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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.

  • Free online safeguarding resources from NCVO
    17 October 2019

    Every charity, voluntary or community group, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place  for all its beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published a comprehensive collection of free resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos. They are straightforward, practical and based on real world experience ...

  • West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board – survey for providers
    17 October 2019

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (SAB) covers the three local authority areas of Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. It is a statutory mechanism for ensuring that there is a robust multi-agency safeguarding framework in place and for monitoring the effect this has on protecting adults. A priority for the SAB  for 2019/20 is: ...

  • Have your say on NHS plans for our area
    16 October 2019

    A wide spread engagement process on the future arrangements for NHS commissioning in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West was launched this week. It will last until 1 December and there’s full details on the the Berkshire West CCG website. You can download the survey here. Fact sheets giving details of the proposals are also going to ...

  • Voluntary Sector Wellbeing Forum on 12 December 2019 – hold the date!
    16 October 2019

    The next Voluntary Sector Wellbeing Forum will be on Thursday 12 December from 10am to 1pm at RISC on the theme of workplace wellbeing. Bookings will open soon. The programme will include a presentation and discussions on Berkshire – a good place to work, the Director of Public Health’s annual report for 2019. The annual report ...

  • Berkshire – a good place to work
    16 October 2019

    The Director of Public Health’s annual report for 2019 was presented to Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board on 11 October 2019. The annual report focuses on the mental wellbeing and musculoskeletal (MSK) health of the workforce.  In the UK, 131 million working days are lost each year to sickness absence, and the leading causes are ...

  • Thames Valley Suicide Prevention Conference
    15 October 2019

    The Thames Valley Suicide Prevention Conference was held in Reading last Thursday.  The programme was interesting and thought provoking – the take away message being that we all have a role in supporting people (friends, family, colleagues and clients) so they can talk about how they are feeling and seek appropriate support. Lorna Fraser from the ...

  • Friendship Volunteering Evening
    15 October 2019

    Reading volunteers and service coordinators who help local people reduce loneliness and social isolation are warmly invited to a free evening event at The Crowne Plaza on 1 November from 5.30 to 9pm. Join us as our guest to: Celebrate and highlight the fantastic contribution of Reading’s volunteers in reducing loneliness and social isolation. Hear from fellow volunteers ...

  • Coach Core apprenticeship opportunity for young people aged 16-24
    9 October 2019

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) have had a strong response to their Coach Core recruitment days and as a result ten Berkshire-based young people are currently being made offers by various employers in the county. There are still some spots left and GBA urge you to encourage any young people who might be suitable to consider ...

  • Smart Works Reading awarded RVA Safe + Sound
    9 October 2019

    Smart Works Reading have been awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound Governance Mark. We spoke to Sarah Burns MBE, Chair of Smart Works Reading, about the charity’s work and the process of Safe + Sound accreditation. Tell us a little about Smart Works Reading and what inspired you to get involved The work we do at Smart Works ...

  • Bite Size Volunteer Management Training – Recruitment and Legal
    9 October 2019

    Whether behind the scenes in administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town. For many organisations, without the work of volunteers, it would not be possible for them to deliver the services they provide in the way they do. Given the central role ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 11 October 2019
    7 October 2019

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 11 October 2019 in the Council Chamber, starting at 2pm. The agenda includes a report on Working in Partnership with Health and Social Care to Support Reading’s Most Vulnerable People. The report, prepared following discussions with a range of voluntary organisations in Reading, ...

  • The Silvers’ Workshop awarded Safe + Sound
    3 October 2019

    The Silvers’ Workshop were recently awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound Governance mark. We spoke to member and trustee Kevin Slade about the charity’s work, and the process of applying for Safe + Sound. Tell us a little about The Silvers’ Workshop and how you got involved… The Silvers’ Workshop is part of the UK Men’s Shed Association ...

  • **An Introduction to Volunteer Management – Full Day Course** Postponed
    3 October 2019

    ** This event has been Postponed** Introduction: Whether behind the scenes in an administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town. For many organisations, without the work of volunteers, it would not be possible for them to deliver the services they provide in the ...

  • Befriending Week – are you ready?
    2 October 2019

    Countdown to Befriending Week 2019! Only 1 month to go. Are you ready? This year the theme puts a spotlight on health and wellbeing. To help you prepare for this year’s celebrations, visit the Befriending Week Resources section of our website to download the free resource pack . This includes social media posts, Facebook cover image, Twitter ...

  • Befriending Networks bookings open for national conference
    2 October 2019

    Bookings for the annual Befriending Conferences in Edinburgh and London are filling fast so  make sure you don’t miss your chance to attend. Programmes and book details for both conferences are on our website. Through a full day of speakers, workshops and networking, the conferences put a ‘Spotlight on Health and Wellbeing’, sharing the exciting ways ...

  • Donate your old clean duvet covers to help Reading Family Aid reduce their reliance on single use plastic
    2 October 2019

    Reading Family Aid organises an Annual Christmas Toy Project, with support from the Reading Chronicle. We collect and distribute gifts to disadvantaged families in the Reading area. Last year we provided gifts for 1,500 children. We use large black plastic sacks to pack the gifts for delivery to the families. We have been looking for alternatives ...

  • Advance Notice – Freehold Disposal of Southcote Library
    2 October 2019

    Bidding opportunity, in accordance with Third Sector Premises Policy Statement The Council will shortly be markerting the freehold of Southcote Library, 234 Southcote Lane, Reading RG30 3BA on the open market and formally through the Third Sector process. It is estimated that these formal processes will commence in approximately 3-4 weeks – the exact date will appear ...

  • Charities and political campaigning – blog from Helen Stephenson
    26 September 2019

    With expectations growing of a general election before the end of this year and all political parties preparing for it, the Charity Commission new CEO, Helen Stephenson has released a blog reflecting on the position and responsibilities of charity leaders and trustees in this context. Stephenson urges care with regard to how charities engage in public ...

  • Free ILM accredited management training for voluntary and community groups
    26 September 2019

    Alan Hester Associates is delivering free management training for junior to middle managers of voluntary and community organisations. The training is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and fully funded by the European Social Fund and the Thames Valley LEP as part of the Skills for the Workforce project. Course dates Day 1: 23 ...

  • What a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit means for Charities
    26 September 2019

    The level of uncertainty as to where Brexit will take us makes contingency planning more difficult, but preparing your organisation to the extent possible is crucial. NCVO have prepared guidance to help charities anticipate and mitigate the effects on their organisation. No Deal Brexit and the Voluntary Sector In particular, there are some really useful sections on the ...

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