RNN members’ projects in Reading need your support!

Voting is now open for the AVIVA community fund! Six projects local to Reading have applied for funding from the AVIVA fund, and now rely on the public vote to be considered to receive funding. Everyone who logs in can vote up to 10 times, so why not spread your vote between all six projects, or if one is particularly close to your heart, you can vote 10 times for one project. The closing date for voting is Saturday 30 May.

Two of these projects are run by RNN members: click on the title of each project to read more about what they plan to do with the money, then sign in and vote for which ever projects you would like to see succeed!

Reading for Success: ABC to Read

“As a local charity we want to ensure that all young children receive good levels of education whatever their background or home situation. In order to build the skills of local children and create a lasting change in their lives, we are asking for £1,000 to help us train 15 new volunteer reading mentors to work with primary school children in Berkshire who are struggling to read. Our mentors will support 45 children (3 each) on a one-to-one basis and will spend half an hour with each child, twice a week in school time over the period of a year”

Solar irrigation for Southcote Community Allotment

“Local families have transformed a piece of derelict land at Florian Gardens, Southcote into a thriving allotment growing fresh, healthy fruit and vegetables. We would now like to provide solar pump irrigation onsite. The main benefits are as follows:

  • Irrigate the Polytunnel and main growing beds
  • Reduce requirements for daily visits to irrigate
  • Enable underage/disabled/elderly/injured allotment users to become involved in allotment activities due to negation of carrying/lifting watering cans
  • Use solar power in conjunction with rainwater, enhancing sustainability of the site”

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