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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.

  • Community journalism: The Centre for Heritage and Family History
    4 March 2020

    Our Community Journalist Catherine Martindale has been finding out about the volunteer-led Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS) and The Centre for Heritage and Family History on the second floor of Reading Central Library. This overview is the first in a series of three articles exploring their work. The Centre for Heritage and Family History is the ...

  • Look out for Reading Community Lottery on the big screen by the station
    4 March 2020

    Reading Community Lottery will be unmissable on the huge Reading Lights sign outside the station for the next five days! We’re promoting the lottery across Reading, and encouraging people to buy tickets online to support local good causes. Players are also in with a chance of winning up to £25,000. The first draw takes place on ...

  • Coronavirus and your organisation – advice from NCVO
    4 March 2020

    If you’re thinking about what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus, then NCVO have produced a useful information page, which includes sections on: what to do to protect staff, volunteers and visitors developing a contingency plan links to up-to-date information and sector-specific guidance NCVO – your organisation ...

  • Get involved with the One Reading partnership
    4 March 2020

    The One Reading Engagement and Participation Forum provides an opportunity for voluntary and community groups to find out about the One Reading Partnership, to highlight priorities in the community and help shape future services and policy. The agenda for this meeting will include: An update on the Our Reading, Our Future, youth led research capturing experiences of  ...

  • Reading Community Lottery – good causes’ pages will go live on the website this Friday
    26 February 2020

    Ticket sales for Reading Community Lottery go live on Friday 28 February Good causes’ pages will also go live on Friday and you can start to send your supporters there! You can register as a good cause at any time at www.readingcommunitylottery.co.uk Further information Read more about Reading Community Lottery. Reading Community Lottery is run by Gatherwell, an External Lottery ...

  • Nominations for Reading Cultural Awards 2020 open
    26 February 2020

    The public and arts organisations are invited to nominate their favourites Nominations are now open for the 2020 Reading Cultural Awards. Following a hugely successful third year in 2019, Reading UK is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2020 Awards. The Reading Cultural Awards celebrate the best of Reading’s arts, culture and ...

  • Ethical Recruitment Charter launch on 12 March 2020
    26 February 2020

    Ethical Reading, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, has developed a ‘gold standard’ for recruitment in our town. Based on the three pillars of Respect, Transparency, and Fairness, the Ethical Recruitment Charter provides support and advice to employers and a guarantee to customers and potential employees. The charter includes commitments to respect the law and regulations ...

  • Funder Presentations 27 Feb: BCF Elderly Fund still accepting applications
    26 February 2020

    If you are an organisation that delivers services to older people looking for funding, Berkshire Community Fund are still looking for a few more applications for their current round of funding: Funds for the Elderly. Find out more at the Funding Presentations tomorrow Thursday 27 February from 10.15 – 11.15am or book a 1:1 with Elisha ...

  • Charity Commission: learning from complaints
    26 February 2020

    The Charity Commission is urging charities to ‘listen and learn’ when issues are brought to them This advice has come as a result of the Charity Commission reviewing the complaints that it receives about charities, and in particular those that fall below the regulatory threshold. The report also comes amid criticism that the Charity Commission failed to ...

  • CANCELLED – Dee Park Street Party Workshop
    20 February 2020

    Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event tonight – we hope to organise another one soon – apologies for any inconvenience RVA is pleased to add another Street Party Workshop to our 2020 roadshow – in partnership with Catalyst Housing in Dee Park. Local residents and community workers are invited to come along on 10 March ...

  • Be part of Reading Community Lottery – register as a good cause in time for the public launch
    19 February 2020

    There’s still time to register as a good cause in time for the public launch of Reading Community Lottery on 28 February 2020 You can register at any time, but to join the other organisations who will be in it from the start, head to the website to make your application: www.readingcommunitylottery.co.uk. What is Reading Community Lottery? Reading ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2020 – individual nominations now open!
    19 February 2020

    Nominations are now open for the Reading Volunteer Awards 2020! Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Reading Volunteer Awards. The awards evening celebrates those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. This year’s event will take place ...

  • Reading Mencap and ACRE celebrate National Lottery Award
    19 February 2020

    Local charities Reading Mencap and ACRE (Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality) are celebrating after being awarded a £372,919 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund to support vital services for children and adults with disabilities and their families. The four-year funding programme will enable Reading Mencap’s Family Support Service to continue its invaluable work with ...

  • Updated guidance from Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership
    18 February 2020

    All services working with children and families across Berkshire West are part of the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership and each organisation has an important role to play. The new Simple Guide to the new Local Safeguarding Arrangements  has been designed to help you understand your role in the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership. You ...

  • Funding for community heritage, culture, memories and more
    18 February 2020 Leeds Eulogy Project to celebrate Jamaican Lives

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund are coming to Reading on 27 February You may be wondering what the Heritage Fund includes and whether this would apply to your community group or charity. Take a look at these examples and come along on Thursday 27 February to find out more (book your place below): Oral history recordings of ...

  • DBS guide for working with adults in the charity sector
    14 February 2020

    The DBS service have updated their guidance for working with adults in the voluntary community and charity sector The guidance, which includes example scenarios, can be found here: DBS Guide Working with Adults in the Charity Sector Please note there is a separate guidance for working with children. You may also wish to take a look at this ...

  • DBS guide for working with children in the charity sector
    14 February 2020

    The DBS service have updated their guidance for those in the voluntary, community and charity sector. The guidance, which can be found here,  includes example scenarios: DBS Guide: Working with Children in the Charity Sector Please note there is a separate guidance for working with adults. You may also wish to take a look at RVA’s guide for ...

  • Community journalism: Walk, talk and share with Mental Health Mates Reading
    12 February 2020

    On a very cold but beautifully sunny Saturday morning recently, RVA’s Community Journalist Simone Illger met up with Mental Health Mates Reading at Christchurch Bridge Mental Health Mates Reading is part of a UK-wide peer support group organising walks and talks for those affected by mental illness, including their families, children, friends and dogs (on leads). ...

  • New £100k RBC fund to support small community groups
    10 February 2020

    A new £100,000 fund to support small community groups in Reading deliver local projects is being proposed, as part of Reading Borough Council’s three-year Medium Term Financial Plan. The details of how the fund will operate are still being worked up, but the intention is that small community groups or organisations in the town which are ...

  • The Prince’s Trust – Get Started with Music
    10 February 2020

    The Prince’s Trust have partnered up with Readipop this February to deliver a Get Started with Music programme. Get Started with Music is a week long programme giving young people ages 16-25 the opportunity to take part in creative music workshops like drumming and vocals, music performance, music production and much more, while working in groups ...

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