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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.

  • Our Shared Futures – Reading City of Sanctuary event
    7 November 2017

    Calling all individuals, groups, clubs, and businesses interested in making Reading a welcoming and inclusive place for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants – we would love you to join us for our upcoming event. ‘Our shared Futures: from intentions to actions’ will take place at 12:15 pm on Monday 15 January 2018. Whether you ...

  • Refill Reading reducing coffee cup waste
    4 November 2017

    Refill Reading is a grassroots campaign started by Transition Town Reading. We are aiming to reduce the amount of disposable coffee cups going to landfill by encouraging people in our town to use reusable cups in cafes.  This project is running in partnership with local cafes across Reading and has the support of Reading Borough ...

  • Big Lottery Funding Officers – closing date 12 November 2017
    2 November 2017

    The Big Lottery are recruiting for Funding Officers for the Thames Valley to join our newly created regional teams to ensure that our funding responds to what matters to communities. You will build long-term relationships with people and organisations, talk about their ideas and ambitions and assess funding requests providing useful feedback and support. Starting ...

  • Narrowing the Gap II – registering on In-Tend
    2 November 2017

    Reading Borough Council is looking to issue an Invitation to Tender for Narrowing the Gap II, to commission services from the voluntary sector. The council is using an electronic (e-Tendering) system called In-Tend for advertising tenders, contracting opportunities and as a contracts database. This is to ensure we adhere to the recent Local Authority procurement and ...

  • Save the date for the next Wellbeing Forum
    1 November 2017

    The next Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will take place on Wednesday 6 December 2017. Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council, Seona Douglas, will be speaking, and there will be the usual opportunities for discussion and networking. The venue and full programme will follow soon – look ...

  • Funding opportunity: SEGRO community event
    1 November 2017

    Berkshire Community Foundation is delighted to invite local community groups to the SEGRO Community Event on 15th November 2017 at SEGRO plc, to share their community and development plans along with the launch of a new Thames Valley Community Fund to support vulnerable residents into employment.

  • RVA’s new Befriender Match service
    1 November 2017

    RVA has just launched an online Befriender Match service which is available to all befriending organisations in Reading. You can now fill out our Befriender Match online form for any of your clients, members or beneficiaries who would like to be matched with a volunteer. By doing this, your beneficiaries will have a bespoke but anonymous ...

  • RAN Quality Standard Workshop
    27 October 2017

    RVA is partnering with Reading Advice Network (RAN) to deliver this one day workshop for advice-giving organisations in Reading to enable those in leadership positions in RAN member, or potential member, organisations, to understand and prepare for the RAN Quality Standard

  • 4-seat office workstation desk – available immediately
    24 October 2017

    Does your charity or community group need additional desk space? Due to an office reconfiguration we have available a substantial workstation that seats up to 4 people, which we would like to offer to other local community groups who may be able to put it to good use. This will be dismantled prior to collection. If you are ...

  • Can you make use of our enthusiastic volunteers?
    24 October 2017

    There is a fantastic opportunity for a local organisation to benefit from the energy, commitment and thoughtfulness of 30 local Grammar School students per day over the course of 5 days for the week of 5 June 2018. The boys would be supervised by school staff as well as your own staff, and would be available during school hours ...

  • Universal Credit is changing – find out more from the DWP
    24 October 2017

    As Universal Credit is changing and will be affecting a lot of service users, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) are presenting a session on behalf of the Compass Recovery College for information and any questions that people may have.

  • Build resilience – Charity Fraud Awareness Week!
    23 October 2017

    During this week, charities up and down the country are shining the light on fraud to build resilience in their organisations. Each day will have a specific theme to help your charity get up to speed on the risks and how to avoid the worst, including FREE webinars on topics such as: Cyber fraud, Identity ...

  • Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017 – 2020
    19 October 2017

    The Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy has an ambition to reduce the number of deaths by suicide by at least 25% by 2020. The strategy ” seeks to save lives lost to suicide through its prevention, and to improve the health and wellbeing of those bereaved by suicide.  It also includes more general whole-population actions aimed at ...

  • Join us for RVA’s AGM tomorrow
    18 October 2017

    Join us for RVA’s AGM on Thursday 19 October 2017, from 9.30am (please register by the end of today, to let us know you will be attending). This year, our theme is Working Together. Hear from members of the RVA team about the work we’ve been doing, with organisations across Reading, to improve the lives of ...

  • Glass Recycling Initiative – prizes for community groups up for grabs
    18 October 2017 Glass Recycling Initiative - prizes for community groups up for grabs

    Community groups could be in with a chance of winning up to £1,000 in a new glass recycling campaign prize draw from re3, the waste management partnership for Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham. To take part in the prize draw, re3 is encouraging schools, charities and voluntary and community sector organisations to make a commitment to ...

  • Compass Recovery College – prospectus now online
    18 October 2017

    Compass Recovery College has launched a new website where you can find details of all their upcoming courses. The college offers an educational route to recovery from mental health challenges, with a wide range of free courses. The autumn/winter prospectus is now available at compassrecoverycollege.uk, along with details of how to register and book. The new ...

  • Yeomanry House – Freehold Bidding Opportunity
    18 October 2017

    Reading Borough Council has decided to dispose of the freehold for the Yeomanry House site. 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. Description of the property: Yeomanry House, Castle Hill, Reading RG1 ...

  • Maggie Sikora shortlisted for Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    17 October 2017 Maggie Sikora shortlisted for Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award

    Maggie Sikora, founder of Mapis, has been shortlisted for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award. Maggie is one of five finalists selected from the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and has the chance to win £10,000. Mapis, the social enterprise which Maggie runs, supports ...

  • Mental Health Forum on 24 October 2017
    16 October 2017

    RVA is co-hosting a Mental Health Forum in partnership with the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to explore what can be done locally to support those with mental health problems. If your organisation is working with or plans to offer services to those experiencing mental health problems, do ...

  • Join us for RVA’s AGM on 19 October 2017
    11 October 2017

    This year, Reading Voluntary Action’s AGM will take place on Thursday 19 October, from 9.30am, on the third floor of Reading Central Library. Join us to find out about the work we’ve been doing, together with organisations across the town, to improve the lives of local people. Enjoy a breakfast buffet from 9.30am and chat to ...

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