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

  • Give 45 minutes, some blood, and help save lives
    15 November 2017

    Can you help researchers at the University of Reading investigate what factors influence platelet function and blood clotting? The Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research are currently recruiting volunteers for a study funded by the British Heart Foundation. The study is investigating how different levels of metabolic factors within the blood, such as hormones and ...

  • The good news for anyone thinking of becoming a charity trustee in Reading
    15 November 2017

    It’s a good time to become a trustee in Reading. It’s a ‘buyers market’ because there are so many voluntary and community sector organisations looking for new trustees – and new kinds of trustees. There are many benefits of becoming a trustee and there’s plenty of support and training available from a range of sources. What’s the role of ...

  • Foster Carers needed in Reading
    15 November 2017

    Reading Borough Council has made an urgent call for more foster carers, to keep Reading children living locally. RBC is asking for more people from all walks of life to explore the possibility of foster caring, so that children currently in care can enjoy the support, guidance and stability of a family life while continuing ...

  • Wokingham Borough Council – short breaks preferred provider list
    14 November 2017

    Wokingham Borough Council is inviting applications to join its Preferred Providers List for the provision of short breaks support services to children and young people with disabilities and their families. The purpose of short breaks services is to provide children and young people with disabilities the opportunity to spend time away from their parents and carers; ...

  • Flu jabs campaign
    14 November 2017 Flu jabs campaign

    The NHS England Winter campaign is underway. A big part of this is about increasing uptake of the flu vaccination, particularly amongst ‘at risk’ groups. People with learning disabilities are identified as ‘at risk’, which entitles them to a free flu vaccination. Their carers are also entitled to a free flu jab. If you support people ...

  • Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector
    8 November 2017

    Seona Douglas, Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council will be speaking at the next Wellbeing Forum on Wednesday 6th December. Seona’s presentation will focus on Improving and protecting Reading’s health and wellbeing – why we need to work together The benefits and challenges of working together Our next steps Seona is new to Reading and ...

  • Job opportunities with The Big Lottery in the Thames Valley
    8 November 2017

    The Big Lottery are looking for Funding Officers for the Thames Valley to join their newly created regional team. They are looking for candidates who live within the Thames Valley and  have excellent knowledge of the area. Full details about the roles can be found in RVA’s job listing and on The Big Lottery website. ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Awards – get nominating!
    8 November 2017

    The 6th annual Get Berkshire Active Awards will take place on Friday 23 February 2018. The awards will recognise the people that have excelled in a sport or physical activity setting throughout the last year. The Get Berkshire Active Awards are a celebration of the people and organisations that promote, volunteer, work, support and take ...

  • Living Wolfenden’s Legacy – a series of debates
    8 November 2017

    A series of three LGBTQ-themed debates, each led by a panel bringing diverse perspectives, and each hosted jointly by the University of Reading and Support U, the resource service for those needing help with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues based in the Thames Valley. This series of debates is an offshoot of a Lottery-funded Support ...

  • Whitley Advice Shop – Short Lease Rental Opportunity
    8 November 2017

    Whitley Advice Shop, 479 Northumberland Avenue, RG2 8LZ is available to rent on a short lease in accordance with the letting particulars set out below. 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 ...

  • Our Shared Futures – Reading City of Sanctuary event
    7 November 2017

    Calling all individuals, groups, clubs, and businesses interested in making Reading a welcoming and inclusive place for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants – we would love you to join us for our upcoming event. ‘Our shared Futures: from intentions to actions’ will take place at 12:15 pm on Monday 15 January 2018. Whether you ...

  • Refill Reading reducing coffee cup waste
    4 November 2017

    Refill Reading is a grassroots campaign started by Transition Town Reading. We are aiming to reduce the amount of disposable coffee cups going to landfill by encouraging people in our town to use reusable cups in cafes.  This project is running in partnership with local cafes across Reading and has the support of Reading Borough ...

  • Big Lottery Funding Officers – closing date 12 November 2017
    2 November 2017

    The Big Lottery are recruiting for Funding Officers for the Thames Valley to join our newly created regional teams to ensure that our funding responds to what matters to communities. You will build long-term relationships with people and organisations, talk about their ideas and ambitions and assess funding requests providing useful feedback and support. Starting ...

  • Narrowing the Gap II – registering on In-Tend
    2 November 2017

    Reading Borough Council is looking to issue an Invitation to Tender for Narrowing the Gap II, to commission services from the voluntary sector. The council is using an electronic (e-Tendering) system called In-Tend for advertising tenders, contracting opportunities and as a contracts database. This is to ensure we adhere to the recent Local Authority procurement and ...

  • Save the date for the next Wellbeing Forum
    1 November 2017

    The next Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will take place on Wednesday 6 December 2017. Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council, Seona Douglas, will be speaking, and there will be the usual opportunities for discussion and networking. The venue and full programme will follow soon – look ...

  • Funding opportunity: SEGRO community event
    1 November 2017

    Berkshire Community Foundation is delighted to invite local community groups to the SEGRO Community Event on 15th November 2017 at SEGRO plc, to share their community and development plans along with the launch of a new Thames Valley Community Fund to support vulnerable residents into employment.

  • RVA’s new Befriender Match service
    1 November 2017

    RVA has just launched an online Befriender Match service which is available to all befriending organisations in Reading. You can now fill out our Befriender Match online form for any of your clients, members or beneficiaries who would like to be matched with a volunteer. By doing this, your beneficiaries will have a bespoke but anonymous ...

  • RAN Quality Standard Workshop
    27 October 2017

    RVA is partnering with Reading Advice Network (RAN) to deliver this one day workshop for advice-giving organisations in Reading to enable those in leadership positions in RAN member, or potential member, organisations, to understand and prepare for the RAN Quality Standard

  • 4-seat office workstation desk – available immediately
    24 October 2017

    Does your charity or community group need additional desk space? Due to an office reconfiguration we have available a substantial workstation that seats up to 4 people, which we would like to offer to other local community groups who may be able to put it to good use. This will be dismantled prior to collection. If you are ...

  • Can you make use of our enthusiastic volunteers?
    24 October 2017

    There is a fantastic opportunity for a local organisation to benefit from the energy, commitment and thoughtfulness of 30 local Grammar School students per day over the course of 5 days for the week of 5 June 2018. The boys would be supervised by school staff as well as your own staff, and would be available during school hours ...

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