News

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

  • Action Media – Untold Stories
    21 September 2021

    Untold Stories is a documentary made by a group of young people in Reading giving an insight into the challenges they face on their journey into education and employment. Through a series of interviews, these young people shared their struggles with gaining access to vital work experience they require in order to apply for jobs. The ...

  • BCF Vital for Berkshire Fund – deadline 18 October 2021
    20 September 2021

    This Berkshire Community Fund (BCF) round of funding will focus broadly on charities serving key groups such as children and young people, older people, those with disabilities and those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic They we will prioritise charities and community groups that work to tackle issues and needs amongst: Children and young people Older people People with disabilities Those ...

  • Does your charity send donations abroad, such as for disaster relief?
    15 September 2021

    During the pandemic, when there are natural disasters or in times of acute need, charities and their members often wish to help those abroad in other countries by raising funds for specific causes, such as disaster relief, or money for medical equipment or other necessities. This is of course a worthwhile cause. If your charity is ...

  • Help shape RBC’s voluntary sector plans
    15 September 2021

    Voluntary and Community Sector services: ‘Your Voice Counts’ Local voluntary sector organisations are invited to join commissioners to discuss plans for a new commissioning framework for several Voluntary and Community Sector services operating from June 2022. We have recommitted and re-established positive ways of working with you through the pandemic and want to do more to build ...

  • Gift Aid Awareness Day 7 October 2021 – promote your charity
    14 September 2021

    Gift Aid Awareness Day encourages donors to ‘tick the box’ and explain why this tax relief is so vital to charities. It also helps to strengthen the message that Gift Aid is a vital source of income for charities. Gift Aid is worth around £1.3 billion to the UK charity sector each year Charity Finance Group ...

  • Age UK Reading has moved offices
    14 September 2021

    Age UK Reading has moved offices; their new address is: Walford Hall Carey Street Reading Berkshire RG1 7JS

  • Kings’s Fund – GSK Impact Awards URGENT deadline 20 September 2021
    13 September 2021

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The awards are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. They are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, ...

  • Office space to rent in London Street – available October 2021
    13 September 2021

    A great opportunity to rent office space in central Reading from October 2021. Reading Community Learning Centre, based at 94 London Street, is looking for tenants to  share its Grade 2 listed building, and is also offering classrooms and meeting spaces for hire. Rent features: Top floor of 875 square feet, which consists of a very large room, ...

  • Afternoon tea thank you event attended by RVA volunteers
    8 September 2021

    Two members of the Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) volunteer team who have been supporting projects during the Covid-19 pandemic attended an Afternoon Tea at Ascot Racecourse on Monday 7 September. The event, organised by Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF), celebrating the wonderful achievements of Berkshire’s voluntary sector during the pandemic was attended by a range of representatives ...

  • Get Online sessions are opening up again
    8 September 2021

    We are pleased at last to be able to announce that our Get Online drop-in sessions are gradually starting up again at venues around Reading. We have already started monthly Friday sessions at a new venue – Oak Tree House in Dee Park. The next session there will be on Friday 8 October at 11.00am. The ...

  • Compass Recovery College’s autumn schedule published
    7 September 2021

    At Compass Recovery College we’re pleased to be able to share our new prospectus, schedule and newsletter with you. We are running workshops both online and in person at a variety of venues. Just to name a few, we have co-produced new workshops around Autism Spectrum Disorder and Bipolar Disorders, we are exploring how we can ...

  • KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme – deadline 28 February 2022
    6 September 2021

    Grants are available to support grassroots organisations providing safe social spaces, mentoring, work, or social skills for young people aged 11 to 25 years old in the UK. The Foundation aims to fund work that helps young people create firm foundations, by addressing their needs through early intervention. Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available. Who can ...

  • The Branding Project from the University of Reading – Act fast, last few spaces available!
    2 September 2021

    There are just a few spaces remaining on this year’s branding project, read on to find out more and get in touch to secure your place. Are you a new charity looking to establish a brand identity but lacking the resources to do so? Or are you a not-for-profit in need of a brand refresh or ...

  • Berkshire Vision activities for September
    1 September 2021

    Berkshire Vision has published its calendar containing plenty of activities for September aimed at people with sight loss. There is a huge range of activities range from long tandem riding to quizzes and a murder mystery evening. For further information please download the calendar. Berkshire Vision has also introduced its new Living Well with Sight Loss courses and ...

  • Food4Families Health Start and other courses starting in September
    1 September 2021

    Food4Families is organising a six-week series of Health Start sessions in September and October in association with Compass Recovery College. If you want to explore new ways of improving your health and wellbeing this course is a good place to start. You will get to experience the benefit of being outside in nature whilst having a ...

  • New Directions 2021-22 course guide now available
    1 September 2021

    The course guide for New Directions College is now available to download. Our offer of learning for 2021-22 continues to focus on skills in English, Mathematics and digital as well as a range of vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and traineeships. We also offer a wonderful selection of arts, ceramics, wellbeing  and leisure learning programmes. Our provision ...

  • Older People’s Day – 1 Oct 2021
    1 September 2021

    AgeUK Reading and AgeUK Berkshire, supported by Reading Borough Council, are planning an event for Older People’s Day, 1 October 2021, and details of the exciting plans for the main event will be shared shortly. This year’s Older People’s Day falls on a Friday.  As well as advertising the events for the day we would like ...

  • Formal bidding process for Office 2 at South Street Arts Centre – open until 27 October 2021
    31 August 2021

    This is notice of the formal bidding process through the open market and also through the third sector process for Office 2 at South Street Arts Centre or short-term lease for up to 5 years for £3,500 per annum on an inclusive basis (building’s insurance, utilities, business rates). The bidding process is now open, and ...

  • How should Reading market itself? A chance to have your say
    27 August 2021

    Reading UK, Reading Borough Council and The University of Reading are working together 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. They will be holding two ‘virtual’ ...

  • In real life events and services
    25 August 2021

    If your group is now opening face-to-face services or putting on events, we can share this with people wanting to get out, meet others, access services or simply to have fun with other people in real life.   Our social prescribers and other RVA staff speak to individuals every day, who want to know where they can ...

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