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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’s Carnival of the World
    3 August 2016

    Culturemix are organising a Carnival of the World to help showcase and celebrate the wide range of cultures that make Reading the unique town that it is.  The carnival is about integrating all cultures in the community, so this is an excellent opportunity to represent your culture as well as having the chance to explore what ...

  • Too much to do? Let Henley Business School help
    3 August 2016

    Getting the balance right between keeping an organisation running and thinking ahead can be difficult.  Allow Henley Business School to help. Henley Business School will have small teams of MBAs looking for people-management projects to work on in October and early November this year. The assignment for their Managing People module requires them to work on ...

  • Have you heard about Joined-Up Frontline Action?
    2 August 2016

    Have your heard about the Joined-Up Frontline Action (JUFA) pilot project in South Reading? The aim of the project is to develop a pathway approach to meet the needs of customers, which becomes a successful partnership across the public, business and voluntary sectors. The primary focus is on delivering joined-up services to common customers, who are elderly and/or vulnerable, ...

  • Hello from RVA’s Summer Interns, Iram & Nikki
    2 August 2016

    Hi! we are Iram and Nikki current students at the University of Reading and this summer’s RVA interns.  Our tasks range from attending events, research and report writing, to meeting with charities and volunteers. We are working closely with members of the RVA team to achieve our aim of encouraging more young people to volunteer, alongside supporting other projects ...

  • Thames Valley Police – World Cafe
    1 August 2016

    The World Cafe aims to reach out to the community and facilitate engagement between the police and those they serve. Everyone is welcome to this café but our specific target audience is those from the BME community. The event will have  3 guest speakers  and you will have the opportunity to discuss each topic in smaller ...

  • Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector is on 9th September!
    1 August 2016

    Come and join us at Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector in the Council Chambers. We will be focussing on two key topics at the Forum: 1.    Integrating health and social care –  the voluntary sector’s involvement (Kevin Johnson – Integration Programme Manager) The context “The Better Care Fund is the biggest ever financial incentive for the ...

  • Help Shape a new Home First Hub for Reading
    29 July 2016

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and community health services to a population of around 900,000 within Berkshire. Most support is provided to people in their own homes. The Trust is developing a new service in Reading, the Home First HUB The aim of Home First is to provide a community service that can respond ...

  • Team Reading is Go!
    27 July 2016

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative, Team Reading. Team Reading aims to encourage and enable more people to get involved in one-off volunteering at the wide range of community events that take place in our town. We aim to make it easier for people to express an interest in helping ...

  • Volunteering Fair – Broad Street Takeover
    27 July 2016

    We will be taking over Broad Street on 28 October and we would like to invite you to be part of the day! This will be an opportunity to showcase the difference volunteers, and the groups they work for, make to our town and to encourage others to get involved. We want the emphasis to be on ...

  • Looking for brand inspiration? Our students’ expertise could be just what you need
    27 July 2016

    Reading University will be holding a structured four week ‘design-thinking’ brand ‘jam’ with Part 3 typography & design students in November 2016, working exclusively with not-for-profits. Students take on briefs and develop a visual identity and any other marketing collateral they feel is appropriate over four weeks and it’s completely free. Organisations are under no obligation for ...

  • International arts event at Reading Prison this autumn
    22 July 2016

    Artangel, renowned for producing extraordinary art in unexpected places, is bringing a major exhibition to Reading this autumn. Inside – Artists and Writers in Reading Prison will take place from 4 September to 30 October 2016. Leading artists, performers and writers will respond to the architecture of the prison, themes of imprisonment and separation, and the ...

  • Active Communities Funding – open for applications until 24 August 2016
    22 July 2016

    The People’s Health Trust Active Communities fund is now open for applications in Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, and Bracknell Forest. Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities, which is funded through The ...

  • Central Club Building – bidding opportunity for the third sector
    22 July 2016

    Not-for-profit organisations have five months to submit a bid for the Central Club Building on London Street. Application forms will be available from 25 July, with the five-month bidding window opening on 1 August and closing at 10am on Friday 30 December 2016. Reading Borough Council’s Policy Committee decided on 18 July to dispose of the ...

  • Befriending services making connections
    20 July 2016

    The Ready Friends project at RVA and Age UK Reading hosted a lively and productive Befriending forum in June. Coordinators, managers and volunteers from a range of local befriending schemes met to share ideas about the future of befriending in Reading. The broad-ranging discussion covered a number of challenges such as sustaining funding, securing funding ...

  • Celebrate! and improve lives in your local community
    20 July 2016

    Celebrate! The National Lottery is offering grants of up to £10,000 for groups to hold one-off events or activities which celebrate your local community. You could celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero, or the event could be a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better. They have ...

  • Update from Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board
    18 July 2016

    The aim of Health and Wellbeing Boards is to improve integration between practitioners in local health care, Social Care, Public Health and related public services so that patients and other service-users experience more “joined up” care, particularly in transitions between health care and Social Care. The boards are also responsible for leading locally on reducing ...

  • Older People’s Day 2016 – call for inspirational speaker
    15 July 2016

    Reading’s celebration of Older People’s Day 2016 will take place on Friday 14 October. Plans are already underway for a packed programme of activities including music, dance, singing and walking football. As in previous years, there will be plenty of opportunities to find about the local support, clubs, activities and services that are available to ...

  • Community Safety Fund – consultation on funding arrangements
    15 July 2016

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is reviewing the arrangements for administering the Community Safety Fund (CSF). The decision to review the community safety funding model, financial commitment and future administration arrangements of the fund has arisen, in part, due to the PCCs awareness of significantly different arrangements adopted by other PCCs across ...

  • Safeguarding children and adults with disabilities
    13 July 2016

    West of Berkshire Joint Adults’ and Children’s Safeguarding Conference is being held on Friday 23rd September. The focus of this year’s conference is Safeguarding Children and Adults with Disabilities. The conference will provide an opportunity for practitioners working across a range of services to come together to develop their skills and knowledge. There will be two keynote ...

  • Re-shaping Reading’s Mental Health Services – Have your say
    13 July 2016

    We are reshaping mental health services in Reading and we want to hear from you to help us build the new model. We are thinking about including a Recovery College in the new model, to help people gain new skills in order to live more fulfilling lives.  The Recovery College will provide a variety of courses ...

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