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

  • Partner with Berkshire Scouts!
    9 August 2017

    With over 10,000 people doing their Scouting in Berkshire, the passion and enthusiasm to make and create change is huge! As is the potential…this project aims to find charities across Berkshire that Scouts can work with to have a positive impact on their communities. No funding or resource is necessary, just contact details and a willingness ...

  • Grant funding available to prevent FGM and Cyber Crime
    8 August 2017

    The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has launched a grant fund to improve prevention and early intervention in the areas of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Cyber Crime. Specifically, bids are invited from organisations for projects which meet one or more of the following criteria: Tackling FGM Training or other initiatives for key professionals (e.g. teachers, ...

  • East Reading Festival 2018: get involved!
    7 August 2017

    We want to make our 10th annual East Reading Festival bigger and better than ever! All East Reading communities and residents are invited for this free event on Sunday 17 June 2018 in Palmer Park. Save the date and watch this space for further information. The first meeting of our new committee will be on Tuesday ...

  • Have you had treatment from the NHS in Berkshire West for a problem with your muscles, bones or joints?
    4 August 2017

    Help the NHS to design better services as a patient representative. NHS commissioners are looking for people who have used local NHS musculoskeletal services, to share their first-hand experience as patient representatives in a project to design the best possible service for patients with these conditions. There are around 200 different long-term musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions that affect ...

  • Narrowing the Gap II – Help shape plans from 2018 to 2022
    3 August 2017

    Help shape plans from 2018 to 2022 Community providers and other stakeholders are invited to join commissioners to discuss plans for a new commissioning framework for services operating from June 2018. When: 17th August and 26th September from 1:30 – 4:30 ** Where: Council Chamber, Plaza West, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU A range of topics will be covered ...

  • Partnership Development Fund opening soon
    3 August 2017

    Applications opening soon for 2018/19 grants from the CCGs’ Partnership Development Fund The four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund as part of their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2018/19 Partnership Development Fund ...

  • React to Red – pressure care advice for front-line staff
    1 August 2017

    Recently, the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Review Panel was presented with a serious case where sepsis from pressure sores was a contributing factor in the individual’s death. As a result, the Safeguarding Adults Board wants to ensure that pressure care information is distributed to front line staff, including domiciliary care agencies, quality assurance teams, service ...

  • Supporting people living in care homes
    1 August 2017

    At the Wellbeing Forum in July we heard from Kam Purewall and Sarah Bow from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Long Term Conditions Programme Board and explored how voluntary organisations could support people who are living in residential care homes. Some local organisations already run lunch clubs and social activities which are open to residents and ...

  • Age UK Reading launching a Chess Course/Club this September
    1 August 2017

    Age UK Reading is working in partnership with Chess in Schools and the Community and Cafe Alive at the Grange URC in Southcote to run a 10 week chess course for older people. The course will be suitable for complete beginners and take them through the basics to a good understanding of the game. The course will ...

  • What are we doing to safeguard vulnerable adults in Reading?
    31 July 2017

    Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business – doing nothing isn’t an option. This includes staff and volunteers working in health agencies, police, social care and charities as well as people who might be concerned about neighbours, friends and family members. Reading Voluntary Action is hosting an event on Monday September 11th for anyone who wants to find ...

  • Max receives certificate for his commitment to volunteering
    28 July 2017

    Reading Voluntary Action’s Volunteer Development Worker, Steve Hendry, was proud to have the honour of presenting volunteer Max McEvoy with a certificate of appreciation to acknowledge his hard work and dedication. Max has been volunteering  at Sue Ryder Shop Shinfield for almost 3 years, 4 days a week. Steve added “It was fantastic to meet Max, ...

  • Emergency First Aid at Work – for Voluntary and Community Groups
    27 July 2017

    RVA are hosting a 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work training for anyone in your organisation who might be responsible for administering first aid at work. For example if you are delivering a service or an activity, or you are responsible for the safety of services users, colleagues or volunteers in the office.

  • Congratulations to RG Spaces, Parenting Special Children, Citizen’s Advice Reading, and Readibus!
    26 July 2017

    Reading is proud to boast an incredibly active and diverse voluntary and community sector. RVA would like to congratulate four more charities who have recently attained the Safe and Sound Quality Award! The award is open to charities of all sizes and shapes in Reading – find out how your group could benefit.

  • Local Clinical Commissioning Groups rated as Outstanding
    25 July 2017

    The local GPs, nurses and managers that run the four NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West were celebrating this week. All four CCGs in Berkshire West have been rated ‘outstanding’ in NHS England’s annual ratings of CCGs. Only 21 CCGs were awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating for 2016-17, out of a total of 209, ...

  • Free food for charities!
    25 July 2017

    FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste  in the UK.  It does this by rescuing good-quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to over 2000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom. We work with all sectors of the supply chain – producers, ...

  • Update from the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board
    20 July 2017

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board meets four times a year to plan and scrutinise how agencies work together to keep adults at risk of abuse or neglect safe in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Among the topics discussed at the June Board meeting were: the role of the voluntary sector in safeguarding adults, the ...

  • Big Lottery Fund updates guidance for Awards for All
    19 July 2017

    The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the guidance notes for its small grants programme Awards for All, including fewer restrictions and new priorities. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies in order to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in ...

  • News from the Wellbeing Forum
    19 July 2017

    Reading Voluntary Action hosted a Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary and community sector on Friday. We heard from Kam Purewall and Sarah Bow from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Long Term Conditions Programme Board and explored how voluntary organisations can (and are already) contributing to some of the priorities of the Board. There were lively discussions ...

  • Community Buildings Forum
    18 July 2017

    Is your group looking for a more ‘permanent’ home or have you thought about raising extra income through renting out space in your building to another local voluntary group? RVA are hosting another Community Buildings Forum for Reading-based groups

  • Narrowing the Gap II – save the dates
    17 July 2017

    Reading Borough Council is inviting voluntary and community groups to two sessions to help shape a new commissioning framework for local services. This framework will set out funding opportunities from June 2018 when the current ‘Narrowing the Gap’ funding arrangements come to an end. The final set of themes will be determined after the consultation, but ...

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