News from Reading Neighbourhood Network
News compiled on 19 July 2024
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  • Community roadshows launched

    26 June 2024Community roadshows launched

    A series of community roadshows has been launched at centres around the town, organised by Citizens Advice Reading in partnership with local advice and support organisations. These events is for local residents to:

    -speak with organisations including Citizen’s Advice Reading, Reading Borough Council teams and many more

    -find out what is happening at the community centre

    -have a say in future activities and events at centres.

    Roadshow events will be held at community centres around Reading on the days below:

    -Coley Park, 140 Wensley Road RG1 6DW – 3rd Tuesday of each month, 2pm – 4pm

    -Lyndhurst Road, Tilehurst RG30 6UB – 3rd Thursday of each month, 2pm – 4pm

    -Whitley Wood, 28-35 Lexington Grove RG2 8UG – 2nd Wednesday of each month, 3pm – 5pm

    -Hexham Road, 1A Bamburgh Close RG2 7UD – Last Thursday of each month, 3pm – 5pm.

    Come along to your local community centres to give feedback on issues in your area, get advice and support from a range of local services and have a nice tea or coffee. There is no need to book – everyone is welcome to just drop in on the day.

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  • New licensing scheme proposed to improve private rented property

    25 June 2024New licensing scheme proposed to improve private rented property

    A consultation on a new licensing scheme which aims to provide better homes for tenants in the private rented sector has been launched. It will look at extending the current house in multiple occupation (HMO) licensing scheme across Reading, as well as introducing a targeted scheme to three specific wards which will cover all rental properties in the private rented sector.

    Implementing an additional HMO licensing scheme borough-wide, alongside the phased introduction of a selective licensing system, aims to drive up conditions for tenants and improve the housing stock.

    The council currently operates the national mandatory licensing scheme for larger houses in multiple occupations (HMOs) with five or more occupants. In Reading there are currently more than 1,400 HMOs licensed under the current mandatory scheme.

    Discretionary licensing under the Housing Act 2004 is a tool which the council can use to improve conditions and management in the private rented sector. The scheme the council is consulting on proposes extending HMO licensing to HMOs with three or four occupants.

    The scheme will also require all rented properties to have a licence, including those let to a single person or family, in three wards – Battle, Redlands and Park. These wards have been selected due to the high number of rental properties in these areas which are predicted to have serious health or safety issues.

    The consultation launched on 6 June 2024 and will run for 12 weeks. You can get involved by visiting

    A drop-in session are being held as well at South Reading Community Hub – 16 July – 12.30pm – 4pm.

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  • Community Participatory Action Research – applications open

    25 June 2024Community Participatory Action Research – applications open

    NHS England South East has announced that applications for the Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) Training and Mentoring Cohort 3 are now open.

    The programme will support voluntary sector organisations working with communities adversely affected by health inequalities to recruit, train and mentor their workforce on CPAR. This programme will equip organisations to undertake research in their own communities. The key findings of the research will be presented to system leaders with the aim of informing decisions locally or regionally.

    This training and mentoring programme will train and provide on-the-job learning and mentoring for up to 25 Community Researchers across the South East region. The programme will focus on the health inequalities experienced by marginalised communities.

    Voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE ) organisations can apply. Joint applications between NHS organisations or local authorities and VCFSE organisations will be accepted provided the application is in full partnership with a VCFSE organisation.

    How to apply

    Documents can be found on the NHS England South East website. Please read the guidance document before completing the application form. We encourage you to attend our Webinar or Q&A session (see details below) before submitting your application. The deadline for submitting applications is 12:00 noon on 15 July 2024.

    For further information please join the Webinar or Q&A drop-ins provided below:

    Q&A drop-in session 3 July, 12:00 – 13:00 Join on Teams
    Q&A drop-in session 10 July 12:00 – 13:00 Join on Teams

    More information about previous CPAR programmes can be found on the NHS England South East website or by following the links below:

    -CPAR 2 – Cost of living crisis: community researchers investigate impact in South East England

    -CPAR 1 – Tackling health inequalities in Reading: Community Participatory Action Research 2021–2022

    Participatory Action Research: A Toolkit

    Image shows CPAR 2 participants holding copies of Participatory Action Research: A Toolkit. 

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  • Trustee recruitment, training and support from RVA

    20 June 2024Trustee recruitment, training and support from RVA

    News from Reading Voluntary Action

    Are you a trustee or committee member looking for training and resources, or maybe you are a charity or community group seeking to recruit more trustees?

    RVA provides a wealth of support in this area for charities and community groups providing services in Reading, including:
    -Free Trustee Recruitment cycle and support
    -Trustee Training – covering trustee roles and responsibilities for new trustees or a refresher for existing trustees
    -Free templates and support to adapt these to suit your needs
    -Free confidential advice and support
    -Free Quality Award for charities, including a section on trustees and governance
    -Free Knowledgebase, with a specific section for Trustees to delve deeper
    -and more…

    Take a look at our NEW Trustee Page at

    We also offer several trustee training sessions each year – look out for information on the RVA training pages at

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  • Free Mental Health Support

    2 June 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

Event Information:

  • Tue

    Befriending Forum

    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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