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

  • Fit for Work scheme launched for long-term sickness
    9 September 2015

    Employers can now refer employees who have been off sick for four weeks or more for a free Fit for Work referral. The scheme is intended to plug the gap in occupational health advice and support for small and medium sized employers. A health professional will look at factors that may be affecting the employee returning to ...

  • Is your organisation eligible for a free broadband upgrade?
    9 September 2015

    The government are offering grants of up to £3000 to boost your organisation’s broadband, covering your installation and upgrade costs. The grants are available to small businesses, registered charities and social enterprises on a first come, first served basis so get moving quickly if you wish to take advantage of the opportunity. For more information and to ...

  • Want to know more about Direct Payments?
    9 September 2015

    As we know, adults who are over 18 years, live within Reading Borough and are having difficulties managing day-to-day tasks because of a disability or long-term illness, may be eligible for ongoing care and support services to help them continue living at home. If, after assessment, a person is eligible for this support from the Council, ...

  • Update on agenda for Consultation Meeting 15 September
    8 September 2015

    Please note that the event on 15 Sept 6.30-8.30pm (also in the Council Chamber) will not be a repeat of the first session. The purpose of the meeting will now be to discuss the second draft of the prospectus with themes and services reflecting discussions held previously. Please get in touch with Olivia Cullen at RBC if ...

  • Notes from VCS consultation meetings
    8 September 2015

    RBC have circulated notes from four consultation meetings. There will be more to follow as subsequent meetings take place and are written up. Available now are notes from: 5 August 2015 11 August 2015 17 August 2015 19 August 2015

  • Inspire Reading – new funding available
    8 September 2015

    GBA recently launched Inspire Reading at the Reading Sport and physical activity network  Inspire Reading is a programme of high profile, inspirational events to encourage people in Reading to take part in more physical activity, linked to the legacy of Rugby World Cup, Olympics and Commonwealth Games events. The Opportunity The concept is simple – bring your ...

  • Hundreds of students are keen to meet you!
    2 September 2015

    With nearly 800,000 people working in thousands of organisations, the non-profit and 3rd sectors are dynamic, vibrant and meaningful places to work. Whether in the fields of public services, health care, community, housing, the environment, sports, recreation, arts or culture, there are countless career paths for people who share the sector’s common vision: to make ...

  • Patient surveys launched for Circuit Lane and Priory Avenue surgeries
    2 September 2015

    New contracts for GP services will be awarded at two local surgeries next year. North West Reading Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England would like to hear your thoughts. If you’re a patient (or a carer of a patient) at either Circuit Lane Surgery or Priory Avenue Surgery, then please take a few minutes to ...

  • Piggott School Volunteering Day – 7 October 2015 Do you have an opportunity to offer?
    2 September 2015

    In the Autumn this year, students from the Piggott School wish to offer a day of volunteering in the community.  We have around 120 students aged 18-19 years who have a wealth of interests, skills and volunteering experience. On the day, in groups of 12 students supervised by their tutor, they wish to go off ...

  • Leading Through Change – Professor Higgs at the Trustee Network
    1 September 2015

    We’re excited to have Professor Malcolm Higgs to present at the Trustee Network on 10 September. We’ll be focusing on Leading Through Change, a really hot topic with the challenges facing the voluntary sector at the moment. Malcolm has a wealth of experience in the area. He is currently Professor of Human Resources and Organisation Behaviour at ...

  • Bookings open for autumn’s Trustee Network
    1 September 2015

    We are really excited to have Professor Malcolm Higgs joining us on 10 September to focus on leadership through change. Professor Higgs is Professor of Organisation Behaviour and HR Management at the University of Southampton Management School and has worked with a number of large international corporations in areas including leadership, change management, team development ...

  • VCS Consultation papers now online
    28 August 2015

    Papers for the Voluntary Sector funding consultation have been put online. Some themes may interest you more than others but the council is welcoming comment on any or all of the themes. Access all papers at    

  • Looking for brand inspiration? Our students’ expertise could be just what you need
    27 August 2015

    Reading University will be holding a structured four week ‘design-thinking’ brand ‘jam’ with Part 3 typography & design students in November 2015, working exclusively with not-for-profits. Students take on briefs and develop a visual identity and any other marketing collateral they feel is appropriate over four weeks and it’s completely free. Organisations are under no obligation for ...

  • Shake up September
    27 August 2015

    Workplaces in Berkshire are invited to join Shake up September to revolutionise employee health, fitness and productivity. Fresh from Workplace Challenge, the programme which combines cutting edge technology with sport and physical activity opportunities, Shake Up September encourages employees across England to increase activity levels by trying at least one new activity or sport during September. The ...

  • Indent Design to speak at Reading Trustee Network
    26 August 2015

    The final topic for the Reading Trustee Network has been confirmed. Ian Dennis and Wendy Lewis from Indent Design will run the session on logo design. This promises to be an interactive session where we’ll learn about what messages our logos give out to our funders and service users. We’ll look at the different kinds of ...

  • Interested in local GP services? – informal drop-in at Reading Town Hall – Wednesday 2nd September
    25 August 2015

    South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding an informal drop-in over lunch on 2 September in the Town Hall, Reading, to discuss what GP services in South Reading might look like in the future. Lunch starts at 12.00pm and the event finishes at 2.00pm. Alongside the national challenges facing the NHS, there are some local ...

  • Carers and the Care Quality Commission – case studies
    24 August 2015

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is keen to hear more from carers about their experiences of health and social care services. They are looking for carer case studies to support a campaign to highlight the role of carers and raise their national profile. Carers are invited to tell their stories of who they care for, why they became carers ...

  • World Mental Health Day 2015 – Dignity in Mental Health
    24 August 2015

    At Reading Voluntary Action we are keen to hear about any work your organisation is doing that relates to this year’s theme for World Mental Health Day. All information is welcome to help us build a picture of the local situation. However, we are particular keen to ensure we have details of any projects that ...

  • RVA’s autumn training schedule published
    24 August 2015

    Take a look at the training we offer on essential topics for voluntary sector trustees, staff and volunteers. There’s a number of really useful sessions for free or at low cost not to be missed.

  • Places still available on Volunteer Management training!
    24 August 2015

    This short training series of three half day workshops seeks to strengthen the skills and understanding of volunteer managers so that they become confident and competent in their role.

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