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

  • 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.

  • Reading Borough Council VCS Funding Review
    19 August 2015

    The RVA team has put together a webpage to list all the information we have about this process and related events, all in one place. We will continue to issue more individual updates and publish event details via our weekly digests and on our website news and events lists, but you will be able to ...

  • Buffet and boogie at St. Lawrence’s Church
    18 August 2015

    St Lawrence’s Church in the town centre opened its doors for a special afternoon tea for the over 50s last Friday. Visitors enjoyed a buffet and an afternoon of live music from Reading singer Julia Titus. Around 60 people turned up on the day to dance along to Julia who belted out classics such as “Summertime” ...

  • Well-being event at Broad Street Mall
    17 August 2015

    Social Prescribing is organising a Well-being Event on 17 September a Broad Street Mall from 10-3 pm. We are inviting a limited number of voluntary and community sector organisations that have a focus on improving well-being to attend and have a free stall. These will be organisations that would be happy for social prescribers to refer patients to. Social ...

  • “Get Fit for Culture” Grants
    12 August 2015

    2016 is Reading’s Year of Culture. This will be an opportunity to showcase and encourage engagement with the wide range of activities  in the field of arts and heritage. There will be grants for community groups to get involved in some of the monthly themes throughout the Year of Culture The first grants round will invite applications for Get Fit ...

  • Consultations into voluntary sector role in health and care
    12 August 2015

    Two consultations published recently will help to determine the future of voluntary sector involvement in health and care. As part of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) review, respondents from the voluntary and health and social care sectors are invited to give their views on the current state of partnership working, and how closer collaboration ...

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