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

  • Reading Partnership Early Intervention Workshop
    23 July 2018

    “Together, being bold, for Reading” 10 September 2018, 10am – 1pm, Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street,  RG1 1QH A workshop has been organised for the early help community in Reading, on behalf of the partners who contributed to the Reading Early Intervention and Prevention Partnership Strategy. The aim of the workshop is to establish partnership governance and delivery arrangements to ...

  • Berkshire Youth and RBC Summer Activities
    20 July 2018

    Exciting free workshops in August from Berkshire Youth and Reading Borough Council. To book these sessions, call Ebony on 07841721457 or email Music Technology – Create your own track Get tips and tricks from a music producer on how to use editing software to create your own music tracks (laptops provided). Ages 12-18 welcome. Booking required. Monday 6 ...

  • Community Youth Day
    20 July 2018

    Berkshire Youth are holding a Community Youth Day on Tuesday 7 August From sport and youth club games and challenges, to film making and dance, there’s something to capture everyone’s interest – and it’s all free! Fun and Games 1-3pm, all ages Research and Video Production 1-4 pm, ages 12-18 Booking required. Call Charlotte on 07825699050 or email Basketball with the ...

  • Excited by social action and its potential?
    19 July 2018

    Would you like to play a vital role in shaping social action in Reading? RVA is currently seeking to appoint 2 experienced, talented and committed people to strengthen our Board of Trustees. We are looking for trustees who are excited by social action and who: Demonstrate an interest and commitment to the work of Reading Voluntary Action. Are clear ...

  • Over 400 women helped by Smart Works Reading
    18 July 2018

    Smartworks Reading is celebrating helping more than 400 women back into work. The 400th is Deborah Lane, 48, who recently got her dream job in children’s education. Deborah had struggled to find work, with long periods of unemployment, and her confidence had taken a knock. Then she heard about Smart Works in Reading, a charity ...

  • Open for Applications: Big Lottery Building Connections
    16 July 2018

    Earlier this month the government announced it would be allocating £11 million to charities through its Building Connections initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation. Part of this funding is now open for applications through the Big Lottery. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on  24 August and the funding will be announced in ...

  • Diversity Champion Award nominations open
    12 July 2018

    Showcase your diversity and inclusion stance by making a nomination or vote. The closing date for votes and nominations is 1 August 2018.

  • Guidance for Trustees: How protected are your beneficiaries?
    11 July 2018

    All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, it is important that volunteers, as well as paid staff,  receive basic safeguarding training. Safeguarding training is for anyone who comes into contact with children ...

  • Domestic Abuse Forum: Following a Charge, what happens next?
    9 July 2018

    The theme of this forum is: “Following a Charge, what happens next?” and will be delivered by Sarah Maclaren, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Thames and Chiltern Area. The Reading Domestic Abuse Forum is co-ordinated by Reading Borough Council and is open to everyone whose service works with the general public. If you are working in a ...

  • Arts Council England: Presentation and Funding Surgery – 25 July
    9 July 2018

    Join Anna Jefferson, Relationship Manager, Theatre, and Terry Adams, Relationship Manager, Diversity to find out more about Arts Council England and the Project Grants available to artists, makers and companies. For artists who would like to discuss a specific project they are considering applying for funding for, there is an opportunity to book into a ...

  • Ageing Well With Learning Disabilities — Are We Getting It Right?
    9 July 2018

    Bracknell Forest and Windsor & Maidenhead Safeguarding Adults Board is hosting a conference in October to explore ageing for those with a learning disability and complex, changing health and social care needs. The target audience includes anyone supporting adults with learning disabilities, dementia and complex health and social care needs. This includes health and social care ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 13th July
    9 July 2018

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 13th July, starting at 2:00pm in the Council Chamber.  Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting. The agenda includes: progress on delivery of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) strategy progress on the Berkshire Healthcare Mental Health Strategy 2016 – 21 the Healthwatch ...

  • A summer volunteering opportunity for 14-18 year olds
    5 July 2018

    Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge 2018 Reading Libraries are looking for young people aged 14 to 18 who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers. They are looking for volunteers at Reading Central Library and all of the branches (Battle, Caversham, Palmer Park, Southcote, Tilehurst and Whitley). The placements ...

  • Successful ‘Reading, Place of Culture’ funding bids announced
    5 July 2018

    Reading Borough Council have announced the groups who will receive ‘Reading, Place of Culture’ funding. Three pots of £15,000 have been awarded to arts, culture and heritage community programmes. The aim is to engage local people who are less likely to access cultural opportunities, and to have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing. Each ...

  • Four week countdown to the new Automatic Disqualification Rules
    5 July 2018

    We have updated our fact sheet with key steps to take to comply with the new Automatic Disqualification Rules coming into force on 1 August, including links to template declarations for both trustees and relevant senior managers, and links to official registers to check against. Take a look at the fact sheet here.

  • Berkshire Community Foundation – symposium registration now open
    5 July 2018

    Berkshire Community Foundation’s annual Symposium will take place this year on Monday 8 October at the Green Park Conference Centre, Reading. You are invited to register for your free place at the link below: Due to the high demand of previous years the number of available places has been increased to 150. However, we already have over ...

  • Call for Evidence – Loneliness Strategy
    4 July 2018

    The Government is asking for organisations with expertise and experience in tackling loneliness to help by providing views on the Strategy framework being developed. Reducing the risks of Loneliness and Social Isolation is one of the priorities for Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board. Over the last 18 months, the voluntary and community sector has been very ...

  • An integrated approach to health and social care
    4 July 2018

    Involving the voluntary sector After attending many partnership meetings over the years, I am beginning to see some real progress when we talk about integration. Previously, integration was focused on how health and social care could work together to best support the people who need support for their health and wellbeing. Now, there is more discussion about ...

  • Do you need help with fundraising? Mini-workshops on 12 July
    27 June 2018

    RVA are partnering with the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) to offer small and local charities and community groups three mini workshops in Reading! The workshops will cover the following three key fundraising skills. The sessions are just 1.5 hours to make them as accessible as possible for busy charity employees/ volunteers! Developing Your Fundraising Strategy (10.15 – 11.45am) A comprehensive ...

  • Self-employed or a worker? Lessons from the Pimlico case
    27 June 2018

    Does your charity contract for services from someone who is described as self-employed? If so, then you may need to review your arrangements and check whether the individual is truly self-employed or you are treating them as a worker. If it is the latter, then they could have worker or even employment rights due to them, ...

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