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

  • BBC Radio 4 Loneliness Experiment – last chance to take part
    11 April 2018

    The BBC Loneliness Experiment wants to learn about your experiences and attitudes towards friendship and community, and to get a really good picture of what you believe causes loneliness, what stops you feeling lonely, and what friends and communities can do to help. Anyone over the age of 16 years can take part, and it does ...

  • Free fire safety training
    11 April 2018

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is providing free training for partner agencies and frontline workers. The training is designed to enable you to work in partnership with RBFRS to protect vulnerable adults from the risks of fire, enabling them to live safe and fulfilling lives. The aims of this training package are to highlight: The ...

  • Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group – have a look at the new website
    10 April 2018

    Since 1 April 2018, the four Clinical Commissioning Groups covering Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire have merged to form the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Have a look at the new website to find out about the CCG’s responsibilities and the four locality teams North and West Reading, South Reading, Wokingham and Newbury and ...

  • Access to work job and skills fair – 20 April 2018
    10 April 2018

    A unique event for local people who need extra guidance to find a job The Stronger Together partnership are hosting an Access to Work event on Friday 20 April 2018 at the Penta Hotel on Oxford Road. This is a job and skills fair with a difference, aimed at anyone who needs extra support in finding ...

  • The GDPR countdown – 6 weeks to go
    9 April 2018

    As we approach the six-week countdown to the GDPR coming into force, here are 3 top tips for charities and community groups: 1. Don’t panic, but do make a plan Yes, everyone is talking about GDPR and how the law around data protection will become stricter after 25 May, but please don’t panic. First things first, it’s ...

  • 3d printing workshops at Battle Library on 7 April 2018
    5 April 2018

    See 3d printing in action and print your own key ring 3d printing workshops, where you can print your own key ring, are taking place at  Battle Library, this Saturday, 7 April 2018. There will be workshops at: 10 am 10:40 am 11:20 am 1 pm 1:40 pm 2:20 pm Each workshop lasts 40 minutes, during which you can: Create a design for a personalised ...

  • Speak up and be heard: Reading Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network
    4 April 2018

    If you have a physical, neurological or sensory impairment, join the Reading Physical Disability and Sensory Needs (PDSN) Partnership Network to have a say in how support and other services are delivered locally. The network aims to improve quality of life and promote independence by helping to develop and improve the support and services for people ...

  • Free Deaf Awareness Course
    4 April 2018

    Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to celebrate deaf culture and raise awareness that over 11 million people in the UK (1 in 6) are deaf or have a hearing loss. Reading Deaf Centre are marking the importance of this celebration by holding a free Deaf Awareness Course on 15 May 2018, between 10 am and ...

  • Victims First Connect – local links to support victims of crime
    3 April 2018

    Victims First Connect aims to create a localised link between those requiring support after being impacted by a crime and Victims First itself. It will allow someone to access a point in their community to find out more about the services available to victims of crime, receive crime prevention/ safety advice, report a hate crime ...

  • Does your organisation benefit from student volunteers? Please share your experience with us
    2 April 2018

    We are looking for local organisations to share their positive experiences of utilising the time, talent and enthusiasm of student volunteers. As well as looking to source nominations for the ‘Student Volunteer of the Year’ award that forms part of Reading Voluntary Action’s annual Reading Volunteer Awards, we are looking to share the good news stories of students ...

  • Resilient Communities Fund – open until 15 May 2018
    28 March 2018

    The Resilient Communities Fund from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is now open for the Central Southern England region. Constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities have until 15 May to submit an application for grants of up to £20,000. The fund supports projects which: Protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience ...

  • Free Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
    28 March 2018

    Would you like to gain a free* qualification in Mental Health Awareness? Do you work or volunteer in the local voluntary sector or just have an interest in finding out more about the issue? The Skills Network are offering a free comprehensive distance learning course on Mental Health Awareness. The qualification is suitable for anyone who wishes ...

  • Your business can be part of the Reading Volunteer Awards 2018
    28 March 2018

    Reading Voluntary Action are extending the opportunity for local businesses to be part of this year’s Reading Volunteer Awards. This exciting annual event is a celebration of the fantastic contribution volunteers make to life in Reading. Bringing together volunteers from a wide range of local organisations the night is an opportunity to say thank you to ...

  • Reading Voluntary Action team on the road
    28 March 2018

    The Reading Voluntary Action team were out on the road visiting Grant Thornton last week. At their request, Steve Hendry and Herjeet Randhawa spoke to around 140 members of the Grant Thornton team based at Winnersh Triangle about how volunteering can open doors to personal and professional development. Steve gave a whistle stop tour of the ...

  • Vacant office at Central Library – Bidding opportunity
    27 March 2018

    A vacant office at Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, RG1 3BQ, is available to rent on a short lease in accordance with the letting particulars set out below. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid. ...

  • Funding Update – Big Lottery relaunch Reaching Communities on 3 April
    27 March 2018

    For those who have been eagerly awaiting the new round of Reaching Communities funding to commence under the new system, the Big Lottery have confirmed that this will be launched on 3 April.

  • Charity Commission Alert – fraudsters posing as chief executives
    27 March 2018

    The Charity Commission published an alert yesterday about the increase in fraudsters impersonating Chief Executives of charities in order to gain approval for the release of funds. Read on to ensure you can easily protect your charity’s resources.

  • Social Prescribing – the story so far
    27 March 2018

    Reading Voluntary Action started to deliver a pilot social prescribing service in April 2014, funded by the Clinical Commissioning Groups Partnership Development Fund. The service aimed to link patients with voluntary and community support to help address some of their non-medical needs. GPs would refer people for many reasons including loneliness and isolation, needing some support ...

  • Reading Internship Scheme for employers – apply by Friday 23 March 2018
    20 March 2018

    The Reading Internship Scheme facilitates internships with SMEs and charities, for students and graduates of the University of Reading. It is run by the University’s careers team and is part of a wider offering for SMEs. If you’re considering taking on an intern this summer, then you have until Friday 23 March 2018 to submit ...

  • Equality and Human Rights Framework – new dates announced in May and June
    20 March 2018

    The workshops in Reading will now take place on 2 May and 11 June 2018 – you have until 27 April to register   Want help using equality and human rights to achieve your organisation’s core purpose? The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) is an influential national network of non-governmental organisations working on age, disability, gender and gender identity, race, religion ...

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