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

  • RVA extends its volunteering service into Reading Library
    3 November 2014

    Starting from Thursday 6 November our volunteering service will be heading over to Reading Central Library every Thursday morning between 10am-1pm. Lillian and Astrid, two of our volunteer adviser team, will be on hand for a chat with visitors to the Library. So, whether they are ready to get involved or are just considering the possibilities, ...

  • Do you want to do more with social media? We can help!
    3 November 2014

    Are you currently using Facebook and Twitter but would like to do more?  Perhaps you are looking for some tips to expand your audience, or to step back and think about your social media strategy.  Reading Voluntary Action is running a workshop session that could help you. ‘Get the most from social media’ will give you ...

  • A Reminder of your Trustee Duties – House the Homeless
    31 October 2014

    A recent report from the Charity Commission has highlighted the need for trustees and committee members to keep a close eye on their management responsibilities. The Commission received a complaint about unmanaged conflicts of interest involving the founder of House the Homeless, a charity which ran from the office of his estate agency for which it paid ...

  • Home for Good campaign
    30 October 2014

    As part of national adoption week Christian families are being encouraged to consider adopting or fostering a child in care. Krish Kandiah, himself an adoptive dad, said: “We are calling the church to step forward and help find a Home For Good for the 4,550 children waiting for adoption. “In order to do that with a clear ...

  • Reading Neighbourhood Network’s Conference 2014
    30 October 2014

    RNN’s second annual Neighbourhoods Conference at the Town Hall was an evening of lively discussion, with the theme ‘It’s all about the groups’

  • Narrowing the Gap – the theme for this year’s annual community event 18 November
    29 October 2014

    Building on last year’s Tackling Poverty in Reading event, this year Reading Borough Council’s annual community event will address the challenge of ‘narrowing the gap’ in the outcomes relating to neighbourhoods and housing, health, education, and care. Despite the high levels of employment, prosperity, educational attainment, and good health enjoyed by many people within Reading there ...

  • MERL redevelopment news
    29 October 2014

    The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) galleries are closed from 1st Nov 2014 to early 2016 for work on ‘Our Country Lives’ a Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment project. There will be new volunteering opportunities as part of this project, during the closure period and once the new Museum is open. For further information contact ...

  • Building Better Opportunities Funding 2015
    29 October 2014

    RVA has been awarded Lottery Development Funding to raise awareness within the VCSE sector of the opportunities available through the European Social Fund. We will be providing advice and guidance on the European Funding that will be matched by the Big Lottery Fund in our Local Enterprise Partnership area and will be available from 2015. RVA will be working in ...

  • Santa’s Helpers team gets garden ready for a great New Year
    28 October 2014

    “We knew it would be tough going but the whole day exceeded our expectations”. A team from Santa’s Little Helpers recently spent a day at Charles Clore Court Extra Care unit helping to tidy up their garden. The challenge for the team of 10 – to get the garden ready for the spring. What did this involve? ...

  • Realising Person Centred Care Through Volunteering – workshops
    28 October 2014

    CSV, ECORYS and In Control are running four events to explore how volunteers and volunteer involving organisations can contribute to and help deliver integrated, person centred care, in the context of ambitions of the Integrated Personalised Commissioning programme announced by NHS England in ‎August 2014. They will be of interest to local voluntary sector organisations ...

  • Develop your Skills to Support Victims of Crime – POSTPONED
    28 October 2014

    WATCH THIS SPACE FOR A NEW DATE IN JANUARY This free workshop is for volunteers and staff who might support victims of crime as part of their role within generalist support agencies. We know that many organisations which are not victim-specific might be supporting victims as part of their day to day work. For example: a charity working with homeless ...

  • Carers’ Rights Day
    27 October 2014

    Friday 28th November is Carers’ Rights Day and Reading Borough Council is inviting all unpaid carers to a special event to hear about their new legal rights. More than 12,000 adults in Reading keep family members, friends or neighbours afloat during physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse or in old age. They carry out household ...

  • We need more team challenge projects from local organisations!
    27 October 2014

    With Winter looming, RVA is looking to receive a new batch of potential challenge projects that we can match to groups of friends that are registering with our Team Challenges scheme. Coordinator Simon Scaddan, who is a volunteer himself, says that “We have a great Summer getting some really worthwhile community gardening projects completed but we ...

  • NHS 5 year Forward View – what could it mean for us?
    27 October 2014

    Last week NHS England’s CEO, Simon Stevens, presented the NHS 5 year Forward View which sets out a vision for the future of the NHS. “The purpose of the Five Year Forward View is to articulate why change is needed, what that change might look like and how we can achieve it. Everyone will need to play ...

  • Free accredited training for your staff and volunteers!
    24 October 2014

    New Directions has been awarded funding to offer free accredited organisational development training to charities and small businesses, to develop your workforce and efficacy of the organisation. The courses require the organisation to identify there is a need within their organisation and register on the programme. Then the individual learners also to register their interested in ...

  • Hot Chocolate Fund Re-opens Soon
    24 October 2014

    The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is looking to help small, local community projects and community-minded people. From 3 November 2014 for 16 weeks they are seeking to award eighty £300 donations to help volunteer groups and people just like you. For more information check out:    

  • Toys and Teens Christmas Appeal 2014 up and running
    24 October 2014

    Reading Family Aid’s Christmas Toy and Teens Appeal, in partnership with The Reading Chronicle, has officially been launched. We collect gifts for young people ages 0-16, so that every child can experience the joy of Christmas. These gifts go to children who, because of poverty or because they are young carers who look after a family member, might not otherwise receive a ...

  • Berkshire Phab’s youth club “bPhab” is back!
    22 October 2014

    Come along every Saturday from 9.30am to 1pm (from 1 November) and join in the fun if you’re between 9 and 18 years old. Choose what you’d like to do including arts and craft, cooking, play station/Wii or chilling in our fantastic sensory room. For children and young people with and without a disability. Siblings ...

  • Do you support Victims of Crime? Workshops for you
    21 October 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action is offering a series of training workshops which aim to increase the capacity of voluntary organisations to support victims of crime across the Thames Valley. Working with partners in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire we are delivering workshops to develop the essential skills and knowledge of volunteers and staff so they can support victims ...

  • Reminder – Preventative support to adults and carers in Reading
    21 October 2014

    Reading Borough Council  is holding an event on Wednesday 19th November from 2pm to 5pm at Highbridge House. All voluntary and community groups interested in providing preventative support to adults and carers in Reading are invited to share their thoughts and ideas on shaping preventative support to adults and carers in Reading. It will be your opportunity to hear ...

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