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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Brighter Berkshire – review of 2017 Year of Mental Health
    19 January 2018

    Brighter Berkshire describes the Berkshire Community coming together to raise awareness, reduce stigma and increase local opportunities for those with mental health challenges.    Brighter Berkshire 2017 Year of Mental Health has just ended and here are some of the highlights. BBC Radio Berkshire hosted a monthly “Talking Heads” programme with different topics – anxiety, young ...

  • ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ – round 3 funding now open
    17 January 2018

    The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15 January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16 February 2018 at 5pm Berkshire Community Foundation and UK Community Foundations are partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver over £1 million in grants as part of a major Home Office initiative to counter extremism. The ‘Building a Stronger ...

  • The Weston Anniversary Fund – open until 30 June 2018
    17 January 2018

    For 60 years the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK. These small to medium organisations are often unsung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected. To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and the vital role of volunteers and community charities, they have just launched an additional grants ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 19 January 2018
    16 January 2018

    Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is meeting on Friday 19 January at 2:00 pm in the Council Chamber. On the agenda: Making Reading a place where people can live well with dementia: a report giving an update on delivery against the Health and Wellbeing Strategy Priority 6. Improving Healthy Lifestyles in Reading, the pillar of prevention: a ...

  • Don’t miss your annual return deadline!
    15 January 2018

    All charities have ten months from the end of their financial year to file their annual report, accounts and return with the Charity Commission – that’s the 31 January if your financial year ends 31 March, so not long to go!

  • Charity Governance Awards 2018 – win £5,000
    10 January 2018

    Share your examples of good governance by entering into the Charity Governance Awards and potentially win £5,000 for your organisation.

  • Winter Watch – apply by 31 March 2018
    10 January 2018

    Winter Watch is run by Reading Borough Council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure that no-one suffers from cold in their homes during the winter months. Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and are either: over 60, have very young children, have ...

  • Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper
    10 January 2018

    The government is asking people for their views on a green paper, setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people. The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges. The proposals include: creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams every ...

  • Contemporary Brazilian music film season and course
    10 January 2018

    Reading Film Theatre is delighted to announce the Contemporary Brazilian Music Film Season, to take place at the Reading Film Theatre over a period of 10 weeks from 17 January to 23 March 2018. The Season will be held in combination with the course ‘Brazilian Music and Film’, focusing on the ways in which these two ...

  • Reading Abbey Ruins – hire this unique venue
    10 January 2018

    The Abbey ruins will re-open this summer after extensive conservation work and will be available to hire for outdoor events. Reading Museum are now taking bookings for this unique venue. The Abbey Ruins are a wonderfully historic location set on the banks of the Kennet and Avon Canal, in the heart of Reading. To find out ...

  • Let’s make 2018 the year to End Loneliness in Reading!
    9 January 2018

    In 2017, the theme of loneliness hit the headlines time and time again. While loneliness is not a new problem, recent research has brought to light the negative implications of loneliness on our physical and mental health.  Research has also shown the economic impact of loneliness and highlighted that loneliness is an all-age issue, not just one felt by ...

  • New year, new opportunities
    3 January 2018

    A very happy new year from the RVA team! If one of your new year’s resolutions is to give a little time to a local charity, then take a look at the many volunteering opportunities advertised on RVA’s website. If you’re looking to connect more with your local community, then sign up for our big event on ...

  • Carers Information Sessions in January and February
    3 January 2018 Alzheimer's Society

    Are you supporting a friend or loved one with dementia? Would you like more information on different aspects of dementia? The Alzheimer’s Society is organising two information sessions for people who care for someone with dementia. Both sessions are in Reading and will take place on Thursday 25 January 2018, from 10.30 to 12.30 Tuesday 20 February 2018, from ...

  • Apply for support from local law firm – closing date 16 March 2018
    3 January 2018

    Law firm Blandy & Blandy LLP, which has offices in Reading and Henley-on-Thames, is seeking two new local charities to ‘adopt’ from 2018. The firm is currently supporting Twyford-based Daisy’s Dream and Reading Samaritans, having previously supported charities including Younger People with Dementia, Camp Mohawk, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Berkshire Vision. Fundraising activities have included raffles ...

  • 6 highlights of 2017 from RVA
    20 December 2017

    6. Tilehurst Together Launched in June, Tilehurst Together brings local people together to support each other, make new connections, and get involved in community life. There are now nearly 30 people who take part in fortnightly sessions and walks. One participant told us: ‘This scheme is wonderful – just what we need in society today – ...

  • Season’s Greetings from RVA
    20 December 2017

    Season’s Greetings from everyone at RVA! We will close at 2pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and open again at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018. As we look forward to working together in 2018, take a look at our highlights of 2017.    

  • Have your say – Local Healthwatch for Reading and Wokingham
    20 December 2017

    Reading Borough Council are seeking views from people who use health and social care services, to understand the likely impact of commissioning a single Local Healthwatch for Reading and Wokingham. The consultation is being conducted by Reading Borough Council on behalf of both councils involved and will run from Tuesday 19 December 2017 to Tuesday 6 ...

  • Working Together for Health and Wellbeing
    19 December 2017

    At the recent Wellbeing Forum, Seona Douglas, the new Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council, outlined why we need to work together to address some of the challenges to the health and wellbeing of people in Reading. Seona reminded us that health inequalities in Reading are real and widening: Reading’s poorest communities ...

  • Reading Your Way – Christmas Opening Hours
    19 December 2017

    Reading Your Way, 1a Rupert Square, Reading, RG1 3HE. Tel: 0118 9660240 Christmas opening times Monday 18 December: 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday 19 December: 9 am – 5 pm Wednesday 20 December: 9 am – 5 pm Thursday 21 December: 9 am – 5 pm Friday 22 December: 9 am – 5 pm Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December: CLOSED Wednesday ...

  • Let’s Make Reading Friendlier – Conference
    13 December 2017

    February 21 2018 will see a big event at Reading Town Hall, exploring ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities. The focus of the conference will be on taking action to create change at both a personal and organisational level.  Workshop themes will include ‘it’s everyone’s business’, ‘loneliness as a public health ...

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