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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.

  • Volunteer Health Walk Leader training
    12 August 2016

    Do you know any organisation/persons that will be interested in leading works in their area? The public health team within Reading Borough Council will be running a Walk Leader course soon. This is an accredited course in line with the National Walking for Health Programme. As well as physical benefits, most walk attendees benefit from companionship ...

  • Frank Bruno supporting Sport in Mind
    10 August 2016

    In July, the British boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE has thrown his weight behind a new programme of sports activities for people in Berkshire with mental health problems – the largest countywide programme of its kind in the UK. The former World Heavyweight Champion, who has faced his own battle with mental illness, gave his support ...

  • New clerk for Reading Dispensary Trust
    10 August 2016

    Reading Dispensary Trust’s clerk, Walter Gilbert, and their secretary, Barbara Cope, both retired in December 2015 after over 20 years of service. Harriett Dye has since taken over from them. The Trust was formed in 1802 when a need was identified to provide medical services to those who were sick and in need. The Trust now ...

  • New premises needed for No.5 charity
    10 August 2016

    No.5 is a youth counselling and information charity currently operating from two houses in Sackville Street, Reading. The Pride of Reading Charity of the Year winners 2015 are looking to relocate their services to new premises. They offer counselling between 4pm and 9pm each evening, Monday to Friday and also have a team of 6 who ...

  • *New date for next Befriending Forum* – 7 September, 2-4pm
    10 August 2016

    The next Befriending Forum will now take place on Wednesday 7 September, 2-4pm in a change to the previously advertised date and time. Book your free place via Eventbrite. Topics for discussion at this forum – based on feedback from the previous event in June – will include ways of collaborative working, outcomes and impact for ...

  • Cemetery Arch, Reading Cemetery – third sector bidding opportunity
    10 August 2016

    Cemetery Arch is currently vacant and the Council has decided to dispose of the asset on a 125-year full repairing and insuring lease. 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. Bids should ...

  • Lots on offer at the Firtree open day
    9 August 2016

    True of False ? The most common letter in the English language is E? The cat flap was invented by Sir Isaac Newton? This is just a sample of the quiz which is a regular feature of the activities on offer at Firtree. Although I wasn’t too sure about the answers to these, after attending their recent Open ...

  • Interested in Personal Health Budgets- this might be for you
    5 August 2016

    To put you in the best possible position to make sense of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) and what they could mean for the sector, NAVCA (National Association of Voluntary and Community Action), National Voices and Volunteering Matters (the Voluntary Voices partnership) are setting up learning and support networks. They are for anyone in the voluntary sector ...

  • Partnership Development Fund 2017/18 – opening soon
    3 August 2016

    The Partnership Development Fund for 2017/18 is opening on 1st September. The four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund (PDF) to enhance their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2017/18 PDF programme will open ...

  • Be part of Reading’s Carnival of the World
    3 August 2016

    Culturemix are organising a Carnival of the World to help showcase and celebrate the wide range of cultures that make Reading the unique town that it is.  The carnival is about integrating all cultures in the community, so this is an excellent opportunity to represent your culture as well as having the chance to explore what ...

  • Too much to do? Let Henley Business School help
    3 August 2016

    Getting the balance right between keeping an organisation running and thinking ahead can be difficult.  Allow Henley Business School to help. Henley Business School will have small teams of MBAs looking for people-management projects to work on in October and early November this year. The assignment for their Managing People module requires them to work on ...

  • Have you heard about Joined-Up Frontline Action?
    2 August 2016

    Have your heard about the Joined-Up Frontline Action (JUFA) pilot project in South Reading? The aim of the project is to develop a pathway approach to meet the needs of customers, which becomes a successful partnership across the public, business and voluntary sectors. The primary focus is on delivering joined-up services to common customers, who are elderly and/or vulnerable, ...

  • Hello from RVA’s Summer Interns, Iram & Nikki
    2 August 2016

    Hi! we are Iram and Nikki current students at the University of Reading and this summer’s RVA interns.  Our tasks range from attending events, research and report writing, to meeting with charities and volunteers. We are working closely with members of the RVA team to achieve our aim of encouraging more young people to volunteer, alongside supporting other projects ...

  • Thames Valley Police – World Cafe
    1 August 2016

    The World Cafe aims to reach out to the community and facilitate engagement between the police and those they serve. Everyone is welcome to this café but our specific target audience is those from the BME community. The event will have  3 guest speakers  and you will have the opportunity to discuss each topic in smaller ...

  • Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector is on 9th September!
    1 August 2016

    Come and join us at Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector in the Council Chambers. We will be focussing on two key topics at the Forum: 1.    Integrating health and social care –  the voluntary sector’s involvement (Kevin Johnson – Integration Programme Manager) The context “The Better Care Fund is the biggest ever financial incentive for the ...

  • Help Shape a new Home First Hub for Reading
    29 July 2016

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and community health services to a population of around 900,000 within Berkshire. Most support is provided to people in their own homes. The Trust is developing a new service in Reading, the Home First HUB The aim of Home First is to provide a community service that can respond ...

  • Team Reading is Go!
    27 July 2016

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative, Team Reading. Team Reading aims to encourage and enable more people to get involved in one-off volunteering at the wide range of community events that take place in our town. We aim to make it easier for people to express an interest in helping ...

  • Volunteering Fair – Broad Street Takeover
    27 July 2016

    We will be taking over Broad Street on 28 October and we would like to invite you to be part of the day! This will be an opportunity to showcase the difference volunteers, and the groups they work for, make to our town and to encourage others to get involved. We want the emphasis to be on ...

  • Looking for brand inspiration? Our students’ expertise could be just what you need
    27 July 2016

    Reading University will be holding a structured four week ‘design-thinking’ brand ‘jam’ with Part 3 typography & design students in November 2016, working exclusively with not-for-profits. Students take on briefs and develop a visual identity and any other marketing collateral they feel is appropriate over four weeks and it’s completely free. Organisations are under no obligation for ...

  • International arts event at Reading Prison this autumn
    22 July 2016

    Artangel, renowned for producing extraordinary art in unexpected places, is bringing a major exhibition to Reading this autumn. Inside – Artists and Writers in Reading Prison will take place from 4 September to 30 October 2016. Leading artists, performers and writers will respond to the architecture of the prison, themes of imprisonment and separation, and the ...

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