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

  • Join the council’s Approved Personal Assistant register
    22 March 2017

    Many older people and adults with care and support needs (because of illness or disability) prefer to directly employ their own carers – known as Personal Assistants. Personal Assistants provide support to enable individuals to maintain independence in their lives. If you’re interested in becoming a Personal Assistant, you can join the council’s Personal Assistant Register ...

  • Speakers confirmed for Wellbeing Forum – 4 April
    22 March 2017

    The next Wellbeing Forum, on Tuesday 4 April, is focusing on two very current and important topics for Reading, reducing loneliness and isolation and reducing deaths by suicide. Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Chair of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board and Mental Health Champion will introduce the forum and talk about the importance of partnership working between the Council ...

  • Sport England launches two new grant programmes to increase volunteering
    21 March 2017

    The March 2017 issue of Funding Digest features details of Sport England’s two new funding programmes to enable young people and adults from disadvantaged communities to take part in volunteering, using sport or physical activity. As part of its new Volunteering in an Active Nation strategy Sport England has just launched two new funds: The Potentials Fund which ...

  • Working Smart to Reduce Loneliness
    21 March 2017

    Unemployed women in Reading are benefitting from a £5k Funding Boost granted to Smart Works. Smart Works Reading has received £5,000 from the Berkshire Community Foundation – A Life Less Lonely fund. The grant will enable Smart Works Reading to continue to help women in Reading and the Thames Valley area get back into work, combating ...

  • Berkshire volunteer wins Action for Children’s Stephenson Award
    21 March 2017

    From over a hundred nominees nationally, Eve Hughes from Newbury was presented with Action for Children’s award for Outstanding Volunteer, presented by John O’Brien, the organisation’s chair of trustees. Although retired, Eve volunteers nearly full time to ensure children in need have their voices heard and the support they need. Eve has been volunteering with the ...

  • World Tuberculosis (TB) Day information at Broad Street Mall
    17 March 2017

    Health partners in Reading will be in Broad Street Mall on Friday 24 March supporting World TB Day. South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Reading Borough Council will be in the mall between 11am and 3pm, raising awareness around sleeping tuberculosis and new entrant testing for people coming into the UK from other countries. Dr Bu ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 24 March
    17 March 2017

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 24 March, starting at 2pm in the Council Chamber. As always, the Board has a very full agenda, with a number of items which would interest voluntary sector providers, including: Berkshire Suicide Prevention Strategy 2017 – 2020 Reducing the number of deaths by suicide is one of ...

  • Consultation on reshaping Homelessness Support Services
    15 March 2017

    A consultation has been launched on a review of the services provided by Reading Borough Council for individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Homelessness Support Services are commissioned by Reading Borough Council to support rough sleepers, provide bed spaces for individuals and couples who are homeless and help prevent households becoming homeless. Contracts ...

  • A new framework for Carer health and wellbeing
    14 March 2017

    I recently attended a stakeholder event organised by Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub to discuss the individual and collective responsibilities we have to help identify carers and assess their health and wellbeing needs. Many unpaid carers do not recognise themselves as carers even though they are supporting a vulnerable person.  The cared-for person may be ...

  • Dying Matters Week #Whatcanyoudo?
    14 March 2017

    Dying Matters Week is from 8 to 14 May. The week “gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda” – This year the focus is What Can You Do? It “aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and ...

  • HMRC update – Common Reporting Standard
    14 March 2017

    The HMRC deadline for reporting on Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is 31 May, this includes some qualifying charities. This factsheet provides introductory guidance to charities to identify whether you qualify as a ‘financial institution’ and what you need to do to comply with HMRC reporting for CRS.

  • Two spaces left – Boundaries for Volunteers 16 March
    14 March 2017

    The Ready Friends project at RVA is delighted to be partnering with Samaritans Reading to host a free workshop on setting bounadaries for volunteers. The workshop is open to all, but may be of particular interest to volunteer befrienders, or people interested in becoming befrienders. The workshop will cover: how to support people who present as emotionally ...

  • ‘Ready to read’ course to improve reading standards
    8 March 2017

    ABC to Read is backing a national campaign spearheaded by Save the Children to improve reading standards on a radical scale. The Read On Get On campaign comes in response to a specially-commissioned report which sparked the fear that by 2025 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to “read well”. To help pre-schools, toddler groups ...

  • Budgeting made easy for groups
    7 March 2017

    A budget is your group’s plans for the coming year set out in money terms. It helps you ensure that you have the money to do what you want to do and that you are able to make effective financial deci­sions. RVA is hosting a Budgeting Course on  23 March 2017 10am – 1pm. More details and booking here  You ...

  • What do you know about Reading Mencap?
    6 March 2017

    To improve the way Reading Mencap communicates with its supporters, we’d love to hear what you know (if anything) about the charity. We’d really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to give us your opinion of Reading Mencap in this short survey: As a thank you for taking the time to give us ...

  • Earn rewards and win prizes for cycling!
    6 March 2017

    Are you interested in seeing more people cycling? Do you need some additional motivation to get out on your bike? Would you like to increase your confidence cycling on the road, advice on local routes or learn more about bike maintenance? Then join BikeSmart Reading! So what’s it all about? Reading Borough Council has been selected by Empower** to ...

  • Troubled Families Innovations Fund: round two launched
    5 March 2017

    Reading Borough Council is pleased to announce the launch of round two of the Innovations Fund, and is inviting applications for funding. In the next round of innovations we would like to focus directly on the following areas of work (this does not exclude applications which target other Troubled Families outcomes): Education – attendance and exclusions Domestic abuse ...

  • Earley Charity internships 2017: applications invited
    2 March 2017

    The Earley Charity invites organisations in the not-for-profit sector to consider applying for its 2017 internship grant programme. This programme, run by the University of Reading Careers Centre, arranges for its students to work for around 8 weeks in the course of the summer break in voluntary or not-for-profit sector organisations in the Greater Reading area. ...

  • Interested in sharing a community building? This event could be for you
    1 March 2017

    Is your group looking for a building, or do you have unused space in your current building? RVA’s next Community Buildings Forum event could be what you are looking for.

  • Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector – sign up now
    1 March 2017

    The next Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Wednesday 4t April from 9:30am to 1:00pm in the Council Chamber. The programme will include short presentations followed by discussions groups. We will be focusing on two of the priorities from the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy and how voluntary and community groups ...

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