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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.

  • Direct Payments Workshop – Thursday 10th March
    25 January 2016

    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 eligible for ongoing care and support services to help them continue living at home. If, after assessment, a person is eligible for this support from the Council, ...

  • New Palmer Park Carers’ and Disability Walks every Wednesday
    21 January 2016

    These walks are open to all carers and their clients, carers with relatives, people with disabilities and anyone who would like to participate in a gentle walk of this kind around Palmer Park. Please come and join us, as walking is known to relieve stress, is energizing and a welcome distraction from the the problems of ...

  • Charities targeted by fraudsters in sophisticated scams
    18 January 2016

    The Charity Commission has released a warning concerning fraudsters targeting the voluntary sector. Requests are being sent that appear to be from legitimate suppliers that the charity has had dealings with, asking charities to change the payment account details. The emails often appear to come from the correct email addresses. Should you ever get such a request it’s ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 22nd January
    18 January 2016

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board will be held in the Council Chamber on Friday 22nd January from 2 – 4pm. On the agenda: Local Safeguarding Adults Board and Local Safeguarding Children Board annual reports Update on Tackling Female Genital Mutilation Commissioning intentions 2016/17 (Berkshire West CCGs, Adult Social Care, Children’s Services and Public Health) Berkshire West ...

  • Could your organisation benefit from Tesco’s 5p carrier bag funds?
    18 January 2016

    The latest issue of Funding Digest features advance details about a wide range of funding programmes that will open again for applications in the spring, including the relaunch of Tesco’s community scheme. The Tesco Local Community Grant Scheme (England, Scotland and Wales) is due to re-open for applications in April 2016. During the last funding round, ...

  • Provide your insights about health or social care to the CQC
    15 January 2016

    Care Quality Commission are looking for help from people prepared to volunteer their input their experiences of health and social care services and have asked for RVA’s help in reaching out to people in Reading. Are you over 65? Are you a regular user of health and social care for yourself? Are you a parent of an adult ...

  • Grow For It awards for young people
    14 January 2016

    Grow Wild are looking for young people, aged 12 to 25, to enter their exciting new Get Creative competition or to apply for Transform a Space awards. Have you got a brilliant idea to communicate the importance of native wild flowers and wild spaces in a creative way? Apply now for a Get Creative award. Or ...

  • Don’t miss your annual filing deadline with the Charity Commission!
    13 January 2016

    All charities also have ten months from the end of their financial year to file their annual report, accounts and return with the Charity Commission – that’s 31 January if your financial year ends 31 March so not long to go. Failure to file you accounts can indicate that you are not acting within your trustee ...

  • Free and low cost fundraising training for small charities
    13 January 2016

    Details of the Cabinet Office’s fundraising programme for small charities (income up to £1million) has been published. This include a number of opportunities including training courses, advice sessions and mentoring. With access to funding getting increasingly difficult this could be a great opportunity to gain some new skills and get access to new funds. Full details ...

  • Funding Round-up page – new from RVA
    13 January 2016

    At RVA we try to publish any information that comes our way about new funding opportunities, as well as promoting the brilliant monthly ‘Funding Digest’ from RBC and their Reading 4 Community online funding search tool. You will now be able to find a round-up of all the funding-related information in one place straight from our ...

  • Special offer party booking at RISC!
    13 January 2016

    If your organisation needs somewhere to host a party, take a look at RISC’s great £199 offer.  You get the Hall, Bar service and sound system with competitive drink prices, friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Book before the end of January to take full advantage – private parties only – subject to availability. Call 0118 958 ...

  • Postcode Community Trust funding – closing 29 January and 31 May 2016
    11 January 2016

    The Postcode Community Trust provides short-term, designated funding to good causes that promote community development and demonstrate positive change through access, engagement and skill development. There are two opportunities to apply in 2016, in January and May. Projects should fall into at least one of the following categories: Supporting marginalised groups to obtain skills and resources to ...

  • Building Better Opportunities Briefing 25 January 2016
    6 January 2016

    Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and The Big Lottery are holding a briefing session on Monday 25 January 2016 at 9.15am aimed at organisations in Berkshire who are interested in being a delivery partner for two Building Better Opportunities (BBO) projects: ‘addressing barriers to work in urban and rural areas’ and ‘promoting enterprise’. Following an earlier competition, this briefing ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – 28th January – book your place now!
    6 January 2016

    The Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Thursday 28th January 2016. As well as plenty of time for networking, the agenda will include: the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) – the information it covers, how you can use the data and how you can input about the needs of your service users having ...

  • Upcoming Community and Capital Grants – closing 29 January 2016
    5 January 2016

    The Funding Services Team at Reading Borough Council would like to remind voluntary organisations that the next round of Community and Capital Grants is approaching. The deadline for this is the 29 January. If you would like to apply for a grant, please follow the website link and request an application form online. http://www.reading.gov.uk/article/2800/Funding-for-Local-Groups In addition to ...

  • Social Enterprise Café Opportunity in Dee Park – closing 19 February 2016
    5 January 2016

    What is the opportunity? We are looking for a Social Enterprise (either new or established) to run a Community Café at Unit 1, Montague House, 12 Spey Road, Tilehurst, RG30 4DG. In addition to the provision of a quality service, the key outcomes sought by this expression of interest are to provide a meaningful community benefit – whether through ...

  • Help shape the future of your local fire and rescue service!
    5 January 2016

    “At Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, we are striving to ensure that the communities of Royal Berkshire are enabled to lead safe and fulfilling lives. Part of this work involves us contributing to safer communities by developing an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) to identify, assess and mitigate all foreseeable fire and rescue related ...

  • Reading 4 Community online funding tool
    1 January 2016

    RBC now offers the latest version of the online grant search programme from called Reading 4 Community©. Reading 4 Community lets you search through the most up to date information on thousands of funding programmes at any time to suit you – day or night. And the good news is that it is still free to use ...

  • New funding opportunities for organisations working with Families and Women and Girls
    1 January 2016

    The latest issue of Funding Digest features details about two new funding programmes for organisations working with families and women and girls. These are Buttle UK’s Families Grants Programme and the Rosa Voices from the Frontline Grants Scheme around gender equality. Buttle UK – Families Programme This programme provides items for the most basic needs of vulnerable ...

  • A Nation of Volunteers?
    23 December 2015

    Whilst taking some well deserved downtime over the festive period, why not give this a listen? Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane explores a hidden engine of the British economy – its volunteers. The UK has an unpaid army of workers which hides in plain sight. Volunteer Nation – BBC Radio 4

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