News

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

  • Community Buildings Forum

    Is your group looking for a more ‘permanent’ home or have you thought about raising extra income through renting out space in your building to another local voluntary group? RVA are hosting another Community Buildings Forum for Reading-based groups with updates on available space.

  • BCF Symposium 2017

    BCF (Berkshire Community Foundation) invite you to attend their annual BCF Symposium to be held on 22 September 2017, from 9.30am to 3.00pm at Green Park in Reading.

  • Data Protection – Getting your group ready for GDPR!

    Everything you need to know about the new Data Protection regulations that will affect all charities, community and voluntary groups.

  • Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business – find out more

    Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business This includes staff and volunteers working in health agencies, police, social care and charities as well as people who might be concerned about neighbours, friends and family members. Come along on  Monday September 11th to find out more about: Who are adults at risk What is meant by abuse and neglect How you can raise ...

  • BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund

    BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund is accepting applications from across the UK. Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK. BBC Children in Need are ...

  • Social Isolation and Loneliness in Reading: Full Report

    Throughout March and April, 437 people filled out a questionnaire so we could understand more about loneliness and social isolation in Reading. The report will help to inform local organisations how they can respond to these issues. The survey has highlighted who is most likely to be experiencing loneliness and social isolation, how it impacts on different ...

  • Funding opportunity – Active Communities now open!

    Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over ...

  • Has your charity benefited from a legacy donation? Let us tell your story

    As part of Remember a Charity Week 2017 (11-17 September) we are seeking to tell the tales of local organisations who have benefited from a legacy donation. Working alongside local solicitors Rowberry Morris, we would like to encourage more people to remember local charities when they come to make decisions about who they would like to ...

  • Partner with Berkshire Scouts!

    With over 10,000 people doing their Scouting in Berkshire, the passion and enthusiasm to make and create change is huge! As is the potential…this project aims to find charities across Berkshire that Scouts can work with to have a positive impact on their communities. No funding or resource is necessary, just contact details and a willingness ...

  • Grant funding available to prevent FGM and Cyber Crime

    The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has launched a grant fund to improve prevention and early intervention in the areas of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Cyber Crime. Specifically, bids are invited from organisations for projects which meet one or more of the following criteria: Tackling FGM Training or other initiatives for key professionals (e.g. teachers, ...

  • East Reading Festival 2018: get involved!

    We want to make our 10th annual East Reading Festival bigger and better than ever! All East Reading communities and residents are invited for this free event on Sunday 17 June 2018 in Palmer Park. Save the date and watch this space for further information. The first meeting of our new committee will be on Tuesday ...

  • Have you had treatment from the NHS in Berkshire West for a problem with your muscles, bones or joints?

    Help the NHS to design better services as a patient representative. NHS commissioners are looking for people who have used local NHS musculoskeletal services, to share their first-hand experience as patient representatives in a project to design the best possible service for patients with these conditions. There are around 200 different long-term musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions that affect ...

  • Narrowing the Gap II – Help shape plans from 2018 to 2022

    Help shape plans from 2018 to 2022 Community providers and other stakeholders are invited to join commissioners to discuss plans for a new commissioning framework for services operating from June 2018. When: 17th August and 26th September from 1:30 – 4:30 ** Where: Council Chamber, Plaza West, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU A range of topics will be covered ...

  • Partnership Development Fund opening soon

    Applications opening soon for 2018/19 grants from the CCGs’ Partnership Development Fund The four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund as part of their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2018/19 Partnership Development Fund ...

  • React to Red – pressure care advice for front-line staff

    Recently, the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Review Panel was presented with a serious case where sepsis from pressure sores was a contributing factor in the individual’s death. As a result, the Safeguarding Adults Board wants to ensure that pressure care information is distributed to front line staff, including domiciliary care agencies, quality assurance teams, service ...

  • Supporting people living in care homes

    At the Wellbeing Forum in July we heard from Kam Purewall and Sarah Bow from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Long Term Conditions Programme Board and explored how voluntary organisations could support people who are living in residential care homes. Some local organisations already run lunch clubs and social activities which are open to residents and ...

  • Age UK Reading launching a Chess Course/Club this September

    Age UK Reading is working in partnership with Chess in Schools and the Community and Cafe Alive at the Grange URC in Southcote to run a 10 week chess course for older people. The course will be suitable for complete beginners and take them through the basics to a good understanding of the game. The course will ...

  • What are we doing to safeguard vulnerable adults in Reading?

    Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business – doing nothing isn’t an option. This includes staff and volunteers working in health agencies, police, social care and charities as well as people who might be concerned about neighbours, friends and family members. Reading Voluntary Action is hosting an event on Monday September 11th for anyone who wants to find ...

  • Max receives certificate for his commitment to volunteering

    Reading Voluntary Action’s Volunteer Development Worker, Steve Hendry, was proud to have the honour of presenting volunteer Max McEvoy with a certificate of appreciation to acknowledge his hard work and dedication. Max has been volunteering  at Sue Ryder Shop Shinfield for almost 3 years, 4 days a week. Steve added “It was fantastic to meet Max, ...

  • Emergency First Aid at Work – for Voluntary and Community Groups

    RVA are hosting a 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work training for anyone in your organisation who might be responsible for administering first aid at work. For example if you are delivering a service or an activity, or you are responsible for the safety of services users, colleagues or volunteers in the office.

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