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

  • Kindness Can: conference on loneliness and our local response
    25 September 2017

    On Wednesday 20 September I went to the Campaign to End Loneliness conference ‘Kindness Can’. The conference is an annual event, which is an opportunity for organisations connected to the Campaign to get together, hear about the latest research and initiatives to address loneliness and share their thoughts and ideas. The Campaign to End Loneliness launched this ...

  • Do you know anyone that needs help to get online? Free drop-in sessions
    20 September 2017

    Whatever you need help with – using a computer, smartphone or tablet – the Get Online Reading team can help you at their free drop-in sessions at libraries and community venues around the town.

  • World Mental Health Day – 10 October
    19 September 2017

    Reading Borough Council is organising and supporting following events to mark World Mental Health Day 2017 Reading’s Older People’s Day 2017 on 9 October has the theme of Emotional Wellbeing will include a range of workshops, demonstrations and information stalls promoting mental health and wellbeing.  Find out more about Reading Older People’s Day which is being ...

  • Mental Capacity Act Week – free training
    14 September 2017

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board is hosting a series of free workshops to support practitioners to develop skills and knowledge in understanding and applying the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The workshops take place 16 – 20 October 2017 and are open to all practitioners working across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Workshops details: ** Monday 16th ...

  • Sarah’s 50km walk for Daisy’s Dream
    13 September 2017

    RVA’s Partnership Manager Sarah Morland took part in the Thames Path Challenge this Saturday, walking 50km to raise funds for Daisy’s Dream. Sarah’s Just Giving page chronicles her training, including her two-and-a-half-hour walks home after long days in the RVA office! After months of preparations, Sarah completed the demanding walk from Runnymede to Henley in just ...

  • Free condoms for vulnerable people in Reading
    13 September 2017

    Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS) runs FACT – The Free Adult Condom Trust, a service that aims to make condom access free and straightforward for vulnerable people in Reading. If your organisation works with vulnerable people in Reading and you would like to be able to provide them with free condoms and sexual health information, ...

  • Partnership Development Fund – open from 12 September
    12 September 2017

    The CCGs’ Partnership Development Fund is open for applications from Tuesday 12 September. 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 ...

  • Safeguarding Adults – a great turnout
    12 September 2017

    Nearly 40 people attended “Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business” on Monday 11 September.  Volunteers, staff and interested individuals learned more about who is at risk, the range of abuse and neglect issues and how to raise concerns. We heard from: Natalie Madden, Business Manager for the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB).  The Board brings together ...

  • Remember a charity in your will: “You are really giving a lifeline and your legacy will live on for a long long time”
    11 September 2017

    As part of Remember A Charity Week 2017 our intern Stephanie has been exploring the impact that legacy giving can have on charities within our local community. As part of her work she had the opportunity to speak to Samantha Harper at the Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre to find out more about the condition, ...

  • Support by and for autistic people in Reading
    6 September 2017

    AutAngel is an autistic-run group which helps autistic adults to live more fulfilling lives. They have recently received more funding to re-start the successful peer support groups and post-identification programme that they piloted in Reading last year. They have also started a new gardening group which meets weekly to plan an allotment and grow and harvest ...

  • Fire Marshal Training – for Voluntary and Community Groups – 26 Oct 2017
    6 September 2017

    RVA is collaborating with Redkite Training to provide a half-day Fire Marshal training session for Reading-based voluntary and community groups and charities. This training is a key element of good Health and Safety practices and will ensure that you are able to keep your service users, members, volunteers and staff safe in the event of ...

  • Safeguarding for Volunteers – 23 Nov 2017
    6 September 2017

    All voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers with little or no paid staff, it is important that volunteers receive basic safeguarding training. RVA are hosting this mini workshop, which has been designed ...

  • New ACRE opening hours
    5 September 2017

    Opening hours for the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) offices have changed. Until further notice the office hours are: Monday           9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday           9:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday         9:00 am – 5:00 pm. At other times you can call on 0118 951 0279 and ...

  • Police Property Act Fund open for applications
    1 September 2017

    A new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund has been announced. The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned ...

  • Rose Centre – it’s finally here
    31 August 2017

    Reading Rose Centre is opening a monthly drop-in for women from FGM practising communities. The drop-in opens on Friday 1st September 2017, and thereafter every first Friday morning of every month from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  There will be workshops, 1:1 sessions with a doctor, informal peer support, arts and crafts.  The sessions will provide opportunities to ...

  • Get Ready for the 2017 Aviva Fund
    24 August 2017

     The 2017 Aviva Community Fund opens for project submissions on 12 September, with more chances to win than ever before.  The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding from £1,000 up to £25,000 for an important cause in your community. To apply go to All you have to do is enter a project for your community ...

  • Community Buildings Forum
    23 August 2017

    Booking now open for our next Community Buildings Forum. Come along to find out what available space there is in Reading for your group and its activities.

  • Co-location opportunity in West Reading and Tilehurst
    23 August 2017

    Reading Libraries are interested in hearing from groups who might require space in the West Reading-Tilehurst area. Our sites at Battle Library (420 Oxford Road – RG30 1EE) and Tilehurst Library (School Road – RG31 5AS) have office space we could potentially offer at low cost (and possibly no cost), subject to your organisation being on ...

  • Take Part in Reading Libraries Fun Palace
    23 August 2017

      We are looking for local groups and organisations to take part and share their skills and interests in our first Fun Palace on Saturday 7 October. Events will be happening across each of our libraries and we are looking for groups to help us make it a success and put on lots of fun free ...

  • Community Buildings Forum
    21 August 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 with updates on available space.

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