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

  • SEGRO Community Fund £5000 grants – applications open until 30 June 2019
    7 June 2019

    The SEGRO Community Fund is part of a three year partnership between SEGRO and Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to help tackle barriers to work and education and help local people into employment.The SEGRO Community Fund will tackle barriers to work and support those suffering from disadvantage who require help to get into, or return to, ...

  • Celebrating Volunteers’ Week in Reading
    6 June 2019

    To celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2019, we have an exhibition in the HolyBrook Gallery, and tonight we will be hosting the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards on the fourteenth floor of Thames Tower Exhibition in the HolyBrook Gallery Volunteers make a huge contribution to life in Reading, and we wanted to capture a little of that in our ...

  • Win £1000 for a local cause
    5 June 2019

    Berkshire Community Foundation is asking for your views on issues facing people in Berkshire. An estimated 98,000 people in Berkshire are family carers and the numbers are set to grow as more people live longer into older age. Vital Signs 2018 highlighted the stresses associated with combining care giving and paid work, concern that young carers should be ...

  • The Art of Trees – major exhibition and events, 14 to 24 June
    5 June 2019

    The Art of Trees brings to Reading a major exhibition of British artists, feted by the national press, with guest artists from Reading, whose subject is trees. There is wide diversity in colours, sizes, style, themes, philosophy and vision making it a stunning show. Paintings are for sale. The show is open daily and there ...

  • Have you booked your place for the Wellbeing Forum?
    5 June 2019

    The next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector will be be on Thursday 4th July from 10:00am to 12:30pm at RISC, London Street, Reading. Refreshments will be available from 9:30am. The draft programme includes: Kim McCall (Health and Wellbeing Intelligence Officer, RBC Wellbeing Team)  will demonstrate the new online tool – Instant Atlas – which ...

  • Social Action Leaders Network – creative imagination and inspiring others
    4 June 2019

    Are you on the committee of a small community group in Reading and looking for support? Being on a committee or managing a charity is extremely rewarding but it can also sometimes be challenging or isolating and there’s a lot to learn in running a group! So why not come along to our Social Action ...

  • RVA’s Volunteers’ Week Exhibition in the HolyBrook Gallery
    4 June 2019

    Come and see RVA’s Volunteers’ Week exhibition, on in the HolyBrook Gallery (during Reading Central Library opening hours) until Saturday 8 June. Fill out a postcard and add to our collection of stories about what volunteering means to Reading.

  • Need support with your community building?
    3 June 2019

    Do you manage a community building or are you looking to share a space with another group? RVA will be hosting a Community Buildings Network in the Autumn. To help us identify what you would like support with, please take the time to complete this very short survey (just four  questions!). Take the Community Buildings Survey More details ...

  • £140K available through Police Property Act Fund – applications open until 20 June
    3 June 2019

    The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals. Last year £198,650 was distributed to 52 different organisations in addressing Police ...

  • Next week is Volunteers’ Week!
    29 May 2019

    Next week is national Volunteers’ Week, celebrating and saying thank you for the contribution which millions of volunteers make across the UK. There is certainly plenty to celebrate here in Reading! Reading Volunteer Awards RVA is excited to be hosting the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards on Thursday 6 June in the Roost at Thames Tower. Organisations ...

  • Free trees for schools and communities
    29 May 2019

    The Woodland Trust are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities They are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2019. Responses to applications may take a few weeks due to current high demand. The scheme is open to: Schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres All kinds ...

  • Office space to rent in Caversham
    29 May 2019

    Stepping Forward are offering a short-term lease on office space in their new building at 12A Southview Park, Caversham, Reading RG4 5AF Details Rent: £460 a month inclusive of utilities 226 sq ft space available for 10 month lease Suitable for 4 to 6 desks Ground floor Some parking available Shared wifi available or organisations can install their own If you are interested ...

  • Mental health first aid courses at RCLC
    29 May 2019

    Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and ...

  • The Great Get Together
    29 May 2019

    Neighbourly events this summer It’s too late to apply to Reading Borough Council for a road closure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an event in your neighbourhood this summer – just one that doesn’t need a street closure!  Your local park, neighbours’ front gardens and other accessible community spaces are all places you ...

  • One Reading News – issue 1 is out now
    22 May 2019

    If you work with children, young people and families in Reading, then do sign up for a new bi-monthly newsletter full of news, upcoming events, training and development opportunities, and resources. One Reading News is for everyone working in health, education, special educational needs and disabilities, children’s social care, early help, the youth offending service, and ...

  • RVA are recruiting – paid summer internship and Stronger Together Referral Co-ordinator
    22 May 2019

    Take a look at two new posts we are advertising Intern coordinating youth summer activity programme – closing date 7 June 2019 Stronger Together Referral Co-ordinator – closing date 20 June 2019  

  • RVA Summer Intern – closing date 7 June 2019
    22 May 2019

    Intern required at RVA for the coordination of a youth summer activity programme RVA is looking for an intern to work alongside the Youth Project Coordinator to create, promote, attend and report on a calendar of youth summer holiday activities across Reading. Main tasks include Creating a calendar of all youth activities taking place across Reading during the ...

  • Ready Friends Toolkit launched
    22 May 2019

    At the Reading Befriending Forum on 16 May, a new toolkit was launched by RVA in partnership with Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN), to inspire and equip local people to take action on loneliness in their street, community and with friends and family. The toolkit – an 8-page printed booklet and a more in-depth online version – ...

  • ABC to Read – fifteenth anniversary year
    20 May 2019

    As part of its fifteenth birthday celebrations this year, ABC to Read hopes to help a record number of children develop a love of reading to enhance their lives. They will be donating 15 new books to all schools who have worked with them since their founding in 2004 as well as launching a Reading Buddy workshop ...

  • Reading Museum and The MERL celebrate Investing in Volunteers accreditation
    16 May 2019

    Congratulations to Reading Museum and The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) for successfully renewing their Investing in Volunteers accreditation. Both museums held Investing in Volunteers accreditation previously, but they have now achieved the accreditation as a partnership for the first time. NCVO’s Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard and aims to ensure quality ...

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