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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.

  • Meeting Care and Support Needs in Reading – follow up from workshop
    16 December 2014

    There was a good turnout and useful discussions at Reading Borough Council’s workshop on 19th November to outline the Council’s responsibilities under the Care Act A reminder first: From 2015, Reading Borough Council will have responsibilities under the Care Act to make sure Reading residents can get support to prevent their care needs from becoming more serious. ...

  • Active Communities funding programme opens 10 December!
    10 December 2014

    Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding from this new People’s Health Trust programme, to turn their ideas into reality. Using money raised by HealthConfirm through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is now looking to invest in projects that support ...

  • Review of potential use of building formally known as ‘Central Club’
    10 December 2014

    The ‘Central Club’ building in London Street was opened up to visitors last week to allow organisations that are interested in the building to look around. There were mixed emotions within the group as the enormity of the task became clearer but also excitement at the potential offered by the site and the partnerships that are ...

  • Reading Walk-in Centre Review
    8 December 2014

    NHS England and Healthwatch Reading, will be seeking the views of patients and the public to find out what they think of the services at the Reading Walk-in Centre to understand: • how and why people use the Walk-in Centre • what patients most want from the service so that they can plan well to meet patients’ ...

  • Gain the Gift of Time for your organisation
    8 December 2014

    With the festive season almost upon us we know that there will soon be a million and one things on your minds. We also know that once the Turkey dinner and Christmas pud is out the way people’s thoughts tend to fall to their resolutions for the New Year. Our Give the Gift of Time campaign ...

  • Monthly Lunchtime Training Bites start in January
    5 December 2014

    Starting in January on the third Tuesday in the month, 12 noon – 2pm, we’ll be running monthly lunchtime training sessions. Informal catch up sessions, focusing on a particular topic, that may be stand alone or lead into more in-depth training at a later date. Sometimes it will be led by RVA and other times, you may want ...

  • Are you prepared for pension auto-enrolment?
    5 December 2014

    If you employ any staff you may have heard about the upcoming requirement for automatic enrolment of pensions. The scheme has been implemented as a result of the significant increase in the cost of providing state pension benefits along with the fundamental problem that workers are not saving enough for their retirement. Auto-enrolment will mean that ...

  • Independent Financial Advice for Adults with Care and Support Needs – proposals invited
    5 December 2014

    Reading Borough Council is required under the Care Act to facilitate access independent financial information and advice (including regulated financial advice from Independent Financial Advisers), and is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified organisations. This will enable the Council to meet the new duties introduced by the Care Act for local authorities to ensure people ...

  • A reminder to trustees of your duties – Gads Hill School report
    4 December 2014

    A recent report from the Charity Commission has highlighted the requirement for charity trustees to take responsibility for all decisions and reviews undertaken by the charity. Gads Hills School was investigated by the Commission following reports in local press of the Head Teacher’s salary increases and expenses. The board of governors had already notified the Commission the ...

  • Maximising Resources for Adult Mental Health
    3 December 2014

    Last week a number of local voluntary organisations began to explore how to maximise the community resource for mental health in Reading through stronger partnership and closer working with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s (BHFT) Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). The meeting, attended by colleagues from BHFT, looked at the existing challenges to, as well as ...

  • Sign up for a free governance healthcheck
    1 December 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action are offering governance health checks to trustees and committee members of voluntary organisations to ensure you are functioning in accordance with your own regulations as well as the wider law. The health checks will clarify the requirements for managing your organisation and help make sure you are working in line with best practice. ...

  • Supporting victims of crime? Sign up to our workshops
    27 November 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action is running a programme of workshops for front-line organisations supporting people who might be victims of crime. The aim of the workshops is to develop the knowledge and skills of staff and volunteers, so they feel confident to offer support and know where they can signpost a client to more specialist support ...

  • Your chance to influence Charity Commission guidance for trustees
    26 November 2014

    The Charity Commission is launching a consultation on its latest draft guidance for trustees ‘The Essential Trustee’. If you are a trustee you will have a valuable insight into how your duties are carried out and how to perform your role in line with best practice. The most significant change is how the Commission distinguishes between ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre is moving and is looking for organisations to share the building
    26 November 2014

    Reading Community Learning Centre is negotiating for new lovely bright premises in London Street. We have a top floor free of 875 square feet plus toilets, which consists of a very large room, a medium sized room and a smaller office. There will also be a shared accessible downstairs interview room, an accessible toilet, and ...

  • Dingley’s latest newsletter
    26 November 2014

    In our Autumn 2014 newsletter you can find out: How much our Charity Golf Day raised and who won it How the refurbishment work is going on our new building in West Berkshire The date of our next Dinner/Dance Details of where some of our funding is coming from. Link to the newsletter here

  • Have Your Say on Reading’s Mental Health Services
    24 November 2014

    Reading Borough Council, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Healthwatch Reading and Reading NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are coming together to host a workshop to discuss Reading’s mental health services and how they should develop in the future. The workshop is on Tuesday 2nd December at Reading Town Hall between 10am and 3.30pm. Priority places for this free event ...

  • Open visit to the building formally known as Central
    24 November 2014

    We have arranged for the building to be opened next week to enable people who are potentially interested in the project to look around. If you would like to look around and meet other potential partners please email your details to info@rva.org.uk and we will send you a date and time. Can you pass this message on ...

  • Final Grant Funding Opportunity: Supporting Victims of Crime
    24 November 2014

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has announced a final short-term grants funding round. Due to an under spend in the victims grant held by the PCC, organisations are invited to apply for funding in two specific areas: Option 1 – “to explore the feasibility and options for a “referral and triage” model for victims of ...

  • Active Communities – funding opening soon in Berkshire
    24 November 2014

    The People’s Health Trust was established specifically to distribute money raised through The Health Lottery programme to health causes throughout Great Britain. In Berkshire, Health Confirm works closely with the People’s Health Trust to tackle health inequalities locally through the Active Communities programme. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with ...

  • Contract Opportunity – Domiciliary Care Accredited Supplier List (extended PQQ deadline)
    21 November 2014

    Reading Borough Council has started the process to establish a Framework Agreement called the ‘Home Care Framework’ (HCF).This framework agreement will replace the existing Domiciliary Care Accreditation Supplier List. The framework agreement will enable the Council to provide Home Care services to adults over the age of 18 who meet the Council’s Fair Access to Care ...

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