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

  • Working Together for Health and Wellbeing
    19 December 2017

    At the recent Wellbeing Forum, Seona Douglas, the new Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council, outlined why we need to work together to address some of the challenges to the health and wellbeing of people in Reading. Seona reminded us that health inequalities in Reading are real and widening: Reading’s poorest communities ...

  • Reading Your Way – Christmas Opening Hours
    19 December 2017

    Reading Your Way, 1a Rupert Square, Reading, RG1 3HE. Tel: 0118 9660240 Christmas opening times Monday 18 December: 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday 19 December: 9 am – 5 pm Wednesday 20 December: 9 am – 5 pm Thursday 21 December: 9 am – 5 pm Friday 22 December: 9 am – 5 pm Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December: CLOSED Wednesday ...

  • Let’s Make Reading Friendlier – Conference
    13 December 2017

    February 21 2018 will see a big event at Reading Town Hall, exploring ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities. The focus of the conference will be on taking action to create change at both a personal and organisational level.  Workshop themes will include ‘it’s everyone’s business’, ‘loneliness as a public health ...

  • Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation
    6 December 2017

    Have your say on the proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme. Reading Borough Council continues to face the challenge of the most difficult budget position in its history. Demand for key Council services – like caring for vulnerable adults and children – is rising at a time of unprecedented and sustained cuts in funding ...

  • Oxford Road Champions to End Loneliness Workshop: New Date!
    6 December 2017

    The Oxford Road Champions to End Loneliness workshop has been rescheduled for Thursday 18 January 2018, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. Join us at Battle Library to find out how to become a Champion to End Loneliness for Reading. Anyone can be a champion, helping to end loneliness in a wide range of ways: find out ...

  • ‘SIRs’? What are they and should you be reporting them?
    5 December 2017

    The Charity Commission has recently updated its guidance on Serious Incident Reports (SIRs) and when to report these. So what are they, and when exactly should a charity report incidents? Reporting This area usually fills charity managers and trustees with dread but it is important to understand when you have a duty to report, as failure to ...

  • Approval for Charitable Companies to convert to CIO
    4 December 2017

    The long awaited approval for Charitable Companies to convert to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) has finally arrived. Read on to find out when your charitable company can start the process of transferring over.

  • Your chance to comment on the Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan
    30 November 2017

    Reading Borough Council is now consulting on the Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan until 26 January 2018. We are in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036.  Once adopted, the Local Plan will be the main document that informs how ...

  • Workshop Postponed: Oxford Road Champions to End Loneliness
    29 November 2017

    The Oxford Road Champions to End Loneliness workshop which was due to take place at Battle Library tomorrow – 30 November 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – has been postponed due to the organiser’s ongoing jury service. Everyone who registered for the workshop will receive an email soon to tell them about the new ...

  • Accessing Local Mental Health Services – event on 30 November
    29 November 2017

    Have your say about how to access local Mental Health Services in the future. Local Clinical Commissioning Groups would like to hear your opinion at an event in Wokingham on Thursday 30 November 2017. Refreshments will be provided and tickets can be obtained by emailing Event details: Date: 30 November 2017 Time: 2 pm – 4 pm Location: ...

  • Join the RVA team in a new role – School and Parent Engagement
    29 November 2017

      Interested in joining RVA and becoming part of a small, supportive team, passionate about Reading and our communities? We are looking for a new team player to engage with parents, and support them to make the most of growing opportunities to return to education, training, employment or self-employment. The role will involve building strong relationships with ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – speakers announced
    27 November 2017

    Do join us for the next Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary and community sector on Wednesday 6th December (9:30am for 10:00am start) at RISC We have a great programme of speakers including: Seona Douglas, Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council.  Seona will talk about why we need to work together to improve ...

  • Help us understand more about loneliness: participate in our Focus Groups
    24 November 2017

    We are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading. We are interested in hearing from a wide range of people and we understand from research we have carried out that certain situations make it more likely that someone may be affected by loneliness. Your participation in these focus ...

  • Data Protection and GDPR – further Workshops available
    22 November 2017

    Everything you need to know about the new Data Protection regulations that will affect all charities, community and voluntary groups.

  • Berkshire Adults Safeguarding Policy and Procedures – Website Launch
    22 November 2017

    A new website launches today, providing valuable information on safeguarding across the whole of Berkshire, including how to report concerns and instances of abuse. The policies and procedures on the website will support staff in social care to ensure that they can respond appropriately to concerns relating to abuse and neglect. Members of the public ...

  • Want to hear more about the local NHS -N&W Reading CCG Governing Body Meeting 19th December
    17 November 2017

    North and West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding it’s next Governing Body meeting in public on Tuesday 19th December and you are welcome to attend. Further details ( the board papers will be published 5 days before the meeting) on the North and West Reading CCG website Please register through Eventbrite

  • RVA School and Parent Engagement – closing date 5 December 2017
    15 November 2017

    Are you warm, enthusiastic and able to see the potential in everyone? RVA is looking for a new team player to engage with parents and support them to make the most of growing opportunities to return to education, training, employment or self-employment. Hours: 18.5 hours a week Salary: £26,000/an pro rata The post is funded by the Big Lottery ...

  • Trustee Stories: ‘You will learn lots and make lifelong friends’
    15 November 2017

    For Trustees’ Week 2017, we spoke to Victoria Oakes, who is a trustee for Launchpad, the charity which works to prevent homelessness in Reading. By day, 35-year-old Victoria is a Senior Manager at Microsoft, where she is the Digital Destinations and Storytelling Lead and she brings her marketing, operational and leadership experience to the board ...

  • It’s Trustee Week! Access Workshops and Webinars via FSI
    15 November 2017

    It’s that time of year when we, as a nation, celebrate and promote the role of trustees up and down the country.  RVA would like to say a big to all of the Trustees in the Reading voluntary sector, for all your hard work and dedication, often inspite of and in the midst of challenging financial times. Reading is ...

  • Community Safety Survey – open until 15 December 2017
    15 November 2017

    Complete RBC’s Community Safety Survey by 15 December 2017 and help to identify priorities across Reading on issues such as crime and disorder, litter, parking and anti-social behaviour. The Safer Neighbourhood Forums (formerly known as Neighbourhood Action Groups) consult residents on community safety issues every two years and the results inform RBC’s neighbourhood working. Feedback ...

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