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

  • RVA Ready Friends Coordinator – closing date 13 July 2018
    19 June 2018

    We are looking for an experienced community development worker with the motivation and skills to build on our loneliness and isolation work. An exciting opportunity for anyone who cares about social action in Reading, who is self motivated and able to engage the public in our campaign. Your role will be to encourage community participation in ...

  • People’s Health Trust Funding open in Reading until 11 July
    19 June 2018

    Active Communities is offering grants to local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live. They’re looking for small and local projects, designed and run by local people. Grants offered between £5,000 and £25,000 per year for projects lasting up to two years. Who can apply for funding? You can only apply ...

  • CEO Forum
    18 June 2018

    The Voluntary Sector CEO Forum will be hosted by Blandy and Blandy Solicitors. Nick Burrows, Partner Charity and Commercial Law will be hosting and taking questions with a focus on: Any lingering GDPR questions or concerns Key points to consider before formally entering a partnership agreement and the significance of the different structures. Plus an opportunity for networking and ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – photos and stories
    14 June 2018

    We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting the photos from the Reading Volunteer Awards and they are now up on our dedicated Awards page, along with the stories of award winners and more!

  • Reading SOUP returns to St Laurence’s – with a brand new look
    14 June 2018

    After almost a year away, Reading SOUP returns to their old home of St Laurence’s on Wednesday 20 June 2018. They will be revealing their brand new look, having had an overhaul of their logo, website, and more. Pitching at the upcoming event are children’s domestic violence support group Bounce Back 4 Kids; blind support charity, ...

  • Research presentation: the needs of minority ethnic women living in Reading
    14 June 2018

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) invite you to attend a presentation of research into the needs of ethnic minority women living in Reading and how RCLC meets those needs. The presentation will take place at RCLC on 19 July 2018, from 11.30am – 1.30pm. The research was organized and led by Dr Sally Lloyd Evans, Associate ...

  • Refugee Week 2018 – screening of Human Flow and post-film discussion
    14 June 2018

    Screening of Human Flow (12A) and post-film discussion for Refugee Week 2018 – Reading Film Theatre, in partnership with Reading Refugee Support Group   Ai Weiwei’s epic film documents the staggering scale of 65 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change or war. It gives a powerful ...

  • Supporting children who have a parent in prison
    14 June 2018

    Do you work with families or children who have a parent in prison? Children Heard and Seen have trained volunteer mentors in Reading who can offer 12 months of 1-2-1 mentor support to children aged 9-16 who are referred to us. Children of prisoners are: more likely to have low school attendance twice as likely to experience conduct and ...

  • Mini funding workshops on 12 July
    13 June 2018

    Is your group looking for funding or are you in the process of planning your activities? Book for the mini workshops taking place next week on 12 July, in partnership with the FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) on the following topics: Developing your Fundraising Strategy Demonstrating Impact Retaining and Maintaining Donors The sessions are just £5 a piece and will ...

  • Why Reading Volunteer Awards is a great event
    13 June 2018

    Community Journalist Calum Harbor reports on last week’s Volunteer Awards and reflects on the importance of events like these On 6 June 2018, Reading Voluntary Action honoured volunteers and their work in a celebration called the Reading Volunteer Awards. Held in the beautiful Shehnai Olympia Ballroom, people from across Reading came to honour the volunteers who ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 – *thank you* for a special night
    7 June 2018

    The Reading Volunteer Awards 2018 took place last night with over 150 representatives of a wide range of voluntary sector organisations in attendance. The night was a celebration of volunteers and volunteering and the difference that it makes to our town. Be sure to take a look at our dedicated Awards page found HERE in the coming ...

  • Social Action Mentors – launch in September
    5 June 2018

    Launching this autumn, a new project from RVA… Are you passionate about a cause in Reading? Do have links to a particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee? Join the Social Action Mentors: Receive basic good governance training from the RVA Advice ...

  • Charity Commission – Welcome Pack for Trustees
    4 June 2018

    Are you new to the role of a trustee or is your charity in the process of recruiting new trustees? The Charity Commission have published this short guide as a welcome for new Trustees. It gives an overview of the role and key questions to ask when you’re first in post. It is also helpful for ...

  • RBC workshop on Troubled Families – 6 June 2018
    30 May 2018

    Reading Borough Council is holding a voluntary sector workshop to discuss the Troubled Families programme on Wednesday 6 June, from 15:30 to 16:30, in Committee Room 1 at RBC’s Civic Centre. They will be consulting on timescales, the application process, consortium-based approaches and examples, the Troubled Families outcomes document and all other matters that need clarifying. If ...

  • Concessionary fares for Access pass holders – consultation open until 20 July 2018
    30 May 2018

    Reading Borough Council has opened a consultation on proposed changes to the concessionary fares scheme for Access pass holders. The proposed changes would affect disabled people who hold Access passes and would mean that the council: no longer provides free travel within Reading before 9.30am or after 11.00pm on a weekday no longer issues or accepts companion bus ...

  • Age UK Reading opens a new Lively Living Club in Woodley
    30 May 2018

    Age UK Reading have opened their second Lively Living Activities club in Woodley.  The new club is being held each week at the recently opened The Birches, an extra care housing scheme. The club has use of its own room and has the resident Landing Spot Café preparing a fresh two course meal for each ...

  • Office for rent to small charity
    30 May 2018

    Reading Dispensary Trust has a private, unfurnished, lockable room approximately 11ft x 10ft, that it would like to let. The whole office environment contains a large meeting room, which is available for use, subject to prior notification (although not on Tuesdays or Thursdays), a toilet and a kitchen area. It would suit a small charity or ...

  • Fundraising Workshops in Reading with the FSI
    25 May 2018

    RVA are partnering with the FSI again to deliver some more valuable fundraising workshops locally in Reading, in RVA’s training room at Reading Central Library. Topics will include: Developing your fundraising strategy Demonstrating impact Retaining and maintaining donors (stewardship) More info and booking here: Places are likely to book up quickly!

  • Final report by the RCVYS trustees and statement of surplus funds allocation
    24 May 2018

    Statement Following the unanimous vote at the General Meeting of RCVYS on Monday 6 November 2017, the Trustees applied to the Charity Commission on Monday 18 December 2017 to remove RCVYS from the Charity Register. No challenges to the closure were received by the Charities Commission and RCVYS was duly removed from the Charities Register on ...

  • Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity
    23 May 2018

    Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches their 2018 Vital Signs survey. BCF are asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. They can then nominate a charity in Berkshire of their choice to win one of ...

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