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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.

  • Updated identity checking guidance for DBS checks
    19 November 2015

    The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has updated its guidance for identity checking when carrying out DBS checks. It’s well worth reviewing this information to make sure you are following the correct procedures in order to carry out effective checks.

  • BG Group are seeking Reading charities to share in their November donations fund
    18 November 2015

    BG Group’s Community Involvement Team are seeking charities to take part in their November 2015 Online Portal Vote. Eligible charities (see below) can put their names forward to be included in a online ballot for BG employees to vote on. The £3000 fund will be split between 3 charities based on the percentage of the votes ...

  • Carers’ Rights Day 20 November – change of venue
    12 November 2015

    If you are planning to come to the event please note that instead of at St Laurence Church, it will now take place at Greyfriars Church at the Job Centre end of Friar Street. See full details here Free lunch and refreshments will be provided.  There will also be an opportunity to browse information stalls and find ...

  • Would you like a Pocket Park near where you live?
    12 November 2015

    On 7 November, the Government launched a £1.5 million programme of support for communities to establish pocket parks in urban areas. The Prospectus invites communities, with the support of their local authority, to make an application for up to £10,000 capital and up to £5,000 resource funding per project. There is no prescription on what a pocket park should look ...

  • This Girl Can – Danceathon
    12 November 2015

    Energetic local women demonstrated that age, shape and size are no barrier when it comes to ‘getting your wiggle on’ in a danceathon on Saturday, October 31. Around 60 women shook the rafters of  St Laurence Church, Friar Street, from 1pm to 5pm. They had a few well-earned breaks but the energy levels were so high ...

  • Guided sensory walks in Caversham Court Gardens
    11 November 2015

    The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens are pleased to be able to offer sensory walks for the visually impaired in the lovely riverside gardens (RG4 7AG), in addition to the regular tours we offer of the history and fine trees on the site. The gardens, which are run by Reading Borough Council, are open every ...

  • Berkshire West CCGs Partnership Development Fund open for applications
    10 November 2015

    The purpose of the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Partnership Development Fund is to provide a source of flexible, time limited funding to support development of innovative schemes by the community and voluntary sector (CVS). These schemes can complement the services offered by statutory organisations, and provide a means of testing new approaches. Eligibility Applications are invited from ...

  • Publicise your arts and cultural events in the Reading 2016 What’s On Guide!
    5 November 2015

    Next year is Reading’s Year of Culture and Reading Borough Council would like to mark this with an even bigger and better Reading What’s On Guide, showcasing the wide range of events and activities taking place throughout the year. If you are planning on holding any arts or cultural events next year please click on the following ...

  • Two Funding deadlines in November for Reading Year of Culture
    4 November 2015

    Year of Culture Funding from Reading Borough Council Grants of between £250 and £5000 are available for work/activities/events to be undertaken through January – March 2016. The main emphasis is on activities that would take place in March 2016 as part of the Reading Year of Culture’s third major project Reading 2050. You can  read the guidelines for more information. ...

  • Toys and Teens Appeal 2015
    4 November 2015

    Once again we will be collecting toys and gifts for children aged 0-16 years, whose families do not have the means to give their children the Happy Christmas which more fortunate children enjoy.There are many ways you can help us: 1. Donate gifts Donate new or good-as-new toys for children. For more information on how and where ...

  • Mentoring, group meetings and activities in Reading for children who have a parent in prison.
    4 November 2015

    New early intervention services are being set up in Reading for children and young people who have a parent in prison. Children Heard and Seen is a registered charity based in Oxford with outreach services across Oxfordshire. The charity’s aims are ‘to mitigate the effects of parental imprisonment on children, young people and their families.’ The good ...

  • New home needed for ABC to read
    4 November 2015

    Due to council funding cuts, and a condition survey on Bridge Hall, ABC to read’s current base, it is becoming clear that the charity will need to find a new home in order to carry on with their vital work in Reading and Berkshire wide.  They require office space in West Reading/Tilehurst. Do you have a ...

  • Raising awareness for Memory Clinic Services in Reading for BME Communities
    4 November 2015

    Reading Older People’s Services are at the heart of the mental health services in Reading. We provide services for patients diagnosed with memory problems or older adults with other mental health issues. We are very interested in doing some outreach work within the BME communities around Reading as we have observed that there is lack ...

  • NCVO Trustee Conference highlights the importance of good governance
    3 November 2015

    Good governance was the theme throughout the annual Trustee Conference in London on Monday where the importance of charity structure, policies and procedures was regularly highlighted. There were a number of high profile stories throughout the year concerning charity administration leading to the scrutiny of charity management in the areas of finance, fundraising and safeguarding in particular. We ...

  • A vision for developing GP primary care services in your area
    2 November 2015

    NHS Primary care will play a key role in delivering NHS care differently across Berkshire West. We are inviting patients living in the four Berkshire West CCG areas to read our leaflet Our vision for developing GP primary care services in your area and comment on our vision. A copy of the Vision Summary is ...

  • Great turn out for Wellbeing Forum!
    2 November 2015

    Over 40 people joined us for the second Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector to  hear about the local Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCGs) priorities and vision for closer working with the sector. Fiona Slevin-Brown, Director of Strategy for Berkshire West CCGs summarised the NHS 5 Year Forward View including: a stronger role for the voluntary ...

  • Carers Information and Advice Services – bidding now open
    27 October 2015

    Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and the three clinical commissioning groups serving the Reading and West Berkshire area are re-commissioning services for carers across Reading and West Berkshire. Reading Borough Council (as the lead partner in this process) is therefore inviting bids from organisations with experience of supporting carers. There are several funding opportunities available ...

  • Your Health and Nutrition course starts 4 November
    26 October 2015

    Tutor Parveen Brar is leading this useful Wednesday morning course for 6 weeks from 4 November – 9 December 2015. This course will help participants look into transforming their health, mindset and body. Topics will include: 1. Positive mindset – Find your purpose, Move past your fears, Goal settings. 2. Nutrition – what are macros, what & when ...

  • Reading Family Aid’s Toys & Teens Appeal 2015
    22 October 2015

    Reading Family Aid’s annual Toy Project for 2015 has now launched. The success of the Toys & Teens Appeal is entirely dependent on people like you, and each year your contribution ensures that hundreds of children living in poverty in the Reading area will receive some presents this Christmas. The most popular way to help is to donate ...

  • Black History Workshop – Celebrating the Positive
    21 October 2015

    Local residents learned about black role models and the positive contribution of black people in a lively, engaging and interactive Black History workshop on Tuesday 13 October.  During the evening, at Reading YMCA, we were taken on a journey through the East African countries and their cultural history with a focus on pre-colonial history, trade ...

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