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

  • 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 ...

  • Charity Commission – Welcome Pack for Trustees
    4 June 2018

    Are you new to the role of a trustee or is your charity in the process of recruiting new trustees? The Charity Commission have published this short guide as a welcome for new Trustees. It gives an overview of the role and key questions to ask when you’re first in post. It is also helpful for ...

  • RBC workshop on Troubled Families – 6 June 2018
    30 May 2018

    Reading Borough Council is holding a voluntary sector workshop to discuss the Troubled Families programme on Wednesday 6 June, from 15:30 to 16:30, in Committee Room 1 at RBC’s Civic Centre. They will be consulting on timescales, the application process, consortium-based approaches and examples, the Troubled Families outcomes document and all other matters that need clarifying. If ...

  • Concessionary fares for Access pass holders – consultation open until 20 July 2018
    30 May 2018

    Reading Borough Council has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the concessionary fares scheme for Access pass holders. The proposed changes would affect disabled people who hold Access passes and would mean that the council: no longer provides free travel within Reading before 9.30am or after 11.00pm on a weekday no longer issues or accepts companion bus ...

  • Age UK Reading opens a new Lively Living Club in Woodley
    30 May 2018

    Age UK Reading have opened their second Lively Living Activities club in Woodley.  The new club is being held each week at the recently opened The Birches, an extra care housing scheme. The club has use of its own room and has the resident Landing Spot Café preparing a fresh two course meal for each ...

  • Office for rent to small charity
    30 May 2018

    Reading Dispensary Trust has a private, unfurnished, lockable room approximately 11ft x 10ft, that it would like to let. The whole office environment contains a large meeting room, which is available for use, subject to prior notification (although not on Tuesdays or Thursdays), a toilet and a kitchen area. It would suit a small charity or ...

  • Fundraising Workshops in Reading with the FSI
    25 May 2018

    RVA are partnering with the FSI again to deliver some more valuable fundraising workshops locally in Reading, in RVA’s training room at Reading Central Library. Topics will include: Developing your fundraising strategy Demonstrating impact Retaining and maintaining donors (stewardship) More info and booking here: Places are likely to book up quickly!

  • Final report by the RCVYS trustees and statement of surplus funds allocation
    24 May 2018

    Statement Following the unanimous vote at the General Meeting of RCVYS on Monday 6 November 2017, the Trustees applied to the Charity Commission on Monday 18 December 2017 to remove RCVYS from the Charity Register. No challenges to the closure were received by the Charities Commission and RCVYS was duly removed from the Charities Register on ...

  • Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity
    23 May 2018

    Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches their 2018 Vital Signs survey. BCF are asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. They can then nominate a charity in Berkshire of their choice to win one of ...

  • Family fun days at the Weller Centre this half term
    23 May 2018

    On Wednesday 30 May, 11am – 3pm Come and take part in an exciting range of free activities at the Caversham Family Connect Fun Day, including: boxing (for teens and adults), basketball, cycling, growing your own fruit and veg, crafts, virtual reality headsets, healthy lifestyle advice and street art. Free activities for all the family Open to all ...

  • All change for swimming pool facilities in Reading
    23 May 2018

    In this feature, our Community Journalist Simone Illger takes a look at the current state of swimming pool facilities in Reading and the timetable for replacement pools. Scroll to the end of the article for a guide to facilities for disabled swimmers.   Swimming is an essential part of life for many individuals with long-term health conditions ...

  • Free HIV Training
    23 May 2018

    Free HIV training for voluntary organisations in Reading These bitesize sessions last no longer than 2 hours. You can pick a date that suits you and either a morning or afternoon session. Available dates Thursday 21 June 10am or 1.30pm Tuesday 26 June 10am or 1.30pm To book your place e-mail

  • Free Condom Service in Reading
    23 May 2018

    Are you working with a community group or charity in Reading?  If so your service users could be eligible for free condoms! We deliver condoms and lube directly to you, enabling your service users to have easy access to free condoms. This project is funded by Reading Borough Council and managed by Thames Valley Positive Support ...

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