Thanks to the help of a grant of £1,621 from Reading Borough Council, plus some money raised recently by Bottomline Technologies employees, we now have our new heating installed by NRV Electrics of Earley at the Pavilion!
The next free six week introduction to horticultural therapy course will commence on Tuesday Nov 5th, starting from 1pm, until 3.30pm, and running until Dec 10th inclusive. The courses are funded by the Allen Lane Foundation. If you maybe be interested in attending this course please contact us!
We have just had the great news that the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation has very kindly agreed to award us £2,000 towards our building fund. This brings us even closer to our final target, and we are working hard to raise the remaining funds as soon as possible!
We are absolutely thrilled to say that following our grant application to The Tudor Trust, they have recently contacted us to let us know that their Trustees are awarding us £20,000 towards our new building fund!! The news is still very much sinking in, but we are now very nearly there to be able to progress our long term vision of having a building on site to provide shelter, year round access, basic kitchen, toilet facilities and a meeting room. We shall be pursuing more fundraising efforts and grant applications to try and reach our final total as soon as possible. The photo here is an example of the kind of building we would be looking for.
To read more about our plans for the building and to see the proposed site layout and floor plans click here
Our grant application to the Santander Foundation to pay for a part time Garden Co-ordinator has been successful! We will be inviting applications in the near future, watch this space!
We have been approached by our local tree warden, with the news that the Tree Council has funding for the planting of fruit trees, and our site has been chosen for a donation!
We are very pleased to announce a portaloo toilet will be on site for the next eight weeks thanks to a generous grant from Reading Borough Council. Please let us know your feedback and thoughts on the new facilities!
We have been successful in our application to the Co-op Community Fund for a grant to pay for a garden designer to help design our garden so that it is optimum in terms of access and layout for our disabled users. We are currently inviting selected potential candidates to bid for this work - more news as we have it!