On this page you’ll find the latest word from inside Reading Voluntary Action – news and views on the latest developments in the local voluntary sector.

  • Social Prescribing is coming to Reading!!!
    24 March 2015 Sarah Morland

    Great news!  Reading Voluntary Action has now secured a grant from the CCGs to deliver a Social Prescribing pilot project in Reading.  It has taken a while to get to this point, which makes it even more exciting. I have been talking about Social Prescribing for ages (months? years?) and in October last year, in the ...

  • Social isolation – it could happen to any of us
    14 March 2015 Steve Hendry

    Within the RVA volunteer recruitment service we are hearing more and more about the contribution volunteers can make in helping to reduce social isolation amongst older people. We hear how the volunteers’ involvement can benefit not only the emotional wellbeing but also the health of people living alone. What we also hear is how much ...

  • Do you have management or committee experience to share?
    14 March 2015 Steve Hendry

       A key element to help charities and community groups make the biggest possible difference is having a strong management team in place. The work of the management committee or trustee board helps to liberate frontline staff and volunteers to really get the organisation’s aims delivered out on the ground. In addition it increases the confidence that funders ...

  • Perfect Neighbour Street
    3 February 2015 Rachel Goater

    The good people of Perfect Neighbour Street had a meeting to discuss running activities for the children in their neighbourhood so that the next generation of local residents had a better chance of ensuring their road continued to be the best place in the country to live. So they set up a residents group and everyone ...

  • Review of potential use of building formally known as ‘Central Club’
    10 December 2014 Rachel Spencer

    The ‘Central Club’ building in London Street was opened up to visitors last week to allow organisations that are interested in the building to look around. There were mixed emotions within the group as the enormity of the task became clearer but also excitement at the potential offered by the site and the partnerships that are ...

  • Give the gift of time
    1 December 2014 Steve Hendry

    For the fortunate amongst us a season of shopping, celebration and socialising is well and truly upon us, with maybe a bit of self-indulgence or over-consumption along the way! It’s a busy time but after a long year we can count our blessings and focus on friends and family. January is another story though, so whether ...

  • Social Value – the progress so far
    7 November 2014 Sarah Morland

    In July, I let you know that Reading is one of four local authority areas(plus Haringey, Leeds and Tyneside) to received support from Social Enterprise UK to explore what Social Value means in terms of practical in commissioning in Reading. A bit of background The Health and Social Value programme, funded by the Department of Health, aims to: support ...

  • Social prescribing – everybody is talking about it!
    23 October 2014 Sarah Morland

    Way back in July (remember the light mornings and the warm days?) I blogged about social prescribing and discussions with Reading’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) about setting up a pilot project in Reading. For those of you who don’t know about social prescribing,  it is structured process that links patients with non-medical support to improve their health and ...

  • Into the Dragons’ Den – The results
    15 September 2014 Steve HendryInto the Dragons' Den - The results

    A few weeks back I wrote an item about the Dragons’ Den style pitches that I was invited to judge. Since then the groups have been busy delivering their projects with two of them producing videos about their experiences, you will find these videos below. Inspiring stuff!!

  • Into the Dragons’ Den – Young People Volunteering
    28 August 2014 Steve HendryInto the Dragons' Den - Young People Volunteering

    Last Thursday I received a very unusual request. I was asked if I would be willing to act as a dragon in a Dragons Den themed pitch of social action projects. Pitching were four groups of 16-17 year olds from in and around the Reading area who had designed the projects as part of this ...

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