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  • Tech to Connect finalists
    21 November 2019

    The next Ready Friends Befriending Forum will focus on how technology can help reduce loneliness and social isolation. Following the publication of the government’s Loneliness Strategy in October 2018, a new funding programme was launched to offer development funding and support to online technology that reduces loneliness and social isolation. A summary of the finalists’ projects ...

  • What’s On Reading website – new guide to arts, culture and heritage events
    20 November 2019

    Have you seen the new What’s On Reading website, which aims to provide the most extensive listings guide for arts, culture and heritage events in the town? What’s On Reading is co-produced by Reading UK and Reading Arts and Venues, and welcomes event listings from organisations of all kinds. Voluntary and community groups can register as ...

  • Christmas gift collections at RVA
    20 November 2019

    This year, Reading Voluntary Action hosted Christmas gift collections on behalf of the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Giving Tree, and Reading Family Trust’s Toys and Teens appeal. We would like to thank everyone for their wonderful response, but note that both these collections have now stopped accepting donations. For any further information on the Toys and Teens Appeal, ...

  • Alternative to Crisis – your opinion matters
    20 November 2019

    The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group would like your opinion about developing a Mental Health Crisis Café in Berkshire West (to serve Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire).  This is part of a review into Mental Health Crisis Services for the population of Berkshire West Take part in the survey The survey is open from 15 November – ...

  • Are you registered to vote? The deadline is midnight on 26 November 2019
    20 November 2019

    Residents do not have much time left to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December 2019 With news of the General Election next month, Reading Borough Council is reminding residents they need to register to have their say on who forms the next Government. Residents living in Kentwood Ward will additionally need to ...

  • Making your community warmer this winter
    19 November 2019

    The Great Get Together is back this winter and they’d love for you to be part of it and to share some #mincepiemoments in your community! Jo Cox was passionate about building kinder communities and ensuring everyone feels a sense of belonging wherever they live. However, over 9 million of us in the UK currently ...

  • Dr Rebecca Nowland to speak on teenage loneliness and technology at Befriending Forum
    19 November 2019

    Dr Rebecca Nowland from the University of Central Lancashire will be presenting her research on technology and loneliness at the Befriending Forum on 5 December 2019. She will talk about her recent work with Talk Talk and the findings presented in their report on Teenage Loneliness and Technology. According to the report, there is a stark ...

  • 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 ...

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