance to receive £1000 in funding, community organisations will need to register their cause with the fundraising platform easyfundraising. Further details can also be found on the website. To be considered, organisations will need to register before 31 May 2024.

    For further support from RVA with preparing your application or the policies and procedures required for this funding, contact Herjeet Randhawa at

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  • Free Mental Health Support

    24 April 2024Free Mental Health Support

    News from: Mind in Berkshire (Oxfordshire Mind)

    Supported self-help can make a positive difference to your mental health. It’s a free programme that works with you, to support you to recognise and understand your emotions. We give you the materials to understand and manage your feelings. And we call you regularly to give you support.

    This is a one-to-one guided self-help service, not a counselling service. But our practitioners do use counselling-based skills in their support.

    You don’t need a GP referral to sign up for supported self-help.

    Once you’ve signed up, we’ll get in touch to talk about the issues you’re dealing with. If supported self-help is right for you, together we’ll agree a programme of support. This can cover any of the following:

    -Anxiety and panic attacks
    -Coping with grief and loss
    -Loneliness and feeling lonely
    -Low self esteem
    -Low mood and depression
    -Managing anger
    -Managing stress

    To find out more and sign up online go to

    Please share this information with anyone who may find it helpful.

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Upcoming events
  • Tue
    12:45 - 15:00RVA Community Place

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

    Please join us at the next Befriending Forum where we will hear from local volunteers about how they support people facing loneliness, why they do it and the impact it has on them as well as the people they support.

    The agenda will include:

    • Welcome, introductions and event outcomes
    • Presentations by local volunteers
    • Vision for Volunteering update
    • Forthcoming training, voluntary sector updates, news etc
    • Networking opportunities

    The Befriending Forum is open to all local community groups, charities, friends and neighbours taking action on loneliness and social isolation.

    Free event, but please book online at to confirm your place.

    If you would like more information about the Befriending Forum, please email Rhiannon at

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