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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.

  • Digital Champions volunteering project
    12 January 2015

    In the digital age essential services are being increasingly accessed online, and inevitably those without the opportunity and skills to access online services will eventually be at a disadvantage. Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be supporting the council’s Digital Inclusion project, where volunteers will be helping to get more people online. We are looking ...

  • Free Handmade Quilts for Children ‘In Need of a Hug’
    9 January 2015

    Does your organisation work with children and young people under the age 19 who you might deem as being “in need of a hug”? Project Linus, named after the Peanut comic strip character, receives handmade patchwork quilts from local Quilters across Berkshire and Oxfordshire. These quilts are then donated to children and young people, under 19, ...

  • BConnected – celebrating new centre at Jacksons Corner
    7 January 2015

    On 23rd December, BConnected celebrated the first few months at their centre at Jacksons Corner with a visit from the Mayor of Reading and an afternoon of delicious food and drink and a selection of activities. Staff and clients mingled in this large room which, together, they have transformed into a bright, attractive and welcoming ...

  • Active Communities funding up-date – there’s still time!
    7 January 2015

    Representatives from nearly 30 local groups came along to Reading Voluntary Action yesterday evening to get more information about this important current funding opportunity from the People’s Health Trust. The presentation and discussion gave them a chance to explore whether their organisation might be eligible to the fund and whether their project ideas might be ...

  • Update your volunteering opportunities!
    5 January 2015

    It may be a cliche, but we also know it’s true – lots of people make a New Year’s Resolution to take up volunteering. So take a look at the list of volunteering opportunities currently featured on our volunteering portal RGneeds.me and make sure that your organisation is making the most of the service. Nothing listed ...

  • Encourage new volunteers with your volunteer stories
    5 January 2015

    In 2015 Reading Voluntary Action is keen to do even more to promote volunteering across our town and one of the ways we can do this is to provide an active channel for potential volunteers and the public at large to hear about the great work volunteers do. Stories from or about volunteers and their contribution ...

  • Contract Opportunity PCC – Independent Sexual Violence Advisors Service
    5 January 2015

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is inviting tenders for the supply of an Independent Sexual Violence Advisors Service (ISVA Service) 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 ...

  • Staff urged to get lean for 2015!
    1 January 2015

    The Workplace Challenge is gearing up for its second Activity Log Challenge which starts on Monday 5 January, running for 8 weeks and hosted by Get Berkshire Active. The one-of-a-kind initiative will see employees battle it out to win points for their company or organisation by taking part in sport, physical activity and active travel. Most importantly, ...

  • Royal Astronomical Society projects – could your organisation take part?
    23 December 2014

    The Royal Astronomical Society is running a major outreach and engagement programme, RAS 200: Sky and Earth, to commemorate the Society’s 200th anniversary in 2020. You can find details at www.ras.org.uk/200. With a budget of £1 million its aim is to fund around 10 projects (about £100,000 each) to engage the wider public with the sciences ...

  • Funding for 2015 Sportivate Projects is now OPEN
    19 December 2014

    The deadline for the next round of funding is 15 January 2015 at 5pm. Sportivate is a £32 million Lottery programme that gives 11-25 year olds the chance to find a sport they enjoy.  The scheme is designed to give young people who are not active in their own time access to 6 eight week long ...

  • Opportunities for 16 – 25 year olds to get active
    19 December 2014

    Are you 16 – 25 and looking for more flexible, casual opportunities to get active, do some exercise or sport or learn something new? If yes, one of the projects below might suit you….. 1.       6 Week ‘Active Membership’ for £17 – A LIMITED OFFER Perfect for anyone looking to get fit in 2015 with a flexible option ...

  • Berkshire charity reports 97% increase in reading confidence
    19 December 2014

    Berkshire charity ABC to Read has released their annual statistics for 2013/2014, reporting a remarkable 97% improvement in reading confidence with the primary school children they work with. Among other figures, the charity reports an outstanding 99% improvement in general self confidence and a 97% improvement in children’s attitude towards reading. An impressive 99% of responses ...

  • Active Communities funding – more postcodes added!
    17 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 ...

  • December Funding Digest published
    17 December 2014

    The December 2014 edition of Funding Digest has just been published and contains details of over 60 new or ongoing grant and awards programme. Here are just two of the programmes being featured this month: Alec Dickson Trust The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants up to £500 to help young people of up to 30 or small ...

  • Find all the local services supporting victims of crime
    17 December 2014

    Are you supporting someone who is a victim of crime? Where can you find out about all the specialist support that is available to them? Reading Voluntary Action has developed a simple on-line directory to bring together information about all the specialist services across the Thames Valley to help victims cope and recover from the impact ...

  • 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 ...

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