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

  • Big Lottery and Groundworks 1-2-1 Funding Advice Sessions in July
    28 June 2017

    RVA is hosting further 1-2-1 appointments with the Big Lottery and Groundworks (Tescos Bags of Help) for Reading based voluntary and community groups. Booking Open!

  • Volunteer Coordinators’ Network 2017/18 Schedule
    28 June 2017

    We have now published details of the 2017/18 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network (VCN) schedule. The VCN is an opportunity to get together with colleagues from across a range of organisations to seek advice, share best practise and discuss present challenges and opportunities in working with volunteers. The VCN also plays an important role in helping develop the ...

  • Third Sector Premises – Shop unit, 50 Coronation Square, Reading RG30 3QN – BIDDING OPPORTUNITY
    23 June 2017

    The above property is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of the freehold. Bidding deadline: 12 noon, 18 August 2017.

  • New leadership programme for charities launched
    23 June 2017

    The King’s Fund, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund have opened applications for a unique programme that enables charity leaders to help each other through sharing expertise and developing skills. The Cascading Leadership programme is designed for anyone who is leading an organisation in the sector that focuses on health and wellbeing. The organisation can ...

  • Learn more about Personal Health Budgets
    23 June 2017

    “Personal health budgets (PHBs) are one way to give people with long term health conditions and disabilities more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs. A personal health budget is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and ...

  • Sign up now! Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary sector
    21 June 2017

    Could you support people who live in residential care homes? Do your services and activities help people to maintain a healthy lifestyle (exercise, healthy eating, relaxation)? Come along to the next Wellbeing Forum on 14th July to find out more about how voluntary and community organisations could work in partnership with health to support the wellbeing ...

  • Climate Action Network Grants
    19 June 2017

    The Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) is offering a fund of up to £2,000 for organisations who will help us reduce carbon emissions / help prepare for the effects of climate change. This fund is open to the business and community sector for non capital projects.  RCCP will oversee the funds. Deadlines are on going. Applications will be reviewed in RCCP ...

  • Third Sector Premises – Land & Buildings at Amethyst Lane, Reading RG30 2EZ – BIDDING OPPORTUNITY
    16 June 2017

    The above property is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of the freehold. Bidding deadline: 12 noon, 11 August 2017.

  • Reading City of Sanctuary Networking Event – 4 July
    16 June 2017

    City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Our goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety for people seeking sanctuary and helping them integrate into their local communities. Reading City of ...

  • Small grants for education and social & medical welfare
    15 June 2017

    Featured in the June 2017 issue of Funding Digest is a small grants programme for small and medium Registered Charities aimed at achieving improvements in the areas of education & social & medical welfare. The Newby Trust was formed with aim of achieving improvements in the areas of education and social & medical welfare. Alongside these ...

  • Royal Berkshire Hospital Carers Strategy
    15 June 2017

    Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RBH) is developing a Carers Strategy to identify and address the support needed by carers of people using the hospital’s services. What does RBH mean by a carer? ‘A carer is a person of any age who provides unpaid practical or emotional support to someone who is in need because ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2017 – Round-up and Photo Gallery
    14 June 2017

    Last Tuesday (6 June 2017) we hosted the inaugural Reading Volunteer Awards. The night brought together over 140 members of the local community to acknowledge and celebrate the extraordinary contribution that volunteers and volunteering make to life in our town. The fun-filled evening included entertainment provided by two young singers and a performance from the street dance ...

  • Reading Residents Get-Together to celebrate the Big Lunch
    14 June 2017

    Neighbours will be able to celebrate together at street parties across the town as the annual Big Lunch event returns to Reading The Big Lunch is held every year to encourage as many people as possible to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Residents from 23 streets in ...

  • Weekly wellbeing walks at Prospect Park
    7 June 2017

    Sport in Mind is starting a new weekly Wellbeing Walk in Prospect Park on Friday 9 June. Walks will take place every Friday 10:30 – 11:30 am, meeting by the changing rooms at Prospect Park – just turn up and enjoy the walk! The address is Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND. Sport in Mind delivers free sport ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – a focus on partnership working for health and wellbeing
    7 June 2017

    Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary and community sector on Friday 14 July will explore partnership working between Reading’s voluntary and community organisations, the Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Reading Borough Council to support and promote the health and wellbeing of people in Reading. The main topics will be: Working with health to support people with ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards – Thank you for a wonderful evening
    6 June 2017

    Last night saw the inaugural Reading Volunteer Awards at the The Olympia Ballroom at Shehnai, a celebration of the contribution that volunteers make to life in our town.   A full round up and a gallery of photos will be published in the coming days but for now we would just like to say thank you to ...

  • Thank you from Reading Mencap to its amazing volunteers
    6 June 2017

    At Reading Mencap we are saying a heartfelt thank you during Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June, to our amazing volunteers, without whom we couldn’t run our clubs, activities and services. We have 30 volunteers – of all ages – supporting us on a regular basis in a variety of roles including helping to run our ME Day ...

  • 11% of Reading residents are lonely most of the time. Together we can change that.
    6 June 2017

    Throughout April and May, Reading Voluntary Action, in partnership with a range of local voluntary organisations and Reading Borough Council, conducted a town-wide questionnaire to gain insight into loneliness and isolation. The questionnaire helped to identify who is affected, what their circumstances are, what barriers they face to overcoming these issues and what would help ...

  • Show funders that you’re prepared
    6 June 2017

    Our Funding Fair on 16 June is almost fully booked. But what will funders expect to see from you?

  • Supporting Reading’s Healthy Weight Strategy
    1 June 2017

    Overweight and obesity in Reading is a serious public health concern, which has a significant impact on people’s physical health, emotional wellbeing and reduces life expectancy by an average of 8-10 years. Excess weight is strongly linked to a person’s risk of developing serious long-term conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer. There are lots of ...

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