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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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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