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  • TVPS launch positive podcast
    22 October 2019

    HIV, Hope and Charity: chatting HIV and busting myths, one podcast at a time! HIV, Hope and Charity is a podcast series that has been recorded by local charity Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS). The HIV support service has recorded the six episodes to give their HIV positive service users a voice, to enable more people ...

  • Community Journalism: hands-on history with the Young Archaeologists’ Club
    21 October 2019

    This month, RVA welcomes new Community Journalist, Catherine Martindale. Catherine’s first article for RVA News is a profile of an activity for young people in Reading, that you may not have heard about before: the Young Archaeologists’ Club   The Reading branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is open to anyone aged 8 to 16, and ...

  • Community space at Tutu’s Table in Palmer Park
    18 October 2019

    Tutu’s Ethiopian Table is located in Palmer Park (the old Chalkboard Cafe). Tutu wishes to make the space more available for local community groups and charities who are looking for a meeting space or if groups are looking for a local community setting to take their members or service users to. Palmer Park is a beautiful ...

  • Film Showing for Humanity and Solidarity
    17 October 2019

    The 3 October marked the sixth anniversary of what is remembered as one of the most serious tragedies in the Mediterranean: a boat carrying over 500 people sank when it was just a few hundred miles from the coast of Lampedusa, Italy. 368 people (including children, women and men) lost their lives. The No More ...

  • Reading Refugee Support Group’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations
    17 October 2019

    Reading Refugee Support Group has been supporting refugees and asylum seekers in and around Reading since 1994, so we thought it was time to reflect on all that has happened during the past 25 years. Please join us for a vibrant evening of stories, music, theatre and fashion hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Fiona Talkington. After ...

  • Free online safeguarding resources from NCVO
    17 October 2019

    Every charity, voluntary or community group, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place  for all its beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published a comprehensive collection of free resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos. They are straightforward, practical and based on real world experience ...

  • West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board – survey for providers
    17 October 2019

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (SAB) covers the three local authority areas of Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. It is a statutory mechanism for ensuring that there is a robust multi-agency safeguarding framework in place and for monitoring the effect this has on protecting adults. A priority for the SAB  for 2019/20 is: ...

  • Have your say on NHS plans for our area
    16 October 2019

    A wide spread engagement process on the future arrangements for NHS commissioning in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West was launched this week. It will last until 1 December and there’s full details on the the Berkshire West CCG website. You can download the survey here. Fact sheets giving details of the proposals are also going to ...

  • Voluntary Sector Wellbeing Forum on 12 December 2019 – hold the date!
    16 October 2019

    The next Voluntary Sector Wellbeing Forum will be on Thursday 12 December from 10am to 1pm at RISC on the theme of workplace wellbeing. Bookings will open soon. The programme will include a presentation and discussions on Berkshire – a good place to work, the Director of Public Health’s annual report for 2019. The annual report ...

  • Berkshire – a good place to work
    16 October 2019

    The Director of Public Health’s annual report for 2019 was presented to Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board on 11 October 2019. The annual report focuses on the mental wellbeing and musculoskeletal (MSK) health of the workforce.  In the UK, 131 million working days are lost each year to sickness absence, and the leading causes are ...

  • Thames Valley Suicide Prevention Conference
    15 October 2019

    The Thames Valley Suicide Prevention Conference was held in Reading last Thursday.  The programme was interesting and thought provoking – the take away message being that we all have a role in supporting people (friends, family, colleagues and clients) so they can talk about how they are feeling and seek appropriate support. Lorna Fraser from the ...

  • Friendship Volunteering Evening
    15 October 2019

    Reading volunteers and service coordinators who help local people reduce loneliness and social isolation are warmly invited to a free evening event at The Crowne Plaza on 1 November from 5.30 to 9pm. Join us as our guest to: Celebrate and highlight the fantastic contribution of Reading’s volunteers in reducing loneliness and social isolation. Hear from fellow volunteers ...

  • DBS Workshop for voluntary and community groups
    11 October 2019

    Introduction Voluntary and community groups provide much needed services, often to those who are most vulnerable in our communities. Anyone working with Children or vulnerable adults has a duty to ensure that safer recruitment practices are in place for their volunteers and staff. It’s not always easy to understand just what DBS checks are needed (formerly ...

  • Coach Core apprenticeship opportunity for young people aged 16-24
    9 October 2019

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) have had a strong response to their Coach Core recruitment days and as a result ten Berkshire-based young people are currently being made offers by various employers in the county. There are still some spots left and GBA urge you to encourage any young people who might be suitable to consider ...

  • Smart Works Reading awarded RVA Safe + Sound
    9 October 2019

    Smart Works Reading have been awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound Governance Mark. We spoke to Sarah Burns MBE, Chair of Smart Works Reading, about the charity’s work and the process of Safe + Sound accreditation. Tell us a little about Smart Works Reading and what inspired you to get involved The work we do at Smart Works ...

  • Bite Size Volunteer Management Training – Recruitment and Legal
    9 October 2019

    Whether behind the scenes in administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town. For many organisations, without the work of volunteers, it would not be possible for them to deliver the services they provide in the way they do. Given the central role ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 11 October 2019
    7 October 2019

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 11 October 2019 in the Council Chamber, starting at 2pm. The agenda includes a report on Working in Partnership with Health and Social Care to Support Reading’s Most Vulnerable People. The report, prepared following discussions with a range of voluntary organisations in Reading, ...

  • The Silvers’ Workshop awarded Safe + Sound
    3 October 2019

    The Silvers’ Workshop were recently awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound Governance mark. We spoke to member and trustee Kevin Slade about the charity’s work, and the process of applying for Safe + Sound. Tell us a little about The Silvers’ Workshop and how you got involved… The Silvers’ Workshop is part of the UK Men’s Shed Association ...

  • An Introduction to Volunteer Management – Full Day Course
    3 October 2019

    Introduction: Whether behind the scenes in an administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town. For many organisations, without the work of volunteers, it would not be possible for them to deliver the services they provide in the way they do. Given the central ...

  • Befriending Week – are you ready?
    2 October 2019

    Countdown to Befriending Week 2019! Only 1 month to go. Are you ready? This year the theme puts a spotlight on health and wellbeing. To help you prepare for this year’s celebrations, visit the Befriending Week Resources section of our website to download the free resource pack . This includes social media posts, Facebook cover image, Twitter ...

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