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

  • Berkshire West CCGs consultation on supply of medicines
    6 April 2017

    The NHS supplies millions of prescriptions for medicines to patients every year. Along with NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country the four CCGs in Berkshire West have reviewed what medicines are available on prescription and are proposing to make some changes. Dr Abid Irfan, GP Chair of the Berkshire West Federation said: ...

  • Brighter Berkshire Walk & Talk
    6 April 2017

    As part of Brighter Berkshire, the Year of Mental Health, there is a Walk and Talk for Mental Health in Reading on Saturday 6th May. “We aim to connect with others and raise awareness that 2017 is a Year of Mental Health in Berkshire and we want as many people as possible to join in, make ...

  • Reducing Isolation and Loneliness in Reading
    6 April 2017

    Research into Social Activity and Loneliness Reading Voluntary Action is working with a range of local befriending (and related) organisations to look at how we can better address issues of loneliness and isolation among people who are not currently engaged in activities or services. The partnership is exploring ways to work together to meet local need, starting with ...

  • News from the Wellbeing Forum
    6 April 2017

    There was a great turnout for the latest Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s voluntary and community sector.  Nearly 40 people came together to discuss two key priorities for  the health and wellbeing of people in Reading, reducing loneliness and isolation and reducing deaths by suicide. We heard from Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Chair of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing ...

  • This Girl Can Run 10k 2017
    5 April 2017

    Keen to get fitter or set yourself a challenge this year? Find the thought of starting exercise a bit daunting? Not sure you can stick to a training plan? If this is you, we’d like to help! The team at Get Berkshire Active are looking for ten women (aged 16 or over) to join our ‘This ...

  • Berkshire charity holds prices despite education cuts
    5 April 2017

    Local charity ABC to Read has announced that it will be holding the price of school contributions for its volunteer mentors, despite acute pressures on school budgets. The charity’s prices are being held for the seventh successive year at just £360 per volunteer, representing a real-term reduction of 12% over that period; just £3 a week per child. ...

  • How you and your organisation can help Reading become Dementia Friendly
    3 April 2017

    Reading Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is a partnerhip of local organisations which aims to promote and sustain the town as a dementia friendly community. The Alliance aims to Raise awareness of dementia across local communities. Develop dementia friendly communities for people with dementia so that their interaction with local businesses, shops and care providers is as pleasant ...

  • New accounting templates for Company Charities
    31 March 2017

    New accounting templates for Charitable Companies to more easily comply with the statement of recommended practice (SORP).

  • Charities Seminar – Update on Data Protection (GDPR)
    31 March 2017

    Yesterday, I attended the Charities Seminar in Green Park, hosted by local firm, Blandy & Blandy. This article provides an update on the upcoming changes to Data Protection regulations.

  • Smart Works cycling challenge raises more than £40,000
    30 March 2017

    Organisations and individuals celebrated International Women’s Day 2017 by taking part in a cycling fundraiser for Smart Works. More than 60 teams from across the UK took to the roads and their local gyms to tackle the ‘Spin for Smart Works’ challenge for International Women’s Day 2017. Teams of 5 were challenged to cycle 500 miles ...

  • Boost your appeal – local media course on 6 April
    29 March 2017

    This course is ideal for voluntary and community groups who want to use the power of local media to help raise their group’s profile, fund-raise, campaign and recruit volunteers.

  • New Chief Executive for Reading Borough Council
    29 March 2017

    Peter Sloman has been selected to become the permanent new Chief Executive at Reading Borough Council. With more than 30 years’ service of Local Government, Mr Sloman brings a wealth of experience to Reading.

  • Update from Berkshire West Safeguarding Adults Board
    28 March 2017

    Berkshire West Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) brings together safeguarding leads from the three local authorities  (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire), Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, the Clinical Commissioning groups, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Thames Valley Police, with Healthwatch and voluntary sector representatives. The location of the quarterly meetings moves between Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham,  with Reading Voluntary ...

  • Supporting ourselves, supporting each other – Exciting new opportunity for RVA
    24 March 2017

    Tilehurst Together (Supporting ourselves; Supporting each other) is a new project which aims to bring together local people to support each other, building on a gap identified through  Reading Voluntary Action’s Social Prescribing service. It is funded through the Berkshire Community Foundation’s Life Less Lonely grants programme. Many patients referred by GPs at Tilehurst Potteries surgery ...

  • Join the council’s Approved Personal Assistant register
    22 March 2017

    Many older people and adults with care and support needs (because of illness or disability) prefer to directly employ their own carers – known as Personal Assistants. Personal Assistants provide support to enable individuals to maintain independence in their lives. If you’re interested in becoming a Personal Assistant, you can join the council’s Personal Assistant Register ...

  • Speakers confirmed for Wellbeing Forum – 4 April
    22 March 2017

    The next Wellbeing Forum, on Tuesday 4 April, is focusing on two very current and important topics for Reading, reducing loneliness and isolation and reducing deaths by suicide. Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Chair of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board and Mental Health Champion will introduce the forum and talk about the importance of partnership working between the Council ...

  • Sport England launches two new grant programmes to increase volunteering
    21 March 2017

    The March 2017 issue of Funding Digest features details of Sport England’s two new funding programmes to enable young people and adults from disadvantaged communities to take part in volunteering, using sport or physical activity. As part of its new Volunteering in an Active Nation strategy Sport England has just launched two new funds: The Potentials Fund which ...

  • Working Smart to Reduce Loneliness
    21 March 2017

    Unemployed women in Reading are benefitting from a £5k Funding Boost granted to Smart Works. Smart Works Reading has received £5,000 from the Berkshire Community Foundation – A Life Less Lonely fund. The grant will enable Smart Works Reading to continue to help women in Reading and the Thames Valley area get back into work, combating ...

  • Berkshire volunteer wins Action for Children’s Stephenson Award
    21 March 2017

    From over a hundred nominees nationally, Eve Hughes from Newbury was presented with Action for Children’s award for Outstanding Volunteer, presented by John O’Brien, the organisation’s chair of trustees. Although retired, Eve volunteers nearly full time to ensure children in need have their voices heard and the support they need. Eve has been volunteering with the ...

  • World Tuberculosis (TB) Day information at Broad Street Mall
    17 March 2017

    Health partners in Reading will be in Broad Street Mall on Friday 24 March supporting World TB Day. South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Reading Borough Council will be in the mall between 11am and 3pm, raising awareness around sleeping tuberculosis and new entrant testing for people coming into the UK from other countries. Dr Bu ...

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