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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.

  • New Directions part-time adult education – enrol now for September
    29 August 2018

    New Directions is enrolling now for part-time adult education courses starting in September We have over 800 courses on offer in 2018/19 with many new subjects in our key curriculum areas: vocational and accredited courses – including ICT, business and customer services, early years and teaching assistant and a new Understanding Universal Credit course Leisure – including arts, ...

  • What’s new in the 2018 Annual Return?
    28 August 2018

    What is the Annual Return and do we need to complete it? Registered charities are required to keep their information up to date with the Charity Commission. One way of doing this is by completing an ‘Annual Return’. See this factsheet for a background on Charity Reporting and Accounting, it includes an introduction to the ‘Annual Return’ and ...

  • NatWest Skills and Opportunities fund – new round opens on 3 September 2018
    23 August 2018

    If you have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise, NatWest have announced that there will be one final round of their Skills and Opportunities Fund opening on 3 September 2018. The regional boards (with the help of a public vote) will determine the destination of ...

  • New Homelessness Support Services for Reading
    22 August 2018

    The council is launching its new Homelessness Support Services from 1 September 2018. The new service will focus on providing immediate and emergency responses for rough sleepers and homeless people, providing housing and support to address the needs of single homeless people, and preventing homelessness. A launch event is being held on 30 August 2018, between 9am and ...

  • GSK Impact Awards – open until 20 September 2018
    22 August 2018

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding and training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, ...

  • Call for written evidence into modern slavery
    22 August 2018

    The Home Affairs Committee is undertaking a Modern Slavery inquiry, which is open until 7 September. More information on submitting evidence can be found here. South East Strategic Partnership for Migration are collating stories from the South East to feed into this and would welcome any case examples from local authority and voluntary sector partners, in ...

  • Thames Valley Berkshire LEP seeking a voluntary and community sector representative
    22 August 2018

    Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Ltd is seeking a highly experienced Voluntary and Community Sector Representative who can bring their commitment, passion and energy to the Thames Valley Berkshire Area European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds Sub-Committee. With a successful track record in Berkshire you will bring your skills, experience and constructive challenge to our well-developed ...

  • Royal Berkshire Fire Authority – public consultation open until 28 September 2018
    22 August 2018

    Royal Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFA) is consulting the public, staff and other stakeholders on its Corporate Plan and Integrated Risk Management Plan 2019-2023. All fire and rescue authorities have a legal duty to produce a plan that identifies and assesses all fire and rescue related risks that could affect their communities. The plan contains details of what Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) intends to achieve ...

  • Travel grants for change-makers
    22 August 2018

    Passionate about making a real difference in your community or profession? Inspired by new ideas and projects from overseas? There is just over one month left to apply for a Churchill Fellowship and applications are invited in a dedicated ‘Migration: living well together’ category. The deadline is 5pm on 18 September 2018. A Churchill Fellowship funds people to travel for 4 to 8 ...

  • Take part in a cricket match with the Maasai Warriors team
    22 August 2018

    Acre and Utulivu are hosting the Maasai Warriors Cricket Team at a cultural awareness event in Reading, at Palmer Park Grounds on Sunday 2 September 2018, from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm. We are inviting local community cricket teams to play limited overs with the visitors. Please email info@acre-reading.org with your expression of interest, and we will advise on the format the matches will take in ...

  • Reading on Thames Festival – free tickets for community groups
    22 August 2018

    There are special ticket offers for community groups to come and join us at the Reading on Thames Festival, to help us celebrate our culture, heritage and waterways! For both events there will be free travel provided by Reading Buses – further information on this will be sent nearer to the event. On Thursday 6 September In Place of ...

  • Changes to the Community Mental Health Team
    21 August 2018

    Why is the service changing? The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) until now has been a multidisciplinary, integrated team made up of social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and occupational therapists. Jointly delivered by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Reading Borough Council, the service supports people with mental health needs in Reading. Reading Borough Council has identified a ...

  • RVA AGM 2018 Social Action for Reading
    20 August 2018

    Join us for the RVA Annual General Meeting 2018. This year our theme is Social Action for Reading. Hear inspiring community stories from the RVA team and the organisations we work with. 9.30am Breakfast and networking. 10am to 11.30am AGM and meeting. Please register to let us know you will be coming – Eventbrite registration The library will open at ...

  • Youth strand of the Building Connections fund opens
    16 August 2018

    The youth strand of the Building Connections fund opened on 15 August. Eligible charities and community organisations from across England can apply for up to £80,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, to expand or enhance their work tackling youth loneliness. The deadline is 26 September 2018. Funding, delivered by the Co-op Foundation, is available ...

  • RVA Youth Project Coordinator – closing date 5 September 2018
    16 August 2018

    An interesting 12 month role working with partners and stakeholders in Reading to develop an action plan and build the capacity of local groups to support isolated young people. You will be an experienced development worker able to achieve the following aims: Engage and support a group of young ambassadors from diverse backgrounds. Support the development of a ...

  • Reading’s second annual Disability Awareness Day
    16 August 2018

    A Disability Awareness Day for Reading took place on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre in Caversham. Themed around culture, wellbeing and leisure, the event celebrated the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. An estimated 120 members of the public attended the ...

  • New computer support sessions for Reading residents
    16 August 2018

    The Get Online Reading project to help the town’s people use the internet has been steadily expanding and is now available at two new venues. Residents of Dee Park now have the chance to go to a monthly drop-in session to help them with technology, and the Get Online project has also started working with Reading ...

  • Compass Recovery College – Autumn Prospectus Launch
    15 August 2018

    On Wednesday 15 August, Caversham Court Gardens saw the launch of the new Compass Recovery College prospectus for 2018 to 2019. Among those attending was the Mayor of Reading,  Councillor Debs Edwards, who said she was ‘delighted’ to see the service that Compass Recovery College offers, and emphasised that mental health is an issue that affects ...

  • Reading Town Meal 2018 – pledge your veg!
    8 August 2018

    This year’s Reading Town Meal needs everyone to be involved! You can help by donating your veg which will be cooked up into a delicious meal by the students of Reading College, and served FREE in Forbury Gardens on 29 September 2018. Whether you have your own allotment or grow in your garden, or have never grown ...

  • Work and Health Challenge Fund
    7 August 2018

    The Work and Health Unit (WHU) – which is jointly managed by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care – is using a £4.2m Challenge Fund to test new approaches that can help people experiencing mental health and/or musculoskeletal (MSK) issues stay in work. The WHU is seeking to ...

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