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

  • 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 ...

  • Office space to let at Church House Caversham
    22 May 2018

    At Church House Caversham, 59 Church Street, RG4 8AX, we have three self-contained offices to let on a short-medium term basis (up to 5 years). The building is conveniently situated in the heart of a busy local shopping quarter. One office is 455sqft and consists of three ground floor rooms, with integral kitchenette facilities. The others are ...

  • Think, feel, belong – new drop-in sessions
    21 May 2018

    Think, Feel, Belong has been created for people with learning disabilities and/or autism who have wellbeing and/or mental health needs, are socially isolated, at risk of crisis, or are otherwise vulnerable. The project includes: Weekly drop-in This is a fun social group to increase a person’s support network. Each week there will be the opportunity to take ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – photographer needed for one night in June
    16 May 2018

    Could you use your photography skills to help celebrate Reading’s volunteers? On 6 June 2018, Reading Voluntary Action will host the second Reading Volunteer Awards. The awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. Last year, a wonderful volunteer photographer captured images of the night. These photographs have ...

  • ‘A wonderful scheme’ – how Tilehurst Together connected local people
    16 May 2018

    In May 2017, Reading Voluntary Action set up Tilehurst Together with a grant from Berkshire Community Foundation’s ‘A Life Less Lonely’ programme. Over the last year, the project has brought people in the Tilehurst area together every week, alternating between a fortnightly walking group and fortnightly activity sessions focusing on health, relaxation and crafts. The project ...

  • Update on funding from Berkshire West CCG
    11 May 2018

    Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group has recently published the full list of voluntary organisations being funded in 2018/19. “Berkshire West CCG will be funding a number of schemes from the large volume of applications we received, from April 2018, despite this being one of the most challenging financial years the organisation has faced. Please refer to the ...

  • Reading, Place of Culture – funding available
    10 May 2018

    Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Three pots of £15k are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, with the aim of engaging local people, particularly ...

  • Community Safety Fund – open until 30 May 2018
    9 May 2018

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is inviting applications to the Community Safety Fund. A total of up to £400,000 is available to fund projects which can demonstrate a clear link to some of the key aims in the Police and Crime Plan: Vulnerability Key aim: better understanding by police and partners of the extent and nature ...

  • Berkshire West CCG – Listening Event
    9 May 2018

    Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is keen to develop a Strategy for the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. The strategy will be co-produced with the voluntary and community sector, and, at this stage will cover relationships with BWCCG only. The three local infrastructure organisations across Berkshire West, Reading Voluntary ...

  • Sign up to the Reading Services Guide newsletter
    4 May 2018

    The Reading Services Guide (RSG) brings together information about Adult and Carer Support Services and Family Information Services in one place, including voluntary and community services. The recent RSG newsletter has updates on: Dying Matters Week 14 – 20 May: a week of activity to reflect and find out about local bereavement support Mental Health Awareness Week 14 – ...

  • Children’s Voluntary Sector Forum – 17 May 2018
    3 May 2018

    The next Children’s Voluntary Sector forum meeting will take place on Thursday 17 May 2018, 4pm – 5.30pm in the Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Reading. The focus of the meeting will be the opening of applications to the Troubled Families innovations fund. Vicky Rhodes will be joining us to give an introduction to the process ...

  • Creative Employment pilot – bidding opportunity
    3 May 2018

    Reading Borough Council seeks to appoint an organisation or consultant to develop and run a Creative Employment pilot project as part of Reading, Place of Culture. For a copy of the full brief including submission requirements and background documents for context, please contact Lara Stavrinou, Cultural Development Officer, by emailing The closing date for submissions ...

  • Berkshire West CCG – strategy for the Voluntary and Community Sector
    3 May 2018

    Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans to develop a Strategy for the Voluntary and Community Sector across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. The strategy will be co-produced with the voluntary and community sector, and, at this stage will cover relationships with BWCCG only.  Once the Berkshire West Integrated Care System (ICS) is embedded, this may ...

  • Services for self-funded patients at RBH – bidding opportunity
    2 May 2018

    The Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust is commissioning a service to support patients who are self-funding, to choose nursing/residential home accommodation or domiciliary care. “In order to speed up patient discharge and increase bed capacity, there is a requirement for a selection service providing high quality assistance to self-funded patients seeking a nursing/residential home and/or domiciliary ...

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