News

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

  • Partner dating event for Building Better Opportunities
    30 March 2015

    Are you considering applying for Building Better Opportunities Funding? It is likely that successful applications will be from pan Berkshire partnerships. This event is for any organisation that wants to meet partners and discuss potential bids around the priorities listed below. The first Berkshire priorities and allocations are: Addressing barriers to work  £1,706,250 Support for families with complex needs  ...

  • Elevate Reading – Making It Real Workshop
    30 March 2015

    Your chance to find out more about Elevate and let others know about the work you do.   The new Elevate Hub @ The Library, alongside the Elevate Me website, aims to make it easier for young people to find the right support to meet their needs and aspirations. Bringing together a wide range of organisations, Elevate seeks ...

  • RVA Youth – We Need You!
    28 March 2015

    Reading Voluntary Action are set to launch a brand new initiative aimed at getting more young people (16-24) involved in volunteering locally. We need your help to offer meaningful and impactful projects for them to get involved in. Young people will be offered the opportunity to take on time bound projects, lasting between 10-40 hours, which ...

  • Well done to our volunteer runners in Reading Half Marathon
    28 March 2015

    Sport in Mind supporter Mark Dibben was among this small local charity’s team of runners in the Reading Half Marathon on 22 March. Mark got involved raising over £300 with his run because he feels Sport in Mind is addressing an important issue and says he’s “pleased not only to be able to help by raising ...

  • Book your places for a creative approach to volunteer management training!
    27 March 2015

    This short training series of three half day workshops seeks to strengthen the skills and understanding of volunteer managers so that they become confident and competent in their role.

  • Volunteering Fair – ‘green card’ draw results
    27 March 2015

    As well as all the sign-ups to different organisations that took place at the Fair on Thursday 19 March, over 100 people completed their ‘green card’ so that they give us some event feedback as well as sampling our weekly Volunteering e-newletter. Their cards have all now been put in the hat for some free ...

  • Return of Beat the Street for 2015
    27 March 2015

    Beat the Street will return to Reading from 29 April-24 June! Beat the Street is a cycling and walking game.  People tap cards (like oyster cards) on Beat Boxes placed on lamp posts throughout Reading, Burghfield, Mortimer, Pangbourne and Theale. When someone taps the card on the Beat Box it beeps and flashes. You need to tap two ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre has moved and is looking for tenants to share the building
    27 March 2015

    Reading Community Learning Centre has moved to new lovely bright premises at 94 London Street. Because of an unexpected change of circumstances with our prospective tenants, the top floor is available. The space is 875 square feet plus toilets, which consists of a very large room, a medium sized room and a smaller office. There ...

  • Consultation – Improving Day Services for Older People
    25 March 2015

    Reading Borough Council has recently launched a consultation on improving older people’s day services in Reading. The consultation aims to seek a wide range of views to ensure that the centre-based service (at Maples Resource Centre): *  remains responsive to users *  provides a modern service which is valued by both current and future service users RBC wants ...

  • Our Community Journalism team at the Volunteering Fair
    25 March 2015

    Our newly expanded team of volunteer community journalist were amongst the crowds at our recent volunteering fair. The team were out interviewing stallholders, finding out more about their volunteering needs, and talking to visitors about their experiences. We will be publishing these accounts over the next week, so keep your eyes peeled. Our team are here to ...

  • How to get funding and support from businesses
    24 March 2015

    Grants from companies can often involve a less rigorous application process and lighter-touch monitoring than funding through charitable trusts, but it doesn’t always mean it’s easier to access. As many of them promote their grants heavily through local branches, lots of people know about them and give it a go.

  • People’s Postcode Trust Grants open on 1 April
    23 March 2015

    The People’s Postcode Small Grants Programme opens for applications in Berkshire on 1 April and exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that embody the following theme: Advancement of citizenship or community development Through this programme, we provide funding for projects of up to twelve months in length, ranging from ...

  • Invitation for your volunteers to share their experiences
    23 March 2015

    Visitors to RGneeds.me and recipients of our volunteering opportunities weekly e-newsletters can now submit their reflections about volunteering to encourage others to get involved and to inform them about what it’s like being a volunteer. If your organisation works with volunteers how about letting them know about this great new way to encourage others to come ...

  • East Reading Festival call for stall holders
    23 March 2015

    The next East Reading Festival will be at Palmer Park, Reading between 12 noon and 6pm on Sunday 14th June 2015 Any organisation interested in having a stall can register their interest by filling in this form. You are not guaranteed a place at this stage, but will ensure you are considered in the stall allocation ...

  • Tender opportunity – Support Services for Young Victims of Crime
    23 March 2015

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has published details of a contract to provide Support Services for Young Victims of Crime across the Thames Valley. The Young Victim’s Service will: provide emotional and practical advice and support to young victims of crime aged between 8 and 17 years of age (inclusive) across Thames Valley, prioritise those young ...

  • Mental Health Strategic Group – could you represent voluntary sector providers?
    20 March 2015

    The Reading Mental Health Strategic Group is being established as a voice for adult mental health issues within Reading. It will meet quarterly and has a remit to work in partnership to develop solutions to improve and promote mental wellbeing. There will be two spaces available for representatives of the voluntary sector, and currently one for ...

  • Reading Volunteering Fair – what a turnout!
    20 March 2015

    Reading’s first major Volunteering Fair took place at Reading Town Hall on Thursday 19 March 2015, with 34 local organisations taking part, whose work focuses on everything from disability, social isolation, homelessness, green issues, children and young people, heritage and much more. Over 370 members of the public heard the call and came along to explore ...

  • Latest on who you’ll meet at Reading Volunteering Fair!
    18 March 2015

    Here’s the full list of organisations taking part in the Fair. Click any one to see a short description of what they do, what their volunteers do and the roles they’re looking to fill at the moment: ABC to Read Adviza Age UK Berkshire Age UK Reading Basildon Park National Trust Berkshire County Blind Society Berkshire Scouts Caversham Good Neighbours Christian Community Action (CCA) Circles ...

  • Minimum Wage Increase Confirmed
    18 March 2015

    The government has accepted the recommendation from the Low Pay Commission to increase the hourly minimum wage from £6.50 to £6.70. The change will take effect from 01 October 2015 and should be taken into account for your budgets for 2015/16. It is against the law to pay below the national minimum wage and there are strong ...

  • Open meeting – Central Club development
    18 March 2015

    On Monday evening the Policy Committee gave the green light for a steering group of 7 organisations to consider the feasibility of the Central Club building becoming an arts and culture centre. We will run a series of open meetings over the coming months to enable people to come along to be updated, to ask questions and to ...

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