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  • Reading Carnival – new workshop dates added
    25 April 2018

    As we get ready to celebrate Reading Carnival, we have put together an exciting programme of workshops and events so that everybody has a chance to get involved, learn a new skill, meet new people, have fun and get ready for the bank holiday celebrations on Bank Holiday Monday 28 May 2018. New dates have just ...

  • Reading, Place of Culture – funding available
    25 April 2018

    Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Three pots of £15k are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, with the aim of engaging local people, particularly ...

  • Autism training at discounted rates on offer in Reading
    25 April 2018

    Thanks to funding from RCVYS (Reading Children’s & Voluntary Youth Services) Autism Berkshire is delighted to be able to provide a series of training workshops for professionals who work with autistic children and young people in Reading at the discounted rate of £10 per person. We are also able to offer twilight or INSET training sessions ...

  • The HolyBrook – a new art gallery for Reading
    18 April 2018

    Reading now has a refurbished space in the centre of town where artists and groups can exhibit their work. The HolyBrook Gallery is on the second floor of Reading Central Library and is free for all to visit during Library opening hours. The gallery opened this month with an exhibition of works by members of Reading ...

  • Reading start-up workshops – be your own boss
    18 April 2018

    The Real Business Club’s start-up workshops are back in Reading from 24 April 2018 Do you want to start your own successful business? Are you going self-employed? Are you are a great entrepreneur with an idea but worried about the ‘backroom’ stuff? These free and ever-popular workshops from the The Real Business Club could be just ...

  • Community groups urged to bid for loan sharks’ cash
    18 April 2018

    The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are putting proceeds of crime money to good use with grants to community groups. The national team, who investigate and prosecute loan sharks, are encouraging community groups to bid for grants of up to £5,000. This money, which has been confiscated from convicted loan sharks through the Proceeds of ...

  • RVA Funding Fair – booking open
    17 April 2018

    Booking is now open for the RVA Funding Fair on  Tuesday 22 May This event will include short presentations from key funders such as the Big Lottery, who will be giving an update on their new partnerships funding. Funders will also be offering 1:1 sessions. More information coming in due course. More information and booking here

  • Dementia Action Week 21 – 27 May 2018
    12 April 2018

    Dementia Action Week 2018 To celebrate this year’s dementia action week the Dementia Action Alliance is committed to creating even more Dementia Friends, to enable Reading to work towards becoming a dementia-friendly town. Members of the Dementia Action Alliance are facilitating several Dementia Friends sessions in Reading libraries across the town, making them accessible to as many ...

  • Big Lottery Funding Event – 22 May 2018
    11 April 2018

    Save the Date! We’re very pleased to announce that the Big Lottery will be coming to Reading once again to provide an update on their funding opportunities and to offer 1:1 appointments to local charities and community groups operating in Reading. This will include an update on their new way of working and the new Partnerships ...

  • Get ready for Reading Carnival 2018 – workshop programme
    11 April 2018

    As we get ready to celebrate Reading Carnival, we have put together an exciting programme of workshops and events so that everybody has a chance to get involved, learn a new skill, meet new people, have fun and get ready for the bank holiday celebrations on Bank Holiday 28 May 2018. Costume making taster session Free to attend Saturday ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – team nominations now open
    11 April 2018

    Nominations for volunteer teams are now open for this year’s Reading Volunteer Awards. The award evening is to celebrate those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. Every day volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities throughout Reading. The Reading ...

  • Cityread in Reading – events in May 2018
    11 April 2018

    Get involved with Cityread 2018 in Reading Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. This year, it doesn’t just ...

  • NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund – vote for Age UK Berkshire
    11 April 2018

    Age UK Berkshire have been shortlisted for the final stage of this year’s NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund. They are seeking support for a project to deliver financial skills workshops to older people and their carers in Berkshire. Improving financial skills in later life will take the form of six workshops looking at money management ...

  • BBC Radio 4 Loneliness Experiment – last chance to take part
    11 April 2018

    The BBC Loneliness Experiment wants to learn about your experiences and attitudes towards friendship and community, and to get a really good picture of what you believe causes loneliness, what stops you feeling lonely, and what friends and communities can do to help. Anyone over the age of 16 years can take part, and it does ...

  • Free fire safety training
    11 April 2018

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is providing free training for partner agencies and frontline workers. The training is designed to enable you to work in partnership with RBFRS to protect vulnerable adults from the risks of fire, enabling them to live safe and fulfilling lives. The aims of this training package are to highlight: The ...

  • Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group – have a look at the new website
    10 April 2018

    Since 1 April 2018, the four Clinical Commissioning Groups covering Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire have merged to form the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Have a look at the new website http://www.berkshirewestccg.nhs.uk/ to find out about the CCG’s responsibilities and the four locality teams North and West Reading, South Reading, Wokingham and Newbury and ...

  • Access to work job and skills fair – 20 April 2018
    10 April 2018

    A unique event for local people who need extra guidance to find a job The Stronger Together partnership are hosting an Access to Work event on Friday 20 April 2018 at the Penta Hotel on Oxford Road. This is a job and skills fair with a difference, aimed at anyone who needs extra support in finding ...

  • The GDPR countdown – 6 weeks to go
    9 April 2018

    As we approach the six-week countdown to the GDPR coming into force, here are 3 top tips for charities and community groups: 1. Don’t panic, but do make a plan Yes, everyone is talking about GDPR and how the law around data protection will become stricter after 25 May, but please don’t panic. First things first, it’s ...

  • 3d printing workshops at Battle Library on 7 April 2018
    5 April 2018

    See 3d printing in action and print your own key ring 3d printing workshops, where you can print your own key ring, are taking place at  Battle Library, this Saturday, 7 April 2018. There will be workshops at: 10 am 10:40 am 11:20 am 1 pm 1:40 pm 2:20 pm Each workshop lasts 40 minutes, during which you can: Create a design for a personalised ...

  • Speak up and be heard: Reading Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network
    4 April 2018

    If you have a physical, neurological or sensory impairment, join the Reading Physical Disability and Sensory Needs (PDSN) Partnership Network to have a say in how support and other services are delivered locally. The network aims to improve quality of life and promote independence by helping to develop and improve the support and services for people ...

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