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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.

  • Reading City of Sanctuary – Exciting news!
    6 July 2017

    Exciting news! Reading is now officially a City of Sanctuary and we are proud to extend the welcome of our town to people who come here seeking safety. We want those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries to feel safe and secure here. We are committed to taking practical steps to welcome and integrate all ...

  • Reading Domestic Abuse Forum: child to parent/carer abuse
    6 July 2017

    The Reading Domestic Abuse Forum is co-ordinated by Reading Borough Council and is open to everyone whose service works with the general public. If you are working in a public facing role across Reading Borough Council, partner organisations or the voluntary sector at some point you will almost certainly interact with either a victim or ...

  • Kings Fund GSK Impact Awards
    6 July 2017

    2018 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open for applications The Awards provide funding and training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a ...

  • Office space to rent at the library
    5 July 2017

    Is your charity or other non-profit organisation looking for office space? We might have just what you’ve been looking for, in a convenient location right in the heart of Reading. Reading UK CIC is offering space to lease on the top floor of Reading Central Library, as follows: Office for up to 6-8 people: £7,200 pa Office for ...

  • Could your organisation benefit from the Pilotlight effect?
    4 July 2017

    Pilotlight is a national charity that supports small to medium charities and social enterprises to become bigger, better or more sustainable. Two years on, after working with us, our charity partners are on average reaching 53% more people and generating 28% more income. Could this be your organisation? Through facilitated coaching from volunteer senior business mentors, ...

  • The new Reading ‘Children’s Single Point of Access’
    4 July 2017

    The contact arrangements for accessing Early Help and Safeguarding support for children have just changed. The new ‘Children’s Single Point of Access’ (CSPA) will be the place to refer for all Child Protection, Early Help, and Disabled Children’s Services. Access will be via: Secure web form: www.reading.gov.uk/childrensreferralform Telephone: 0118 937 3641 (Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 ...

  • New programme for girls and women
    4 July 2017

    Join us if you want to learn self defence, mindfulness or just want to become more resilient. This programme is for ALL levels of physical abilities, and great way of having fun and finding your own Girl Power. Venue: Squash Court, Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4BZ. Every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 ...

  • Last chance to book your place for Wellbeing Forum on 14 July!
    4 July 2017

    We would love to see you if: you could support people who live in residential care homes your services and activities help people to maintain a healthy lifestyle (exercise, healthy eating, relaxation)? you want to find out more about Reading Borough Council’s Welfare Reform and Debt Advice teams Come along to the next Wellbeing Forum on Friday 14 July ...

  • Big Lottery and Groundworks 1-2-1 Funding Advice Sessions in July
    28 June 2017

    RVA is hosting further 1-2-1 appointments with the Big Lottery and Groundworks (Tescos Bags of Help) for Reading based voluntary and community groups. Booking Open!

  • Volunteer Coordinators’ Network 2017/18 Schedule
    28 June 2017

    We have now published details of the 2017/18 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network (VCN) schedule. The VCN is an opportunity to get together with colleagues from across a range of organisations to seek advice, share best practise and discuss present challenges and opportunities in working with volunteers. The VCN also plays an important role in helping develop the ...

  • Third Sector Premises – Shop unit, 50 Coronation Square, Reading RG30 3QN – BIDDING OPPORTUNITY
    23 June 2017

    The above property is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of the freehold. Bidding deadline: 12 noon, 18 August 2017.

  • New leadership programme for charities launched
    23 June 2017

    The King’s Fund, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund have opened applications for a unique programme that enables charity leaders to help each other through sharing expertise and developing skills. The Cascading Leadership programme is designed for anyone who is leading an organisation in the sector that focuses on health and wellbeing. The organisation can ...

  • Learn more about Personal Health Budgets
    23 June 2017

    “Personal health budgets (PHBs) are one way to give people with long term health conditions and disabilities more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs. A personal health budget is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and ...

  • Sign up now! Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary sector
    21 June 2017

    Could you support people who live in residential care homes? Do your services and activities help people to maintain a healthy lifestyle (exercise, healthy eating, relaxation)? Come along to the next Wellbeing Forum on 14th July to find out more about how voluntary and community organisations could work in partnership with health to support the wellbeing ...

  • Climate Action Network Grants
    19 June 2017

    The Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) is offering a fund of up to £2,000 for organisations who will help us reduce carbon emissions / help prepare for the effects of climate change. This fund is open to the business and community sector for non capital projects.  RCCP will oversee the funds. Deadlines are on going. Applications will be reviewed in RCCP ...

  • Third Sector Premises – Land & Buildings at Amethyst Lane, Reading RG30 2EZ – BIDDING OPPORTUNITY
    16 June 2017

    The above property is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of the freehold. Bidding deadline: 12 noon, 11 August 2017.

  • Reading City of Sanctuary Networking Event – 4 July
    16 June 2017

    City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Our goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety for people seeking sanctuary and helping them integrate into their local communities. Reading City of ...

  • Small grants for education and social & medical welfare
    15 June 2017

    Featured in the June 2017 issue of Funding Digest is a small grants programme for small and medium Registered Charities aimed at achieving improvements in the areas of education & social & medical welfare. The Newby Trust was formed with aim of achieving improvements in the areas of education and social & medical welfare. Alongside these ...

  • Royal Berkshire Hospital Carers Strategy
    15 June 2017

    Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RBH) is developing a Carers Strategy to identify and address the support needed by carers of people using the hospital’s services. What does RBH mean by a carer? ‘A carer is a person of any age who provides unpaid practical or emotional support to someone who is in need because ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2017 – Round-up and Photo Gallery
    14 June 2017

    Last Tuesday (6 June 2017) we hosted the inaugural Reading Volunteer Awards. The night brought together over 140 members of the local community to acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. The fun-filled evening included entertainment provided by two young singers and a performance from the street dance ...

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