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  • Looking after someone who can’t get by without your help? Aim to be flu-proof this winter with a free NHS flu jab
    21 October 2015 Looking after someone who can’t get by without your help? Aim to be flu-proof this winter with a free NHS flu jab

    When you’re caring for a partner, relative or friend who couldn’t get by without your help, keeping yourself well is really important. That’s why unpaid carers are offered a free NHS flu jab if they’re the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare would be at risk if they were ill. This includes ...

  • What are you looking for in volunteering? – a chance to tell us in person
    15 October 2015

    Could you come and talk to us at RVA about what you are looking for from a volunteer role and from our recruitment service? We’ve had some really useful responses to our ‘Volunteer Viewpoint’ online survey and we are now hoping that we can meet some of our website and drop-in visitors face-to-face to compare notes ...

  • Courses for your organisation in Everyday First Aid
    15 October 2015

    The Red cross aims to provide first aid training to groups of people likely to be more affected by environmental, clinical or behavioural risk factors than most.  This is to ensure there is someone with first aid skills around when someone from an at-risk group suddenly becomes ill or injured with effects that are potentially ...

  • Local charity and community group sustainability report from Localgiving
    14 October 2015

    Localgiving, the national online portal that helps local groups to raise awareness and funds locally, has just published the findings of its recent survey of local charities and community groups, gathering information about the demands and challenges they face. Contrasting the profile of local groups with that of large national charities, Localgiving CEO Stephen Mallins writes ...

  • Volunteers help Berkshire children to 97% increase in reading performance
    14 October 2015

    Berkshire charity ABC to Read has released their annual statistics for 2014/2015, reporting an impressive 97% improvement in reading performance in the primary school children they work with. Among other figures, the charity reports a 95% improvement in reading confidence and a 93% improvement in children’s attitude towards reading. Of the 196 children evaluated, an impressive ...

  • Reading Town Meal 2015
    13 October 2015

    Residents flocked to the Forbury Gardens on Saturday 3 October for a sunny afternoon of community fun, music and food at the third Reading Town Meal. The highlight of the event was a delicious free hot meal made from home-grown fruit and vegetables for 1000 people.  This year’s menu included roasted vegetables with salad, ‘allotment stroganoff’ ...

  • It’s worth asking questions!
    12 October 2015

    At the Health and Wellbeing Board, I asked the following question on behalf of the Voluntary and Community Sector: “Reading’s current Health and Wellbeing Strategy covers the period 2013 – 2016. At the first Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary sector in June this year, Cllr Hoskin confirmed the importance of involving the sector in the development ...

  • Reading Celebrates Older People’s Day
    12 October 2015

    St Laurence Church was buzzing with activity as people from across Reading came together for a celebration to mark UK Older People’s Day. The Salvation Army and Brass Band opened the event and Mayor of Reading, Councillor Sarah Hacker, introduced the packed programme of entertainments and informative speakers. There was music from U3A’s Singing for Pleasure Group, demonstrations ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – 29th October – book your place now!
    9 October 2015

    A great opportunity to learn about health priorities from the local Clinical Commissioning Groups and to network with voluntary sector colleagues The agenda will include: Working with the voluntary sector – the Clinical Commissioning Groups’ vision Gabrielle Alford   – Director of Joint Commissioning, Berkshire West CCGs) An overview of the NHS 5 year forward view and local health priorities and details ...

  • The Session, a play about how couples communicate across different languages
    7 October 2015

    Mothertongue presents a new play, The Session, at The Soho Theatre London, about how couples communicate across different languages and the impact this has on their family lives. It will be on at the Soho Theatre, London during the month of November, 2015. There will be a panel discussion after the performance on November 10th. For more ...

  • Carers Information Advice and Support Bidding Framework Consultation
    7 October 2015

    Berkshire West health and social care commissioners are currently in the process of developing a funding opportunities prospectus in relation to Carers Information Advice and Support services. The draft prospectus reflects the feedback gathered at recent provider events which you may have attended in Bracknell, and also local carer views. To support us in finalising the ...

  • Safe and Sound launched at RVA’s AGM!
    7 October 2015

    Our AGM saw the launch of our new governance mark ‘Safe and Sound’. The tool provides a printable self-assessment brochure to identify gaps in your governance and we’re here on hand to provide support where needed. You can also arrange a 1 to 1 consultation to gain feedback from RVA and ultimately be awarded Safe ...

  • Direct payments – could you provide services to meet the needs of vulnerable people?
    6 October 2015

    At the Reading Care and Support Conference on 30th September we had a workshop to explore Reading Borough Council’s ambition to increase the take up on Direct Payments. As we know, adults who are over 18 years, live within Reading Borough and are having difficulties managing day-to-day tasks because of a disability or long-term illness, may ...

  • New Mental Health Initiative For Berkshire West
    6 October 2015

    Local plans to develop a Berkshire West Recovery College are announced to coincide with this year’s World Mental Health Day on Saturday, 10th October. The College aims to support the recovery of local people living with a mental illness who live in West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham through a range of education based programmes that will ...

  • A Pop-up Space for Creative Ideas
    5 October 2015

    A pop-up space to try out new ideas! Each week a new artist / creator is invited to be resident, making work, testing out and developing their ideas in the old Bagel Shaq at Jackons Corner. Every Saturday the doors will be open from 11am until 3pm for the public to come in and find out more Every Monday, the space ...

  • Funding to Participate in Reading Year of Culture:Reading 2050
    5 October 2015

    Reading Year of Culture is organised into 12 monthly themes throughout the year, and the theme for March will be “Reading 2050”. The theme is intended to encompass a wide range of events, workshops, presentations, installations produced by Reading’s local cultural, creative industries and technology sector that residents and visitors to Reading will participate, enjoy and ...

  • Changes to open hours and drop-in service
    5 October 2015

    Due to changes to our service provision our opening hours and drop-in will vary from month to month. So if you wish to use our service or to enable your clients to do so, do take a look at our opening hours for the coming quarter and feel free to circulate to colleagues. Schedule for October-December ...

  • Reading Your Way’s Open Day
    2 October 2015

    Celebrate World Mental Health Day 2015 Dignity in Mental Health We are opening our doors to all on Wednesday 14th October 1-4pm Come and find out what we do. Talk to us about Together for Mental Wellbeing’s services and personalised support. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Repair Cafe wants to come to a venue near you in 2016
    1 October 2015

    Reading Repair Cafe has been running for two years as a partnership between Transition Town Reading and rLab and has successfully run monthly events at central Reading venues (plus one community event in Lower Caversham and one festival in Wales!) Now we would now like to bring Repair Cafe to different communities around Reading. Ideally this would be ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 9th October
    1 October 2015

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 9th October starting at 2pm in the Council Chamber. The agenda will include: End of Life Care – a briefing by Dr Barbara Barrie Updates on Comprehensive CAMHS and Joint Working to Support Families and Children Reading’s Autism Strategy and Action Plan Reading’s JSNA Position Statement Proposed review of ...

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