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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.

  • News from Reading’s Wellbeing Forum
    22 June 2015

    The first Reading Wellbeing Forum, organised by Reading Voluntary Action, brought together representatives from about 35 voluntary and community groups to explore how we can work together to improve the wellbeing of local people. Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Chair of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board, gave his views on “What is Wellbeing – why is it important ...

  • Legacy of Valour Exhibition
    22 June 2015

    This exhibition runs throughout the month starting on 2 August, about the contribution of Sikh soldiers during the First World War (1914-1918) or the Great War, as it was known at the time was a watershed event in the modern history. The events of the conflict changed the social and political map of the world ...

  • East Reading Festival 2015 – “Biggest Turn Out Ever”
    22 June 2015

    Thousands enjoyed the sun at the East Reading Festival in Palmer Park on Sunday, June 14 with organisers declaring it the biggest turn out ever. The free entry event saw four music stages catering to the crowd with the main stage headlined by Origami Heart. The Lime Stage is a new addition to the festival ...

  • Survey on Victim Personal Statements
    19 June 2015

    The Victims Commissioner, Baroness Newlove, has launched a survey for victims to share their experiences or views about Victim Personal Statements (VPS). She would like to obtain the views of as many victims as possible to help complete a review which aims to develop a better understanding of victim personal statement processes and what agencies could ...

  • “In Kind Direct” provides donated goods to local groups
    18 June 2015

    In Kind Direct is a national charity that helps organisations get the things they need to support communities. They do this by taking donations of goods from manufacturers and retailers and redistributing them to charities and not for profit organisations. From cleaning products to keep your premises sparkling, to packs of essential toiletries for people in crisis. As organisations only have ...

  • Small Grants for community groups – deadline 31 July 2015
    17 June 2015

    Reading Borough Council’s small grants programme is available to support grass roots work and designed primarily to fund start-up costs, small projects and events that encourage activity at neighbourhood level. The next deadline for local Voluntary & Community sector groups to apply for Community Grants is Friday 31 July 2015. The following grant types will be available: Black ...

  • Shaping Carers Services in Berkshire – second event 30th June
    16 June 2015

    This is the second in two events to involve potential providers in shaping Carers Services across Berkshire. At the first event on 2nd June, commissioners across Berkshire presented the headline specification for the services they are considering. This headline specification can be found here The event on June 30th will explore how partnerships for carers support ...

  • Have you looked at the RGneeds.me homepage lately?
    15 June 2015

    Members of the public visiting our site get to read articles about the impact volunteers are having within a range of canny charities and community groups who are using the site to publicise their work and help us create a sense of “the volunteering community in Reading”. Feedback from those organisations indicates that these articles ...

  • Have a look at the new NHS Berkshire West Children’s Health website!
    15 June 2015

    A guide for parents and carers of children under five. Children may seem unwell for a variety of reasons and sometimes all you need is some medical advice to help you to decide what care is best for them. The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups have commissioned www.childhealthberkshirewest.nhs.uk – a website that puts the right information at ...

  • Trustee Network update
    12 June 2015

    The relaunch meeting of the Trustee Network on 3 June saw new and experienced trustees from charities active in Reading getting together to talk about some important issues that their role brings them into contact with. They also got the chance to sign up to a range of particularly helpful sessions for trustees coming up, that ...

  • Reading 4 Community – new online funding tool
    12 June 2015

    After many years of providing GRANTnet, to help you do your own personalised grant searches, we are pleased to tell you that we are now able to offer you the latest version of the online Grant Search programme from © Idox plc renamed Reading 4 Community. Reading 4 Community lets you search though the most up ...

  • Adult Social Care Grants Re-shaping workshop
    12 June 2015

    You are invited to a workshop on Thursday 6th July to understand Reading Borough Council’s proposed approach for Adult Social Care and Public Health grant funding from 2016. This will be an opportunity to share your views on the application process before this is finalised, and to contribute your ideas on how we can work together ...

  • Reading’s Adult Social Care Information & Advice Plan: Measuring Quality and Impact
    12 June 2015

    Reading Borough Council is holding a short workshop on Friday June 26th focusing on the Adult Social Care Information and Advice Plan. The workshop will explore how to measure the effectiveness of information and advice provision, specifically two key questions: – What are the standards we should be using to measure if we have “good” information and ...

  • Champions in West Berkshire!
    10 June 2015

    Arthritis Care are running weekly drop in sessions in West Berkshire for people living with arthritis and we wanted to shout about it! Testimonials from attendees tell us that we are making a difference: “Very Positive and informative, given me lots of incentives” “Picked up many valid points on exercise and healthy eating” “Extremely helpful, especially options other than ...

  • Is your organisation eligible for a free broadband upgrade?
    9 June 2015

    The government are offering grants of up to £3000 to boost your organisation’s broadband, covering your installation and upgrade costs. The grants are available to small businesses, registered charities and social enterprises on a first come, first served basis so get moving quickly if you wish to take advantage of the opportunity. For more information and to ...

  • 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 ...

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