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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.

  • ‘This Girl Can’ Festival and Follow on Funding closes 15 January 2016
    9 December 2015

    Get Berkshire Active have launched its second round of ‘This Girl Can Festival Funding’, with the hope to provide more This Girl Can friendly activities for the ladies of Berkshire. Deadline for applications is 5pm on the 15th of Jan. Organisations can apply for a £750 grant which must be used to deliver a This Girl Can ...

  • Your chance to share your patient experience of Berkshire Healthcare
    9 December 2015

    Your chance to talk to us about patient experience at Berkshire Healthcare and where it can be improved Representatives from voluntary sector organisations in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire are invited to become members of Berkshire Healthcare’s 2016 Equality Panel. The panel’s annual grading event  takes place in Reading on 23rd March 2016 (date to be ...

  • Transforming care for children with learning disabilities (small grants programme) – closing 30 December 2015
    8 December 2015

    A grant programme, aimed at transforming care for children and young people with a learning disability and/or autism, has been launched. Any not for profit-making organisation can bid for part of a £400,000 grant: to help children and young people with mental health problems or behaviour which challenges to be supported to stay with or close to ...

  • Christmas events for older people
    6 December 2015

    From Christmas caroling to crafts fairs and everything in between, there are a sleigh full of events going on in Reading for older people over this festive season. Take a look HERE for details of events happening in your area! Fancy helping out? Contact event organisers directly to see if they could do with a helping hand.

  • Police Property Act Fund – applications invited
    4 December 2015

    The Police Property Act Fund is created from the proceeds of sale of goods recovered by the police that cannot be returned to their original owner. In accordance with the Police Property Act Regulations (1997) all awards from the fund must be for charitable purposes. Applications will be considered jointly by the Police and Crime Commissioner ...

  • 3rd Wellbeing Forum – hold the date
    4 December 2015

    We are planning the 3rd Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector for Thursday 28th January 2016 As well as plenty of time for networking, we are planning to include: the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) – the information it covers, how you can use the data and how you can input about the needs of ...

  • Berkshire West CCGs Commissioning Ambitions 2016-17
    4 December 2015

    Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (North and West Reading, South Reading, Wokingham and Newbury & District) have published their draft Commissioning Ambitions for 2016/17.  The commissioning ambitions outline how the CCGs plan to improve the way they commission, review and transform local services and are currently going through the process of being agreed by the ...

  • Berkshire Carers Service winter 2015 newsletter
    2 December 2015

    The Berkshire Carers Service’s newsletter for Winter 2015 is now available to read. It contains multiple features on employment for carers, as well as information about credits, child care, health, and more. Follow this link for more.

  • Share your experiences of diabetes care to inform national review
    2 December 2015

    People with diabetes aged 18-65 and living in South Reading are being invited to share their experiences to inform a national review. The Care Quality Commission – independent regulator of health and social care services in England, is carrying out a review to explore people’s experience of the support they receive from health professionals to manage ...

  • Consultation on the RAN Quality Standard
    1 December 2015

    As part of its commissioning process for 2016-18, Reading Borough Council is asking all organisations bidding for funding whether they intend to seek full membership of the Reading Advice Network (RAN). The Reading Advice Network is developing a Quality Standard that organisations will have to meet in order to become full members and would like to ...

  • A great new service for job-seeking women
    30 November 2015

    A new not-for-profit organisation has opened its doors in Reading to help out-of-work women on low incomes get back into the workforce. Providing interview coaching, high quality interview clothes and styling advice to women throughout the Thames Valley, Smart Works Reading’s highly trained volunteers help women feel confident, look fabulous, succeed at interview and move ...

  • Watch this very moving film “A Good Death – Molly’s story”
    30 November 2015

    Dying is a social and spiritual and cultural event, and only part of that is to do with medicine. Only by talking openly – and honestly – with those closest to us, and those providing our care, can we help to ensure that our final wishes are met. ‘A good death – Molly’s story’ movingly tells ...

  • New open hours for our Volunteering Drop-in
    29 November 2015

    Now that we are settled into our new home on Floor 3 of Reading’s Central Library, we are expanding our volunteering drop-in service to offer face-to-face consultations 9.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. Anyone looking for some individual guidance and information from one of our trained advisers can come between those hours for a first-come-first-served consultation. We’re looking forward ...

  • Business networking in Reading – connect, inspire and grow
    26 November 2015

    Berkshire Black Business is a business community that welcomes anyone who is interested in Berkshire’s Black and minority ethnic communities. We come together to connect, share, inspire, grow and become more visible. This leads to increased awareness and greater success for our businesses. We are unique in our desire to serve the Black-led businesses in Berkshire. ...

  • Arts Council England to Launch New Fund in January 2016
    23 November 2015

    The new £17.5 million Catalyst: Evolve programme aims to support arts and cultural organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to enable them to attract more private giving. The Catalyst: Evolve fund aims to enable more private giving to arts and culture. It will do this by supporting organisations that have recently begun to fundraise ...

  • 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 ...

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