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

  • Volunteer Coordinators’ Network – 2015-16 dates published
    16 February 2015

    We’ve just published the new schedule for the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network, the peer support group hosted by Reading Voluntary Action to connect people together whose role is to recruit and coordinate the work of volunteers in Reading. Regular participants include Age UK Berkshire, Age UK Reading, Enrych Berkshire, Reading Mencap, Launchpad Reading, Alzheimers’ Society, Graft Thames ...

  • Could you lead a Year of Culture in Reading?
    16 February 2015

    The Reading Cultural Partnership in conjunction with the Local Strategic Partnership and the town’s vibrant cultural sector are delivering a Year of Culture in 2016. We are seeking to recruit a dynamic and experienced organisation or individual to lead this exciting venture. The Year of Culture aims to raise the profile of Reading’s ongoing art and heritage ...

  • More news on who you’ll meet at Reading Volunteering Fair
    12 February 2015

    Visitors the the Volunteering Fair in Reading Town Hall on 19 March can look forward to meeting representatives of over 30 very varied organisations with a wealth of different kinds of volunteering on offer. Last week we told you about ABC to Read Enrych Berkshire Reading Association for the Blind Reading Mencap Sea Cadets Reading Now we can whet your appetite further ...

  • Have your say on how inclusive Berkshire’s community and mental health services are
    12 February 2015

    Representatives from voluntary sector organisations in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire are invited to become members of Berkshire Healthcare’s Equality Panel led by Bev Searle, Chair of the Trust’s Diversity Steering Group. The panel’s annual event in Berkshire (West) takes place on Friday 13 March from 9.30am to 1.30pm at Prospect Park Hospital, Honey End Lane, ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Action Plan 2015/16
    11 February 2015

    Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Action Plan is currently being refreshed for 2015/16. The public health team would like to capture all key activities that are contributing to the delivery of goals and objectives of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-2016 and recognise the contribution that voluntary organisations can make to this process. Here are the overarching ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre is MOVING
    10 February 2015

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) will be moving from its current premises on 10 Eaton Place, Reading, RG1 7LP to new premises on 94 London Street, Reading, RG1 4SJ. RCLC will stop operating from Eaton place from 16/2/2015. We shall be open as usual for courses, advice and guidance and support from London Street on 23/2/2015.

  • Who will you meet at Reading Volunteering Fair?
    8 February 2015

    Visitors the the Volunteering Fair in Reading Town Hall on 19 March can look forward to meeting representatives of some very varied organisations with a wealth of different kinds of volunteering on offer. Just to whet your appetite, amongst the 30 plus groups signed up are: ABC to Read Enrych Berkshire Reading Association for the Blind Reading Mencap Sea Cadets Reading They ...

  • Red Nose Day Community Cash Fund deadline 27 February!
    6 February 2015

    Red Nose Day Community Cash fund is available to communities in the Reading. Grants of £500 – £1,000 are available to small organisations that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives. Groups eligible to apply for Red Nose Day Community Cash grants need to: • Be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area • Be ...

  • Supporting victims of crime – last few places available
    5 February 2015

    Does your organisation support vulnerable people? Do you want to find out more about local support for victims of crime? Reading Voluntary Action is running a programme of workshops to help staff and volunteers in front-line support agencies, who want to know more about the type of support and information that victims might need to help ...

  • New GetReading Campaign to Promote Volunteering
    4 February 2015

    We have been working hard with GetReading on a brand new approach to promoting your volunteering opportunities. The “31 ways to do your bit for the community” feature, 31 as it is the 31st year of volunteers week, showcases a selection of ways in which people can help out across Reading and beyond. Using their online promotion ...

  • Trust House Reading’s new helpline
    3 February 2015

    Trust House Reading is pleased to announce the opening of our confidential helpline. Trust House Reading provides specialist support to women and men living in Berkshire who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse either recently or in the past. We also support friends and family members of survivors of sexual violence. If you have been ...

  • Additional funding to support victims of sexual abuse
    3 February 2015

    The Home Office has established two new funds to support victims of child and sexual abuse across England and Wales. The Child Abuse Inquiry Support Fund of £2m and the Child and Adult Victims of Sexual Abuse Support Fund of £2.85m will be overseen by Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett. Child Abuse Inquiry Support Fund ...

  • Perfect Neighbour Street
    3 February 2015

    The good people of Perfect Neighbour Street had a meeting to discuss running activities for the children in their neighbourhood so that the next generation of local residents had a better chance of ensuring their road continued to be the best place in the country to live. So they set up a residents group and everyone ...

  • New portal for Bluelight Emergency Services eSourcing
    2 February 2015

    If you are interested in new contract opportunities from the Thames Valley police and Crime Commissioner or local Fire and Rescue Services you will need to register on the Eu-Supply Bluelight portal   This replaces the previous Bluelight portal. Other portals for contract opportunities can be found here

  • Do you know Britain’s Best Volunteer?
    2 February 2015

    It’s back for 2015! During February and March this year, Markel and Small Charities Coalition are coming together to discover the nation’s unsung volunteering heroes. Small charities, community groups and not for profit organisations are invited to sing out the praises of their own volunteers and put them forward for a chance to win Britain’s ...

  • Volunteering Fair – let the RVA team work for you
    2 February 2015

    Looks like there will be a great range of organisations taking part in the Reading Volunteering Fair on 19 March, offering lots of variety for visitors. And RVA’s team of event hosts will be on hand to help everyone find their way around the stands. But what will be important to many visitors is to be ...

  • Do you require assistance with accounting matters?
    30 January 2015

    We’re at the time of year when budgets are being finalised for 2015/16. If you represent a voluntary organisation and need any help with putting your accounting practices in place, updating your procedures or completing your accounting reports, help might be at hand. Nelson Walters, a retired chartered accountant, is looking to provide support to the ...

  • £4.5 million for Berkshire – Building Better Opportunities Conference
    28 January 2015

    Monday 9th March 2015 at Green Park Conference Centre. The Building Better Opportunities Fund of 4.5 million to enable projects to tackle economic inequality in Berkshire. Come along to find out how this fund could be relevant for your organisation and how to get involved. Registration & refreshments Welcome and outline of the morning The Berkshire priorities and context ...

  • ‘Central Club’ building review – open meeting
    28 January 2015

    RVA is in the middle of a review looking into the potential of reopening the ‘Central Club’ for public use. Local voluntary organisations have been talking & planning and have submitted their ideas on how they would use the building and raise the capital required. Anyone interested in the progress of the review, or would like ...

  • New helpline launched for families affected by bowel and bladder dysfunctions.
    28 January 2015

    A new national helpline has been launched to support families across the UK with children affected by incontinence issues. The Junior Ostomy Support Helpline (JOSH), recently launched by the Colostomy Association, is a free, confidential and 24-hour helpline set up to provide support for parents of children who have had bladder or bowel surgery resulting in ...

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