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

  • 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 ...

  • Contract opportunity – return interviews for CYP who go missing from home or care
    28 January 2015

    Reading Borough Council is considering establishing a contract with an organisation to provide return interviews for children and young people who go missing from home or care. This will include all missing episodes of young people in Reading and all children in Reading local authority’s care. Children and young people go missing for a variety of ...

  • Lottery backs LGBT Hidden Voices project
    21 January 2015

    Hidden Voices is a new exhibition at Reading Museum that throws light on Reading’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community and its history. The exhibition, which received Heritage Lottery funding, gives insight into the obstacles faced through the years, covering Oscar Wilde’s struggles, the work of WW1 poet Wilfred Owen, with many locals taking part in the form ...

  • Make sure you have filed your 2014 accounts!
    19 January 2015

    Are you are one of the 54,000 charities whose accounting year ends on 31st March? If you are, your 2013/14 annual accounts must be filed by the 31st of January. Charities have ten months from the end of their financial year to file their accounts and those whose accounting year ends in March are required to file by ...

  • Volunteer management training course: A Creative Approach
    19 January 2015

    This short training series of three half day workshops seeks to strengthen the skills and understanding of volunteer managers so that they become confident and competent in their role.

  • Faith Action Audit – invitation to participate
    13 January 2015

    We are inviting all churches and faith groups across Reading to take part in a Faith Action Audit in Reading, in partnership with a national organisation called the Cinnamon Network. There is a deadline for registering your intention to participate of Monday 26 January. You can read more background on the Cinnamon Network website. The audit ...

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