News

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

  • Looking to make a difference to children and young people?
    14 March 2015

       As part of the push towards our Volunteering Fair, RVA has been actively engaged with a range of organisations who work with children and young people, in order to support their volunteer recruitment and help grow their capacity. Young people gain hugely from the shared skills and role modelling that enthusiastic, reliable adult volunteers can provide. And it’s ...

  • Have a passion for heritage, gardening and conservation or green issues?
    14 March 2015

       Springtime sees a marked surge in the opportunities to get involved in volunteering that makes a difference to our local environment, our connection with nature and food production, and to the enjoyment of our heritage. There are roles currently on the RGneeds.me volunteering portal with a range of organisations offering regular weekly volunteering through to involvement in ...

  • New guide for Health Commissioners on grants for the VCS
    12 March 2015

    NHS England has published a bite-size guide for health commissioners about the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the voluntary and community sector (VCS). Why? Grant funding is seen as a vital part of the funding mix within a local health economy enabling commissioners to work with voluntary and community organisations to respond to the ...

  • Older People’s Services from Berkshire Healthcare
    12 March 2015

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust holds a quarterly meeting of their Governors & Stakeholders Group. It is an opportunity for clinicians to tell us about their work, including 1. How their are services structured? 2. What services are provided, where and to whom? 3. What are the patient, carer and public engagement strategies for the service? 4. What are the ...

  • Last chance to get your opportunities refreshed before the Volunteering Fair
    10 March 2015

    As I write it’s little more than a week before Reading’s first major Volunteering Fair in the Town Hall. For organisations who can’t attend there are just a few days left for you to submit your volunteering opportunities and let the RVA team work for you Our fantastic volunteer admin team will do all they can to ...

  • Success story – New trustees found for Berkshire PHAB
    10 March 2015

    In autumn 2014, RVA published a request for new trustees for Berkshire Phab, an organisation set up over 40 years ago to enable people with disabilities to meet each other.  We are now pleased to announce that two trustees have been found whose specific skills and experience prove them to be most suitable for the ...

  • Arts Council England- Funding Surgeries
    9 March 2015

    The Arts Council England Relationship Manager, Chris Farden will be providing 1-1 funding surgeries for art organisations and individuals on Wednesday 22nd April. Places will last approximately 30 minutes and must be booked. To maximise your time within the surgery, please prepare any relevant information before hand, including: *  Details about your organisation or you as an ...

  • Third party reporting for Hate Crime Service for the Thames Valley
    5 March 2015

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has started the process to commission a third party Hate Crime reporting service. The service is expected to: identify and reduce barriers to reporting Hate Crime that has occurred in Thames Valley, or has taken place against residents of Thames Valley increase the overall rate of reporting offer appropriate advice and information ...

  • Museum of Reading succeeds with RGneeds.me recruitment
    28 February 2015

    The Museum of Reading has joined the ranks of local volunteer involving organisations using the RGneeds.me recruitment portal with great success. In his feedback about the service Stuart Kennedy the Assistant Curator told us: “Its been a fantastic way of us getting in touch with volunteers that don’t usually think of the Museum.” The people who visit the ...

  • Why should you become a Trustee?
    28 February 2015

    Many mistakenly think that a Trustee must be an older person, with a wealth of experience and plenty of free hours to dedicate to the role. As we publicise our Trustee vacancies, we want to raise awareness of the verve, passion and fresh thinking that this role cries out for. Far from the occasional long, drawn-out meeting ...

  • Minimum wage increase recommended
    26 February 2015

    The independent body that recommends the government on the  minimum wage has recommended a 3% increase from October 2015 . The current minimum wage for workers aged 21 or over is £6.50  which will be increased to £6.70 should the recommendation take effect, representing the largest real-terms increase in eight years. It is against the law to pay any ...

  • Preventative Services drop-in event – 9th April
    24 February 2015

    Reading Borough Council’s next Preventative Services Drop in event is on 9th April 2015 at The Avenue Centre, Tilehurst between 10am and 1pm. This event is open to providers working with children, families and adults who need additional support and will provide an opportunity to promote the work and services your organisation offers to Council and ...

  • Support for Victims of Crime – specialist counselling
    23 February 2015

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is commissioning a range of specialist support services for victims of crime, including counselling services Citadel Policy and Communications Ltd (on behalf of the PCC) is running a workshop and consultation for specialist victims’ services in counselling, on Thursday 26 March, 10.30am. There is be the opportunity to feedback on ...

  • Reading University Intership Scheme Open
    17 February 2015

    Could your organisation benefit from a Student Intern? The Reading Internship Scheme (RIS) is run by the Careers Service at the University of Reading, in association with Santander Universities SME Programme and The Earley Charity, and offers project-based internships. Internships typically last 6-12 weeks and take place over the summer. They are open to all students including ...

  • Fruit Trees for Communities
    17 February 2015

    Transition Town Reading have been grafting and growing around 100 fruit trees which are now saplings, ready to find permanent homes in the community. The trees are free to a good home, that can commit to tending, watering, keeping an eye on the trees and eventually making use of the apples. This could be a community orchard ...

  • 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 ...

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