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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.

  • Volunteering Fair – ‘green card’ draw results
    27 March 2015

    As well as all the sign-ups to different organisations that took place at the Fair on Thursday 19 March, over 100 people completed their ‘green card’ so that they give us some event feedback as well as sampling our weekly Volunteering e-newletter. Their cards have all now been put in the hat for some free ...

  • Return of Beat the Street for 2015
    27 March 2015

    Beat the Street will return to Reading from 29 April-24 June! Beat the Street is a cycling and walking game.  People tap cards (like oyster cards) on Beat Boxes placed on lamp posts throughout Reading, Burghfield, Mortimer, Pangbourne and Theale. When someone taps the card on the Beat Box it beeps and flashes. You need to tap two ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre has moved and is looking for tenants to share the building
    27 March 2015

    Reading Community Learning Centre has moved to new lovely bright premises at 94 London Street. Because of an unexpected change of circumstances with our prospective tenants, the top floor is available. The space is 875 square feet plus toilets, which consists of a very large room, a medium sized room and a smaller office. There ...

  • Consultation – Improving Day Services for Older People
    25 March 2015

    Reading Borough Council has recently launched a consultation on improving older people’s day services in Reading. The consultation aims to seek a wide range of views to ensure that the centre-based service (at Maples Resource Centre): *  remains responsive to users *  provides a modern service which is valued by both current and future service users RBC wants ...

  • Our Community Journalism team at the Volunteering Fair
    25 March 2015

    Our newly expanded team of volunteer community journalist were amongst the crowds at our recent volunteering fair. The team were out interviewing stallholders, finding out more about their volunteering needs, and talking to visitors about their experiences. We will be publishing these accounts over the next week, so keep your eyes peeled. Our team are here to ...

  • How to get funding and support from businesses
    24 March 2015

    Grants from companies can often involve a less rigorous application process and lighter-touch monitoring than funding through charitable trusts, but it doesn’t always mean it’s easier to access. As many of them promote their grants heavily through local branches, lots of people know about them and give it a go.

  • People’s Postcode Trust Grants open on 1 April
    23 March 2015

    The People’s Postcode Small Grants Programme opens for applications in Berkshire on 1 April and exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that embody the following theme: Advancement of citizenship or community development Through this programme, we provide funding for projects of up to twelve months in length, ranging from ...

  • Invitation for your volunteers to share their experiences
    23 March 2015

    Visitors to RGneeds.me and recipients of our volunteering opportunities weekly e-newsletters can now submit their reflections about volunteering to encourage others to get involved and to inform them about what it’s like being a volunteer. If your organisation works with volunteers how about letting them know about this great new way to encourage others to come ...

  • East Reading Festival call for stall holders
    23 March 2015

    The next East Reading Festival will be at Palmer Park, Reading between 12 noon and 6pm on Sunday 14th June 2015 Any organisation interested in having a stall can register their interest by filling in this form. You are not guaranteed a place at this stage, but will ensure you are considered in the stall allocation ...

  • Tender opportunity – Support Services for Young Victims of Crime
    23 March 2015

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has published details of a contract to provide Support Services for Young Victims of Crime across the Thames Valley. The Young Victim’s Service will: provide emotional and practical advice and support to young victims of crime aged between 8 and 17 years of age (inclusive) across Thames Valley, prioritise those young ...

  • Mental Health Strategic Group – could you represent voluntary sector providers?
    20 March 2015

    The Reading Mental Health Strategic Group is being established as a voice for adult mental health issues within Reading. It will meet quarterly and has a remit to work in partnership to develop solutions to improve and promote mental wellbeing. There will be two spaces available for representatives of the voluntary sector, and currently one for ...

  • Reading Volunteering Fair – what a turnout!
    20 March 2015

    Reading’s first major Volunteering Fair took place at Reading Town Hall on Thursday 19 March 2015, with 34 local organisations taking part, whose work focuses on everything from disability, social isolation, homelessness, green issues, children and young people, heritage and much more. Over 370 members of the public heard the call and came along to explore ...

  • Latest on who you’ll meet at Reading Volunteering Fair!
    18 March 2015

    Here’s the full list of organisations taking part in the Fair. Click any one to see a short description of what they do, what their volunteers do and the roles they’re looking to fill at the moment: ABC to Read Adviza Age UK Berkshire Age UK Reading Basildon Park National Trust Berkshire County Blind Society Berkshire Scouts Caversham Good Neighbours Christian Community Action (CCA) Circles ...

  • Minimum Wage Increase Confirmed
    18 March 2015

    The government has accepted the recommendation from the Low Pay Commission to increase the hourly minimum wage from £6.50 to £6.70. The change will take effect from 01 October 2015 and should be taken into account for your budgets for 2015/16. It is against the law to pay below the national minimum wage and there are strong ...

  • Open meeting – Central Club development
    18 March 2015

    On Monday evening the Policy Committee gave the green light for a steering group of 7 organisations to consider the feasibility of the Central Club building becoming an arts and culture centre. We will run a series of open meetings over the coming months to enable people to come along to be updated, to ask questions and to ...

  • Open meeting – ‘Central Club’
    18 March 2015

    This meeting is for anyone who is interested in the development of the Central Club? Come along to find out how you could participate or just to ask questions and have a say.  

  • Woodland Trust free trees for schools, community and youth groups
    17 March 2015

    As details in the March edition of RBC’s Funding Digest the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees for School, Community and Youth Groups is a great opportunity for 2015. Last August marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The Trust would like organisations, schools and groups to take part in a once-in-ageneration tribute to ...

  • March Funding Digest published
    17 March 2015

    The March edition of Funding Digest has just been published and contains details 70 pages of valuable current grant and awards programme. It kicks off with a special mention for the Woodland Trust’s Free Trees for School, Community and Youth Groups – read more here. Visit the RBC website for details about how to subscribe, free ...

  • Social isolation – it could happen to any of us
    14 March 2015

    Within the RVA volunteer recruitment service we are hearing more and more about the contribution volunteers can make in helping to reduce social isolation amongst older people. We hear how the volunteers’ involvement can benefit not only the emotional wellbeing but also the health of people living alone. What we also hear is how much ...

  • Do you have management or committee experience to share?
    14 March 2015

       A key element to help charities and community groups make the biggest possible difference is having a strong management team in place. The work of the management committee or trustee board helps to liberate frontline staff and volunteers to really get the organisation’s aims delivered out on the ground. In addition it increases the confidence that funders ...

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