News

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

  • Funding Update – Lloyds Foundation Invest Programme opens 22 May
    12 May 2017

    First round for applications for multi-year grants opens on Monday 22nd May, until Friday 16th June.

  • Reading email scam in national news – warning to charities
    4 May 2017

    The Guardian newspaper and BBC news published articles in the last few days on how a local Reading youth football club fell victim to conmen via an email scam, losing over £28,000! Here’s what you can do to protect your charity or community group…

  • Reading Borough’s new Local Plan – chance to comment
    3 May 2017

    Reading Borough Council is in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace its existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036.  Once adopted, the Local Plan will be the main document that informs how planning applications are determined and covers a wide variety of strategic matters, ...

  • Launch of Victims First – new resource for victims of crime
    3 May 2017

    Victims First is a new online resource for victims of crime which has advice on what to do and how to get help.  It includes information and advice for victims including signposting them to services to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime. It has a section on the Victims Code ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards – Nominations **Act Now** Deadline 8 May
    1 May 2017

    As part of this year’s national Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2017) Reading Voluntary Action will be hosting an awards evening to celebrate those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. Every day volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities ...

  • Let’s get walking – May is National Walking Month
    28 April 2017

    National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is. Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier. A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. But ...

  • Subsidised Training with the FSI – London, May 2017
    27 April 2017

    The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is a national organisation that supports small charities and is offering inexpensive charity management training in London between 9 and 11 May 2017. Ideal for charity managers and Trustees wishing to deepen their understanding of how to raise extra cashflow for the organisation.

  • Launch of Vital Signs 2017
    26 April 2017

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) has launched Vital Signs 2017, focusing on mental health and wellbeing, with £3,000 up for grabs for charities in Berkshire. For the fourth year running BCF has opened its Vital Signs Survey for people that live, work or go to school in Berkshire. In just 10 minutes or less, you can ...

  • Employability skills training for women
    26 April 2017

    Reading Community Learning Centre is offering a course for women looking to get into employment on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. In this course you will get practical help as you seek employment. It’s a relaxed environment with the chance to meet other job seekers, get support and gain the knowledge you need to find ...

  • Hold the Date – 6 June 2017 Reading Volunteer Awards
    25 April 2017

    As part of this year’s national Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2017) Reading Voluntary Action will be hosting an awards evening to celebrate those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. Everyday volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities throughout Reading. ...

  • Need help with bookkeeping?
    19 April 2017

    If you look after the financial records for your charity and need some guidance on how to make sense of it all, this course if for you.

  • New sessions from Sport In Mind
    19 April 2017

    Sport in Mind is starting two new sessions in April, including: Women’s football at Prospect Park 3G Football Pitches, Reading RG30 2ND, Tuesdays between 12 pm and 1 pm Yoga at Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JB, Wednesdays between 2 pm and 3 pm. These are in addition to over a dozen existing sessions that the charity ...

  • Dying to Talk, Reading – part of Dying Matters week
    13 April 2017

    Every year in May, Dying Matters and coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives an opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year, they ask What Can You Do? This aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and ...

  • Does your organisation have a challenge for a corporate team?
    12 April 2017

    Does your organisation have a challenge that could use a corporate team of 15 – 20 people for a day? Perhaps you have a hall to paint, or need some help with a gardening or conservation project? Four local businesses are looking for one-day projects to get them out of the office and working together. At ...

  • The Lions’ Den: grants for small local voluntary groups
    12 April 2017

    Reading Lions Club is reaching out to small local community groups and charities around Reading. The Lions will be awarding grants for local community projects, and you could be lucky enough to be awarded a grant from £150 to £500. There are two stages in the application process: First stage: sending in your application. Please complete the ...

  • Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)
    10 April 2017

    What is a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)? The JSNA is a local assessment of the current and future health, social care and wellbeing needs of the local population in Reading. It looks at a wide range of factors that help shape the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and local communities such as education, employment ...

  • Berkshire West CCGs consultation on supply of medicines
    6 April 2017

    The NHS supplies millions of prescriptions for medicines to patients every year. Along with NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the country the four CCGs in Berkshire West have reviewed what medicines are available on prescription and are proposing to make some changes. Dr Abid Irfan, GP Chair of the Berkshire West Federation said: ...

  • Brighter Berkshire Walk & Talk
    6 April 2017

    As part of Brighter Berkshire, the Year of Mental Health, there is a Walk and Talk for Mental Health in Reading on Saturday 6th May. “We aim to connect with others and raise awareness that 2017 is a Year of Mental Health in Berkshire and we want as many people as possible to join in, make ...

  • Reducing Isolation and Loneliness in Reading
    6 April 2017

    Research into Social Activity and Loneliness Reading Voluntary Action is working with a range of local befriending (and related) organisations to look at how we can better address issues of loneliness and isolation among people who are not currently engaged in activities or services. The partnership is exploring ways to work together to meet local need, starting with ...

  • News from the Wellbeing Forum
    6 April 2017

    There was a great turnout for the latest Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s voluntary and community sector.  Nearly 40 people came together to discuss two key priorities for  the health and wellbeing of people in Reading, reducing loneliness and isolation and reducing deaths by suicide. We heard from Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Chair of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing ...

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