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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.

  • Ready Friends Toolkit to be launched at next Befriending Forum
    10 April 2019

    Anyone interested in reducing loneliness and social isolation is welcome at the next Befriending Forum on Thursday 16 May 2019 from 12.30 until 4pm on the Third Floor of Reading Central Library. This forum will see the launch of the brand-new Ready Friends Toolkit. Also on the agenda: Transport and its role in reducing loneliness and ...

  • Win £1,000 for a Berkshire charity
    10 April 2019

    Three £1,000 prizes are up for grabs as Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) launches its 2019 Vital Signs survey. BCF is asking people in Berkshire to spend five minutes giving their opinion of life in the county. As a thank you, they can nominate a charity to win one of the £1,000 prizes. You can take part ...

  • Young People’s Mental Health Pilot in South Reading
    10 April 2019

    Reading Borough Council are looking for an organisation to develop and run a pilot focused on understanding needs and improving the mental health of children and young people in South Reading. The pilot is part of the wider Reading, Place of Culture project. They have £6,000 available for a community, arts, cultural or heritage organisation to ...

  • Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service community survey
    10 April 2019

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is undertaking research ahead of the launch of their latest recruitment campaign for whole time and on-call firefighters and support staff. They are eager to capture the views of as many people across the local community as possible, which is why they are reaching out and asking you to complete ...

  • Looking for funding? Pitch to Reading Soup
    3 April 2019

    Reading Soup still have two slots for community organisations to pitch for funding at their next Reading Soup event, on May 1. Reading Soup is a grassroots, community fundraising organisation supporting community projects in the Reading area. They’re  inspired by the original Detroit SOUP, and are run by a committee of five volunteers. They hold fundraising ...

  • BCF Funds for the Elderly – open until 1 May 2019
    29 March 2019

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) are offering grants of up to £5,000 to charity and community groups for projects working with the elderly to improve their health and wellbeing, access to facilities, advice and training; or to overcome their problems of illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty. Application forms must be completed online and submitted along ...

  • New Guidance: Is your charity linked to a non-charity?
    29 March 2019

    The Charity Commission has recently published new guidance for charities who are connected to non-charities. Starting point: All charities must work solely for the purposes of achieving their own charitable purposes for the public benefit, and not for the personal benefit of any individual or any other organisation. In simple terms, this means that the charity Trustees must ...

  • Apply for free community and charity stalls at Reading Water Fest
    27 March 2019

    This year’s Reading Water Fest – on Saturday 15 June 2019 – will celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary The event takes place in Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. Reading Borough Council and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope ...

  • Participate in nutrition studies at the University of Reading
    27 March 2019

    The University of Reading is internationally recognised for its excellence in research on the relationship between diet and chronic disease. They are currently looking for volunteers to participate in two studies. ENVAL study Would you like to test a diet app developed by researchers from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences? In this study, participants will ...

  • Take part in RBC’s consultation on their Statement of Community Involvement
    27 March 2019

    Reading Borough Council has published a discussion paper on the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for consultation. The SCI is a planning document that details how consultation and community involvement on plans and major developments will be carried out. RBC’s most recent SCI was adopted in March 2014. The council is now considering whether there ...

  • Do you know your ICS from your PCN?
    27 March 2019

    The landscape is changing within the NHS, and as with any agency, change brings another load of acronyms – the shorthand for new structures and concepts. Here, I will try to explain two: ICS and PCN. Integrated Care System (ICS) has been around for a while Within Berkshire West, the ICS is a partnership of Berkshire West ...

  • Dementia Friends Training
    27 March 2019

    Matt Taylor from Age UK Reading is a Dementia Champion and will be delivering this free training session for anyone from Reading’s community and voluntary sector wanting to become a Dementia Friend, as part of Dementia Action Week.  Book here. What is a Dementia Friend? A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can ...

  • How to diversify your funding – crowdfunding workshop and panel event
    27 March 2019

    Come along to this workshop and panel event to ask the experts and get practical, engaging support to develop your own projects. Building a diverse portfolio of income from grant funding, in-kind support, crowd funding and more, is a challenge faced by a wide variety of organisations and individuals. This event aims to give you some of ...

  • Be part of Reading’s youth leadership partnership
    27 March 2019

    In response to the lack of youth provision in Reading, Reading Voluntary Action is inviting ambitious youth leaders into partnership to explore and shape the potential for a comprehensive and exciting youth offer across the town. We are looking for a broad range of skills and experience to create a cross-sector partnership with the sole aim ...

  • Silver Sunday: changing the story around loneliness with a day of free, fun events for older people across the UK
    19 March 2019

    Silver Sunday this year will take place on 6 October 2019, so with 8 months to go it’s a perfect time to start planning. Visit the Ideas, Events Archive, 2018 Gallery and Video Stories pages for inspiration. Download and share the 2019 Info Pack Register your event or activity on the website so that older people and carers ...

  • Berkshire CEO Forum
    18 March 2019

    The Berkshire CEO Forum is for anyone with management responsibilities working for a not-for-profit organisation in Berkshire. The forum offers a fairly informal group providing peer support and information sharing. This forum will focus on work force development plus a legal update from Blandy & Blandy Solicitors. Please book a space

  • Reading on Thames Festival – input wanted on events and activities
    13 March 2019

    Preparations for the 2019 (and 2020!) Reading Thames Festivals are in full flow, and we’re very keen to understand the kinds of events and activities that local people enjoy, if they’d like to participate, and how best to let them know about what’s happening. With our colleagues at the University of Reading, we have created a ...

  • Live better, help often, wonder more – focus on Sunday Assembly Reading
    13 March 2019

    Our Community Journalist Zoe O’Kill has been finding out all about Sunday Assembly Reading Sunday Assembly Reading is an inclusive group that brings people together to celebrate life and build a community. The Assembly is a supportive and friendly peer group open to anyone, promoting the mantra ‘live better, help often and wonder more’. The assemblies run ...

  • Listen, support, connect – celebrating Social Prescribing Day 2019
    13 March 2019

    Celebrating Social Prescribing in Reading The first International Social Prescribing Day is on Thursday 14 March 2019. We are joining patients, GPs, community groups and other voluntary organisations in the UK and across the world, in highlighting the importance and significance of Social Prescribing in health and social care. Age UK Berkshire and Reading Voluntary Action ...

  • ACAS updates its age discrimination guidance
    12 March 2019

    ACAS has updated its guidance on how employers can avoid falling foul of age discrimination Age discrimination is protected against by the Equality Act 2010. Age is one of the protected characteristics under this Act and all employers are obligated to ensure that they do not unfairly discriminate against employees based on this. ACAS have produced three ...

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