News

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

  • Let’s Make Reading Friendlier! – picture gallery
    28 February 2018

    A huge thank you to the hundreds of people who participated in last week’s Let’s Make Reading Friendlier! conference and filled the Town Hall with moving speeches and productive conversations. We collected lots of notes from the afternoon and evening workshops, and over the coming weeks we will be collating all of these into an ...

  • New to the role? Treasurer training next week
    28 February 2018

    Want to feel more confident with the finances of your community group or charity? This introductory treasurer training is ideal for anyone who is volunteering as a treasurer or interested in the role.

  • Reading Volunteer Awards – save the date: 6 June 2018
    28 February 2018

    Save the date! The Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 will take place on the evening of Wednesday 6 June at the Shehnai Olympia Ballroom in central Reading. The awards ceremony celebrates those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. The evening will bring together volunteers from across the voluntary ...

  • Equality and Human Rights Framework: learning programme postponed
    28 February 2018

    Thank you to everyone who signed up for the Equality and Human Rights Framework learning programme, which was due to take place at Green Park on 5 March and 9 April 2018. Unfortunately, these training days have been cancelled, but they will be rescheduled for later in the year. We will announce the new dates as ...

  • Reading Libraries Consultation – closes 21 March 2018
    28 February 2018

    Reading Borough Council’s Policy Committee met on Monday 19 February to discuss savings proposals for the library service – these include reductions in opening hours at six libraries. You can read the full Council report here. Proposals have been approved for consultation and a public consultation opened on Wednesday 21 February 2018, for 4 weeks. You ...

  • Drug and Alcohol Strategy Consultation – closes 23 April 2018
    28 February 2018

    The Reading Drug and Alcohol Commissioning Strategy for Young People and Adults 2018-2022 sets out Reading’s drug and alcohol related vision and priorities for the next five years. The strategy has a community-wide focus, including children, young people and adults – whether they are consuming alcohol or drugs themselves or whether they are affected by other ...

  • The Mills Archive Trust wins National Lottery support
    28 February 2018

    The Mills Archive Trust in Reading has received £95,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Succession Breeds Success”. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on transforming the charity in three strategic areas so that the rare UK milling records they care for continue to be ...

  • Free PCs available
    14 February 2018

    The following Tower PCs are available or charity organisations. There are no screens, keyboards or OS. Apply to Leon Martinez, Zetes, Honey Lane, Hurley, Maidenhead SL6 6RJ. Email: Leon.Martinez@uk.zetes.com 3 x Dell Optiplex 360, E5400 2.7GhZ, 4 GB RAM, 232Gig HDD Dell Optiplex 320, Intel Core 2CPU 4400 2.0 Ghz, 1GB RAM, 74Gig HDD Dell Optiplex 320, Pentium CPU 3.00 ...

  • Reading Internship Scheme seeking placements for students
    14 February 2018

    What is the Reading Internship Scheme? The Reading Internship Scheme facilitates internships with SMEs for students and graduates of the University of Reading. It is run by the Careers team and is part of a wider offering for SMEs. The scheme offers: • An application framework that enables you to reach our students and graduates, but keeps you ...

  • Reading Borough Council announces street party dates
    13 February 2018

    To ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch and the Royal Wedding weekend, this year the council is giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on one of five weekends in the summer. The weekends are 19-20 May, 2-3 June, 16-17 June, 23-24 June or 30 June-1 July. The first weekend is the ...

  • “We Welcome” interfaith event
    12 February 2018

    Reading City of Sanctuary invites you to their interfaith communal event on Wednesday 21st February to talk about how faith communities are putting “faith into action” to ensure that Reading remains a welcoming place. 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. Council Chambers, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU A Call to Action Refugees, asylum seekers fleeing persecution ...

  • 51 Armour Hill, Tilehurst – Bidding Opportunity
    7 February 2018

    51 Armour Hill, Tilehurst, RG31 6JP is currently vacant and the council has decided to grant a lease.  In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid for the property. The bidding deadline is noon on ...

  • Funding opportunities – homelessness prevention and support
    6 February 2018

    Reading Borough Council has published four tender opportunities focusing on preventing homelessness and supporting people who are homeless. Floating support services for early intervention, homelessness prevention and tenancy sustainment Contract value per annum: £270,000. To deliver a service to households, across tenure type, to intervene early in preventing homelessness and sustaining tenancies. Intensive and Engaging (I&E) Support: Hub ...

  • Are you in need of free, quality office equipment? Reyooz can help!
    2 February 2018

    Reyooz is designed to give good causes access to resources that large organisations and companies no longer need. All organisations need to do it to click on an item, register their email and then Reyooz will do the rest, including organising the delivery.  All the items are free, but they ask for a contribution towards the delivery ...

  • Let’s Make Reading Friendlier! You are invited
    31 January 2018

    What makes Reading a friendly place and what could make it friendlier? Join in with the conversation on Twitter, using the hashtag #FriendlyRDG, and sign up for our big community event in three weeks’ time: ‘Let’s Make Reading Friendlier!’. Councillor Rachel Eden, Reading’s Lead member for Adult Social Care, said:  ‘We all want to make Reading an ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018
    31 January 2018

    We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the Reading Volunteer Awards 2018! Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) the awards acknowledge and highlight the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. After the success of last year’s awards, we are delighted to be holding the event again ...

  • Who can act as a Trustee or Senior Manager? New Disqualification Rules
    29 January 2018

    The law relating to who can act as a charity trustee or a senior manager of a charity will change from 1 August 2018. This factsheet gives a brief overview on what to expect and the next steps for charities to take.

  • Zero tolerance to FGM – attend the 2018 conference
    24 January 2018

    6 February 2018 is international day for zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Utulivu and ACRE (Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality) are holding a conference on 9 February, with the theme of ‘working together for greater impact to end FGM in a generation’. As with last year’s well-attended conference, the event will bring together ...

  • Berkshire West CCG funding for voluntary and community organisations
    24 January 2018

    The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) received considerable interest in the 2018/19 Partnership Development Fund and we used the published criteria to review applications. Berkshire West CCGs 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 ...

  • Arthur Hill Swimming Pool – Bidding Opportunity
    24 January 2018

    Arthur Hill Swimming Pool at 225 King’s Road, Reading, RG1 4LS is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of the freehold. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement  agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid for the property. ...

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