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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.

  • 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 ...

  • Launch of Troubled Families Innovation Fund – 18th July 2016
    12 July 2016

    The Reading Troubled Families Board will be launching the Innovation Fund at 10am on the Third Floor at Central Library. The fund will open for applications for up to £15,000 from Reading voluntary and community organisations. A key principle that Reading must demonstrate as part of Phase Two of the Troubled Families (TF) Programme is how the ...

  • Summer at St Michael’s Church, Tilehurst
    12 July 2016

    St Michael’s Church in Tilehurst are welcoming visitors to their summer services. They hold services on most Sundays at 8am, 9.30am and 6.30pm, and on Wednesdays at 10am. Details can be found on the church website. The St Michael’s Summer Thanksgiving service for all ages takes place on Sunday 17th July at 9.30am. This service is ...

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Course
    7 July 2016

    The Philippi Trust is offering training for people who want to take the first step towards training as a counsellor. The Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 (CSK-L2) is a 92-hour course which will be held over 12 Saturdays between October 2016 and May 2017  (subject to a minimum number of students enrolling). The training is suitable ...

  • Voluntary Sector Showcase
    6 July 2016

    Come to this showcase event and find out about the new voluntary sector services commissioned by Reading Borough Council through the Narrowing the Gap framework.  Chat to providers and learn how their services and activities can benefit our local communities. The newly commissioned services come under seven themes: Tackling poverty Meeting basic needs Maximising income Employability Healthy and thriving communities Supporting participation ...

  • Strategies and research – new RVA resource page
    5 July 2016

    In response to requests over recent months, Reading Voluntary Action has developed a resource which provides easy links to resources that you might find helpful when planning your services and applying for funding. It is becoming increasingly important for voluntary and community groups to demonstrate how their services seek to address needs within local communities.  It ...

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