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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.

  • Funding for community heritage, culture, memories and more
    18 February 2020 Leeds Eulogy Project to celebrate Jamaican Lives

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund are coming to Reading on 27 February You may be wondering what the Heritage Fund includes and whether this would apply to your community group or charity. Take a look at these examples and come along on Thursday 27 February to find out more (book your place below): Oral history recordings of ...

  • DBS guide for working with adults in the charity sector
    14 February 2020

    The DBS service have updated their guidance for working with adults in the voluntary community and charity sector The guidance, which includes example scenarios, can be found here: DBS Guide Working with Adults in the Charity Sector Please note there is a separate guidance for working with children. You may also wish to take a look at this ...

  • DBS guide for working with children in the charity sector
    14 February 2020

    The DBS service have updated their guidance for those in the voluntary, community and charity sector. The guidance, which can be found here,  includes example scenarios: DBS Guide: Working with Children in the Charity Sector Please note there is a separate guidance for working with adults. You may also wish to take a look at RVA’s guide for ...

  • Community journalism: Walk, talk and share with Mental Health Mates Reading
    12 February 2020

    On a very cold but beautifully sunny Saturday morning recently, RVA’s Community Journalist Simone Illger met up with Mental Health Mates Reading at Christchurch Bridge Mental Health Mates Reading is part of a UK-wide peer support group organising walks and talks for those affected by mental illness, including their families, children, friends and dogs (on leads). ...

  • New £100k RBC fund to support small community groups
    10 February 2020

    A new £100,000 fund to support small community groups in Reading deliver local projects is being proposed, as part of Reading Borough Council’s three-year Medium Term Financial Plan. The details of how the fund will operate are still being worked up, but the intention is that small community groups or organisations in the town which are ...

  • The Prince’s Trust – Get Started with Music
    10 February 2020

    The Prince’s Trust have partnered up with Readipop this February to deliver a Get Started with Music programme. Get Started with Music is a week long programme giving young people ages 16-25 the opportunity to take part in creative music workshops like drumming and vocals, music performance, music production and much more, while working in groups ...

  • Have your say on ward boundaries for RBC – consultation open until 13 April 2020
    6 February 2020

    The Local Government Boundary Commission for England are asking local people and organisations to comment on draft recommendations for new ward boundaries across Reading Borough Council. You can take part in the consultation through their interactive consultation portal. Their website includes further information about the Commission and the review. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England say: We ...

  • Countdown to Reading Community Lottery ticket sales going live
    5 February 2020

    A huge thank you to everyone who attended the good causes launch of Reading Community Lottery last week and to the organisations who have already signed up Countdown to ticket sales going live! The lottery will be launched to the general public at the end of the month, with ticket sales going live on Friday 28 February ...

  • New Directions College – sub-contracting community learning
    5 February 2020

    New Directions College expect to launch a tender for community learning provision for the academic year 2020-21 onwards (for up to 3 years) in April this year. The government definition of community learning The purpose of Community Learning is to develop the skills, confidence, motivation and resilience of adults of different ages and backgrounds in order to: progress ...

  • Free Street Party Workshops
    4 February 2020

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood. Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN) are delivering four more workshops across Reading for ...

  • Funder Presentations and Surgeries: National Lottery, BCF, Heritage Lottery and Arts Council
    29 January 2020

    As part of our regular Funder Presentations and Surgeries, RVA are partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation, The National Lottery Community,  the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council. This event starts with a general presentation from the funders on their current funding streams at 10:15 – 11:15 followed by tea and coffee – please book ...

  • Reading Hydro share offer open – until 14 February 2020
    29 January 2020

    Invest in Reading Hydro’s share offer and help them build a community-owned hydro scheme on the Thames in Reading, next to Caversham weir. Reading Hydro will generate renewable electricity and cut carbon emissions for decades to come. Income from selling electricity will run the scheme and pay a return to investors. They need to raise £700,000 now, ...

  • Facilitating big thinking – Philosophy for Children at RISC
    29 January 2020

    Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a powerful approach to facilitating and learning which helps children and young people to become effective thinkers, communicators and collaborators. It focuses on enabling and empowering learners as a community of enquiry to develop four key types of thinking: Collaborative – thinking with others Caring – thinking of others Critical – making reasoned ...

  • RVA Youth Research: what is it like growing up in Reading?
    28 January 2020

    We are seeking the views of young people in your local communities Reading Voluntary Action’s Social Action Youth Leaders are conducting research across Reading to learn what it is like for young people to grow up in Reading. This is because we want to make Reading a better place to live and grow up in, so ...

  • Funding Club for small community groups – March session
    27 January 2020

    Please note that this session will now take place remotely due to current public health and government guidance on Coronavirus. Contact advice@rva.org.uk for details. Funding Club is a monthly forum hosted by RVA for those who are new to making funding applications or need a refresher. It will run from March to July 2020, with ...

  • Legal update: Holiday calculations and zero hours or part year contracts
    24 January 2020

    The government has published updated guidance on holiday entitlements: Holiday entitlement updated guidance, November 2019 Holiday entitlement calculator For organisations who engage zero hours and/or part year workers, the recent case of Harper v Brazil Trust EAT (2018) has determined that there is a risk of underpayments when using the using the ‘12.07% of hours worked’ rule when ...

  • Legal update: Whistleblowing protection for volunteers
    24 January 2020

    All charities should have whistleblowing procedures in place to safeguard their charity and beneficiairies. What is whistleblowing? Whistleblowing is when an individual reports suspected wrong-doing in an organisation. All employees and workers, who are whistleblowers, are protected by law (under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998), and should not be treated unfairly or lose their job because they ...

  • Consultation on responsible investment in charities
    24 January 2020

    With the aim to help charities to thrive and to inspire public trust, the Charity Commission has opened a consultation to find out from charities how they invest their charity’s assets and how it might be possible to invest more purposefully so that charities are not only maximising their financial return but also investing in ...

  • Street Party Workshops across Reading
    22 January 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action and Reading Neighbourhoods Network are delighted to be working in partnership with a number of local community associations, to deliver four more free workshops on How to Organise a Street Party in Your Neighbourhood. The programme of workshops is being targeted at areas of Reading which have had few or no street parties ...

  • New safeguarding tool for charities
    22 January 2020

    Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work. The government has designed a new digital tool to help charities handle the reporting of safeguarding concerns or allegations about the behaviour ...

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