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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.

  • Black History Month 2018 – at venues across Reading throughout October
    26 September 2018

    Black History Month returns to Reading this October, with a packed programme of special events coordinated by the council working with voluntary groups and organisations from across Reading. See below for a selection of events and find the full programme here. Talks On Wednesday 3 October at 7pm in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices, join ...

  • Jolly Anglers Public House – potential bidding opportunity
    26 September 2018

    Jolly Anglers Public House, Kennet Side, Reading, RG1 3EA Reading Borough Council hereby gives notice that on 20 September 2018 it received a notification from the owner of an intention to dispose through a freehold sale of the Jolly Anglers Public House, listed by the Council on 17 February 2015 as an Asset of Community Value ...

  • Tampon Tax Community Fund – open until 19 October
    26 September 2018

    Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects, which support Berkshire’s women and girls, through the Tampon Tax Community Fund. The tampon tax fund allocates monies generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. The fund for disadvantaged women has been set up by UK ...

  • East Reading Festival 2019 needs you!
    21 September 2018

    The East Reading Festival is organised by a small committee that meets once a month in the town centre. We are about to start organising our 11th annual Festival that will be bigger and better than ever! The 2019 Festival is a FREE festival, and we invite all East Reading communities and residents to come ...

  • Reading Advice Network – AGM and forum on 26 September 2018
    19 September 2018

    What do we mean: ‘Advocacy in Reading?’ The next Reading Advice Network (RAN) forum on 26 September 2018, plus AGM The forum will begin with a presentation by Healthwatch Reading about statutory advocacy, how it has developed, and how to access different types. This will be followed by group discussions on the following topics: What are the ...

  • United Nation’s Older People’s Day 2018
    18 September 2018

    Reading is celebrating the UN’s Older People’s Day on Monday 1 October 2018,with a fun-filled day at Broad Street Mall The annual free event celebrates the contribution of older people to our communities. The festivities will start at 10am, with a welcome from the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Debs Edwards, and continue until 3pm. This will be ...

  • Free fundraising tool for small charities and groups
    14 September 2018

    The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have developed ‘Fundraising Fundamentals‘, a free fundraising tool to help small charities and groups to develop a fundraising strategy. It includes four sections: Getting started Including where you are now and where you would like to get too, and a very simple SWOT analysis to help you; Know your donors This covers knowing who to ...

  • RVA’s report on Youth Isolation and Loneliness in Reading
    12 September 2018

    RVA’s summer intern Catherine McClane has produced a report on youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. Catherine spent the summer talking to young people and stakeholder organisations, to investigate the causes and impacts of loneliness for 11 to 25 year olds living in the town. Catherine’s report was inspired by national research into the prevalence of loneliness among ...

  • Join RVA for our AGM on 10 October 2018
    12 September 2018

    We hope you can join us for Reading Voluntary Action’s AGM 2018 This year the theme is Social Action for Reading. Hear inspiring community stories from the RVA team and the organisations we work with, which demonstrate the richness and diversity of Reading’s voluntary sector at a time when social action has never felt more vital. Enjoy ...

  • In case you missed it: report into the needs of ethnic minority women in Reading
    12 September 2018

    In July 2018, the University of Reading and Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) completed a joint research project into the needs of ethnic minority women living in Reading. The project was funded by Comic Relief. The findings and final report were presented by the researchers at a packed meeting of statutory and voluntary organisations held at ...

  • It’s only how long till Christmas?! Tell us about your festive volunteering opportunities
    11 September 2018

    We know the kids have only just gone back to school and there is definitely still a touch of summer in the air, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about the volunteers you might need for activities you have planned over the festive period. Every year, we are contacted by a significant number of ...

  • Grants of up to £10k up for grabs
    11 September 2018

    Grants of up to £10k are available to support Berkshire. Charities and groups are being invited to apply for funds by local granting charity Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF). Seven funds are now receiving applications which cover a huge range of issues and projects in Berkshire. The money will support people of all ages struggling with disadvantage. The ...

  • Social investment for community sports organisations
    11 September 2018

    The Sporting Capital Fund is a new loan funding opportunity for community sports organisations who can apply for a loan of between £50,000 and £150,000. This is open to organisations who want to: make a difference in the community through sport, physical activity or in a sport setting want to grow and become more sustainable by generating ...

  • The Lion’s Den! Local community groups could win a small grant  
    5 September 2018

    Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 23 October 2018. Our aim is to reach out to small community groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. We will be distributing small grants of up to £500 each. If you are involved in a local community project ...

  • ReSPECT – patients having their say
    5 September 2018

    On Monday, 24 September 2018, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will  implement the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment – or ReSPECT for short. ReSPECT is a process which allows people to have a say in the decision-making process about the level of care that they would like to receive in an emergency, even if they ...

  • Rooms for hire at Support U hub
    5 September 2018

    Support U now offer rooms for hire at their Reading hub on 15 Castle Street, RG1 7SB Rooms available are: Reception room for 20 people Conference room for 8 people 2 Counselling rooms for 2-3 people See the Support U website for the availability of each of the rooms. If you require longer terms, please contact us directly. Office space is also ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Steering Group – open meeting
    5 September 2018

    The Cultural Commissioning Steering Group are holding a meeting on 19 September 2018, from 6 to 8pm, in the Council Chamber at Reading Borough Council Civic Offices. This is an open meeting for community members to come along, learn more about Reading, Place of Culture, and how you can be involved as a steering group member. The ...

  • Research into charities, leadership, and reputation
    5 September 2018

    Selina Wagstaff, an MBA student at Henley Business School, is carrying out research into the links between charity leadership and employees’ perceptions of their charity’s reputation. She has created a research survey and is looking for employees of UK charities (of any type or size) to complete it. The survey is designed to be completely anonymous regarding the individual respondent and ...

  • 7 day countdown to the Social Action Mentors launch!
    4 September 2018

    In today’s world we are connected to others more than ever, through travel, migration and communications such as 24-hour news and social media. When global and national issues seem so large and numerous, how can we make a positive impact on our world? Social action at a local level Reading benefits from over 900 community groups and ...

  • Data protection and data sharing
    4 September 2018

    The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) is working on updating its Data Sharing Code of Practice to bring it in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 (which incorporates the GDPR). The Code covers the following areas: What is ‘data sharing’ – systematic versus ad-hoc sharing Data sharing and the law – including sharing between different sectors Factors to ...

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