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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.

  • Nationwide Community Grants – open until 7 December 2018
    6 November 2018

    The Nationwide Community Grants is a new funding initiative by Nationwide Building Society to help tackle the Housing Crisis in Central England.   Grants of up to £50,000 are available to support charities that help vulnerable people with their housing needs (Berkshire is included in the Central region, so organisations in Reading, Bracknell Forest, Slough, West Berkshire, ...

  • Saving money on gas and electricity bills – free advice and information sessions
    6 November 2018

    With the cold weather just around the corner, Citizens Advice Reading’s Energy Team are about to start going out and talking to groups about how to save money on gas and electricity bills. Their work is two-fold. One-to-one appointments for clients Firstly they run face-to-face appointments for clients to help them understand how to cut the cost of ...

  • Public health services in Reading – consultation open until 6 January 2019
    6 November 2018

    A consultation on public health services in Reading is open until 6 January 2019 Reading Borough Council is consulting on the provision of public health services over the next two years, to ensure it focuses on the health and wellbeing issues that are most important to the people of Reading. Continuing to provide public health services which ...

  • King’s Fund Cascading Leadership programme – open until 30 November 2018
    6 November 2018

    The King’s Fund Cascading Leadership programme, which supports peer-to-peer leadership in the voluntary and community sector, is open for applications until 30 November 2018. Cascading Leadership provides a free opportunity for leaders working in health and care organisations of any size in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and ...

  • CEO Forum
    5 November 2018

    The voluntary sector CEO Forum provides opportunities for networking and peer support with other charity CEOs from across Berkshire. The focus for this forum will be the relationship between the CEO and the trustees. Helpful for anyone who reports directly to a board of trustees or a management committee. A light lunch will be provided. Please email advice@rva.org.uk for ...

  • NESTA Future Ready youth funding – open for expressions of interest until 10 December 2018
    1 November 2018

    The NESTA Future Ready Fund is a £250,000 fund to support high-potential, early-stage interventions to test and further develop interventions that promote wider skills in secondary-age (11-18) young people, focusing on social and emotional skills and resilience. They are looking to fund between 5 to 7 projects for between £35,000 to £50,000. They will also offer non-financial ...

  • Looking for funding? Workshop 7 Nov on Costing your Services
    1 November 2018

    It’s that time of year when many of you will be working on a funding strategy or budget for the coming year, or you may already be involved in quite a few funding applications! If you need some assistance on working out how you will cost your services to accomplish full cost recovery in this changing ...

  • Winter watch – helping vulnerable families stay warm this winter
    31 October 2018

    Winter Watch is run by Reading Borough Council and a number of local voluntary and health services to make sure that no-one suffers from cold in their homes during the winter months. Winter Watch is available to Reading residents who are on a low income and either over 60, have very young children, have a disability ...

  • Is your organisation worried about cyber crime? Free advice available
    31 October 2018

    Cyber crime is generally where someone unauthorised has got access to a computer system – often by hacking into the system or spreading a virus to it. Examples affecting organisations are: Cyber criminals have accessed your network and stolen personal information about your customers and are demanding payment for its safe return. This is also known as ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Symposium
    31 October 2018

    Reading, Place of Culture are holding a Cultural Commissioning Symposium on 29 November 2018, from 9.30am to 1pm, at Reading Town Hall The Reading Cultural Commissioning programme aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for social outcomes. This will be done in two ways: by making public service commissioners more aware of the potential for arts and cultural organisations to deliver effective interventions around their ...

  • Reading Family Aid’s Christmas Toys and Teens Appeal 2018
    31 October 2018

    Reading Family Aid’s Christmas Toys and Teens Appeal is asking residents to donate new and ‘as new’ toys for 0-16 year old disadvantaged Reading children this Christmas. The donation points are open until Sunday 2 December, after which scores of volunteers will sort, pack and deliver the items to their grateful recipients. Donation points are located ...

  • RVA welcomes new team members
    30 October 2018

    RVA has welcomed three new team members this month – find about more about their roles and the projects they will be working on below Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, Ready Friends Coordinator I am delighted to be the new Ready Friends Coordinator, developing the various projects that came out of the excellent work undertaken by Rachel Goater and Demelza ...

  • Responses to the government’s new loneliness strategy
    30 October 2018

    The government launched a new strategy for tackling loneliness on 15 October 2018. While voluntary and community organisations may welcome the opportunity it brings to raise awareness of this important issue, a number of national charities have expressed concern and caution over what it will offer locally and on the ground. It is not clear, ...

  • Dingley’s Promise awarded RVA Safe + Sound
    30 October 2018

    Dingley’s Promise were recently awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound governance mark. We spoke to Group Operations Manager, Aimee Knight, and Treasurer, Ian Mackinder, about the charity’s work and the process of applying for Safe + Sound. Tell us about the work of Dingley’s Promise Aimee: Dingley’s Promise is a specialist early years provider, working with children with ...

  • Vote for Get Online Reading in the Aviva Community Fund
    24 October 2018

    Get Online Reading has made it through to the public voting stage of the Aviva Community Fund – vote today! Reading is a town of two halves when it comes to technology – on the one hand, there is a highly IT literate workforce, and on the other, there are areas of deprivation where there are ...

  • Meeting rooms for hire at Reading Community Learning Centre
    24 October 2018

    Reading Community Learning Centre has meeting and social space for hire – in the holidays, after 3pm on weekdays, and at the weekends. There are three rooms for hire to voluntary and community groups, at subsidised rates. The rooms can also be hired at competitive rates by public bodies, private organisations and individuals, and are suitable ...

  • Launch of the Southcote Community Hub
    24 October 2018

    The official launch of the newly refurbished Southcote Community Hub will take place on Tuesday 30 October at 11am. Following some significant enhancements to the community centre, including an extension to the building to incorporate the library, a new kitchen, and replacement flooring in the main hall, we are inviting the community to view the site and ...

  • Comic Relief ‘Power Up’ funding – stage 1 open until 7 December
    15 October 2018

    Comic Relief has launched ‘Power Up: Resourcing Women’s and Girls Movements for Change’ This is an open funding programme to support women and girl’s movements in the UK and abroad. The aim is to support a wide range of women’s rights organisations to fight against systems that perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives. ...

  • Need furniture for your charity office?
    15 October 2018

    If you are looking for some furnture for your charity’s office, Grant Thornton are having a clear out and have offered the following to charities and voluntary groups: Cork notice boards and white boards 1m80 x 1m20 and 1m20 x 90cm In trays – plastic (approx. 25) or metal (approx 10) Metal storage cupboards two different sizes: 1m ...

  • Incredible Years – Facilitator Training Programme
    15 October 2018

    The Incredible Years School Age is a programme for parents with a child aged between 6 and 12 years, who have concerns about their child’s behaviour. Parents learn strategies for managing unwanted behaviours through group discussion, role play, homework and video clips. The programme aims to increase effective parenting strategies and ultimately to reduce anti-social or ...

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