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

  • Shaping Carers Services in Berkshire
    8 June 2015

    A market engagement event was held in Bracknell on 2nd June, to explore how the service specifications for carers support services can be developed within Berkshire. Commissioners from across Berkshire presented what services are required locally in light of the Care Act. There was the opportunity for potential providers to discuss how they could be involved ...

  • Free Courses in Health and Social Care
    5 June 2015

    Special Offer Free Courses in Health and Social Care!!! Who is the offer for? • Voluntary and community groups • Healthwatch staff and volunteers • Patient Participation Groups • Other interested individuals What are the courses? There are three free courses on offer, all offered by a Department of Health funded partnership called “Engage for Change”. 1. “Understanding the Health and Social Care ...

  • Reading’s Social Prescribers – a multi-lingual team
    3 June 2015

    Reading Voluntary Action has recruited  Rachel Goater and Binita Shah, to be Social Prescribers in the Reading Walk-in Health Centre and Tilehurst surgeries.  Many of you will already know Rachel in her many community development roles; Binita is new to RVA but not to the voluntary sector in Reading. Between them, Rachel and Binita speak at ...

  • Are you coming to the Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector?
    3 June 2015

    Calling all voluntary and community sector organisations! Are you interested in improving the wellbeing of people in Reading? Do you know what would make most difference to your users and clients? How can we work together to gather their views using creative, innovative ideas? The Reading Wellbeing Forum is the place to be on Thursday 18th June! Speakers will include: Cllr Graeme ...

  • Volunteers can be “part of that magic moment” in someone’s life
    2 June 2015

    Launchpad is celebrating the outstanding contribution our 70 volunteers make to Launchpad. We asked our volunteers for a photo that captures what volunteering at Launchpad means to them. Speaking about her involvement supporting some very vulnerable clients, craft volunteer Pam says: I’m part of that magic moment when the light switches on and they decide to live ...

  • Free Life Coaching service at Citizens Advice Reading
    1 June 2015

    “MAKING LIFE BETTER” (MLB), Life Coaching Service WHAT IS IT? Citizens Advice Reading (formerly Reading Citizens Advice Bureau) runs a Life Coaching Service which is free and confidential. This service can help improve your health and wellbeing by offering you practical support in coping with stress, anxiety, lack of confidence, and time management. WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS? People ...

  • Volunteers enjoy and achieve with ABC to Read
    31 May 2015

    Local reading charity ABC to Read have been working with volunteers for over 10 years to mentor youngsters who are struggling with their reading. Reading is a core skill that defines future prospects and the support that ABC to Read volunteer mentors provide for the children they work with has resulted in tangible improvements in ...

  • Nepal Earthquake Relief Charity Musical Evening
    28 May 2015

    We all know that recent catastrophic earthquake in Nepal devastated thousands of lives and millions are now homeless. Many people in Reading have family and friends in areas of Nepal affected by the disaster and have been working hard to collect equipment to send to the area. Young Nepalese people from different universities ( Oxford Brookes University Nepali ...

  • Reading Services Guide – how well is it working?
    28 May 2015

    One year on from its launch, Reading Borough Council is asking residents for their views on the Reading Services Guide. The feedback will help further develop and improve the Services Guide,which provides constantly updated information on adult social care and services for families. You are invited to complete a short on-line survey .  The survey closes ...

  • Meadow Madness launches Reading Children’s Festival
    28 May 2015

    Hundreds of families came out to the Forbury Gardens to enjoy the fun and the sunshine at Meadow Madness, the launch event to the annual Reading Children’s Festival. There was a full programme of on stage entertainment and workshops including dance, music, drama, comedy and storytelling. There were also charity and information stalls, lots of ...

  • ‘First Steps’ funding to create a community action plan
    28 May 2015

    First Steps gives small community groups the freedom to develop action plans to improve their neighbourhood. First Steps areas will receive support to decide upon practical actions to make positive changes in their community. The deadline for applications to the First Steps programme has been extended until Friday 5 June. They are particularly looking to receive bids from the South East of England ...

  • Launchpad volunteers celebrate a record 2,700 hours
    27 May 2015

    Launchpad’s dedicated volunteer team have given a record total of over 2,700 hours of volunteering support in under a year. Launchpad held a celebration lunch, at the neighbouring Milk Bar, to thank their amazing volunteer team for their support and commitment.   The event was warm and welcoming and one could be forgiven for thinking it was ...

  • ‘Reading Soup’ to provide funding pot for Reading’s community projects
    26 May 2015

    Reading’s first-ever ‘Soup’ event to encourage the launch and support of creative community projects takes place on Thursday 9 July. Reading Soup is a community event to spotlight local projects. Presenters have just five-minutes to pitch their idea, with no Powerpoint or other technology allowed. The audience vote decides which project gets funded. The Soup concept started ...

  • We’re offering free trustee training
    26 May 2015

    RVA are offering an evening training session for trustees. Trustees have an important role in our society and our charities could not operate without you so we want to make sure you have all the information you require. The training will focus on a number of topics including your trustee duties, reporting requirements and understanding charity ...

  • Insights and Inspiration at Autistic Girls and Young Women Conference
    25 May 2015

    I came to this conference knowing next to nothing about girls and young women with autism.  Looking back on the day, I feel I have been given a window into their world and new insights into their lives.  I was daunted by the difficulties they, their families and their teachers face, but inspired by the ...

  • Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June – make sure we have your tasks!
    22 May 2015

    During Volunteers’ Week we will be drawing as much attention as we can to the range of volunteer work available on our books, so this is a last call to ask for information about any celebration plans you have and to make sure your task listings are up-to-date on www.RGneeds.me So long as we have them in ...

  • Could you be a charity trustee?
    22 May 2015

    The contribution of trustees is highly valued by the organisations they help to steer and vital to their good governance and sustainability. As such, people taking on the role are welcomed and well supported. Boards and individual trustees regularly access information and advice through Reading Voluntary Action’s regular bulletins, from our Knowledge Base and in ...

  • News from first Mental Health Strategy Group
    22 May 2015

    Reading’s Mental Health Strategy Group brings together service user, carer and voluntary sector representatives with commissioners from Reading Borough Council, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).  The purpose of the strategy group is oversee the development of adult mental health support in Reading and to ensure that the voice of service users ...

  • Reading’s first Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary and community sector
    20 May 2015

    Calling all voluntary and community organisations in Reading! Are you interested in exploring how we can work together to improve the wellbeing of local people? Come along to Reading’s first Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary and community sector on 18th June, to be chaired by Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Reading Borough Council’s lead for Health and Chair ...

  • Shaping Carers Services in Berkshire
    15 May 2015

    This event will explore how the service specifications for carers support services can be developed within Berkshire. Commissioners from across Berkshire will be presenting what services are required locally in light of the Care Act. You will have the opportunity to consider if you would like to provide all or some aspects of the service and ...

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