A new organisation created to encourage social action and community engagement across Reading celebrated its first anniversary during March by holding a special event in the town’s Civic Centre.
Springboard was set up last year with a vision to “release people to run with their dreams and visions to transform their communities”.
They work with individuals from more than one congre-gation and responds to recognised needs on the ground.
Springboard supports ideas and the possibility of financial support (subject to criteria) to enable projects to take shape.
The first anniversary event was attended by around 40 local people, who heard a wide variety of presentations from eight projects initiated with support from Springboard during the year.
These included Café B (see page 10), a furniture restoration project by Christian Community Action, & The Hibernian Society, a day service for Irish older people.
Also featured was Still the Hunger which provides day programmes for people with emotional difficulties and a befriending project for isolated older people run by N:Qu?re and Reading Christian Network.
Springboard would be keen to hear from Christians in the Reading area who have a vision or dream which would benefit a particular community and a desire to make it happen.
For more, log on to www.springboardreading.org.