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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.

  • Don’t forget the RVA AGM and networking breakfast on 7 October
    30 September 2015

    As well as the formal business there will be an opportunity to hear about the work we have done throughout the year and plans for the year ahead, including the launch of ‘Safe and Sound’. See full details and link to registration for this free event

  • Black History Month 1-31 October
    30 September 2015

    Black History Month was established in the USA by Dr Carter G Woodson, a black American historian who created a month (February) for African American people to have the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge themselves and their achievements. In England, Black History Month was first celebrated in October 1987, African Jubilee year, as part of a ...

  • Care, Compassion and Communication – Please Hear What I’m Not Saying
    28 September 2015 Care, Compassion and Communication - Please Hear What I'm Not Saying

    Despite poetry usually having little appeal to people in general, Derbyshire NHS Trust has successfully employed a poem Please Hear What I’m Not Saying by Charles C. Finn. It has been called ‘original’ and ‘unique’, but the message is getting through. Even people (of all ages) who dislike poetry are watching the video and many charities, ...

  • Volunteer hosts will help Reading Older People’s Day go with a swing
    25 September 2015

    A team of 12 special event volunteers have come forward to provide stewarding, reception, catering and information support for Reading’s Older People’s Day celebrations this coming Thursday 1 October, as part of international Older People’s Day. Some of the team worked with us at last year’s event and are back for more. If our 2014 ...

  • Wellbeing Fair at Broad Street Mall
    25 September 2015

    Last Thursday, visitors to the Wellbeing Fair at Broad Street Mall took the opportunity to find out what is available locally to help improve health and wellbeing. Stallholders from a wide variety of voluntary sector organisations provided a wealth of information and ideas about the many different services on offer. There were representatives from  walking ...

  • Thoughts on a ‘mural’ drop in workshop
    23 September 2015

    Free creative workshop for all the family ‘Thoughts on a mural’. This year is the 25th anniversary of Readings ‘Central’ mural. What does the mural mean to you? Who or what would you put on a mural today? Drop in with or without the family any time between 10am and 4pm to paint, draw or smudge your contribution ...

  • Grow Your Tenner starts 13 October
    23 September 2015

    Great opportunity to double the value of donations through Localgiving.com Any donation or other money that is banked through Localgiving.com will be matched to a maximum value of £10 until all of the money has run out. And there is over £500,000 in the match pot. Also, any monthly direct debits that are set up will be matched ...

  • 2nd Wellbeing Forum – 29th October – bookings now open!
    23 September 2015

    Book you place now for the second Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector on 29th October. Health colleagues in primary care are keen to work more closely with the voluntary sector – the Wellbeing Forum will give us an opportunity to explore future relationships and the potential for partnership working with health. The agenda (to be finalised) ...

  • Take a minute to tell us what you think in the RVA Survey 2015
    22 September 2015

    There are 10 brief questions that will only take a minute to complete and your feedback is really valuable. Follow the link to participate:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHLWZL6 The survey will remain open until Friday 2nd October and we look forward to sharing the results with you at the RVA AGM on Wednesday 7th October 2015. Thank you for taking ...

  • PCC – 2nd phase of transitional funding to build counselling provision for victims of crime
    18 September 2015

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting applications for a second phase of transitional funding with the focus on building your capacity with regard to counselling provision across Thames Valley. Please note the closing date for applications is 9:00am on Monday 5th October 2015 and all monies should be spent by 31st March 2016. An ...

  • Small grants from NHS England
    18 September 2015

    Has your community or voluntary group been working to involve patients and the public in improving health care services? NHS England will be awarding a number of small grants to organisations who can tell the story of their patient and citizen involvement and engagement work in a creative and interesting way. Grants are available of up to ...

  • Guidance published on pension auto enrolment
    17 September 2015

    If you employ any staff then you cannot afford to ignore pension auto-enrolment. The Charity Finance Group has published new guidance for small charities and what you need to do to set up for auto-enrolment and of course to avoid penalties for non-compliance. For organisations who employ less than 30 staff, which will consist of much of ...

  • Join us for the RVA AGM 2015 and be top of the list for the new RVA Safe & Sound governance mark.
    16 September 2015

    RVA invites members, friends and partners to join us for our Annual General Meeting and networking breakfast. Wednesday 7th October 2015, from 9.30am to 12noon, at Reading Central Library. As well as the formal business there will be an opportunity to hear about the work we have done throughout the year and plans for the year ahead. Launch ...

  • Reminder – tell us about what you are doing for World Mental Health Day
    16 September 2015

    World Mental Health Day, on 10th October, is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Every year, the Mental Health Foundation encourages individuals and organisations to shine a spotlight on a particular aspect of mental ill health. The theme for 2015 is Dignity in Mental Health. We would like to share information ...

  • Property to let with potential for community use.
    16 September 2015

    Property to let – Caversham Court, Church Road, Reading RG4 7AD The site provides a trio of period Grade 11 listed redbrick buildings arranged in a horse shoe to create a modest courtyard leading to a small driveway from Church Road. The building has already been partially converted and subject to planning permission has the potential for ...

  • 2nd Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector
    16 September 2015

    The second Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Thursday 29th October from 9.30 – 1pm. If you are interested in exploring how we can work more closely with health HOLD THE DATE!! Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups have published their vision for developing GP primary care services. The Primary Care Strategy ...

  • Wellbeing Bidding Framework for Adult Social Care
    16 September 2015

    There is a designated page on the Reading Borough Council website to keep you updated about consultations on the Wellbeing Framework The Care Act places clear duties on local authorities to promote ‘wellbeing’ and to focus on ‘prevention’ to help people live the most fulfilling lives they can. Investing in the right community support is a ...

  • Voluntary Sector Together Matchmaking Event
    16 September 2015

    This event is for organisations looking for potential voluntary sector partners in preparation for the RBC ‘Narrowing the gap’ corporate commissioning –  http://beta.reading.gov.uk/vsfc You might be looking for joint delivery partners or looking to share facilities or resources or simply organisations you can signpost to. Before coming to the event please consider what you are looking for ...

  • Minimum Wage Increase takes effect from 01 October
    14 September 2015

    The minimum wage will increase from from £6.50 to £6.70 on 31 October. It is against the law to pay below the National Minimum Wage and there are strong penalties in place for those who don’t comply so it’s important to make sure your staff are getting paid the correct amount. You can see the full list of ...

  • 2016 GSK IMPACT Award – closing date 25th September
    10 September 2015

    The GSK IMPACT Awards are an annual scheme, funded by GlaxoSmithKline as part of the company’s commitment to promote community health and well-being. The awards have been running since 1997, and are organised and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity working to improve health and social care. The GSK IMPACT ...

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