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

  • Charity Commission Alert – fraudsters posing as chief executives
    27 March 2018

    The Charity Commission published an alert yesterday about the increase in fraudsters impersonating Chief Executives of charities in order to gain approval for the release of funds. Read on to ensure you can easily protect your charity’s resources.

  • Social Prescribing – the story so far
    27 March 2018

    Reading Voluntary Action started to deliver a pilot social prescribing service in April 2014, funded by the Clinical Commissioning Groups Partnership Development Fund. The service aimed to link patients with voluntary and community support to help address some of their non-medical needs. GPs would refer people for many reasons including loneliness and isolation, needing some support ...

  • Reading Internship Scheme for employers – apply by Friday 23 March 2018
    20 March 2018

    The Reading Internship Scheme facilitates internships with SMEs and charities, for students and graduates of the University of Reading. It is run by the University’s careers team and is part of a wider offering for SMEs. If you’re considering taking on an intern this summer, then you have until Friday 23 March 2018 to submit ...

  • Equality and Human Rights Framework – new dates announced in May and June
    20 March 2018

    The workshops in Reading will now take place on 2 May and 11 June 2018 – you have until 27 April to register   Want help using equality and human rights to achieve your organisation’s core purpose? The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) is an influential national network of non-governmental organisations working on age, disability, gender and gender identity, race, religion ...

  • LGBT+ experiences of health and social care – survey
    20 March 2018

    Healthwatch Reading and Support U would like to know about your experiences as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people living in Reading and accessing local health and social care services. The results of the anonymous survey will be compiled into a report which will go to local NHS organisations and Reading Borough Council. You have until ...

  • Palmer Park Lodge – Bidding Opportunity
    20 March 2018

    Reading Borough Council invites bids for the lease of Palmer Park Lodge, Palmer Park, Wokingham Road, Reading, RG6 1LF, in accordance with the council’s Third Sector Premises Policy Statement. Local organisations, voluntary or other, have until 4pm on Thursday 10 May 2018 to submit a bid for the property. Bids are for the leasehold of the ...

  • The NHS turns 70 – celebrate the contribution of volunteers
    19 March 2018

    NHS England and NHS Improvement are working on plans to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday in July. The celebrations will include a programme of national, regional and local events across the whole health and social care system, including the voluntary sector. The term “NHS family” has been suggested to cover voluntary and community organisations which contribute ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – update
    19 March 2018

    At Reading Health and Wellbeing Board on Friday, Reading Voluntary Action presented a report on the impact of funding reductions on the voluntary sector’s capacity to contribute to the Board’s strategic objectives. The report summarised the findings of a recent survey conducted by RVA to understand the possible impact of a reduction in the number of grants awarded ...

  • Beyond Oxfam – a safeguarding update
    14 March 2018

    Following the Oxfam safeguarding incident, there has been much in the news about how charities must ensure that their service users are kept safe from harm. Of course it is very sad to see that years of charitable work to benefit vulnerable people is outshone by one incident, leading to serious damage to the charity’s ...

  • Help shape the provision of childcare in Reading
    14 March 2018

    Reading Borough Council are urging parents and carers to take part in a survey about the levels of childcare provision in Reading. The annual survey is carried out to find out what users of childcare think about the kind of care available in the borough – for children aged up to 14 years, and up to ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 16 March 2018
    9 March 2018

    The agenda for the next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is now available. Reports on the agenda include: The impact of funding reductions on the capacity of voluntary organisations to contribute to the Board’s strategic priorities. This report summarises the findings of a survey of applicants to the Berkshire West CCG Partnership Development Fund (PDF) conducted by Reading ...

  • Supporting young people [SEND] to prepare for the future
    7 March 2018

    Are you supporting young people with a special educational need, or their parents? Reading Borough Council is putting together a plan to support young people as they approach adulthood, including a transition to adulthood plan (14-25) outlining how young people with SEND will be supported into adulthood. This will include outlining pathways for more specialist support ...

  • Celebrate International Women’s Day at RCLC – 21 March 2018
    7 March 2018

    Reading Community Learning Centre is celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday 21 of March 2018 by holding its Women’s Day celebrations from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Reading Community Learning Centre, 94 London St, Reading RG1 4SJ. Come and enjoy the wonderful international food on sale by our learners, or pamper yourself with some ...

  • Do you run a voluntary group for children under 5?
    7 March 2018

    Have you heard about Family Development Workers? Family development workers are part of Reading Borough Council’s Early Help Support offer. Based in Children’s Centres across the borough, we provide help, guidance and support, working closely with families and the community to achieve positive change for children in Reading. If you run a voluntary group for children under ...

  • Making Every Contact Count – free training
    7 March 2018

    Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people – to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The fundamental idea underpinning the MECC approach is simple. It recognises that staff across ...

  • Reading Carnival 2018: The Rebirth
    7 March 2018

    Reading Carnival returns to mark its 41st Anniversary on 28 May 2018, 12-7pm, Prospect Park We had an amazing year last year and this year we want to make Carnival even better by aiming to getting EVERYONE in the community involved! We believe Reading Carnival is truly an inclusive event and we aim to represent all areas ...

  • Reading Central Club – Bidding Opportunity
    7 March 2018

    For sale, for conversion or redevelopment (mural to be retained): Reading Central Club, 36-42 London Street, Reading RG1 4SQ Reading Central Club is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of a 999 year leasehold interest. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations ...

  • Could you be RVA’s next Chair of Trustees?
    1 March 2018

    Reading Voluntary Action is seeking a Chair to provide leadership to our committed and active Board of Trustees. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in Reading’s voluntary sector and the strategic direction of this critical local organisation. RVA is passionate about helping Reading and its communities to thrive, and to working with ...

  • Let’s Make Reading Friendlier! – picture gallery
    28 February 2018

    A huge thank you to the hundreds of people who participated in last week’s Let’s Make Reading Friendlier! conference and filled the Town Hall with moving speeches and productive conversations. We collected lots of notes from the afternoon and evening workshops, and over the coming weeks we will be collating all of these into an ...

  • New to the role? Treasurer training next week
    28 February 2018

    Want to feel more confident with the finances of your community group or charity? This introductory treasurer training is ideal for anyone who is volunteering as a treasurer or interested in the role.

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