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

  • Reading Mencap team take on unique challenge event
    7 September 2016

    A team of Reading Mencap service users took part in the world’s first disability-led mass participation run on Sunday 4th September. The event, called Parallel London, was held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the venue for the 2012 Olympics. Linda Lethbridge (61), Stacey Smith (26), Kate Apps (43), David Williams (51) and Jamie Shillingford (44) ...

  • Women’s Sport Week: 3 – 9 October 20116
    7 September 2016

    During Women’s Sport Week 2016 there will be a whole host of opportunities across the county that are suitable for women of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities and backgrounds. In Berkshire, check out the top activities to try during Women’s Sport Week at Activities include: Belly Dancing, Hockey, Paddling, Netball, Just Jhoom, Squash and Cycling….to ...

  • Stop Loan Sharks! Community Funding 2016 – 2017
    7 September 2016

    The England Illegal Money Lending Team has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness around the issue of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the proceeds of crime awards taken from convicted illegal money lenders. Illegal money lenders, more commonly known as loan sharks, lend money without having the correct permissions ...

  • Survey of the children’s workforce – closing date 17 September 2016
    7 September 2016

    Do you work in the children’s workforce? If so, the Future Mind partnership – responsible for promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing – would like to hear your views. Over the next 4 years, they plan to offer a workforce development programme. Help them to define that programme of ...

  • Display your data more creatively
    6 September 2016

    If you’re looking for creative ways to communicate your data to stakeholders and funders, then a free online tool called Piktochart could be the answer. Piktochart allows anyone to create infographics, posters and presentations. You can use a variety of templates or start from scratch to create your own look. The social housing company A2Dominion ...

  • New Advice Worker and Upcoming Training
    6 September 2016

    Greetings! Well into my second week in post, I’d like to introduce myself as the new Advice Worker here at Reading Voluntary Action. Many of you will have known my predecessor, Andy Robarts, and I’m very happy to step into his shoes and join the RVA family. A little about me: I have worked within the Voluntary Sector for ...

  • Police Property Act Fund open for applications
    2 September 2016

    Can you help reduce re-offending and prevent cyber-crime? You may be interested in the new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The Fund, jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot ...

  • Partnership Development Fund open for applications
    1 September 2016

    The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups are now inviting applications to the Partnership Development Fund for 17/18. The closing date is Friday October 14th 2016 at 5pm Eligibility: registered charities, voluntary and community groups, local self-help  support groups, community enterprises and community interest companies.  Groups wishing to deliver a project in collaboration can submit a joint application, ...

  • Adult Social Care Courses in September and October 2016
    31 August 2016

    Reading Borough Council currently has good availability on adult social care courses in September and October 2016. These courses are open to Reading-based voluntary and community organisations. For full course information including course times, and to book a place, please visit RBC’s website:

  • Partners join forces to deliver support for autistic adults in Reading
    31 August 2016

    Most autistic adults are not formally diagnosed. Autism Berkshire is working in partnership with AutAngel, an organisation run by and for autistic people, to deliver innovative support for autistic adults living in Reading. We are offering a 10-week programme for people who either have a diagnosis of autism, identify themselves as autistic or simply wonder whether ...

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Course
    31 August 2016

    The Philippi Trust is offering training for people who want to take the first step towards training as a counsellor. The Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 (CSK-L2) is a 92-hour course which will be held over 12 Saturdays between October 2016 and May 2017 (subject to a minimum number of students enrolling). The training is suitable ...

  • Supporting people to employ a Personal Assistant for their care
    31 August 2016

    When people choose a direct payment for their care and support, they often employ a Personal Assistant (PA) to provide their care and support. We are interested in talking to organisations about the support needed by people to employ a PA. We will talk about the different types of support people require when they employ a ...

  • Partnership Development Fund opens 1 September
    31 August 2016

    On 1 September, the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups will be launching their Partnership Development Fund for 2017/18 for the voluntary and community sector. Watch out for full details on the Reading Voluntary Action website tomorrow!

  • Want to hear about your local NHS? – North and West Reading CCG Annual Meeting
    26 August 2016

    North and West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding it’s next Governing Body meeting in public on Tuesday 20th September and you are welcome to attend. Following the Governing Body meeting the CCG will hold their Annual Meeting. Timings below Governing Body 12.45 – 15.00 Annual Meeting 15.15 – 16.45 Further details ( the board papers will be published ...

  • Want to hear about your local NHS? – South Reading CCG
    26 August 2016

    South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding it’s next Governing Body meeting in public on Wednesday 7th September and you are welcome to attend. Following the Governing Body meeting the CCG will hold their Annual Meeting. Timings below 09:30 – 11:45: Governing Body Meeting in public 12:00 – 13:30: Annual Meeting Further details ( the board papers will ...

  • Bags of Help now permanently open for applications
    25 August 2016

    The Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications from community groups! Tesco customers will now have more of a say on where their money goes. Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland opened up to a ...

  • Ready Friends: round-up of news and opportunities
    24 August 2016

    Report into loneliness and social isolation Throughout March and April, 437 people filled out a questionnaire so we could understand more about loneliness and social isolation in Reading. The report will help to inform local organisations how they can respond to these issues. The survey has highlighted who is most likely to be experiencing loneliness and social isolation, ...

  • Games Aid 2016 – Vote for Parenting Special Children
    24 August 2016

    Parenting Special Children has been chosen again as one of the official charities for Games Aid 2016 – the charity of the UK computer games industry. Each year, members of the industry have the opportunity to vote for a charity, and the winner will receive £30,000! If you know anyone who works in the computer games ...

  • Re-launch of Reading Your Way
    23 August 2016

    Reading Your Way has moved to a new home at 1A Rupert Square. At their re-launch party on Friday, Deputy Mayor Councillor Rose Williams commented: “We know that around 1 in 4 people will experience problems with their mental health in their lifetime. Personally, I think the number could even be higher than this and that ...

  • Celebrating participation in healthcare – community grants available
    23 August 2016

    NHS England’s celebrating participation in healthcare community grants scheme is open for applications. Grants of up to £1000 are available to voluntary and community organisations that want to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services. To apply you must be a voluntary or community organisation and be able ...

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