News

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

  • Monthly Lunchtime Training Bites start in January
    5 December 2014

    Starting in January on the third Tuesday in the month, 12 noon – 2pm, we’ll be running monthly lunchtime training sessions. Informal catch up sessions, focusing on a particular topic, that may be stand alone or lead into more in-depth training at a later date. Sometimes it will be led by RVA and other times, you may want ...

  • Are you prepared for pension auto-enrolment?
    5 December 2014

    If you employ any staff you may have heard about the upcoming requirement for automatic enrolment of pensions. The scheme has been implemented as a result of the significant increase in the cost of providing state pension benefits along with the fundamental problem that workers are not saving enough for their retirement. Auto-enrolment will mean that ...

  • Independent Financial Advice for Adults with Care and Support Needs – proposals invited
    5 December 2014

    Reading Borough Council is required under the Care Act to facilitate access independent financial information and advice (including regulated financial advice from Independent Financial Advisers), and is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified organisations. This will enable the Council to meet the new duties introduced by the Care Act for local authorities to ensure people ...

  • A reminder to trustees of your duties – Gads Hill School report
    4 December 2014

    A recent report from the Charity Commission has highlighted the requirement for charity trustees to take responsibility for all decisions and reviews undertaken by the charity. Gads Hills School was investigated by the Commission following reports in local press of the Head Teacher’s salary increases and expenses. The board of governors had already notified the Commission the ...

  • Maximising Resources for Adult Mental Health
    3 December 2014

    Last week a number of local voluntary organisations began to explore how to maximise the community resource for mental health in Reading through stronger partnership and closer working with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s (BHFT) Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). The meeting, attended by colleagues from BHFT, looked at the existing challenges to, as well as ...

  • Sign up for a free governance healthcheck
    1 December 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action are offering governance health checks to trustees and committee members of voluntary organisations to ensure you are functioning in accordance with your own regulations as well as the wider law. The health checks will clarify the requirements for managing your organisation and help make sure you are working in line with best practice. ...

  • Supporting victims of crime? Sign up to our workshops
    27 November 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action is running a programme of workshops for front-line organisations supporting people who might be victims of crime. The aim of the workshops is to develop the knowledge and skills of staff and volunteers, so they feel confident to offer support and know where they can signpost a client to more specialist support ...

  • Your chance to influence Charity Commission guidance for trustees
    26 November 2014

    The Charity Commission is launching a consultation on its latest draft guidance for trustees ‘The Essential Trustee’. If you are a trustee you will have a valuable insight into how your duties are carried out and how to perform your role in line with best practice. The most significant change is how the Commission distinguishes between ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre is moving and is looking for organisations to share the building
    26 November 2014

    Reading Community Learning Centre is negotiating for new lovely bright premises in London Street. We have a top floor free of 875 square feet plus toilets, which consists of a very large room, a medium sized room and a smaller office. There will also be a shared accessible downstairs interview room, an accessible toilet, and ...

  • Dingley’s latest newsletter
    26 November 2014

    In our Autumn 2014 newsletter you can find out: How much our Charity Golf Day raised and who won it How the refurbishment work is going on our new building in West Berkshire The date of our next Dinner/Dance Details of where some of our funding is coming from. Link to the newsletter here

  • Have Your Say on Reading’s Mental Health Services
    24 November 2014

    Reading Borough Council, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Healthwatch Reading and Reading NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are coming together to host a workshop to discuss Reading’s mental health services and how they should develop in the future. The workshop is on Tuesday 2nd December at Reading Town Hall between 10am and 3.30pm. Priority places for this free event ...

  • Open visit to the building formally known as Central
    24 November 2014

    We have arranged for the building to be opened next week to enable people who are potentially interested in the project to look around. If you would like to look around and meet other potential partners please email your details to info@rva.org.uk and we will send you a date and time. Can you pass this message on ...

  • Final Grant Funding Opportunity: Supporting Victims of Crime
    24 November 2014

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has announced a final short-term grants funding round. Due to an under spend in the victims grant held by the PCC, organisations are invited to apply for funding in two specific areas: Option 1 – “to explore the feasibility and options for a “referral and triage” model for victims of ...

  • Active Communities – funding opening soon in Berkshire
    24 November 2014

    The People’s Health Trust was established specifically to distribute money raised through The Health Lottery programme to health causes throughout Great Britain. In Berkshire, Health Confirm works closely with the People’s Health Trust to tackle health inequalities locally through the Active Communities programme. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with ...

  • Contract Opportunity – Domiciliary Care Accredited Supplier List (extended PQQ deadline)
    21 November 2014

    Reading Borough Council has started the process to establish a Framework Agreement called the ‘Home Care Framework’ (HCF).This framework agreement will replace the existing Domiciliary Care Accreditation Supplier List. The framework agreement will enable the Council to provide Home Care services to adults over the age of 18 who meet the Council’s Fair Access to Care ...

  • 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 ...

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