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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • A Warm Welcome Toolkit
    11 October 2021

    We are delighted to share with you the Warm Welcome toolkit: A free guide to running activities with older people.   Throughout the past six years, older people have continually told us that being offered a Warm Welcome is essential when encouraging them to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities. This sort of ‘pull’ is even more important if an ...

  • Updated Government Guidance: Enabling safe and effective volunteering during Coronavirus
    6 October 2021

    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has further updated its guidance for voluntary organisations and groups in England on how to safely and effectively involve volunteers in their work during the Covid-19 pandemic. The updated guidance is mainly in the section ‘Who can Volunteer’ and covers the following: Organisations to continue to consult staff and volunteers on ...

  • The Parent Employment Wellbeing project
    5 October 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is excited to share that the Parent Employment Wellbeing project started on Monday 4 October, and will be delivered until September 2022 by Anna Chapman, RVA’s Schools and Parent Engagement Officer.  This project first ran from July 2020 to July 2021 where 39% of the people on the project gained paid employment, ...

  • Join us for an NCVO Members’ Assembly – we’ll be discussing competition, collaboration and coproduction
    5 October 2021

    RVA is delighted to be co-hosting a free online Members’ Assembly with NCVO. This event is aimed at staff and trustees from NCVO members in and around Reading. Non-member organisations in the area are also welcome. Join us to: hear the latest on public policy and other current issues facing the sector, and how NCVO is ...

  • The Health on the Move van is at Cemetery Junction
    5 October 2021

    NHS Berkshire West has set up a Health on the Move van, which will be in various locations in Reading in the coming weeks. Pop by with any healthcare concerns and you can talk to our local healthcare professionals. Covid-19 vaccines available to anyone aged 16+ that has not been vaccinated yet or is eligible ...

  • Office space to rent at Battle Library
    4 October 2021

    Office space within Battle Library available to rent. Office space within Battle Library, a character Grade II Listed building. The office space is self-contained and has been fitted out with raised access flooring, dado trunking and air conditioning. The accommodation includes communal use of a kitchenette and WCs. The office space extends to approximately 24.25m2 (261 ...

  • Office space to rent at Tilehurst Library
    4 October 2021

    Office space within Tilehurst Library available to rent. The office space is self-contained and has been fitted out with raised access flooring, dado trunking and air conditioning. The accommodation includes communal use of a kitchenette and WCs. The office space extends to approximately 42.83m2 (461 sq ft) and is offered on an inclusive basis. A lease for ...

  • John Sykes Foundation offers support for Reading based community groups and charities
    4 October 2021

    With the Covid-19 pandemic having made it more difficult for charities and community groups to raise funds, the John Sykes Foundation  have created a Covid-19 Relief Fund. Qualifying local organisations can now apply to receive a special grant through 2021 and early 2022. A total of £50,000 has been allocated to this fund, with there ...

  • Reviving local literacy
    29 September 2021

    A staggering 100% of children involved with ABC to Read’s online reading programme improved their reading ability, reading confidence and general self-esteem during the past year. This according to the charity’s latest report following major adaptations to the way its volunteers engage with children as a result of the pandemic. While face-to-face support in schools has now ...

  • Smart Works Reading enhances its service with new centre move
    29 September 2021

    Smart Works Reading is moving to a new, larger centre to enable the charity to support more local women in need into work. The new centre - in Enterprise House, 95 London Street - will open on 30th September, and is a stone’s throw away from Smart Works’ current office. It is on several key bus routes, and a 10-minute walk from Reading town ...

  • Free Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) workshop from NAVCA
    29 September 2021

    NAVCA is delighted to be hosting free workshops for its members on ‘How to create a culture of inclusion and become an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Ally’. These workshops will be led by Gamiel Yafai – Managing Director and Founder of Diversity Marketplace. We encourage all staff, volunteers and trustees of our member organisations to come ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund – Together for our Planet – deadline 18 November 2021
    27 September 2021

    The National Lottery Community Fund is offering grants from £1,000 to £10,000 to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like: food transport energy waste and consumption the natural environment In November 2021, the UK will host the  26th UN ...

  • Shop for rent: 36a Coronation Square
    27 September 2021

    The property has a central front entrance within a frontage of 2.4 metres. The unit has a storage area accessed via two doors at the rear. A communal car park sits behind the unit. The shop and storage together measure 538.20 sq ft (50.00 sq m). A lease for up to 10 years from the lease ...

  • Matrix Causes Fund – provides support to organisations which promote access to justice
    27 September 2021

    The Matrix Causes Fund (MCF) provides support to organisations which promote access to justice (particularly for people trying to get support to meet their basic personal needs), equality of opportunity, or a sustainable environment. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the Fund will only provide an organisation with one-off funds of up to £5,000, or funds of ...

  • Citizens Advice Reading looking for a charity to share their office
    22 September 2021

    Are you a charity looking for office space in central Reading? This may be of interest to you. Citizens Advice Reading (CAR) proposes to offer between one-third and one-half of its main office area at Unit 33, Minster Street, for the shared use of another Registered Charity looking for a central Reading location. Access to the ...

  • How should Reading market itself? A chance to have your say
    21 September 2021

    Reading UK, Reading Borough Council and The University of Reading are working to develop a place story and marketing approach for Reading. This will help celebrate the best of Reading, build civic pride, confidence in Reading, market the area to attract inward investment, create jobs, and support existing business. In September, there will be two ‘virtual’ ...

  • First Trauma Informed Network meeting
    21 September 2021

    One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership had their first Trauma Informed Network meeting in June this year.  Lots of people from the partnership attended making the meeting full of interesting thoughts and ideas. The first meeting sought to establish whether partners thought a network was a good idea and, if yes, what would partners ...

  • Help children enjoy reading in Whitley, Caversham and Coley schools
    21 September 2021

    ABC to read aims to advance the education and self confidence of children in Berkshire, particularly by helping them overcome reading difficulties, thereby promoting their general well being. They are looking to recruit more volunteers to assist local children, and are particularly keen for people who would be able to assist in schools in Whitley, Caversham ...

  • Sport in Mind – After School Youth Sessions and Sport, Exercise and Mental Health Workshop
    21 September 2021

    “My child loved the Sport in Mind Youth sessions and kept asking when they can go back” Following on from the success of their summer youth programme, Sport in Mind are delighted to announce that their after school sessions are back. The feedback they have had from the participants and their families has been hugely positive ...

  • Food4Families summer sessions: a hit with kids and parents!
    21 September 2021

    For many school-aged children receiving free school meals, the summer holidays can be challenging due to the costs of holiday activities. The Holiday Activity Fund has been established to help respond to these issues by providing free, accessible, and regular holiday activities for school-aged children. Food4Families has had a successful series of free summer sessions thanks ...

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