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Crafted Waste

Crafted Waste is dedicated to doing something practical about, as well as with, waste. Taking inspiration from Transition Town and Permaculture principles and teachings, the project uses mainly waste materials that cannot be recycled nor composted and crafts them into useful and beautiful objects. Substances such as plastic packaging and tetra-pack that would otherwise end up in landfill are salvaged and become an educational tool to encourage more environmentally friendly behaviour as well as increase knowledge of the story of things and what they are made of. Founder Ornella Trevisan runs courses and workshops to share her skills with others, and raises awareness through talks, community projects and stalls at local events. In perfect Permaculture and Transition Town spirit, ultimately, Crafted Waste aims to help identify solutions to complex Waste issues at individual and community level, locally, striving to provide a contribution within the wider environmental movement towards a happier, more sustainable and equitable society. Crafted Waste shares many of its objectives with other groups in GREN and aims to foster a collaborative partnership with them.

Area of operation:Greater Reading
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: See https://www.facebook.com/craftedwaste/
Time: See https://www.facebook.com/craftedwaste/
Contact details:Ornella Trevisan
Email: crafted.waste@gmail.com
Web site:https://www.facebook.com/craftedwaste/
Global Justice Reading

Global Justice Now campaigns for a world where resources are controlled by the many, not the few. We work in solidarity with social movements to challenge corporate power and the policies that cause poverty and inequality all over the world. Our local group, Global Justice Reading, organises film screenings and talks and we take part in creative street campaigning and lobbying politicians.

Area of operation:Reading and surrounding area
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: RISC
Time: Bi-monthly meetings
Contact details:Jackie Oversby
Telephone: 07745310794
Email: globaljusticereading@gmail.com
Web site:http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/reading/
Population Matters Reading Local Group

The basic aim of the group is to promote greater awareness and understanding of all matters that link population growth to the environment and sustainability within the RG postcode area. We hope to be working closely within the Greater Reading Environmental Network,aiming to share our knowledge and information by gaining speaking and presentation engagements amongst GREN members, as well as amongst many other community and voluntary groups in the district. We will also be trying to get speakers into all secondary schools within the Reading district as a high priority. In addition, we intend to be actively engaged in writing letters to local papers and aim to engage with the MP and Town Councillors for Reading on population and all related matters - such as the ongoing need for ever more housing, schools, roads and dealing with flooding, traffic congestion and overstretched local resources etc in the area.

Area of operation:The whole of the RG postcode area
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: Reading Museum Cafe
Time: 2:00 pm on third Saturday of every even number month (except December and Easter weekend)
Contact details:Bill Dowling
Telephone: 01344 772130
Email: ReadingPM@talktalk.net
Web site:http://populationmatters.org.uk
Reading Friends of the Earth

We are a group of environmentally minded people. We campaign at a local level in order to help improve local policy and to do our part for national campaigns. Our actions range from holding fun public events with games and displays to holding or participating in meetings in order to help ourselves or others become better informed about key issues

Area of operation:Greater Reading
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: Room 1 upstairs at RISC, 35-39 London Street, RG1 4PS
Time: Second Wednesday each month at 8pm. Sometimes vary in July & August
Contact details:Enrico Petrucco
Telephone: 07854 968560
Email: mrepetrucco@hotmail.com
Web site:http://www.readingfoe.org.uk
Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC)

RISC aims to increase awareness of the economic, political, social and environmental forces, which shape all our lives and empower people to take control of their own lives; and to work towards a more just world, where power and resources are equally shared. We work with schools, community, campaigning groups and other like-minded organisations. We produce resources, organise programmes of public events, sell books, fair-traded and environmentally friendly products, provide a loans service and where ever possible give a platform for speakers from the majority world. (Africa, Asia, Caribbean & Latin America) Our permaculture roof garden is used for local and global education.

Area of operation:Greater Reading Area and UK wide
Regular meeting arrangements:Place: RISC
Time: various - see events listings
Contact details:Bente Teglgaard Madeira
Telephone: 0118 958 6692
Email: bente@risc.org.uk
Web site:http://www.risc.org.uk
The Mustard Tree Foundation (Reading)

The Mustard Tree Foundation (MTF) seeks to enable the community to speak for itself, to empower members of society who are marginalised and enable them to speak into and shape their community. This is done through a number of different projects: - Lifeline - The Rahab Project - Starting Point Reading - TLG School (in partnership with RCC) - Let's Grow - The Parenting Initiative - Engage:Befriending (starting May 2013)

Area of operation:Reading and surrounding area
Regular meeting arrangements:Place:
Time:
Contact details:Telephone: 01189567000
Web site:http://www.themustardtree.org
Transition Wokingham

Main Activities: * Community Apple Press * Norreys Garden Share Scheme - Growing Together in Wokingham * Transition Wokingham - Plan Bee Groups main purpose: * Plan community action to address peak oil and climate change * Engage with the whole community through businesses, councils and authorities * Celebrate even our smallest successes to make the transiion to living in time without cheap oil * Encourage local, individual, small changes, locally sourced * Run talks, films and local events

Area of operation:Wokingham Borough
Regular meeting arrangements:Place:
Time:
Contact details:Tamzin Evershed
Email: TransitionWokingham@yahoo.co.uk
Web site:http://www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives.wokingham