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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.

  • Can we encourage local giving through legacies?
    12 August 2014 Sarah Morland

    Last year I re-wrote my will during Free Wills Month.  It was a good opportunity for me to review who might benefit from my worldly wealth (!) at the same time as giving a decent donation to a charity.  The solicitor gave me a choice of probably 10 charities for my donation – none of ...

  • Trustees please note that the Charity Commission has become a more aggressive regulator
    30 July 2014 Rachel Spencer

    Anyone who receives the Charity Commission news will have noticed that they have become an increasingly aggressive regulator over the past 12 months. In some circumstances they might provide a much needed intervention but there does not appear to be a proportionality filter and small charities with few assets are being treated in the same way ...

  • Social prescribing – the story so far for Reading
    23 July 2014 Sarah Morland

    It all started a year ago when I went to a Building Health Partnerships event in London and heard how Hackney CVS was working with their local Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health team to develop a social prescribing project. If you don’t know about social prescribing, here’s a short introduction: Social prescribing is a structured process ...

  • What’s your website like?
    17 July 2014 David Neale

    If you’re lucky your organisation at least has a reasonably comfortable office. And hopefully it’s been decorated in the last few years, isn’t too cluttered and is an attractive place for your visitors to come to. But can you say the same for your website? Most organisations have a website – and yours probably does – ...

  • A tale of 2 CCG AGMs
    16 July 2014 Sarah Morland

    Over the last couple of weeks I have attended the annual meetings of both Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Reading, South Reading CCG and North and West Reading CCG. Many similarities – the formal presentation of the annual report which is in a fairly predetermined format and includes all the financial information. South Reading had a budget ...

  • Join me for a walk on Tuesday lunch times!
    11 July 2014 Rachel Goater

    If you are anything like me, you sit at a desk to work, and stay seated to eat your lunch, before continuing to sit and work. It get’s to the end of the day, you’ve been pretty busy and all you want to do is sit and relax… are you noticing a pattern? So I thought I better ...

  • Blogging about blogging!
    7 July 2014 Sarah Morland

    I thought that I had grasped the difference between blogging and writing an article for RVA’s website. What am I getting right? I am being chatty and more informal in my approach, my blogs include more of my personal views, and I am using some sub-headings to break up the text. What can I improve about my blogging? Remember ...

  • Health and Social Value – what does this mean for us in Reading?
    3 July 2014 Sarah Morland

    You may not be aware that the Public Services (Social Value) Act was passed in 2012 and came into force on 31st January 2013. The Act places a duty on public bodies (e.g. local authority, clinical commissioning group, police and crime commissioner) to consider social value ahead of a procurement. The wording of the Act states that… The ...

  • The Office for Civil Society needs your views on how best to support the future sustainability of the sector
    30 June 2014 Sarah Morland

    The Office for Civil Society is consulting on new fund to support the sustainability of Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations. The fund will provide medium-sized organisations with the support they need to plan for the long term and to move to sustainable business models. The fund will be open to applications in 2015 ...

  • Supporting the Victims of Crime – Police and Crime Commissioner Grants for local organisations
    27 June 2014 Sarah Morland

    We are really excited to be involved in a new project working with a range of voluntary organisations to develop the best support services for victims of crime across the Thames Valley. The Thames Valley Police and Commissioner is taking over responsibility, from the Ministry of Justice, for commissioning most victim support services from April 2015. ...

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