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

  • Launching the Compass Recovery College in Reading
    15 February 2017

    The Compass Recovery College will be formally launched in Reading on Wednesday 22 February at Greyfriars Church.  Come along between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to find out about the Recovery College and all the courses which will be available to support people with mental health issues. The event will be attended by Cllr Rose ...

  • Funding boost for Smart Works Reading
    15 February 2017

    Smart Works Reading has received £14,500 thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The funding boost from People’s Postcode Trust will enable Smart Works Reading to continue to help women in Reading and the Thames Valley area get back into work. Smart Works offers all its clients an interview preparation service and a free style ...

  • Great turnout for Zero Tolerance World FGM Day event
    14 February 2017

    On Friday 10 February I attended a conference organised by Utulivu and ACRE (Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality) as part of the Zero Tolerance World FGM Day. Understanding & Working with FGM survivors to END IT brought together agencies and professionals to talk about how they address Female Genital Mutilation cases, support a survivors ...

  • Free food and support from Tesco
    14 February 2017

    Tesco Napier Road is supporting the community in a number of ways, in particular through the work of the store’s community champion, Dee. There are several ways in which Dee and the store can help local charities and community groups and they are always keen to hear from new local charities: Practical support and one-off donations of ...

  • Community Buildings Forum
    13 February 2017

    Is your group looking for a more ‘permanent’ home or have you thought about raising extra income through renting out space in your building to another local voluntary group? RVA are hosting a session to explore how groups can continue to flourish and maintain a community presence through sharing buildings.

  • ‘Glass half empty, to glass brimming over’ – great results for Social Prescribing
    13 February 2017

    We have been delivering our Social Prescribing service for almost two years now, accepting referrals for any patients who are registered with  GP practices in Reading.  Referrals can be made by doctors and practice staff. We have recently expanded the service to accept referrals from the team of Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Physiotherapists at the ...

  • Getting the recognition your charity deserves!
    10 February 2017

    We’re delighted to announce that many of our local charities are becoming Safe and Sound! Last week we heard from ABC to Read who have since gone on to be awarded Investing in Volunteers. We also celebrate Reading Mencap’s Safe and Sound and explain how you can take steps to do the same!

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing – Give
    8 February 2017

    In week five of the 5 Ways To Wellbeing we explore “Give” – how participation in social and community life increases wellbeing. With news headlines and social media seemingly to be constantly putting before us a stream of social challenges the world today can seem a rather scary and overwhelming place. The range and scale of such challenges ...

  • Remodelling of Reading Children’s Centres Consultation
    6 February 2017

    Reading Borough Council is asking for the views of service users, members of the public and stakeholders, on the proposed remodelling of Children’s Centres. The feedback from this consultation will be considered by Councillors in Spring 2017. The consultation document (available through the link below) sets out the proposal for remodelling Reading Children’s Centres for families ...

  • Reading Wellbeing Fair Success
    6 February 2017

    On Tuesday, 16 organisations attended the Wellbeing Fair at Reading Central Library. Many people came along to  to find out what is going on locally that can help us build social networks, stay active, healthy and well. If you missed out on the event, don’t worry, we may be bringing the wellbeing fair to a venue near ...

  • New online study to support carers
    6 February 2017

    Carers provide a large amount of vital unpaid care but at huge personal cost in terms of high levels of distress, a significant practical, financial and emotional burden, and increased use of healthcare services. The UK government recognises the need to support relatives in a caring role and NICE recommends that this is done by providing ...

  • Appreciating local volunteers – recognition for Berkshire charity
    6 February 2017

    Giving up time in service of others is a core pillar of thriving communities. Schools, families and societies are strengthened thanks to the time and skills of volunteers and Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read have recently achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work they do with volunteers. ABC to Read was ...

  • Team Reading Volunteers help Tea Dance go with a swing!
    3 February 2017

    Over 50 attendees came together to enjoy music, dance and food at the first Older People’s Tea Dance of the year. The dance, bringing together people from all over Reading, took place at Wycliffe church and Team Reading volunteers were on hand to help set-up, provide a friendly welcome and have a bit of a dance! ...

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing – keep learning!
    31 January 2017

    When we leave school, it marks the end of our time in compulsory education, but not the end of our learning journey. The difference is that we continue to choose to learn, not just further / higher education, but the learning we continue to do for our own enjoyment, to further our abilities, to overcome challenges, for work ...

  • Accounting Records and Reporting to the Charities Commission
    30 January 2017

    Unsure whether you need to prepare accounts, what form this should take and whether you have to file them with the Charities Commission? What about Annual Returns and Trustee’s Reports? This simplfied factsheet is an introduction to reporting and provides a checklist for all organisations including community associations, CIOs and charitable companies.

  • New funding opportunities for smaller organisations
    25 January 2017

    The January 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features two grant programmes to help small organisations supporting adults and children with disabilities. Barchester Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for grants between £100 and £5,000 from small community groups and small local groups helping adults aged over 18 with mental and physical disabilities, and older ...

  • National Student Volunteering Week is coming! Can our students help you?
    25 January 2017

    Reading University Students’ Union is taking part in National Student Volunteering Week (20 – 26 February), and is on the hunt for community-based volunteering projects or services where a group of keen volunteers could make a real impact. National Student Volunteering Week aims to offer students a wide range of different volunteering projects and services in ...

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing – take notice!
    25 January 2017

    It’s grey outside, it gets dark early, and often in January it feels like the best thing to do is hibernate! However, the third way to wellbeing is ‘take notice’ – and believe it or not there are things worth taking notice of, even (perhaps especially) in deepest winter! In fact I’ve seen some stunning views just ...

  • Domestic Abuse Services consultation
    24 January 2017

    Reading Borough Council has launched a consultation regarding its Domestic Abuse Services – the closing date is 10 February 2017. The council is seeking views from service users and other stakeholders to understand: Local priorities for domestic abuse services and the rationale for priorities The impact of reducing funding for local refuge provision including part of the specialist ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 27 January
    20 January 2017

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 27th January, starting at 2pm in the Council Chamber. The Board has a very full agenda, with many items where voluntary sector providers have been involved in consultations and representation, or will have a key role to play in delivery of action plans. The ...

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