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

  • News from the Wellbeing Forum
    19 July 2017

    Reading Voluntary Action hosted a Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary and community sector on Friday. We heard from Kam Purewall and Sarah Bow from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Long Term Conditions Programme Board and explored how voluntary organisations can (and are already) contributing to some of the priorities of the Board. There were lively discussions ...

  • Community Buildings Forum
    18 July 2017

    Is your group looking for a more ‘permanent’ home or have you thought about raising extra income through renting out space in your building to another local voluntary group? RVA are hosting another Community Buildings Forum for Reading-based groups

  • Narrowing the Gap II – save the dates
    17 July 2017

    Reading Borough Council is inviting voluntary and community groups to two sessions to help shape a new commissioning framework for local services. This framework will set out funding opportunities from June 2018 when the current ‘Narrowing the Gap’ funding arrangements come to an end. The final set of themes will be determined after the consultation, but ...

  • Joint Adults’ and Children’s Annual Safeguarding Conference – open for bookings
    13 July 2017

    The West of Berkshire Joint Adults’ and Children’s Annual Safeguarding Conference will be held at Easthampstead Park on Friday 22 September 2017. The conference will focus on Mental Health and Safeguarding and include two keynote speakers. Mental Health versus Mental Illness – Dr Kumaran Gohula-Thevan, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust Impact of mental illness – Thomas Jordan, SANE, the ...

  • Funding and Training events 19 July
    11 July 2017

    Are you looking for funding for your group? You may have seen that we have had a series of funding events running in June and July. Don’t worry if you’ve missed the sessions so far, we have one more day on Wednesday 19 July with lots on offer…

  • Fun cycling sessions every Thursday at Rivermead
    11 July 2017

    Sport in Mind and BikeSmart Reading are running fun drop-in cycling sessions for people experiencing mental health problems. The sessions are at Rivermead Leisure Centre , Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:30 pm Come and have a go at cycling, or refresh your skills for free.  Bikes will be available ...

  • RCVYS needs your urgent support this week!
    10 July 2017

    At RCVYS we have just been made aware that Reading Borough Council INTENDS TO STOP OUR CONTRACT AT THE END OF JULY. Unfortunately no-one from RBC has informed us of this directly, and we only found out about this from council committee papers. We have less than a week to make as much noise as ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 14 July
    7 July 2017

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 14 July at 2pm in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes: An update on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West.  The STP approach includes A shift the focus of care from treatment to prevention Access to the highest quality primary, community ...

  • Reading City of Sanctuary – Exciting news!
    6 July 2017

    Exciting news! Reading is now officially a City of Sanctuary and we are proud to extend the welcome of our town to people who come here seeking safety. We want those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries to feel safe and secure here. We are committed to taking practical steps to welcome and integrate all ...

  • Reading Domestic Abuse Forum: child to parent/carer abuse
    6 July 2017

    The Reading Domestic Abuse Forum is co-ordinated by Reading Borough Council and is open to everyone whose service works with the general public. If you are working in a public facing role across Reading Borough Council, partner organisations or the voluntary sector at some point you will almost certainly interact with either a victim or ...

  • Kings Fund GSK Impact Awards
    6 July 2017

    2018 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open for applications The Awards provide funding and training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a ...

  • Office space to rent at the library
    5 July 2017

    Is your charity or other non-profit organisation looking for office space? We might have just what you’ve been looking for, in a convenient location right in the heart of Reading. Reading UK CIC is offering space to lease on the top floor of Reading Central Library, as follows: Office for up to 6-8 people: £7,200 pa Office for ...

  • Could your organisation benefit from the Pilotlight effect?
    4 July 2017

    Pilotlight is a national charity that supports small to medium charities and social enterprises to become bigger, better or more sustainable. Two years on, after working with us, our charity partners are on average reaching 53% more people and generating 28% more income. Could this be your organisation? Through facilitated coaching from volunteer senior business mentors, ...

  • The new Reading ‘Children’s Single Point of Access’
    4 July 2017

    The contact arrangements for accessing Early Help and Safeguarding support for children have just changed. The new ‘Children’s Single Point of Access’ (CSPA) will be the place to refer for all Child Protection, Early Help, and Disabled Children’s Services. Access will be via: Secure web form: Telephone: 0118 937 3641 (Monday to Friday 9 am – 5 ...

  • New programme for girls and women
    4 July 2017

    Join us if you want to learn self defence, mindfulness or just want to become more resilient. This programme is for ALL levels of physical abilities, and great way of having fun and finding your own Girl Power. Venue: Squash Court, Meadway Sports Centre, Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4BZ. Every Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 ...

  • Last chance to book your place for Wellbeing Forum on 14 July!
    4 July 2017

    We would love to see you if: you could support people who live in residential care homes your services and activities help people to maintain a healthy lifestyle (exercise, healthy eating, relaxation)? you want to find out more about Reading Borough Council’s Welfare Reform and Debt Advice teams Come along to the next Wellbeing Forum on Friday 14 July ...

  • Big Lottery and Groundworks 1-2-1 Funding Advice Sessions in July
    28 June 2017

    RVA is hosting further 1-2-1 appointments with the Big Lottery and Groundworks (Tescos Bags of Help) for Reading based voluntary and community groups. Booking Open!

  • Volunteer Coordinators’ Network 2017/18 Schedule
    28 June 2017

    We have now published details of the 2017/18 Volunteer Coordinators’ Network (VCN) schedule. The VCN is an opportunity to get together with colleagues from across a range of organisations to seek advice, share best practise and discuss present challenges and opportunities in working with volunteers. The VCN also plays an important role in helping develop the ...

  • Third Sector Premises – Shop unit, 50 Coronation Square, Reading RG30 3QN – BIDDING OPPORTUNITY
    23 June 2017

    The above property is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of the freehold. Bidding deadline: 12 noon, 18 August 2017.

  • New leadership programme for charities launched
    23 June 2017

    The King’s Fund, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund have opened applications for a unique programme that enables charity leaders to help each other through sharing expertise and developing skills. The Cascading Leadership programme is designed for anyone who is leading an organisation in the sector that focuses on health and wellbeing. The organisation can ...

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