News

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

  • Police and Crime Commissioner – contract opportunity
    20 November 2014

    The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office has published details of the contract to deliver a Victim-led Restorative Justice Service across the Thames Valley. The Contract will last for a period of three years with an option to extend for a further 2 years. The option to extend will be at the sole discretion of the PCC ...

  • The Care Act in Reading – have your say
    18 November 2014

    The Care Act 2014 updates over 60 years of law around adult social care in England. The changes affect how councils support people with care and support needs (whether they get support from the Council or not) and carers. If you are already using Reading’s adult social care services, there will be no automatic changes to ...

  • Are you interested in breathing new life into the former Central Club building by bringing it back into community use?
    18 November 2014

    RVA has been asked to undertake a review and consult with organisations interested in the building, which has been empty since 2006. The Council also agreed that any future plans for the building will fully recognise the cultural and social significance for the local community of the iconic former Central Club mural on London Street, ...

  • Last call for Christmas volunteering roles!
    17 November 2014

    If your organisation has some work that volunteers could do for you as part of the run up to Christmas, or to support people over the holiday season, please let us have your ‘Christmas temp’ opportunity on one of our task forms and we will publicise it for you. At Reading Voluntary Action we are ...

  • Nature Nurture seeks your support to make Reading Wild!
    17 November 2014 Nature Nurture seeks your support to make Reading Wild!

    Nature Nurture is a local organisation that is on a mission to ensure all children are able to make the most of the outdoors. They have been chosen to feature on ‘The People’s Millions’ on Monday 24 November. On this day, their project will be featured and the group will have a 50% chance of ...

  • Are you interested in new contract opportunities?
    17 November 2014

    There are increasing opportunities for voluntary organisations to get involved in the delivery of services through contracts with statutory agencies.  The contract opportunities are published through a number of on-line portals as well as on the purchasers’ websites. For example, Reading Borough Council advertises through the South-East Business Portal; you will also find current contracting opportunities ...

  • Trustees’ Week – Do you have skills to offer?
    11 November 2014

    Trustees’ Week is set up to highlight the great work Trustees do as volunteers, overseeing fantastic the work charities carry out. Trustees direct and control charities through collective decision making and volunteer their time to ensure the effective running of charities all over the country. If you have skills to offer Reading’s charities take a look ...

  • Local young people in “fantastic initiative” for social action
    11 November 2014

    The National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme has bought together 3 groups of enthusiastic young people (16-17 years old) to work on social action projects of their choice. Reading West MP Alok Sharma, who visited the groups on Friday, described the projects as a “fantastic initiative” for young people to do something good for the community. ...

  • A Bonus for the Ways and Means Trust
    11 November 2014

    In October two teams of volunteers accepted a challenge from the Ways and Means Trust to help them settle into their new home at Greenshoots Manor Farm near Henley. Denise Jones the charity’s Administrator, commenting on the volunteers who took part in the Team Challenges scheme, said  “They were all so enthusiastic, a pleasure to have ...

  • NCVO/BWB National Trustee Conference highlights the need for effective governance
    11 November 2014

    Yesterday’s National Trustee Conference highlighted the excellent work carried out by voluntary trustees across the country whilst emphasizing the need for effective governance of charities and voluntary organisations. Sessions included updating trustees on charity law and the legal requirements trustees should be aware of. It is essential that trustees and committee members should be familiar with their ...

  • Best start in life for Reading children – partnership working opportunity on 24 November
    10 November 2014

    Reading Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) holds 3 workshops each year to encourage inter-agency collaboration to achieve its aims, with the next workshop being themed around Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and in particular giving children the Best Start in Life. This workshop is specifically aimed at front-line practitioners working with children and/or families. The workshop will ...

  • Community Mediation Skills training course
    10 November 2014

    A ten-day course where students will develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to enable them to carry out all aspects of work in a Community Mediation Service. The course runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays over 5 weeks from 17-2-2015 to 18-3-2015. Attendance is required on all 10 days and the course is accredited in conjunction with ...

  • FGM Conference 26 November
    10 November 2014

    Current estimates suggest that around 137,000 women in Britain are effected by Female Genital Mutilation. This local conference aims to raise awareness about the very sensitive issue of FGM. You will have the opportunity to share and hear what the Home Office and the community is doing to address this issue. Utuvilu have full support of ...

  • First session at Reading Central Library a great success
    10 November 2014

    Our first Thursday morning at the Reading Central Library on 6 November went really well and we met 8 new people interested in volunteering. Some simply found us as part of their library visit, others had heard we’d be there and came down especially. So don’t forget that if Thursday morning is a good time ...

  • Do you know a sporting hero? Or a health project making a real difference?
    7 November 2014

    Sporting heroes, coaches and volunteers will be honoured at the third annual Berkshire Inspiration & Participation Awards (BIPA) ceremony being held on Friday 6th February 2015 at Blue Mountain Golf Club & Conference Centre, Binfield. The awards evening, recognises the vital contribution local people make to inspiring others to take up physical activity as well as ...

  • Maximising the Resources for Adult Mental Health
    6 November 2014

    Do you support the mental wellbeing of adults? Do you provide services and activities which help to prevent mental ill-health or build personal resilience? Derek Mitchell, Joint Services Manager for the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is keen to explore how local voluntary organisations and the CMHT can work more closely ...

  • Free activities for young carers between 11-13 years
    5 November 2014

    It’s time to Chill! Free activities for young carers between 11-13 years. If you are looking after someone in your family these events are for you. Ever fancied learning to skate, join this session at Bracknell Ice Rink, John Nike Leisure Complex John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TN. Max 10 children aged 11-13 on Saturday 13th ...

  • GP Question Time
    5 November 2014

    The two Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups are planning a GP Question Time event on 11 November at the Town Hall from 7-9pm. This public meeting is for local people to have a say in the future of our local NHS. They would like to invite you to come along for round-table discussions about various health topics,  such as diabetes, integration ...

  • Holiday pay ruling – What are the implications?
    4 November 2014

    You may have seen in the news recently that non-guaranteed overtime should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. The news comes as the result of a test case brought by Unite and means that people working overtime could claim additional holiday pay backdated over a number of months or even years. There are concerns that ...

  • Adult mental health – maximising resources through stronger partnership
    4 November 2014

    Do you support adults with mental health problems? Do you offer services and activities to prevent mental ill health? If so, please join us to explore how local voluntary organisations and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s Community Mental Health Team can work more closely together. We know that many voluntary organisations provide early intervention and preventative services ...

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