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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.

  • Be part of Reading Community Lottery! Good causes launch event in January 2020
    5 December 2019

    We are delighted to announce the launch of a new online lottery to support local good causes Tickets for Reading Community Lottery will cost £1, with 60p going directly to charities, voluntary organisations and community groups (compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery). Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, ...

  • New community and lifestyle centre planned for Dee Park
    4 December 2019

    With the planned arrival of a new community and lifestyle centre in the Dee Park housing estate, Catalyst are reaching out to all potential organisations that may have an interest in being involved. A Brighter Futures for Children Children’s Centre is confirmed as being a major tenant, however, we are interested to hear from other ...

  • Floor standing photocopier available
    4 December 2019

    Reading Community Welfare Rights Unit have a floor standing photocopier, with a wide range of facilities, available for a community or voluntary group in need of one. They are replacing the photocopier with a smaller one, and collection is required before Christmas. Further information If you are interested, please contact Karen Giles by emailing karen@readingspecialist.co.uk or calling ...

  • Christmas Day Dinner for older people
    29 November 2019

    Whitley Wood Fire Station are organising a free Christmas Day dinner for older, isolated people. Booking by Wednesday 18 December is essential as places are limited. If you know anyone that would like to attend please contact the station, you will need the attendee’s full name, a contact number, an address, any dietary needs and essential medical ...

  • Early new year’s resolution – organise a Street Party in 2020!
    28 November 2019

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood.  Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN) would like to deliver a number of ...

  • One Reading Engagement and Participation Forum
    27 November 2019

    The forum is an opportunity to participate in the One Reading Partnership and shape the work of the partnership: www.rva.org.uk/one-reading Agenda for this forum will include: An update on the ‘Our Reading, Our Future’ research. Plan to build VCS capacity around youth engagement hubs. Plan to build VCS capacity around whole family partnership working. Opportunities to join the One Reading ...

  • Berkshire Vision
    26 November 2019 Picture of minibus as if from a colouring in book, partially coloured in and surround by art supplies like pencils, erasers and scissors

    This week we’re highlighting the work of Berkshire Vision, who provide practical and friendly support to hundreds of children and adults who are blind or partially sighted. Berkshire Vision helps those living with sight loss, and their families, to live their lives to the full, safely and independently. They aim to boost confidence and self-esteem ...

  • Homeless Link Cold Weather Fund – applications open until 6 December
    26 November 2019

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are providing up to £1million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter. Who ...

  • Greggs Foundation Community Grants – open until 23 February 2020
    26 November 2019

    Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2000. Who should apply? They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ...

  • Funding alert: Universal Credit Transition Fund opening in April 2020
    26 November 2019

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have announced a £10 million Universal Credit Transition Fund for outreach programmes to help vulnerable people make Universal Credit claims. The fund will be available to partner organisations across the UK, including charities, from April 2020. It will aim to help vulnerable people, including disabled people, care leavers and ...

  • Land off Overdown Road for sale – third sector bidding opportunity
    26 November 2019

    Reading Borough Council are inviting offers for land off Overdown Road Reading. In accordance with the council’s Third Sector Premises Policy, the property is being advertised by RVA News. Voluntary and community groups have until 22 January 2020 to make an offer. Key facts Triangular shaped site as shown edged red on the plan (above). Pedestrian and vehicular ...

  • Vacant shop at 479 Northumberland Avenue to let – third sector bidding opportunity
    26 November 2019

    A vacant shop at 479 Northumberland Avenue Reading, RG2 8LZ is available to let In accordance with Reading Borough Council’s Third Sector Premises Policy, the property is being advertised by RVA News. Voluntary and community organisations have until 29 January 2020 to make an offer. Please contact the Property, Estates & Valuation Section of RBC for ...

  • Co-location opportunities at Battle and Tilehurst libraries for voluntary and community groups
    22 November 2019

    Reading Borough Council Library Services have previously advertised spaces at Tilehurst library and Battle library for potential co-location with partners. This was previously on a zero rent but on the proviso that partners would be present at certain hours to help with single staffing the libraries involved. They are now looking at changing the approach ...

  • Tech to Connect finalists
    21 November 2019

    The next Ready Friends Befriending Forum will focus on how technology can help reduce loneliness and social isolation. Following the publication of the government’s Loneliness Strategy in October 2018, a new funding programme was launched to offer development funding and support to online technology that reduces loneliness and social isolation. A summary of the finalists’ projects ...

  • What’s On Reading website – new guide to arts, culture and heritage events
    20 November 2019

    Have you seen the new What’s On Reading website, which aims to provide the most extensive listings guide for arts, culture and heritage events in the town? What’s On Reading is co-produced by Reading UK and Reading Arts and Venues, and welcomes event listings from organisations of all kinds. Voluntary and community groups can register as ...

  • Christmas gift collections at RVA
    20 November 2019

    This year, Reading Voluntary Action are hosting a Christmas gift collection on behalf of the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Giving Tree: The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Giving Tree appeal is collecting gifts for patients who will be in hospital over Christmas. Any suitable gifts would be welcome, but here are a few ideas: Toiletries, nail art sets etc Chocolates, biscuits ...

  • Alternative to Crisis – your opinion matters
    20 November 2019

    The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group would like your opinion about developing a Mental Health Crisis Café in Berkshire West (to serve Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire).  This is part of a review into Mental Health Crisis Services for the population of Berkshire West Take part in the survey The survey is open from 15 November – ...

  • Are you registered to vote? The deadline is midnight on 26 November 2019
    20 November 2019

    Residents do not have much time left to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December 2019 With news of the General Election next month, Reading Borough Council is reminding residents they need to register to have their say on who forms the next Government. Residents living in Kentwood Ward will additionally need to ...

  • Making your community warmer this winter
    19 November 2019

    The Great Get Together is back this winter and they’d love for you to be part of it and to share some #mincepiemoments in your community! Jo Cox was passionate about building kinder communities and ensuring everyone feels a sense of belonging wherever they live. However, over 9 million of us in the UK currently ...

  • Dr Rebecca Nowland to speak on teenage loneliness and technology at Befriending Forum
    19 November 2019

    Dr Rebecca Nowland from the University of Central Lancashire will be presenting her research on technology and loneliness at the Befriending Forum on 5 December 2019. She will talk about her recent work with Talk Talk and the findings presented in their report on Teenage Loneliness and Technology. According to the report, there is a stark ...

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