Welcome to the latest Voluntary Sector Digest from RVA, a catch-up of all the latest sector news, events and organisations from the RVA Directory.
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    EVENTS

    • 21 November 2018 Strictly Style Afternoon Tea Dance
      Social gatheringRoyal Voluntary Service Reading
      Free professional dance lesson and competition, with refreshments. All welcome! With funding from Prudential.

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    • 22 November 2018 CEO Forum
      ForumReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      The voluntary sector CEO Forum provides opportunities for networking and peer support with other charity CEOs from across Berkshire. The focus for…

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    • 22 November 2018 Utulivu AGM: Keeping well – health and wealth together
      AGMUtulivu Women’s Group
      This is the time of the year when we encourage other organisations, families and friends to come and hear what we as…

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    • 23 November 2018 Christmas Time at St Michael’s Tilehurst
      Festival / Fete / CarnivalSt Michael’s Church of England
      Friday 23 November, 6pm to 8pm Our popular Christmas Market at St Michael’s Church Hall. Sunday 2 December, 6.30pm The traditional celebrations for Christmas…

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    • 26 November 2018 Autism Berkshire Speaker Event with Richard Maguire and AGM
      Meeting / Talk / PresentationAutism Berkshire
      Autism Berkshire is delighted to present a speaker event in Reading with autistic speaker and trainer Richard Maguire. It will start at…

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    • 29 November 2018 Cultural Commissioning Symposium
      ConferenceReading Borough Council (RBC)
      Reading, Place of Culture are holding a Cultural Commissioning Symposium The Reading Cultural Commissioning programme aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for social outcomes. This will be…

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    • 30 November 2018 Carers’ Rights Day 2018
      Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading and West Berkshire Carers Hub
      Carers’ Rights Day this year is on Friday 30 November 2018 In Reading, various organisations which can support carers will gather in Greyfriars…

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    • 1 December 2018 Reading Male Voice Choir Concert
      EntertainmentReading Male Voice Choir
      Come and join us for a fabulous evening! A wonderful variety of serious and popular pieces, a Welsh hymn, religious pieces, opera…

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    • 4 December 2018 Reading Community Learning Centre AGM
      AGMReading Community Learning Centre (RCLC)
      Notice of Annual General Meeting Notice is hereby given that the 11th Annual General Meeting of Reading Community Learning Centre will be…

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    • 4 December 2018 Adoption Information Event
      Meeting / Talk / PresentationParents and Children Together (PACT)
      PACT information events are informal opportunities to find out about PACT (an outstanding voluntary adoption agency) and the adoption process. You will…

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    • 8 December 2018 Christmas Crackers
      EntertainmentShinfield Players Theatre
      An evening to celebrate Christmas. Full of music, song, dance and laughter. Plenty of old and modern classics and carols to sing…

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    • 9 December 2018 Christmas Concert of Carols and Readings
      EntertainmentLeague of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital
      This annual event attracts many hundreds of people, this being its 20th year at this location. Featuring and led by Pangbourne Choral…

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    • 10 December 2018 Christmas Wreath Making
      FundraisingUfton Court Educational Trust
      On Monday 10 December, join us at historic Ufton Court for a festive wreath making workshop in aid of Ufton Adventure. We’ll be joined…

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    • 12 December 2018 Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector
      ForumReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      Reading Voluntary Action is hosting the next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector on Wednesday 12th December from 10:00am to 12:30pm in…

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    • 13 December 2018 Commissioning ready workshop
      WorkshopReading Borough Council (RBC)
      Reading, Place of Culture invite interested groups to attend to attend a Commissioning Ready workshop This is in preparation for the second…

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    • 16 December 2018 Services for children December 2018
      Festival / Fete / CarnivalSt Michael’s Church of England
      All Age Worship with Christingle Service Sunday 16 December at 9.30 am Family Crib Service. Come and join us for our fun…

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    • 17 December 2018 Friends of Caversham Court Gardens Carol Evening
      Social gatheringFriends of Caversham Court Gardens
      The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens invite you to their annual Carol Evening The choir of St Peter’s church will be leading…

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    • 18 December 2018 Public health services in Reading – consultation event
      Public interestReading Borough Council (RBC)
      A public event where you can find out more about the consultation on public health services in Reading, which is open until…

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    • 22 December 2018 Christmas Concert
      EntertainmentReading Male Voice Choir
      Reading Male Voice Choir, A440 Choir, and Occasions Choir in a joint Christmas Concert raising funds for the homeless A beautiful concert…

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    • 9 January 2019 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network
      Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action. You will have a chance to contribute to…

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    • 30 January 2019 West of Berkshire Joint Safeguarding Conference
      ConferenceWest of Berkshire Joint Safeguarding Conference
      The focus of this year’s conference is Prevention and Early Intervention.  The conference will provide an opportunity for practitioners working across a…

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    • 19 March 2019 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network
      Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action. You will have a chance to contribute to…

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    • 15 May 2019 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network
      Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action. You will have a chance to contribute to…

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    TRAINING

    • 19 November 2018 Group Interview Skills – Free Employability Workshop
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      Find out what to expect during a group interview, in a fun and supportive environment. In this workshop you will: Take part…

