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  • Encouraging open discussion – National Safeguarding Week 2019
    13 November 2019

    It’s National Safeguarding Week from 18 – 22 November 2019 and the theme this year is encouraging open discussion in order to keep adults safe from harm. Safeguarding adults is the responsibility of everyone in the organisation, including volunteers, staff and trustees. True open discussion throughout the organisation means we can get safeguarding right. National ...

  • Meet the RBC Safeguarding Adults Team
    13 November 2019

    Meet the RBC Safeguarding Adults Team, a local event during National Safeguarding Week 2019. An opportunity to meet informally with the RBC Safeguarding Adults team, to seek advice and guidance or just to find out more about their role and how they can support you.  Open to all sectors, whether you are supporting people directly in ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – remember to book your place!
    12 November 2019

    Remember to book your place for the next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector.  The Forum is on Thursday 12 December 2019 in the conference room at RISC. Come along from 9:30am for refreshments and networking in time for a prompt start at 10:00am. We aim to finish at 12.45pm. The programme will ...

  • The Berkshire Observatory
    12 November 2019

    The Berkshire Observatory is a new, one-stop shop for data on the local population. It covers all six Berkshire local authorities, including Reading. The website, www.berkshireobservatory.co.uk, offers a goldmine of local statistical information on the Reading population, at your fingertips. What can I use it for? The easy-to-use site lets you make data comparisons at a council ...

  • Befriending Forum
    12 November 2019

    The role of technology in reducing loneliness and social isolation   For anyone interested in taking action on loneliness and social isolation, the Ready friends Befriending Forum brings local voluntary and community sector groups together to network, share ideas and best practice.  Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/befriending-forum-tickets-81451994107I The agenda will include: A networking lunch and sharing good news. Teenage Loneliness and Technology Dr ...

  • Celebrating Friendship Volunteers
    6 November 2019

    Fifty volunteers and support staff from twenty of Reading’s community groups enjoyed an evening of celebration, sharing and learning on 1 November. The Crowne Plaza by Caversham Bridge hosted the first-of-its-kind event, which brought together volunteers who are helping local people facing loneliness and social isolation, all year round.  The purpose of the evening was to ...

  • Reading Santa Run 2019
    6 November 2019

    Reading Santa Run time is here again, raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities. Reading Rotary’s race attracts around 1,500 runners to Reading town centre every December with 1k and 5k races. Entrants come from all walks of life and abilities and include children, babies in buggies, those with disabilities, dog owners  and ...

  • ‘Tis (almost) the season! Tell us about your festive volunteering opportunities now
    5 November 2019

    Yup, it is almost that time of year again and here at RVA we are starting to see the first signs of people seeking out festive volunteering opportunities. We have already had enquiries from groups of colleagues looking to do some team volunteering in December and from individuals seeking to find a place to give ...

  • Let’s celebrate Trustees’ Week 2019! NEW Video, opportunities and resources!
    4 November 2019

    Happy Trustees’ Week 2019 everyone! Reading is packed with social action stories and trusteeship is just one way of getting involved, this week join us in celebrating all the amazing work trustees do! This article also shares resources for trustees and opportunities for becoming a trustee. Celebration Trustees’ Week is an annual occasion to showcase the great ...

  • Formal bidding process now open for Southcote Library freehold disposal – until 16 January 2020
    30 October 2019

    The formal bidding process through the open market and also through third sector process has now commenced for the Southcote Library building. Local voluntary organisations are invited to submit their proposals by 12noon on 16 January 2020. The application process Applications and accompanying documents should be sent to: Committee Administration, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, ...

  • Children’s inclusion charity Me2 Club expands to Reading
    30 October 2019

    Me2 Club is excited to announce it is moving from a Wokingham Borough charity to a Berkshire charity, starting initially with Reading Borough. Me2 Club’s ethos is “Inclusion for All”. Specifically, they aim to ensure that every child supported has the opportunity to attend a mainstream leisure activity, “to be included, to belong”. Following extensive research ...

  • Nationwide Building Society Community Grants, Housing Projects – open until 22 November 2019
    30 October 2019

    Nationwide are looking for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable. The three target areas are: Preventing people from losing their home Helping people into a home Supporting people to thrive within the home environment Grants are available for between £10,000 and £50,000 and the funding period is between one and two years. ...

  • Vacant land to the rear of The Lawns, Windermere Road to let – closing date 2 January 2020
    30 October 2019

    In accordance with their Third Sector Premises Policy, Reading Borough Council are inviting offers to lease vacant land to the rear of The Lawns, Windermere Road, Reading, RG2 7JA. Further information Download the full particulars. The closing date for offers is 2 January 2020. Offers should include the rent proposed, the length of lease required, and full details of ...

  • £2 million for frontline groups to tackle loneliness
    30 October 2019

    The government has launched a £2 million fund to help organisations tackling loneliness across the country. The funding aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them make friends. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups. The investment will help small organisations promote themselves more widely, help ...

  • Trustees’ Week 2019 is nearly here – here’s a sneak preview!
    30 October 2019

    With only 4 days to go, we’re starting to get excited now for Trustees’ Week 2019! Here’s a sneak preview of some of Reading’s trustees who have taken part in our trustee stories and shared their experience. Stay tuned on twitter next week to find out more about who they are, what inspired them, why ...

  • Police Property Act Fund – open until 22 November 2019
    30 October 2019

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, John Campbell, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. £170,000 is available to community and voluntary groups across the Thames Valley. Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said: “I am pleased to be launching another round ...

  • Building resilience: congratulations to Reading’s charities!
    29 October 2019

    This year we had a bumper Safe and Sound award presentation at our AGM. Our Chair of trustees, Karen Morton, was delighted to present the Safe and Sound Quality Award to the following local organisations, who attained the award in the last 12 months. Congratulations all round! Reading Refugee Support Group – presented to CEO, Nick ...

  • Have you had your flu jab?
    29 October 2019

    2019/20 Flu Campaign – helps us help you This winter, we want to help as many people as possible know about their entitlement to flu vaccination and know what they need to do.  Please help us spread this important message to your family, friends and those you work with. You are entitled to a free flu vaccination ...

  • Community Safety Survey – open until 15 November 2019
    29 October 2019

    The purpose of this survey is to ask residents their views about issues such as crime and disorder and other local issues, to help identify priorities across Reading. The community safety survey is being carried out across Reading to inform our neighbourhood working and local safer neighbourhood forums to find out what issues residents consider to ...

  • Bookings open for Voluntary Sector Wellbeing Forum
    29 October 2019

    Bookings are now open for the next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector.  The Forum is on Thursday 12 December 2019 in the conference room at RISC. Come along from 9:30am for refreshments and networking in time for a prompt start at 10:00am. We aim to finish at 12.45pm. The programme will include: “Berkshire ...

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