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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JOBS

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EVENTS

  • 20 February 2018 Focus Group: Help us understand more about loneliness in Reading
    Cluster groupReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    We are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading. We are interested in …

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  • 21 February 2018 “Let’s Make Reading Friendlier” Conference
    Conference“Let’s Make Reading Friendlier” Conference
    Reading’s BIG event to explore ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities. The focus of the event will be …

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  • 21 February 2018 “We Welcome” interfaith event
    Public interestReading City of Sanctuary
    Reading City of Sanctuary invites you to their interfaith communal event to talk about how faith communities are putting “faith into action” …

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  • 26 February 2018 Save a life – give blood
    Not specifiedNHS Blood and Transplant
    The Blood Service is running more sessions at The Salvation Army in Reading and needs your help. These sessions run from 10:15 …

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  • 28 February 2018 Topical tips and new ideas by Ray Broughton
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Gardeners Club
    Ray is always entertaining and full of practical ideas for gardeners from his experience as a lecturer at Sparsholt College, one of …

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  • 28 February 2018 80s Best years of our Lives – one night only
    EntertainmentShinfield Players Theatre
    Following the success of 80s .. Best Years of our Lives, we have been approached to put this on for one night …

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  • 1 March 2018 Volunteer Taster Day
    VolunteeringThrive
    Come and find out more about volunteering at Thrive. We need volunteers to support our horticultural therapists by working alongside our clients …

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  • 2 March 2018 ‘Walk for Rose’ – sponsored walk for The Rose Centre
    Community developmentAlliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE)
    The Rose Centre is a community-based initiative which celebrates beneficent cultural traditions and rites of passage, and the diverse communities living in …

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  • 3 March 2018 Prostate Cancer Awareness & Free PSA Blood Test Event
    Public interestLions Club of Reading
    Reading Lions Club invites all local men over 45 (younger if you have a family history of prostate cancer) to the Circle …

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  • 3 March 2018 No5 Young People’s Performing Arts Concert
    ShowcaseNo5 Youth Counselling and Information Service
    No5 Young People are hosting a Young People’s Performing Arts Concert on Saturday 3 March 2018 in memory of Lizzie Lee, who …

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  • 7 March 2018 Blithe Spirit
    EntertainmentShinfield Players Theatre
    Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit is a delightful comedy, full of wit and sharp repartee.  Both a drawing-room comedy and a ghost story, it …

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  • 8 March 2018 Volunteer Open Day
    Open dayBasildon Park (National Trust)
    The Volunteer Open Day is an opportunity to come along and talk to both volunteers and staff about the voluntary roles at …

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  • 11 March 2018 Mothering Sunday service
    Festival / Fete / CarnivalSt Michael’s Church of England
    We celebrate Mothering Sunday on 11 March when we have an All Age Worship Family service at 9:30 am. We hope that …

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  • 14 March 2018 The shady garden by Alan Edmonson
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Gardeners Club
    A wide range of plants will thrive in shade says Alan, demonstrating this with photographs of his own garden in Lymington in …

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  • 29 March 2018 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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  • 4 April 2018 Volunteer Taster Day
    VolunteeringThrive
    Come and find out more about volunteering at Thrive. We need volunteers to support our horticultural therapists by working alongside our clients …

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  • 11 April 2018 Choice plants for early season interest
    Meeting / Talk / PresentationReading Gardeners Club
    Paul Green runs Greens Leaves nursery in Newent, Gloucestershire, and is often to be seen at rare plant fairs. He will give …

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  • 23 April 2018 Volunteer Open Day
    Open dayBasildon Park (National Trust)
    The Volunteer Open Day is an opportunity to come along and talk to both volunteers and staff about the voluntary roles at …

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TRAINING

  • 20 February 2018 Using LinkedIn for Job Opportunities – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Create a professional online presence using LinkedIn, an online networking platform that allows you to connect with employers and recruiters.  During the …

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  • 20 February 2018 Introduction to English Language & 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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  • 21 February 2018 Next Steps with an Android Tablet – 5-week course
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A newly-designed 5-week course, following on from the introduction course or for those who already know the basics and wish to learn …

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  • 21 February 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: knowledge of appropriate procedures recognise and treat …

