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

  • React to Red – pressure care advice for front-line staff
    1 August 2017

    Recently, the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Review Panel was presented with a serious case where sepsis from pressure sores was a contributing factor in the individual’s death. As a result, the Safeguarding Adults Board wants to ensure that pressure care information is distributed to front line staff, including domiciliary care agencies, quality assurance teams, service ...

  • Supporting people living in care homes
    1 August 2017

    At the Wellbeing Forum in July we heard from Kam Purewall and Sarah Bow from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Long Term Conditions Programme Board and explored how voluntary organisations could support people who are living in residential care homes. Some local organisations already run lunch clubs and social activities which are open to residents and ...

  • Age UK Reading launching a Chess Course/Club this September
    1 August 2017

    Age UK Reading is working in partnership with Chess in Schools and the Community and Cafe Alive at the Grange URC in Southcote to run a 10 week chess course for older people. The course will be suitable for complete beginners and take them through the basics to a good understanding of the game. The course will ...

  • What are we doing to safeguard vulnerable adults in Reading?
    31 July 2017

    Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business – doing nothing isn’t an option. This includes staff and volunteers working in health agencies, police, social care and charities as well as people who might be concerned about neighbours, friends and family members. Reading Voluntary Action is hosting an event on Monday September 11th for anyone who wants to find ...

  • Max receives certificate for his commitment to volunteering
    28 July 2017

    Reading Voluntary Action’s Volunteer Development Worker, Steve Hendry, was proud to have the honour of presenting volunteer Max McEvoy with a certificate of appreciation to acknowledge his hard work and dedication. Max has been volunteering  at Sue Ryder Shop Shinfield for almost 3 years, 4 days a week. Steve added “It was fantastic to meet Max, ...

  • Emergency First Aid at Work – for Voluntary and Community Groups
    27 July 2017

    RVA are hosting a 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work training for anyone in your organisation who might be responsible for administering first aid at work. For example if you are delivering a service or an activity, or you are responsible for the safety of services users, colleagues or volunteers in the office.

  • Congratulations to RG Spaces, Parenting Special Children, Citizen’s Advice Reading, and Readibus!
    26 July 2017

    Reading is proud to boast an incredibly active and diverse voluntary and community sector. RVA would like to congratulate four more charities who have recently attained the Safe and Sound Quality Award! The award is open to charities of all sizes and shapes in Reading – find out how your group could benefit.

  • Local Clinical Commissioning Groups rated as Outstanding
    25 July 2017

    The local GPs, nurses and managers that run the four NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West were celebrating this week. All four CCGs in Berkshire West have been rated ‘outstanding’ in NHS England’s annual ratings of CCGs. Only 21 CCGs were awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating for 2016-17, out of a total of 209, ...

  • Free food for charities!
    25 July 2017

    FareShare is a charity aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste  in the UK.  It does this by rescuing good-quality surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste and sending it to over 2000 charity and community groups across the United Kingdom. We work with all sectors of the supply chain – producers, ...

  • Update from the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board
    20 July 2017

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board meets four times a year to plan and scrutinise how agencies work together to keep adults at risk of abuse or neglect safe in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Among the topics discussed at the June Board meeting were: the role of the voluntary sector in safeguarding adults, the ...

  • Big Lottery Fund updates guidance for Awards for All
    19 July 2017

    The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the guidance notes for its small grants programme Awards for All, including fewer restrictions and new priorities. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies in order to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in ...

  • 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 ...

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