News

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

  • 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 ...

  • Berkshire Credit Union contact points
    30 April 2015

    Berkshire Credit Union (previously known as Community Savings & Loans) has moved from 58 London Street to 62 Portman Road. The Credit Union is making itself more accessible by having pop up stalls or ‘contact points’ within libraries and community centres throughout Reading.  It means instead of people having to come to Portman Road to access ...

  • Making referrals for young people who need mentor support
    30 April 2015

    Lucky Break Mentoring Adviza is looking for referrals for young people who are unemployed or at risk of being so, and need mentor support to work towards accessing education, training or employment. We have many volunteer mentors who are trained and eager to get started but need young people to work with. Mentors can support young people develop ...

  • Summer Events at University of Reading
    30 April 2015

    The University has a rich cultural heritage and their campuses are alive with activity all year round. Each summer the University becomes a hive of activity, showcasing the best in arts, music, museums, film and theatre, showcasing the talented students and staff from across the institution. Following are highlights of some the events: Norma Wilkinson Lecture: ...

  • Celebrating difference at Diversity Day
    30 April 2015

    Communities from across Reading came together for a vibrant family friendly celebration of difference at ACRE’s Diversity Day. Visitors enjoyed a wide ranging programme with performers, dance, music and inspiring guest speakers throughout the day. There were also, children’s activities, face painting, charity and information stalls and more. The event, held at Reading University, was organised ...

  • Volunteers needed for new project with young people with special needs
    28 April 2015

    Seeking Inspirational volunteers to help young people with special needs. Adviza is a charity that works with young people aged 13 – 19 to help them overcome barriers and achieve their true potential. We are developing a project to provide work tasters and/or work experience placements for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our ...

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