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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.

  • Do you provide services for children and/or families?
    17 April 2019

    The national Troubled Families Programme comes to an end in March 2020. The principles of the programme are to promote and embed whole family working including family assessments and plans that link directly to the Reading Troubled Families Programme. Due to the Troubled Families programme timeframes Brighter Futures for Children (BFFC) now need to target resources ...

  • Silent Generation – free community performance
    17 April 2019

    StrikeUp Theatre invite you to attend the free community performance of their debut Arts Council funded show, Silent Generation – at South Street Arts Centre, 4pm, Thursday 25 April About Silent Generation The play emerges from interviews with Reading residents born between 1925 and 1945; an era when children should be seen-and-not-heard, and when it often felt ...

  • Age UK Berkshire launches new Friendly Gardeners Group
    17 April 2019

    Age UK Berkshire are delighted to announce the launch of a new Friendly Gardeners Group, which will start on the 26 April 2019 at the Friends Meeting House on Church Street. The group has been funded by The Southall Trust, Yew Tree trust and Cadbury Trust. The group will meet every Friday morning for two hours ...

  • Virtual Dementia Tour – free places available
    17 April 2019

    Dementia-Friendly Communities: Respect, Engage and Support Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, diminished communication and difficulties with thinking and problem-solving; and in line with research continuing to suggest that dementia is set to become the UK’s leading cause of death, a significant number of initiatives ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund funding surgery open for bookings
    16 April 2019

    The National Lottery Community Fund is returning to Reading for a funding surgery on 27 June 2019. Booking is now open for Reading based voluntary and community groups. For more information and to book your place, follow this link: http://rva.org.uk/event/big-lottery-funding-surgery-27june2019/

  • Voluntary Sector Market Place – booklet now online
    15 April 2019

    Back in January, thirty-one organisations from across Reading’s voluntary sector attended the Town Hall to showcase their services to a range of social workers and other staff from Brighter Futures for Children. RVA produced a 48-page booklet with information about each of the organisations and the activities and support they offer for children, young people and their ...

  • Community Business Fund – open between 24 April and 22 May 2019
    15 April 2019

    What is the Community Business Fund? The fund is designed to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. This could be through increasing trading income, securing an asset or significantly reducing revenue costs Who can apply? The programme is for existing community businesses based in England. To be eligible to apply, businesses must ...

  • Magic Little Grants – open for applications until 30 November 2019
    15 April 2019

    This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active. Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants. Applicants must either ...

  • BCF Funds for the elderly – open for applications until 1 May
    15 April 2019

    BCF manages a number of funds which aim to support projects tackling issues of isolation, disability and/or disadvantage affecting the elderly.Grants awarded will aim to improve health and well-being, improve access to facilities, advice and training, and to overcome problems such as illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty. Grants are available of up to £5,000. The ...

  • Insights on Core Funding – new report from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
    15 April 2019

    The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has just published a new report on insights on core funding. The report critically analyses how core funding makes a difference to outcomes and organisations, with clear examples and case studies. The report is for funders to explore how they fund and also for organisations to help them to continue to make ...

  • Funding – Young People’s Mental Health Pilot – open for applications until 6 May
    15 April 2019

    RBC are seeking to appoint an organisation to develop and run a pilot project focussed on understanding the needs and improving the mental health of children and youg people in Reading. This pilot project is part of a wider project: Reading Place of Culture. What is the funding for? To review existing artistic, cultural or heritage opportunities ...

  • Ready Friends Toolkit to be launched at next Befriending Forum
    10 April 2019

    Anyone interested in reducing loneliness and social isolation is welcome at the next Befriending Forum on Thursday 16 May 2019 from 12.30 until 4pm on the Third Floor of Reading Central Library. This forum will see the launch of the brand-new Ready Friends Toolkit. Also on the agenda: Transport and its role in reducing loneliness and ...

  • Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity
    10 April 2019

    Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches its 2019 Vital Signs survey. BCF is asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. As a thank you, they can nominate a charity to win one of the £1,000 prizes. You can take part ...

  • Young People’s Mental Health Pilot in South Reading
    10 April 2019

    Reading Borough Council are looking for an organisation to develop and run a pilot focused on understanding needs and improving the mental health of children and young people in South Reading. The pilot is part of the wider Reading, Place of Culture project. They have £6,000 available for a community, arts, cultural or heritage organisation to ...

  • Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service community survey
    10 April 2019

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is undertaking research ahead of the launch of their latest recruitment campaign for whole time and on-call firefighters and support staff. They are eager to capture the views of as many people across the local community as possible, which is why they are reaching out and asking you to complete ...

  • Looking for funding? Pitch to Reading Soup
    3 April 2019

    Reading Soup still have two slots for community organisations to pitch for funding at their next Reading Soup event, on May 1. Reading Soup is a grassroots, community fundraising organisation supporting community projects in the Reading area. They’re  inspired by the original Detroit SOUP, and are run by a committee of five volunteers. They hold fundraising ...

  • BCF Funds for the Elderly – open until 1 May 2019
    29 March 2019

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) are offering grants of up to £5,000 to charity and community groups for projects working with the elderly to improve their health and wellbeing, access to facilities, advice and training; or to overcome their problems of illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty. Application forms must be completed online and submitted along ...

  • New Guidance: Is your charity linked to a non-charity?
    29 March 2019

    The Charity Commission has recently published new guidance for charities who are connected to non-charities. Starting point: All charities must work solely for the purposes of achieving their own charitable purposes for the public benefit, and not for the personal benefit of any individual or any other organisation. In simple terms, this means that the charity Trustees must ...

  • Apply for free community and charity stalls at Reading Water Fest
    27 March 2019

    This year’s Reading Water Fest – on Saturday 15 June 2019 – will celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary The event takes place in Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. Reading Borough Council and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope ...

  • Participate in nutrition studies at the University of Reading
    27 March 2019

    The University of Reading is internationally recognised for its excellence in research on the relationship between diet and chronic disease. They are currently looking for volunteers to participate in two studies. ENVAL study Would you like to test a diet app developed by researchers from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences? In this study, participants will ...

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