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

  • Launch of Tilehurst Together
    23 May 2017

    Tilehurst Together is a new project which aims to bring together local people to support each other, building on a gap identified through Reading Voluntary Action’s Social Prescribing service. It is funded by the Longleigh Foundation through the Berkshire Community Foundation’s Life Less Lonely grants programme. Cat MacLeod has recently started in her new role of ...

  • “Don’t Panic!” Introduction to Bookkeeping
    22 May 2017

    Does your group need help with setting up a simple and effective bookkeeping system? If so, this course is for you.

  • Reading Funding Fairs – Booking Open!
    22 May 2017

    RVA are hosting two funding fairs in June and July for Reading community and voluntary groups to hear from different funders, including the Big Lottery. Booking now open!

  • Adults at Risk training from RBFRS
    17 May 2017

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is providing free training for partner agencies and frontline workers. The training is designed to enable you to work in partnership with RBFRS to protect vulnerable adults from the risks of fire, enabling them to live safe and fulfilling lives. The aims of this training package are to highlight:  The ...

  • Hear more from Reading’s Clinical Commissioning Groups
    17 May 2017

    Reading’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) hold their governing body meetings in public on a quarterly basis.  These meetings give you the opportunity to find out more about the work of the CCGs, to hear about their current priorities and to ask questions related to items on the agenda. South Reading CCG‘s Governing Body meeting in ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre chosen for Co-Op funding
    17 May 2017

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been chosen by the Co-Op to be one of three local charities to receive funding from local Co-Op stores. Over the next 6 months, when Co-Op members buy selected Co-op branded products and services 1% of what they spend will now go to three local causes they have chosen. The ...

  • Ransomware threat – Alert from Charity Commission
    17 May 2017

    Good practice guidance from the Charity Commission to help you protect your organisation from cyber threats.

  • Reading’s Climate Change Strategy: your chance to comment
    17 May 2017

    in 2013 the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) launched its climate change strategy: ‘Reading Means Business on Climate Change’. Produced in partnership with a range of key stakeholders, the strategy outlines Reading’s response to climate change. It was agreed that the strategy would be reviewed and updated at its mid-point in 2016/17. We are now seeking ...

  • Reading Funding Fairs 2017 – Booking Open!
    16 May 2017

    We are delighted to announce two funding fairs coming up in June and July for Reading community and voluntary groups to hear from different funders, including the Big Lottery. This will also be your chance to get some top tips on funding applications and let the funders know what your needs are, which will feed back ...

  • Community Learning Funding from New Directions 2017-2018 – bidding process open!
    16 May 2017

    Neighbourhood Learning Deprived Communities (NLDC) funding for 2017-2018 (with annual extension until 2019-2020) The bidding process for this Community Learning funding has opened and the deadline for submitting bids is 16:30pm on Friday 23 June. You are required to use In-Tend which is an electronic system being used by Reading Borough Council. Please see guidance below: If you ...

  • **Last Chance** Act now to nominate your volunteer teams for a Reading Volunteer Award
    15 May 2017

    ** Nominations Close at midnight tonight ** 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. Having been overwhelmed with nominations for individual volunteer awards we ...

  • 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 ...

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