News

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

  • New RVA Health and Safety Service for charities and voluntary groups
    13 May 2015

    Trustees and managers are you on top your health and safety responsibilities? Any activity whether for fun or work can involve an accident or damage to someone’s health. Work exposes people to hazards, such as slips, trips and falls, electricity, harmful substances or heavy loads that have to be handled. Health and safety law applies to ...

  • All current Building Better Opportunities information
    12 May 2015

    This page contains links to all the most recent documents and sources of information for Building Better Opportunities. Building Better Opportunities funding is for projects delivering against the ‘Promoting Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty’ part of ESF. The funding will be delivered in the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Thames Valley Berkshire area according to local priorities. Project ...

  • Fundraising campaign to help people with a stoma across the world
    12 May 2015

    Millions of people worldwide have a stoma – where an opening has been made on their abdomen which allows bodily waste to pass out of their body. For these people, a stoma bag is necessary to securely, conveniently and safely collect output from their stoma. However, thousands of people with a stoma across the world are ...

  • Office Furniture
    12 May 2015

    Haslams are donating some items of furniture. Following is a list and pictures of the main office items which we are to be disposed of: 8 glass-topped desks with chairs and pedestals 1 white laminated oval desk with 16 plastic chairs 2 curve-fronted desks and executive chairs 9 rectangular desks with two built in shelves in each 1 large table ...

  • This Girl Can Festival Fund
    12 May 2015

    Has your organisation been inspired by the national This Girl Can campaign? Would you like to deliver a sport or physical activity project tailored to suit women and girls? Get Berkshire Active have recently launched a This Girl Can Festival Fund. Organisations can apply for one of six pots of £750 which must be used to ...

  • CAP Job Club helping Reading’s unemployed
    12 May 2015

    READING residents are being given another chance to improve their employability with a popular free course run by the CAP Job Club with the support of a local church. In the last twelve months we have supported over a third of our 27 members back into paid employment, some having been out of work for many ...

  • Digital Champions – Helping more Reading residents get online!
    12 May 2015

    Silver surfers enjoyed a taster day onsite at the Trinity Place sheltered housing unit recently. Trinity Place is just one of 11 units for the over 60s in central Reading and now has a computer room to get more of the residents online, giving them the chance to shop from the comfort of home as well as book ...

  • Upcoming Community and Capital grants round
    12 May 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 12 June 2015. The following grant types will be available: • ...

  • An Introduction to Social Investment – Charity Bank to speak at Reading Trustee Network
    12 May 2015

    Jaishree Mistry from Charity Bank has been confirmed to speak at the Reading Trustee Network about loans and social investment. There are a range of funding options open to charities and voluntary groups and accessing loans can help charities achieve sustainability. With funding proving to be an increasing challenge across the sector more and more charities ...

  • Are you are eligible for free training support for your staff
    12 May 2015

    The CADCentre UK is working in partnership with the Skills Funding Agency to deliver a work based training scheme and obtain new qualifications for your employees. This is part of a government initiative to support employers in providing training for their staff. The training will not cost you anything other than your staff time so ...

  • Reading Trustee Network – a must for your organisation
    11 May 2015

    At 6pm on 3 June 2015 RVA is relaunching its Trustee Network providing regular opportunities for local trustees to gain information on the latest hot topics for charities as well as to network with trustees in other organisations. The presentations for this first meeting of the relaunched network include: A reminder of your trustee duties and limiting ...

  • Twitter reaches Reading volunteers
    7 May 2015

    Every new task advertised on the RGneeds.me portal is automatically tweeted to over 1000 followers of @rva_volunteer  Canny organisations who follow us retweet opportunities that relate to their organisation, giving an even broader reach. Helen Wright from Food4Families sent us her feedback about the recruitment she achieved for her latest volunteering role and (as well as ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Week 16-24 May
    6 May 2015

    Get Berkshire Active Week is happening across the county between Saturday 16 and Sunday 24 May. Local sports clubs and organisations are getting involved in the week by putting on a range of free and discounted taster sessions in their sport or activity for local people of all ages to try. Details regarding these activities, and others, ...

  • Building Better Opportunities Update
    5 May 2015

    Fifty organisations from across Berkshire came together on the 21st April to talk about Building Better Opportunities and to meet potential bidding partners for each of the 3 priorities for Berkshire: Supporting families with complex needs – £1,137,500 Addressing barriers to work – £1,706,250 Social Enterprise – £568,750 The Big Lottery plan to open for first stage applications ...

  • New Speaker Confirmed for Reading Trustee Network
    5 May 2015

    Adrian Parker of Reward Consulting has been confirmed to speak at the Trustee Network on 3 June. Adrian will be talking about the requirement for employers to automatically enrol their employees in a pension scheme. Whilst the enrolment date for many local charities may be early next year, it is essential that employers start preparing ...

  • Projects in Reading need your support!
    5 May 2015

    Voting is now open for the AVIVA community fund! Six projects local to Reading have applied for funding from the AVIVA fund, and now rely on the public vote to be considered to receive funding. Everyone who logs in can vote up to 10 times, so why not spread your vote between all six projects, or if ...

  • Volunteering drop-ins at our new home
    1 May 2015

    The Reading Voluntary Action team is gradually getting all the boxes unpacked in our new home at the Library.  We’ve been open for business on the ground floor Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings as usual plus offering drop-ins on Floor 3. We hope to extend the service once we get a little more settled, but for ...

  • Charity Commission Quarterly News
    30 April 2015

    The Charity Commission has published its quarterly newsletter providing important information on trustee roles, updates to charity accounts requirements and changes to the annual return. Keeping up to date with news from your regulator and charity law is an important way of ensuring that trustees carry out their duties and gives staff the confidence they ...

  • News from SPARK
    30 April 2015

    We thought we’d keep you in the loop of events at SPARK. We had a team of volunteers who ran the Reading Half Marathon in March and raised £1348.  The same team ran the London Marathon on 26 April.  Both events are geared towards raising the sum on £2500 to extend our centre to accommodate all ...

  • RCLC is looking for tenants to share their new building
    30 April 2015

    Reading Community Learning Centre is negotiating for new lovely bright premises in London Street. We have a top floor free of 875 square feet plus toilets, which consists of a very large room, a medium sized room and a smaller office. There will also be a shared accessible downstairs interview room, an accessible toilet, and ...

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