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

  • Appreciating local volunteers – recognition for Berkshire charity
    6 February 2017

    Giving up time in service of others is a core pillar of thriving communities. Schools, families and societies are strengthened thanks to the time and skills of volunteers and Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read have recently achieved the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, recognising the excellent work they do with volunteers. ABC to Read was ...

  • Team Reading Volunteers help Tea Dance go with a swing!
    3 February 2017

    Over 50 attendees came together to enjoy music, dance and food at the first Older People’s Tea Dance of the year. The dance, bringing together people from all over Reading, took place at Wycliffe church and Team Reading volunteers were on hand to help set-up, provide a friendly welcome and have a bit of a dance! ...

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing – keep learning!
    31 January 2017

    When we leave school, it marks the end of our time in compulsory education, but not the end of our learning journey. The difference is that we continue to choose to learn, not just further / higher education, but the learning we continue to do for our own enjoyment, to further our abilities, to overcome challenges, for work ...

  • Accounting Records and Reporting to the Charities Commission
    30 January 2017

    Unsure whether you need to prepare accounts, what form this should take and whether you have to file them with the Charities Commission? What about Annual Returns and Trustee’s Reports? This simplfied factsheet is an introduction to reporting and provides a checklist for all organisations including community associations, CIOs and charitable companies.

  • New funding opportunities for smaller organisations
    25 January 2017

    The January 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features two grant programmes to help small organisations supporting adults and children with disabilities. Barchester Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for grants between £100 and £5,000 from small community groups and small local groups helping adults aged over 18 with mental and physical disabilities, and older ...

  • National Student Volunteering Week is coming! Can our students help you?
    25 January 2017

    Reading University Students’ Union is taking part in National Student Volunteering Week (20 – 26 February), and is on the hunt for community-based volunteering projects or services where a group of keen volunteers could make a real impact. National Student Volunteering Week aims to offer students a wide range of different volunteering projects and services in ...

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing – take notice!
    25 January 2017

    It’s grey outside, it gets dark early, and often in January it feels like the best thing to do is hibernate! However, the third way to wellbeing is ‘take notice’ – and believe it or not there are things worth taking notice of, even (perhaps especially) in deepest winter! In fact I’ve seen some stunning views just ...

  • Domestic Abuse Services consultation
    24 January 2017

    Reading Borough Council has launched a consultation regarding its Domestic Abuse Services – the closing date is 10 February 2017. The council is seeking views from service users and other stakeholders to understand: Local priorities for domestic abuse services and the rationale for priorities The impact of reducing funding for local refuge provision including part of the specialist ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 27 January
    20 January 2017

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 27th January, starting at 2pm in the Council Chamber. The Board has a very full agenda, with many items where voluntary sector providers have been involved in consultations and representation, or will have a key role to play in delivery of action plans. The ...

  • Domestic Abuse Services – Consultation
    19 January 2017

    Reading Community Safety Partnership’s Domestic Abuse Strategy 2015-18 outlines Reading’s focus for tackling domestic abuse over the three years. Reading provides a good range of services and support for people who experience domestic abuse, within the challenging financial restraints facing public services.  The strategy aims to continue to improve the services available and deliver the ...

  • A different way to recruit volunteers
    18 January 2017

    On 1 March, we are running a Volunteer Befriender Speed Dating event in which prospective volunteers have the chance to speak to a wide range of local organisations providing befriending and social volunteering opportunities. The event is short and snappy, taking just 45 minutes for the speed dating (allowing for 15 three-minute conversations) then an hour ...

  • The Reading Trustee Network is back on 24 January!
    17 January 2017

    Come and join us for the Reading Trustee Network, which is back on Tuesday 24 January. We will have plenty of opportunty for networking, great speakers on hot topics, and of course nibbles and wine. Don’t forget to reserve your place in advance.

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing – be active!
    17 January 2017

    We are into week two of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, showcasing the many voluntary and community groups which support people in Reading to be active. I know that if I’m feeling low or fed-up, a good walk in the woods with friends will lift my spirits.  A walk ticks so many boxes – be active, ...

  • Charity Governance Awards – win £5,000
    16 January 2017

    Share your examples of good governance by entering into the Charity Governance Awards and potentially win £5,000 for your organisation.

  • AGM guide
    16 January 2017

    Are you unsure about how to hold an AGM? This short guide takes you through the process step by step.

  • Wellbeing Wednesdays at Reading Walk in Health Centre
    12 January 2017

    Stand and noticeboard available on Wednesdays at the Reading Walk In Health Centre at Broad Street Mall. We can offer you a warm welcome, cups of tea and plenty of people to talk with. We would like to go the extra mile to support the health and wellbeing of our patients by providing them with information ...

  • Need more volunteers in 2017?
    11 January 2017

    Do you need more volunteers this year? We have a series of 3 workshops coming up in February and March in partnership with Mosaic. These workshops will equip you with all the know how, including how to recruit, interview, write role descriptions and more…

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing – connect!
    11 January 2017

    Last week, we started the conversation about Five Ways to Wellbeing, 5 simple steps that can help us improve our wellbeing in every day life, Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give This week the focus CONNECT – feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that ...

  • Financial Management: 1-2-1 sessions for charities & voluntary groups
    10 January 2017

    Does your charity/ group need help with finances/budgets/AGM reports/ spreadsheets or other financial matters? We understand that consultancy fees can be expensive for charities and voluntary sector organisations. Therefore we have organised some discounted rates in partnership with Holy Brook Associates. Why not book for one of our 1-2-1 sessions on 22 February.

  • BOB – the Sustainability and Transformation Plan
    4 January 2017

    “The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is one of 44 local plans being developed across England, which will set out how affordable, good quality health and social care will be provided in the future” (NHS England – December 2016) Below are some key points from STP summary document, published in late ...

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