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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.

  • RVA Services Administrator – closing date 7 August 2019
    17 July 2019

    RVA are looking for a Services Administrator who will manage the processes required to support RVA’s services, staff and board, ensuring that systems are being operated consistently throughout the organisation. The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support services to ensure smooth running of the charity. Working hours: 37 hours a week (flexible to a ...

  • Summer holiday clubs at Reading Salvation Army
    17 July 2019

    Reading Central Salvation Army are running two free clubs for young people this summer Splash! – summer holiday club for children aged 5 to 12 years Wednesday 28 August to Friday 30 August 2019 Between 10 am and 12.30 pm, including lunch each day! Free fun, games, and crafts Make Lunch – aimed at primary school children, parents and siblings ...

  • Reading Youth Summer Activities
    16 July 2019

    This summer Reading Voluntary Action has created a full schedule of free youth events across Central and East Reading, and Whitley and Southcote. Our events will be running between 6 and 22 August 2019 and will be open to ages 10-14. There is no cost for any of the events so you can relax and ...

  • 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards – open until 23 September 2019
    16 July 2019

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the ...

  • Co-op Foundation Space to Connect Grants – open until 31 July 2019
    16 July 2019

    Space to Connect is a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DMCS) and the Co-op Foundation. It builds on the commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of the Government’s loneliness strategy. Grants are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect ...

  • SWR Customer and Communities Improvement Fund – open until 6 September 2019
    16 July 2019

    South West Railways (SWR) are inviting bids for the first round of their Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF). There is £5.3 million available for projects that, having shown a link to the railway, have clear social or community benefit. Successful bids can come from a wide range of schemes and activities, from diversity and outreach projects ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund 1:1 funding surgery
    16 July 2019

    Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? The National Lottery Community Fund funding officer for Reading will be offering one-to-one sessions (30 minute slots) to Reading voluntary and community groups on Thursday 14 March 2019 at the RVA offices, on the Third Floor of Central Library. At your one-to-one, you will have ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation meet the funder workshop – 10 October 2019
    16 July 2019

    The Lloyds Bank Foundation will be re-opening its funding programme in September 2019 to offer funding between 10,000 to £100,000, delivered across three years. There is also the opportunity for continuation funding, so your charity could be funded for up to six years in total. This funding stream will fund core costs as well as ...

  • Free resources for charity leaders from Clore Social Leadership
    15 July 2019

    Clore Social Leadership has developed some free resources for those in leadership positions in the voluntary and community sector to help address leadership challenges. These tools are referred to as the ‘Backpack’ and contain the most impactful leadership tools they have gathered in the past 10 years of running leadership programmes, and contain the following ...

  • Place to Ride Grants – ongoing until January 2021
    15 July 2019

    The Places to Ride Programme will fund the development of multi-use facilities to engage with a broad spectrum of cyclists and to encourage people who have never cycled before to get on their bikes. The programme has been made possible through a new £15 million commitment from government and will be delivered over the next three ...

  • ‘Great to connect and learn new skills’: a review of our first Social Action Leader’s Network
    15 July 2019

    Last week the room was buzzing with the first network session for Reading’s Social Action Leaders. The session was attended by 18 representatives from a variety of grass roots community groups, who provide a wonderful range of activities to bring people and communities together, mostly on a completely volunteer led basis! As one attendee mentioned: It ...

  • An Introduction to Volunteer Management
    11 July 2019

    Introduction: Whether behind the scenes and 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 ...

  • Wild about Reading – 9-day programme celebrating nature across Reading
    10 July 2019

    Wild about Reading is a town-wide event to showcase and celebrate the many organisations, groups and individuals that preserve and conserve different aspects of our beautiful town. There will be free activities every day from Saturday 27 July to Sunday 4 August 2019 Find out more about the exciting range of events Download a leaflet with the ...

  • RVA-inspired street party a great success
    10 July 2019

    Following an RVA workshop led by David Neale on How to Run a Street Party, Rosehill Park residents and those living at Rosehill House and cottages joined together for a ‘street’ party on the lawn in front of Rosehill House on Sunday 7 July 2019. Between 70 and 100 people attended and shared lunch together, ...

  • Change Grow Live – Introduction Event
    10 July 2019

    From 1 October 2019, Change Grow Live will be delivering the substance misuse services across Reading. The team would like to invite you to a service user engagement event to let you know more about the new contract and what we plan to do locally. Do you have any questions? What do you want from your ...

  • RCLC awarded grant from The Henry Smith Charity
    9 July 2019

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been awarded its largest ever grant. The award of £95,500 from The Henry Smith Charity will be split over three years to fund the Centre’s running costs including salaries. Genevieve Ford-Saville from The Henry Smith Charity said that: During assessment we were particularly impressed with the range of services your ...

  • Primary Care Networks
    9 July 2019

    Below is a press release from Berkshire West Integrated Care System A new way of working for GP surgeries across Berkshire West (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire) was launched on Monday 1 July, aimed at providing a more modern, joined up health service to more than half a million local people. Clusters of local surgeries have teamed ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 11 July 2019
    9 July 2019

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 11 July, starting at 2pm in the Council Chamber.  This is a public meeting and will be web-cast for the first time. The agenda includes: Primary Care Networks A report on the establishment of the PCNs in Reading. Integrated Care Partnership Governance Proposals A report on a ...

  • Smartphone befriending scheme can improve the lives of people living with psychosis, new pilot study has found
    3 July 2019

    Regularly texting or calling a volunteer ‘befriender’ can improve considerably the lives of people experiencing psychosis, a new study has found.  So-called befriending schemes – where someone with a severe mental illness can contact a volunteer that is trained to support them – have traditionally relied on face-to-face meetings. But people with severe mental illness, including ...

  • BAME barriers to reducing loneliness
    2 July 2019

    The British Red Cross and Co-op launch a new research report, Barriers to belonging: an exploration of loneliness among people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds. This research, carried out in partnership with the Centre for Loneliness Studies at the University of Sheffield and the Runnymede Trust, found that when we feel like we ...

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