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

  • Your council services, your say – RBC budget consultation
    11 August 2015

    Over the next three years the Council will be making a series of budget proposals to make the savings needed. The latest package of savings, efficiencies and income proposals, were agreed for consultation at a meeting of the Council’s Policy Committee on 20 July 2015. These total £7.24million. The council want you to be aware ...

  • Promoting and Supporting Wellbeing – on-line documents
    11 August 2015

    The Care Act places clear duties on local authorities to promote wellbeing and to focus on prevention to help people live the most fulfilling lives they can. Investing in the right community support is a key part of Reading Borough Council’s plans to meet these duties. You may be aware that the Council is currently consulting ...

  • Active Communities funding – submit your Expression of Interest
    10 August 2015

    Is your organisation thinking of applying for the Active Communities funding relaunched on 29 July? If so then as well as getting on with preparing your bid for the application deadline of 2 September, it’s essential to register your expression of interest by Monday 24 August latest. You can do this right away by entering the ...

  • Volunteer Viewpoint survey
    7 August 2015

    RVA is re-running this survey which was first undertaken and reported on at our Volunteering Conference 2013. We need help from volunteers and would-be volunteers to inform the way organisations develop roles and recruit and manage volunteers in future, and to ensure that RVA can continue to support this process effectively. To help us achieve this, ...

  • PCC Counselling Hub for Victims of Crime – interim funding opportunities
    5 August 2015

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is establishing a Counselling Hub to coordinate and improve access to psychotherapeutic counselling for victims of crime, to increase the pool of appropriate counsellors and to reduce barriers for those requiring counselling. The Counselling Hub will be developed during an initial 12 month period by a Hub Coordinator employed ...

  • Made with Tender Loving Care – a gift for Launchpad Reading
    31 July 2015

    Project Linus Berks and Oxon Coordinator Lillian King heard from Launchpad Reading about a young girl they are supporting, who could do with a lift and to have something of her own from someone who cares. Project Linus was there with the very thing – a beautiful hand-made quilt. So on 30 July Sharon Mullis from ...

  • Seven desktop computers available
    31 July 2015

    We have 7 desktop computers, donated by British Gas about 18 months ago for a project which ultimately did not get funded. They are HP compaq DC7800. Base Unit, Mouse, new keyboard, kettle lead, no screen or screen leads. No operating system but you can buy windows 7 cheap on e-bay or for a piffling admin ...

  • Wanted: roofs for solar investment
    31 July 2015

    An opportunity for free solar panels on voluntary, community, faith and not for profit sector buildings. Does your group manage, own or lease a community building in Reading? Can you make full commitment within a short timescale and without legal delays? RISC solar panels installed March 2012 If the answer is yes to these questions then there is ...

  • Active Communities funding opening again this week
    29 July 2015

    Apply for funding! Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live will be able to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of ...

  • Reading’s first Group Energy project for charities launched
    29 July 2015

    RVA and Kingdom Utilities are pleased to inform you that we have created a Reading focused charity energy project that will enable your charity to opt your gas and electricity into one group energy portfolio. Kingdom Utilities have already helped many of Reading’s charities and faith groups to save money by bulk buying energy on their ...

  • Latest newsletter from Berkshire Carers
    28 July 2015

    This edition includes information on our new Carers Assessment Guide, Welfare Reforms, Healthy Eating, upcoming events and courses and much more! You can download it from this link:

  • Grants for Voluntary Organisations – Consultation on proposed changes to Council funding 2016/17
    27 July 2015

    A THREE month public consultation exercise on a major package of saving, efficiency and income proposals opens on Friday July 24. Reading Borough Council estimates it needs to save a further £39 million between now and 2019. That is because since 2013/14 the Government has cut Reading’s grant funding by 40%. The cuts to funding are ...

  • Budget Consultation – July 2015 – Your Council Services. Your Say.
    27 July 2015

    Reading Borough Council estimates it needs to save a further £39million over the next 3 years to 2019. This is because since 2013/14 the Government has cut Reading’s grant funding by 40%. These cuts are taking place at a time when demand for local Council services in Reading is increasing. Over the next three years the ...

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Announces New Grants Strategy for UK
    24 July 2015

    The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations, has just launched a new strategy which focuses on six new priorities relating to the changes it wishes to see in the UK. To support its new strategy, the Foundation will be making £25 million a year available in grant funding to not-for-profit organisations ...

  • Parenting Special Children Open Day
    24 July 2015

    The Parenting Special Children Open Day provided an opportunity for practitioners to learn more about the support that Parenting Special Children (PSC) can offer to families of children and young people with special needs. There were workshops and presentations on the following: ADHD Anxiety Looked After Children with Special Needs Sleep Service. Parenting Special Children works with the parents and carers of ...

  • New Big Lottery Fund – Help Through Crises
    22 July 2015

    The Big Lottery are looking to fund partnership projects that draw on the strengths and personal experiences of people facing hardship so that they can overcome immediate difficulties and be ready for opportunities and challenges ahead. “We are looking for projects that provide tailored support, advice and advocacy to enable people to address difficulties and be ...

  • Volunteer management training course: A Creative Approach
    22 July 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.

  • Volunteer research – be part of our focus group
    21 July 2015

    As part of our ongoing work to support and promote volunteering, we’d like to talk to people actively seeking a volunteer role as part of an informal focus group on 11 September 2015. Could you share your thoughts about What you are looking to gain What you are looking to give What you expect from a host organisation How you’ve ...

  • Using health data to support your funding bid
    17 July 2015

    At Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector in June, it was suggested that Reading Voluntary Action could provide a resource bank of data sources to help organisations understand the needs of their communities. A good place to start – Reading Borough Council publishes ward profiles based on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, a useful source ...

  • Have Your Say – The Health Network
    16 July 2015

    Do you want to get involved in local health issues? The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) use an on-line public and patient forum, the Berkshire Health Network, to help run their consultations and surveys and to send emails regarding health news and local health meetings that you may wish to attend. You can sign up to ...

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