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  • 22 February 2018 Next Steps in Computing – 5-week course
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5-week follow-on course to highlight more features in Word and to explore other programmes such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher, …

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  • 22 February 2018 Cooking for One – 5-week workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 5-week course for people living on their own. Learn how to cook simple, healthy food on a budget, and enjoy the …

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  • 22 February 2018 Introduction to using your Apple iPad – 5-week course
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A newly designed 5-week course to cover all the basic actions needed to get started with your iPad. Small tutor-led classes with …

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  • 22 February 2018 Setting up a Social Enterprise – Workshop
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Have you considered setting up a business with a social mission? If so, a social enterprise model might be right for you. …

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  • 22 February 2018 Living with Teenagers – 4 week workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A 4-week course to support parents through their children’s adolescence. Week 1 – Introduction to teenage development. Explore ways of talking and …

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  • 27 February 2018 Training – 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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  • 27 February 2018 RAN Quality Standard Workshop
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    RVA is partnering with Reading Advice Network (RAN) to deliver this one day workshop for advice-giving organisations in Reading to enable those in leadership positions in RAN member, or potential member, organisations, to understand and prepare for the RAN Quality Standard

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  • 27 February 2018 Starting your own Business – Free Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    Our workshop ‘from idea to business’ will introduce you to 5 practical steps to transfer your idea into a business or freelancing …

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  • 5 March 2018 Equality and Human Rights Framework – learning programme workshops
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    The Equality and Human Rights Framework The Equality and Human Rights Framework is a free digital toolkit and learning programme for voluntary …

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  • 5 March 2018 Interview Skills – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    How to conduct yourself in the most effective way at an interview, including: – What to expect at an interview – Common …

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  • 5 March 2018 RBC Food Hygiene Training
    TrainingReading Borough Council (RBC)
    Reading Borough Council is offering a full day Food Safety and Food Hygiene Training in March 2018, which may be of interest …

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  • 5 March 2018 Interview Skills – Free Employability Workshop
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    In this workshop, learn how to conduct yourself at an interview in the most effective way, including: – What to expect at …

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  • 6 March 2018 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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  • 7 March 2018 FSI Small Charity Training – Fundraising from Trusts and Foundations
    TrainingThe Foundation for Social Improvement
    The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) are coming to Reading for the first time to deliver one of their most popular and heavily subsidised training courses: How to fundraise from Trusts and Foundations. This course will take place at RVA and is expected to book up fast!

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  • 8 March 2018 Costing Your Services – workshop for voluntary and community groups
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Increasingly charities need to consider the cost per unit of their services and the most effective way of pricing their services. This workshop will give you an overview of how to do this effectively in the current funding climate, and will be helpful for new and existing charities and community groups.

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  • 8 March 2018 Treasurer Training
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    If you are new to the role of treasurer for a charity or community group, would like to be sure you're doing the right thing, or would like to find out more about being a treasurer this course is for you.

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  • 12 March 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. This workshop gives you the opportunity to: …

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  • 13 March 2018 Workshop: Data Protection for Charities – get ready for GDPR!
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    A practical workshop to help Reading-based charities and community groups understand their responsibility towards Data Protection and how the new GDPR coming into force on 25 May 2018 in the UK.

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  • 19 March 2018 Interview Presentation Skills – Free Employability Skills
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A workshop on how to present yourself successfully at an interview, including: – How to prepare to present yourself at an interview. …

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  • 20 March 2018 Training – 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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  • 26 March 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 …

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  • 28 March 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 new …

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  • 9 April 2018 Equality and Human Rights Framework – learning programme workshops
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    The Equality and Human Rights Framework The Equality and Human Rights Framework is a free digital toolkit and learning programme for voluntary …

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  • 10 April 2018 DBS Workshop
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    FREE DBS workshop for voluntary and community groups - find out 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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  • 18 April 2018 Emergency First Aid at Work
    TrainingEarley CResCent Community Association
    A one-day course for people in the voluntary sector and community groups covering: knowledge of appropriate first aid procedures recognising and treating …

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  • 24 April 2018 Introduction to English Language and Culture – 5-week workshop
    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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  • 1 May 2018 Trustee Training
    TrainingReading Voluntary Action (RVA)
    Free training 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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