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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.

  • Webinar on Building Better Opportunities funding
    8 April 2016

    In January 2016 the Local Enterprise Partnership held a briefing session, alongside the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery Fund, for organisations in Thames Valley Berkshire who are interested in being a delivery partner for two Building Better Opportunities projects: ‘addressing barriers to work’ and ‘promoting enterprise’. If you would like to know more ...

  • Thinking of holding a street party? Free road closures 11-12 June
    8 April 2016

    Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has again confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for the weekend of the Big Lunch. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for the weekend of 11 – ...

  • Highlights from Reading’s Care and Support Conference
    7 April 2016

    Reading Borough Council holds regular Care and Support conferences, bringing together providers from across the sectors to discuss common issues.  The conferences are a great opportunity for voluntary sector providers to connect with businesses providing residential care and care for people in their own homes. At the conference on 7th April, we heard that the Council ...

  • Simple steps towards diversity on your trustee board
    7 April 2016

    It’s not a new phenomenon for charity trustee boards to want to move away from the ‘pale, male and stale’ image that they are often – and sometimes unfairly – labelled with.  Yet, many still struggle to diversify and their typical recruitment strategy remains word-of-mouth which, unsurprisingly, results in more of the same. Less than 1% ...

  • Tracing the history of autism understanding in Berkshire
    6 April 2016

    Autism Berkshire is looking for stories of people’s lives with autism in recent times and the past as part of a project launched last year to mark the 25th anniversary of the charity, which was founded as the Berkshire Autistic Society. The aim is to create a written and spoken record of the history and ...

  • RCLC and ABC to Read awarded Safe and Sound!
    5 April 2016

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) and ABC to Read have become the first two charities in Reading to be named Safe and Sound. The Safe and Sound award demonstrates the charities’ commitment to governance and follows consultations provided by Reading Voluntary Action (RVA), scrutinising their governance structures, policies and procedures. Additional support is provided to reach the ...

  • Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment now on-line
    4 April 2016

    The local Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is a local assessment of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population in Reading. It looks at a wide range of factors that help shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities such as education, employment and the ...

  • Business planning – creating your future focus
    4 April 2016

    Every organisation and group would benefit from having a business plan – planning is essential to your success. If you are thinking of applying for funding, a business plan may be essential to support your application. Sign up for our half day Business Planning workshop on Thursday 21st April at Reading Central Library to start (or ...

  • Give now to make a meal for all of Reading
    4 April 2016

    Reading’s Town Meal is unique and run entirely by volunteers and community groups. Tasty meal-maker rewards are now on offer to donors who help make it happen in 2016. Over 1,000 people are served up a mouth-watering meal made from fresh fruit & veg donated by home-growers, cooked and served up by Reading College catering students ...

  • Home Early – Settled & Safe
    4 April 2016

    As we know, the Royal Berkshire Hospital is keen that patients leave hospital as soon as they can, with the right support and care – in their own home or in residential care.  Voluntary sector organisations can have a role to ensure that a patient going home is settled and safe. The hospital is holding a ...

  • Update on the Urgent Care Programme Board
    1 April 2016

    “The Urgent Care Programme Board brings together partner organisations from the health and social care system to set the vision and strategic direction for urgent and emergency care services across Berkshire West and oversee delivery of the vision. It also has responsibility for ensuring delivery of the constitutional standard that no patient should wait in ...

  • Webinar – Building Better Opportunities
    30 March 2016

    Applications for Building Better Opportunities Funding have now opened:    Information here In January 2016 the LEP held a briefing session, alongside the Cabinet Office and the Big Lottery Fund, for organisations in Thames Valley Berkshire who are interested in being a delivery partner for two Building Better Opportunities projects: ‘addressing barriers to work’ and ‘promoting ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – 28th April – book your place now!
    29 March 2016

    The next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Thursday 28th April from 9.30 – 1pm. We will be focusing on measuring health and wellbeing outcomes. We will hear from: Nick Karr from Triangle Consulting about the range of outcome stars that are available and how they could benefit your organisations Kate Sawdy from ...

  • Social Prescribing – new opportunities
    29 March 2016

    We are pleased to have secured a grant through the Partnership Development Fund for a second year of our Social Prescribing project in Reading. The project has two aims To support patients with long-term health conditions and/or mental health problems or patients at risk of developing mental health problems, to improve their health and wellbeing by ...

  • Think before you bin. Can you still use it?
    24 March 2016

    Think before you bin. Can you still use it? WITH a hint of spring in the air, it might be time to have a big clean out at home. However, with £140m of used clothing and over £12.5 billion of household food waste going to landfill every year, please think twice before binning an unwanted ...

  • It’s Spring – why not get out in the garden?
    24 March 2016

    We’ve got a selection of opportunities on the website that are ripe for volunteers who want to get outside in the fresh air. Dimensions UK are especially keen to hear from someone with the skills to act as a gardening adviser on a one-off project on 27 April in Finchampstead. A group of volunteers will ...

  • Befriending works for everyone!
    24 March 2016

    Volunteers in Reading are making a big difference to isolated people as well as gaining a great deal of enjoyment for themselves. Last month Whitley Wood Lunch Club celebrated its 1st Anniversary with a buffet lunch, singalong entertainment and quite bit of dancing too! Volunteers and supporters had organised a raffle with everything from flowers, scented candles, posh ...

  • 2 day Mental Health First Aid Course in Reading
    24 March 2016

    A three day Mental Health First Aid programme: Tuesday        29th November  9:30- 4:30pm Wednesday  30th November 9:30- 4:30pm Venue details will be confirmed on application What is a mental health problem? Mental health problems cover a wide range of issues – including stress, anxiety depression and substance abuse – that affect someone’s ability to get on with their daily life. ...

  • 3 day Mental Health First Aid Course in Reading
    24 March 2016

    A three day Mental Health First Aid programme: Tuesday        31st May 2016 9:30- 4:30pm Wednesday  1st June 10:00am – 1:00pm Thursday      2nd June 10:00am – 1:00pm Venue details will be confirmed on application What is a mental health problem? Mental health problems cover a wide range of issues – including stress, anxiety depression and substance abuse – that affect someone’s ability ...

  • Great turn out for Berkshire Healthcare Have your Say
    24 March 2016

    Berkshire Healthcare held their annual Equality Grading event on 23rd March.  The event gave the opportunity for patients and service users, and organisations to tell the Trust what is working and how they can improve, focusing on seven service areas In-patients (Mental Health) Community Mental Health Team Older people’s Mental Health Out-of-hours – Westcall Community Nursing Adult Speech and language CAMHS We had ...

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