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    • 21 November 2018 Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering (RQF)
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      A one-day course for people in the voluntary sector and community groups. This qualification will benefit anyone working in a situation where…

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    • 24 November 2018 Exploring Autism
      TrainingAutAngel
      This enjoyable and interactive session is suitable for professionals and autistic people and their families and friends. It offers an overview of…

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    • 26 November 2018 Interview Presentation Skills – Free Employability Workshop
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      How to present yourself successfully at an interview, including: How to prepare to present yourself at an interview. Using visual aids and…

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    • 27 November 2018 Effective form filling: ESA and PIP – Training
      TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
      As a trusted and established training service, Citizens Advice Reading Training Services has been offering courses to a wide range of organisations…

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    • 27 November 2018 Is Volunteering for You? – Free Employability Workshop
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      Volunteering can change your life! Join this workshop to discover the following: What volunteering can do for you. How volunteering can fit…

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    • 4 December 2018 DBS Workshop
      TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      DBS workshop for voluntary and community groups - learn when DBS checks are required, what is 'regulated activity', the different levels of disclosure, how to fill in the form, and how to use the update service.

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    • 5 December 2018 Keeping Safe on Social Media
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      A newly designed course to highlight the safe use of Social Media. This course is ideal for the home user who is…

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    • 6 December 2018 Designated Safeguarding Officer training – for charities and community groups
      TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      Introduction: As part of the overall safeguarding for you organisation it is good practice for charities and voluntary groups to have a…

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    • 6 December 2018 Cyber Safety – How to Avoid Scams
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      An informative session looking at some of the latest online scams and how you can protect yourself: Keeping up to date with…

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    • 6 December 2018 Emergency First Aid at Work
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      A one-day course for people in the voluntary sector and community groups. Intended outcomes are: Gain knowledge of appropriate procedures. Recognise and…

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    • 14 December 2018 Universal Safeguarding Children Training
      TrainingReading Borough Council (RBC)
      This course if for anyone whose work or volunteering brings them into contact with children or young people. This course will cover:…

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    • 15 January 2019 Introduction to English Language and Culture – 5-week course
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      A free 5-week introductory course for adults who have recently arrived in the UK and want to improve their English and learn…

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    • 15 January 2019 Let’s Talk English for Improvers – 5-week course
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      A free 5-week English conversation course, in a small group, for adults who want to improve their English speaking skills under the…

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    • 17 January 2019 Introduction to benefits
      TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
      As a trusted and established training service. Citizens Advice Reading Training Services has been offering courses to a wide range of organisations…

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    • 21 January 2019 5-Day Community Mediation Skills Course
      TrainingResolve – Berkshire & Oxfordshire Mediation Service
      21-25 January 2019 Our five-day course in Community Mediation Skills helps you to develop the skills, knowledge and personal attributes to become…

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    • 21 January 2019 Incredible Years – Facilitator Training Programme
      TrainingReading Borough Council (RBC)
      The Incredible Years School Age is a programme for parents with a child aged between 6 and 12 years and have concerns…

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    • 23 January 2019 Emergency First Aid at Work
      TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
      A one-day course for people in the voluntary sector and community groups. Intended outcomes are: Knowledge of appropriate procedures. Recognise and treat…

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    • 24 January 2019 FSI Training – Preparing major grant applications and tenders
      TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      Both central and local government have moved away from grant-making to commissioning services. This course provides an overview of the expectations of…

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    • 29 January 2019 Safeguarding Adults training – for charities and community groups
      TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      All voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. This training is for anyone who…

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    • 31 January 2019 Introduction to Universal Credit
      TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
      As a trusted and established training service, Citizens Advice Reading Training Services has been offering courses to a wide range of organisations…

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    • 7 February 2019 Benefits for older people
      TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
      As a trusted and established training service, Citizens Advice Reading Training Services has been offering courses to a wide range of organisations…

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    • 11 February 2019 2-Day Cross Training for Trained Mediators
      TrainingResolve – Berkshire & Oxfordshire Mediation Service
      11 – 12 February 2019 Booking is open for our popular two-day cross training course for mediators who have trained in related…

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    • 12 February 2019 Trustee Training
      TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
      Suitable for new and existing trustees and an introduction for anyone thinking of taking on the role. You will leave with an improved knowledge of what the position entails along with how to limit any liability you might face.

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    • 26 February 2019 Introduction to sickness and disability benefits
      TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
      As a trusted and established training service, Citizens Advice Reading Training Services has been offering courses to a wide range of organisations…

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    • 26 February 2019 Effective form filling: ESA and PIP
      TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
      As a trusted and established training service, Citizens Advice Reading Training Services has been offering courses to a wide range of organisations…

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    • 7 March 2019 Benefits and coming to the UK
      TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
      As a trusted and established training service, Citizens Advice Reading Training Services has been offering courses to a wide range of organisations…

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    • 2 April 2019 Introduction to benefit appeals and tribunals
      TrainingCitizens Advice Reading
      As a trusted and established training service Citizens Advice Reading Training Services has been offering courses to a wide range of organisations…

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