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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.

  • Co-op Foundation #IWill Fund – Applications open until 20 September 2019
    16 August 2019

    Grants of up to £35,000 to help young people have a say in how community spaces are managed. They expect to make up to eight grants, available for one year. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years’ further funding, to build on their learning and focus on sustaining their impact. ‘Community ...

  • Dementia Friends training
    14 August 2019

    RBC invite you to attend a Dementia Friends training session in the Council Chamber. The aim of the session is to train volunteers, who can encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia, and to train Dementia Friends Champions on how to help their community. A previous attendee said: I came out ...

  • The Enterprise Bootcamp by Mapis
    14 August 2019

    Learn to start your own business Starting this September, Mapis CIC are offering a free 15-week intensive enterprise training programme designed for any budding entrepreneurs looking to start their own business. The programme will cover: Your idea Presentation skills Competition Target market Marketing strategy Finances Market analysis In week 15, all students will receive a bespoke business plan to fill out. The main skills ...

  • Spotlight on Reading Refugee Support Group in its 25th year
    14 August 2019

    In June we covered Reading Refugee Support Group receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This month, our Community Journalist, Oriela De Rossi, went to visit RRSG and take a more in-depth look at what receiving the award means to the organisation. Chief Executive, Nick Harborne, said: “Reading Refugee Support group was built on the backbone ...

  • How technology can help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation
    14 August 2019

    Many of us would probably agree that while TV, radio and online support do not provide The Answer to loneliness and social isolation, they can be a valuable part of a package of support for many people. Research by WaveLength The charity WaveLength gives radios, televisions, and tablet computers to people who are lonely and can’t afford ...

  • GSK Impact Awards open for application
    14 August 2019

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, ...

  • Have your say – RBC strategy consultations
    8 August 2019

    A reminder about some of the issues and strategies Reading Borough Council is currently consulting on – don’t miss the opportunity to have your say The Active Reading consultation is open until 14 August 2019. The Reading Transport Strategy consultation is open until 20 September 2019. The Homelessness Strategy consultation is open until 29 September 2019.    

  • Charity Bank Road to Growth – free event in Reading
    7 August 2019

    Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations in Reading to sign up for a free event on 8 October 2019. The Road to Growth event will be hosted at the Meadow Suite in the University of Reading (RG6 6BT) from 9 am to 12 noon and ...

  • BCF – new funding rounds and 1:1 surgeries
    6 August 2019 Berkshire Community Foundation Logo

    Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? Are you a small-medium sized charity or community group in Reading looking for funding for either a specific project or for core costs? In readiness for the upcoming rounds of funding, RVA is partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to offer 1:1 sessions (20 ...

  • Cultural Commissioning 2020 – open from September 2019
    6 August 2019

    RBC Cultural Commissioning team have some funding coming up for work with older people experiencing, or at risk of, loneliness and social isolation. It is part of the cultural commissioning programme currently run under the Reading, Place of Culture project, and it will go live in early September. They are looking for projects that will deliver ...

  • Join Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS)
    6 August 2019

    Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS) has been running since June 2016, after a successful application to Tesco Bags of Help. The idea of the scheme is to enable communities to take more ownership of their local area. Reading Borough Council are keen to increase participation in the scheme and build on recent successes. Alfred Sutton Primary ...

  • Sports Xtra – Reading Summer Youth Activities
    6 August 2019

    Reading’s Youth Summer Activities have begun! We thought we would tell you more about the groups working with us – to give you an insight into their world and what you could get involved in. Today’s focus is on all things sport with Sports Xtra.   Sports Xtra are the children’s physical activity experts, focused on providing ...

  • The Branding Project – open for applications until mid-August 2019
    6 August 2019

    Are you a new charity looking to establish a brand identity but lack the resources to do so? Or are you a not-for-profit in need of a brand refresh or re-positioning and would welcome some input from students at The University of Reading?   Reading University will be holding a structured four-week ‘design-thinking brand jam’ with Part ...

  • Reside Dance – Reading Summer Youth Activities
    31 July 2019

    Reading’s Youth Summer Activities are on the horizon! In the days running up to our summer events we thought we would tell you more about the groups working with us – to give you an insight into their world and what you could get involved in. Today’s focus is on all things dance with Reside ...

  • Befriending Forum
    30 July 2019

    Befriending Forum September 2019 Anyone interested in reducing loneliness and social isolation is welcome at the next Befriending Forum on Thursday 26th September 2019 from 12.30 until 4.15pm at Community Place, 3rd floor, Reading Central Library. The focus of this event is on how to show the impact of your work – to funders, the public, beneficiaries ...

  • Befriending Forum on 26 September 2019
    30 July 2019

    Is your group interested or already involved in taking action on loneliness and social isolation?  If you are, then you’ll be very welcome at the September Befriending Forum! The focus of this event is on how to show the impact of your work – to funders, the public, beneficiaries and to your own volunteers and staff. The ...

  • Reading FC’s Kicks – Reading Summer Youth Activities
    25 July 2019

    Reading’s Youth Summer Activities are on the horizon! In the weeks running up to our summer events we thought we would tell you more about the groups working with us – to give you an insight into their world and what you could get involved in. Today’s focus is on all things football with Reading ...

  • RVA are recruiting – join the team!
    24 July 2019

    Join our team as RVA Services Administrator Reading Voluntary Action are looking for a Services Administrator who will provide administrative support services to ensure the smooth running of the charity. If you think this role might be for you, you can find more information and an application pack here. Further information Find out more about the work RVA ...

  • Demonstrating your Impact – FSI workshop
    24 July 2019

    Effectively demonstrating your impact to your key stakeholders such as donors, grant makers, partners, trustees, media and staff is essential for securing ongoing support for your work. Making a difference to the lives of individuals, communities, animals and/or the environment is probably the reason why your charity was established, so how can you show that you ...

  • The Rock Academy – Reading Summer Youth Activities
    24 July 2019

    Reading’s Youth Summer Activities are on the horizon! In the weeks running up to our summer events we thought we would tell you more about the groups working with us – to give you an insight into their world and what you could get involved in. Today’s focus is on all things music with The ...

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