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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.

  • Social Prescribing – new opportunities
    29 March 2016

    We are pleased to have secured a grant through the Partnership Development Fund for a second year of our Social Prescribing project in Reading. The project has two aims To support patients with long-term health conditions and/or mental health problems or patients at risk of developing mental health problems, to improve their health and wellbeing by ...

  • Think before you bin. Can you still use it?
    24 March 2016

    Think before you bin. Can you still use it? WITH a hint of spring in the air, it might be time to have a big clean out at home. However, with £140m of used clothing and over £12.5 billion of household food waste going to landfill every year, please think twice before binning an unwanted ...

  • It’s Spring – why not get out in the garden?
    24 March 2016

    We’ve got a selection of opportunities on the website that are ripe for volunteers who want to get outside in the fresh air. Dimensions UK are especially keen to hear from someone with the skills to act as a gardening adviser on a one-off project on 27 April in Finchampstead. A group of volunteers will ...

  • Befriending works for everyone!
    24 March 2016

    Volunteers in Reading are making a big difference to isolated people as well as gaining a great deal of enjoyment for themselves. Last month Whitley Wood Lunch Club celebrated its 1st Anniversary with a buffet lunch, singalong entertainment and quite bit of dancing too! Volunteers and supporters had organised a raffle with everything from flowers, scented candles, posh ...

  • 2 day Mental Health First Aid Course in Reading
    24 March 2016

    A three day Mental Health First Aid programme: Tuesday        29th November  9:30- 4:30pm Wednesday  30th November 9:30- 4:30pm Venue details will be confirmed on application What is a mental health problem? Mental health problems cover a wide range of issues – including stress, anxiety depression and substance abuse – that affect someone’s ability to get on with their daily life. ...

  • 3 day Mental Health First Aid Course in Reading
    24 March 2016

    A three day Mental Health First Aid programme: Tuesday        31st May 2016 9:30- 4:30pm Wednesday  1st June 10:00am – 1:00pm Thursday      2nd June 10:00am – 1:00pm Venue details will be confirmed on application What is a mental health problem? Mental health problems cover a wide range of issues – including stress, anxiety depression and substance abuse – that affect someone’s ability ...

  • Great turn out for Berkshire Healthcare Have your Say
    24 March 2016

    Berkshire Healthcare held their annual Equality Grading event on 23rd March.  The event gave the opportunity for patients and service users, and organisations to tell the Trust what is working and how they can improve, focusing on seven service areas In-patients (Mental Health) Community Mental Health Team Older people’s Mental Health Out-of-hours – Westcall Community Nursing Adult Speech and language CAMHS We had ...

  • Update from Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board
    22 March 2016

    The Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) aims to improve health and well-being for people in Reading. It is a partnership that brings together Reading Borough Council, Health and Healthwatch Reading. “By working together on the delivery of national and local priorities, the Board’s purpose is to make existing services more effective through influencing future joint ...

  • National Banks Supporting Local Projects with Small Grants
    21 March 2016

    The latest issue of Funding Digest features details about two small grants programmes from national banks aimed at helping support local projects. Santander Foundation Changes its Name and Launches New Grant Programmes The Santander Foundation has changed its name to the Discovery Foundation. This is to reflect the importance of its new flagship community programme – the ...

  • Reopened – Building Better Opportunities funding
    21 March 2016

    Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. Local organisations will be able to bid to the Lottery to deliver activity against a specification that is locally defined. Addressing barriers to work in Thames Valley Berkshire Funding available: £1,317,540 for West of ...

  • Could you use a team of volunteers on Sunday 17 April?
    16 March 2016

    A group of Sunday Assembly Reading volunteers are available on 17 April 2016 to help in the community. We are looking for a practical task, maybe planting trees or helping to decorate premises – we are open to suggestions! Interested? Contact us sundayassemblyreading@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/SundayAssemblyReading/ Sunday Assembly Reading is a non-religious community group that meets once a month to sing ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board 18th March
    16 March 2016

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 18th March starting at 2pm in the Council Chamber. The agenda for this meeting includes: Reading Youth Cabinet giving an update on their campaigns on Mental Health and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) an update on service development and improvement across the comprehensive Child and ...

  • Care and Support Planning – the voluntary sector’s role
    9 March 2016

    National Voices has recently published a useful discussion paper ” What is the role of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations in Care and Support Planning?” The paper aims to: demonstrate a range of roles for VCSE organisations in offering and developing care and support planning for people living with long term conditions and disabilities use case studies ...

  • Have Your Say about Berkshire Healthcare Services – 23rd March
    9 March 2016

    Have you used these services in the past year? Come and share your experiences and experiences of the people you support In-patients at Prospect Park Hospital (Mental Health) Community Mental Health and Older people’s Mental Health Out-of-hours – Westcall Community nursing Speech and language CAMHS Talking therapies Berkshire Healthcare is keen to hear from anyone who is or has been using its services ...

  • Possible Third Sector Premises Bidding Opportunity
    8 March 2016

    Reading Borough Council is currently advertising a large site for disposal, suitable for development. Marketing is being managed by an independent agent. Full details are available at the following link: http://www.id-devspace.co.uk/islandrdwest3/index.html Please direct any queries to the agents, using the contact details on the website above.    

  • Open University launches free online course for voluntary sector
    8 March 2016

    A free online course has been published by the Open University for those working, or interested in working, in the voluntary sector. ‘Introducing the Voluntary Sector‘ consists of eight modules, requiring a minimum of three hours commitment a week. The modules cover a range of topics: What is the voluntary sector? Values and beliefs Structure and functions of the ...

  • Citizens Advice Reading reaches out to those struggling with fuel poverty
    7 March 2016

    Citizens Advice Reading (CAR) set up shop in the Broad Street Mall on Saturday 20 February to help residents struggling to pay their fuel bills. The event was organised as part of the Warm Homes Campaign which is run by National Energy Action (NEA). Many shoppers, concerned about their energy costs, took the opportunity to pick ...

  • Smart Works comes to Reading
    2 March 2016

    It was smiles all round as Mr James Puxley Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Reading; Councillor Sarah Hacker officially welcomed Smart Works to Reading at their launch event on 16th February. Smart Works is a UK charity that is focussed on helping out-of-work women ...

  • Reading Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary sector 28th
    1 March 2016

    The fourth Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Thursday 28th April from 9.30 – 1pm. We will be focusing on measuring health and wellbeing outcomes. We will hear from Nick Karr from Triangle Consulting about the range of outcome stars that are available.  We have asked a couple of funders to ...

  • The good news for anyone thinking of becoming a charity trustee in Reading
    26 February 2016

    It’s a good time to become a trustee in Reading. It’s a ‘buyers market’ because there are so many voluntary and community sector organisations looking for new trustees – and new kinds of trustees. There are many benefits of becoming a trustee and there’s plenty of support and training available from a range of sources. What’s the role of ...

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