On Tuesday 24 November Reading Neighbourhood Network celebrated the successes of the town’s neighbourhood groups in the past year and looked ahead to the future.
Over 50 neighbours from communities all around Reading attended RNN’s third Neighbourhoods Conference at Reading Town Hall. There was a real buzz as they talked about what really matters at a local level and how neighbours can get involved and organise activities. Special presentations were made to retiring trustees Peter Beadon, a veteran of more than 40 years in Reading’s tenants’ and residents’ movement, and Eddie & Clodagh Lyford, who have worked hard for the community in Whitley Green and across Reading for over 25 years.
This year has been the first that RNN has had the opportunity to make grants to neighbourhood groups, handing out more than £4000 to nine organisations for local projects. RNN is also delighted to announce a new partnership with the Lions Club of Reading for the coming year. RNN’s neighbourhood grants scheme for 2016 is now open – details at rgneighbours.net/grants
The conference’s theme was ‘Growing your Group’, with workshop sessions on growing funding, increasing the number of active participants, improving a community group’s public image and encouraging participation in local networks. RNN was pleased to welcome two speakers to the conference – Nathan Winyard, Reading Business Connector from Business in the Community and Richard Good, community catalyst with Big Lunch Extras, run by the Eden Project.
You can download the documentation packs from the conference here: