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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.

  • Social Impact Bond to improve outcomes for young people in Reading
    21 June 2018

    Reading Borough Council, along with its strategic partners, has submitted a bid to the Government’s Life Chances Fund to support a Social Impact Bond. The outcomes of the SIB are related to improving participation in education, employment and training outcomes for Reading’s most vulnerable young people aged 11 to 19 . RBC ...

  • People’s Health Trust – Active Communities fund open in Reading
    21 June 2018

    Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust has opened Active Communities ‘HealthConfirm’ for the area covering Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor ...

  • Mental Health First Aid starts with you
    21 June 2018

    MHFA England are offering a 2-day Mental Health First Course in Reading on 16 and 17 July 2018 What is a mental health problem? Mental health problems cover a wide range of issues – including stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse – that affect someone’s ability to get on with their daily life. The most common mental ...

  • Struggling communities to be given a lifeline by new fundraising campaign
    21 June 2018

    Launch of Vital for Berkshire campaign Berkshire is seen by many as epitomising the South East, a prosperous and successful county. But behind this image is another Berkshire, one with hidden deprivation. Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) is putting a spotlight on this hidden Berkshire with the launch of their new campaign: Vital for Berkshire. People across Berkshire ...

  • ‘Building Connections Fund’ to open in July 2018
    20 June 2018

    The Prime Minister announced this week that charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness. The funding will go towards supporting and expanding programmes that bring people together and are proving to benefit communities and includes a new £11 million Building Connections Fund. This fund will ...

  • Police Property Act Fund – open until 17 July
    20 June 2018

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale ...

  • Berkshire Maestros relocating to Queen Anne’s School
    20 June 2018

    Local, independent music education charity Berkshire Maestros is to relocate its Caversham Music Centre to Queen Anne’s School from September 2018. The partnership between the school and the charity will bring improved facilities for Berkshire Maestros students while offering pupils at Queen Anne’s access to new musical opportunities. Previously based at Highdown School at Emmer Green, ...

  • Chances for Children Grants
    20 June 2018

    Chances for Children grants from Buttle UK are up to £2000 in value and designed to meet the multiple needs of vulnerable children and young people by funding a holistic package of support. They meet immediate physical needs by paying for household items, such as a cooker or children’s beds, and also meet a child’s ...

  • RVA Ready Friends Coordinator – closing date 13 July 2018
    19 June 2018

    We are looking for an experienced community development worker with the motivation and skills to build on our loneliness and isolation work. An exciting opportunity for anyone who cares about social action in Reading, who is self motivated and able to engage the public in our campaign. Your role will be to encourage community participation in ...

  • People’s Health Trust Funding open in Reading until 11 July
    19 June 2018

    Active Communities is offering grants to local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live. They’re looking for small and local projects, designed and run by local people. Grants offered between £5,000 and £25,000 per year for projects lasting up to two years. Who can apply for funding? You can only apply ...

  • CEO Forum
    18 June 2018

    The Voluntary Sector CEO Forum will be hosted by Blandy and Blandy Solicitors. Nick Burrows, Partner Charity and Commercial Law will be hosting and taking questions with a focus on: Any lingering GDPR questions or concerns Key points to consider before formally entering a partnership agreement and the significance of the different structures. Plus an opportunity for networking and ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – photos and stories
    14 June 2018

    We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting the photos from the Reading Volunteer Awards and they are now up on our dedicated Awards page, along with the stories of award winners and more!

  • Reading SOUP returns to St Laurence’s – with a brand new look
    14 June 2018

    After almost a year away, Reading SOUP returns to their old home of St Laurence’s on Wednesday 20 June 2018. They will be revealing their brand new look, having had an overhaul of their logo, website, and more. Pitching at the upcoming event are children’s domestic violence support group Bounce Back 4 Kids; blind support charity, ...

  • Research presentation: the needs of minority ethnic women living in Reading
    14 June 2018

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) invite you to attend a presentation of research into the needs of ethnic minority women living in Reading and how RCLC meets those needs. The presentation will take place at RCLC on 19 July 2018, from 11.30am – 1.30pm. The research was organized and led by Dr Sally Lloyd Evans, Associate ...

  • Refugee Week 2018 – screening of Human Flow and post-film discussion
    14 June 2018

    Screening of Human Flow (12A) and post-film discussion for Refugee Week 2018 – Reading Film Theatre, in partnership with Reading Refugee Support Group   Ai Weiwei’s epic film documents the staggering scale of 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change or war. It gives a powerful ...

  • Supporting children who have a parent in prison
    14 June 2018

    Do you work with families or children who have a parent in prison? Children Heard and Seen have trained volunteer mentors in Reading who can offer 12 months of 1-2-1 mentor support to children aged 9-16 who are referred to us. Children of prisoners are: more likely to have low school attendance twice as likely to experience conduct and ...

  • Mini funding workshops on 12 July
    13 June 2018

    Is your group looking for funding or are you in the process of planning your activities? Book for the mini workshops taking place next week on 12 July, in partnership with the FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) on the following topics: Developing your Fundraising Strategy Demonstrating Impact Retaining and Maintaining Donors The sessions are just £5 a piece and will ...

  • Why Reading Volunteer Awards is a great event
    13 June 2018

    Community Journalist Calum Harbor reports on last week’s Volunteer Awards and reflects on the importance of events like these On 6 June 2018, Reading Voluntary Action honoured volunteers and their work in a celebration called the Reading Volunteer Awards. Held in the beautiful Shehnai Olympia Ballroom, people from across Reading came to honour the volunteers who ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – *thank you* for a special night
    7 June 2018

    The Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 took place last night with over 150 representatives of a wide range of voluntary sector organisations in attendance. The night was a celebration of volunteers and volunteering and the difference that it makes to our town. Be sure to take a look at our dedicated Awards page found HERE in the coming ...

  • Social Action Mentors – launch in September
    5 June 2018

    Launching this autumn, a new project from RVA… Are you passionate about a cause in Reading? Do have links to a particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee? Join the Social Action Mentors: Receive basic good governance training from the RVA Advice ...

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