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

  • Care and Support Planning – the voluntary sector’s role
    9 March 2016

    National Voices has recently published a useful discussion paper ” What is the role of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations in Care and Support Planning?” The paper aims to: demonstrate a range of roles for VCSE organisations in offering and developing care and support planning for people living with long term conditions and disabilities use case studies ...

  • Have Your Say about Berkshire Healthcare Services – 23rd March
    9 March 2016

    Have you used these services in the past year? Come and share your experiences and experiences of the people you support In-patients at Prospect Park Hospital (Mental Health) Community Mental Health and Older people’s Mental Health Out-of-hours – Westcall Community nursing Speech and language CAMHS Talking therapies Berkshire Healthcare is keen to hear from anyone who is or has been using its services ...

  • Possible Third Sector Premises Bidding Opportunity
    8 March 2016

    Reading Borough Council is currently advertising a large site for disposal, suitable for development. Marketing is being managed by an independent agent. Full details are available at the following link: Please direct any queries to the agents, using the contact details on the website above.    

  • Open University launches free online course for voluntary sector
    8 March 2016

    A free online course has been published by the Open University for those working, or interested in working, in the voluntary sector. ‘Introducing the Voluntary Sector‘ consists of eight modules, requiring a minimum of three hours commitment a week. The modules cover a range of topics: What is the voluntary sector? Values and beliefs Structure and functions of the ...

  • Citizens Advice Reading reaches out to those struggling with fuel poverty
    7 March 2016

    Citizens Advice Reading (CAR) set up shop in the Broad Street Mall on Saturday 20 February to help residents struggling to pay their fuel bills. The event was organised as part of the Warm Homes Campaign which is run by National Energy Action (NEA). Many shoppers, concerned about their energy costs, took the opportunity to pick ...

  • Smart Works comes to Reading
    2 March 2016

    It was smiles all round as Mr James Puxley Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading; Councillor Sarah Hacker officially welcomed Smart Works to Reading at their launch event on 16th February. Smart Works is a UK charity that is focussed on helping out-of-work women ...

  • Reading Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary sector 28th
    1 March 2016

    The fourth Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Thursday 28th April from 9.30 – 1pm. We will be focusing on measuring health and wellbeing outcomes. We will hear from Nick Karr from Triangle Consulting about the range of outcome stars that are available.  We have asked a couple of funders to ...

  • The good news for anyone thinking of becoming a charity trustee in Reading
    26 February 2016

    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 ...

  • Guidance published on tackling fraud in charities
    25 February 2016

    The Fraud Advisory Panel, in conjunction with the Charity Commission, has  published new guidance on tackling fraud in charities. The guidance is target at all charities, particularly at trustees and managers. Fraud is a know problem in the sector and proper financial controls are essential to manage the risk. A recent case saw a charity worker jailed ...

  • An easy way to keep your DBS checks up to date
    25 February 2016

    Keeping Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks up to date can be a constant struggle for voluntary groups as well as being an unnecessary cost. The time it takes to check new staff and volunteers can cause significant delays in getting people to work where they are needed and, in some instances, can result in losing ...

  • Third sector premises – Bridge Hall Bidding Opportunity
    24 February 2016

    Reading Borough Council’s Policy Committee has recently decided to close Bridge Hall and dispose of the asset. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed at the same meeting on 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid for the property. Bids may be for ...

  • “Having a Volunteer from RVA Youth has been invaluable” – Could your organisation benefit from the efforts of a young volunteer?
    22 February 2016

    Since its lunch in April 2015 RVA Youth has worked with a number of organisations to help them harness the skills, talents and enthusiasm young volunteers can bring. Having successfully completed a range of projects we are now seeking to expand access to the benefits an RVA Youth volunteer can bring to more local organisations. What ...

  • Are you a young trustee?
    19 February 2016

    RVA is keen to hear from any under 35s who are working as charity trustees and would be willing to share their experiences with us. These insights will be used to inform our current initiative promoting and supporting trusteeship and diversity within trustee boards. If you could share a few thoughts, please get in touch via ...

  • Direct payments – could you provide services to meet the needs of vulnerable people?
    18 February 2016

    At the Reading Care and Support Conference in September last year, we had a workshop to explore Reading Borough Council’s ambition to increase the take up on Direct Payments. As we know, adults who are over 18 years, live within Reading Borough and are having difficulties managing day-to-day tasks because of a disability or long-term illness, may be ...

  • FareShare “FoodCloud” is coming to Reading soon
    17 February 2016

    FareShare FoodCloud (FSFC) If you are a charity or community group that uses food to support people, you can sign up to FareShare FoodCloud to collect good quality, surplus food from Tesco stores every day – for free! There are a couple of pieces of basic criteria that charities/organisations need to meet in order to receive the ...

  • Funding to support children and young people with eating disorder or self-harm issues – deadline 26 Feb 2016
    17 February 2016

    As usual the latest issue of Funding Digest features advance details about a wide range of funding programmes opening up over the coming weeks and months. One that’s hot off the press and not included, but circulated by the Funding Digest team separately here due to the fast approaching deadline, involves bids for funding to support ...

  • Have your say on Berkshire Healthcare services
    17 February 2016

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s annual equality grading event takes place on Wednesday 23rd March 2015. Representatives from voluntary sector organisations, and the people you support, in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire are invited to the grading event. The Trust wants to hear whether you think they are getting patient experience right for people from a wide ...

  • Volunteer management training course: A Creative Approach
    15 February 2016

    This short training series of three half day workshops seeks to strengthen the skills and understanding of volunteer managers so that they become confident and competent in their role.

  • RBC Homelessness Strategy consultation
    12 February 2016

    At least every five years all local authorities have a duty to review homelessness in their area and publish a strategy that outlines how it intends to tackle and prevent homelessness. Reading Borough Council is consulting on its draft Homelessness Strategy which sets out the priorities and plans for the next five years. RBC has set the ...

  • Deaf Awareness – how accessible are your services?
    11 February 2016

    Reading Deaf Centre is planning a free mini conference (about 2 hours) on Deaf Awareness in May 2016 The Centre is seeking to attract local businesses, charities, service providers, etc to be able to come and get some tips on how you can be more accessible to the Deaf community, and perhaps even learn the British ...

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