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Greggs Foundation Community Grants open for applications

Photo: Michael Taylor

Greggs the bakers are offering grants up to £2000 for not-for-profit organisations who are developing local community projects.

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The Berkshire Data Observatory


The Berkshire Data Observatory is a new website that presents data about the local population, crime, housing and economics. It has been compiled and is kept up to date by ‘Public Health for Berkshire’ together with Berkshire’s six local authorities, including Reading Borough Council (RBC).

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Electrical vehicle ‘lamp post’ chargers now in Reading

EV charger on East Street lamp post

EV charger on East Street lamp post

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have installed fifteen electrical vehicle (EV) charging points on lamp posts on public roads in Reading.

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Have your say on NHS plans for our area


A widespread engagement process on the future arrangements for NHS commissioning in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West was launched last week.

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RCLC awarded grant from the Henry Smith Charity

The Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) on London Street, a charity that helps ethnic minority women in Reading and their families, has been awarded their largest ever grant. The Henry Smith Charity has awarded them £95,500 over three years to fund the centre’s running costs.

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Reading Voluntary Action wants someone to help with the town’s youth summer activities

Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) wants to employ someone to help co-ordinate this year’s youth summer activity programme.

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Rooms for hire at RCLC on London Street during the summer


From 11 July to 7 September 2019, Reading Community Learning Centre offers three bright, well-equipped rooms for hire to voluntary and community groups at subsidised rates.

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What would you do to make the NHS better in Reading?


Central government says it will invest an extra £20bn a year in the NHS until 2023, and you may be able to help decide how that money should be spent on Reading’s health services.

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Grants available from the Reading Dispensary Trust


The Reading Dispensary Trust is a medical charity based on the Wokingham Road who issue grants for equipment and services that can help people experiencing physical and mental illness. They only offer grants to referring agencies within a seven mile radius of Reading town centre.

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How to dispose of your old Christmas tree


Reading Borough Council (RBC) have set up drop-off points in town car parks to allow people to dispose of their pine Christmas trees this January.

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The Befriending Forum 2019


Following the success of the 2018 let’s make Reading friendlier conference, Reading Voluntary Action (RVA ) has arranged the first befriending forum event of 2019 for Tuesday 19 February from 12.30pm until 4.15pm at the third floor community hub in Reading Central Library.

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Community Energy for Reading – grants for sustainability initiatives


Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100 to £5,000 for initiatives which meet one or more of the following aims:
-Improving energy efficiency
-Reducing carbon emissions
-Support sustainability in the local community including educational projects

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Help from the council with keeping warm this winter


Winter Watch is a scheme run by Reading Borough Council, together with local voluntary and health services, to help vulnerable people deal with the cold during the winter.

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Meeting rooms for hire at Reading Community Learning Centre


Reading Community Learning Centre on London Street has meeting and social space for hire in the holidays, after 15:00 on weekdays, and at the weekends. There are three rooms for hire at subsidised rates to voluntary and community groups.

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New courses for a new year at New Directions

Staff of New Directions, and the then mayor of Reading Rose Williams, at their re-opening in September 2017.

New Directions, whose main site is on Northumberland Avenue in Whitley, is enrolling new students for part-time adult education courses starting this month, September 2018.

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Start your own business workshops

Fountain House on Queens Walk in the background

The Real Business Club are running their popular, free workshops again this autumn. They are interactive, friendly, practical and cover everything you need to think about if you want to start your own business. They offer clear explanations, delivered by business professionals, with plenty of time for questions and answers.

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Pledge your veg to the Reading town meal!


You can help this year’s Reading Town Meal by donating your vegetables which will be cooked up into a delicious meal by the students of Reading College and served free in Forbury Gardens on 29 September 2018.

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Building connections to tackle loneliness and isolation


Earlier this month the UK government announced it will allocate £11 million to charities through its Building Connections initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation. Part of this funding is now open for applications through the Big Lottery. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 24 August and the funding will be announced in December 2018.

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Register for the Berkshire Community Foundation symposium

The annual Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) symposium will take place this year on Monday 8 October at the Green Park Conference Centre, in Whitley, Reading.

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Photographer needed for Reading Volunteer Awards this June


Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) will host the second Reading Volunteer Awards on 6 June 2018. A volunteer photographer captured images of the night last year; the RVA says these photographs helped their work in improving townspeople’s access to volunteering opportunities.

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