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

  • ‘Give Local’ grant fund open for applications
    30 May 2017

    United Way UK has announced that ‘Give Local’ grant applications are open for 2017. The grants of £1,000 are available to small charities working in the community. United Way hopes to gain a better understanding of the range of issues affecting local communities and to create a clear picture as to the level of these needs, ...

  • Get involved at the new Amersham Road Community Centre!
    30 May 2017

    Amersham Road Community Centre is undergoing a wonderful transformation and we’d love for your organisation to be involved! Work has begun extending and refurbishing the Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre (to be renamed) following a £615,000 investment from the Earley Charity and Reading Borough Council. The refurbished state-of-the-art facility includes a new external façade and ...

  • Need some gentle exercise? Try Walking Netball
    30 May 2017

    Get Berkshire Active, in partnership with England Netball and Legacy Leisure, have launched a series of Walking Netball sessions. Walking Netball is a slower, more gentle version of the game. It doesn’t matter how slow you are or how long its been since you last played, you are very welcome to join us. Cotswold Sports Centre, Downs Way, ...

  • Next Wellbeing Forum 14 July – hold the date
    30 May 2017

    The next Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Friday 14 July from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. We are currently finalising the programme focussing on how voluntary and community groups support the health and wellbeing of people in Reading.  If you would like to suggest any topics, please contact Sarah Morland

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 6 June – It’s not too late to be part of the night
    29 May 2017

    We are delighted to announce that due to the demand to be part of the Reading Volunteer Awards evening we have switched the event to the Ballroom within Shehnai. We have limited space available so if you would like to come along and be part of this evening celebrating and thanking volunteers for the difference they ...

  • “Social Prescribing should become a normal part of General Practice delivery”
    23 May 2017

    I attended a great conference last week, Social Prescribing – rhetoric to reality, organised by the King’s Fund.  More than 420 people, including voluntary sector providers, health and social care commissioners, GPs, researchers and others came to hear about how social prescribing can help connect people with local community services to support their health and ...

  • Launch of Tilehurst Together
    23 May 2017

    Tilehurst Together is a new project which aims to bring together local people to support each other, building on a gap identified through Reading Voluntary Action’s Social Prescribing service. It is funded by the Longleigh Foundation through the Berkshire Community Foundation’s Life Less Lonely grants programme. Cat MacLeod has recently started in her new role of ...

  • “Don’t Panic!” Introduction to Bookkeeping
    22 May 2017

    Does your group need help with setting up a simple and effective bookkeeping system? If so, this course is for you.

  • Reading Funding Fairs – Booking Open!
    22 May 2017

    RVA are hosting two funding fairs in June and July for Reading community and voluntary groups to hear from different funders, including the Big Lottery. Booking now open!

  • Adults at Risk training from RBFRS
    17 May 2017

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is providing free training for partner agencies and frontline workers. The training is designed to enable you to work in partnership with RBFRS to protect vulnerable adults from the risks of fire, enabling them to live safe and fulfilling lives. The aims of this training package are to highlight:  The ...

  • Hear more from Reading’s Clinical Commissioning Groups
    17 May 2017

    Reading’s two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) hold their governing body meetings in public on a quarterly basis.  These meetings give you the opportunity to find out more about the work of the CCGs, to hear about their current priorities and to ask questions related to items on the agenda. South Reading CCG‘s Governing Body meeting in ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre chosen for Co-Op funding
    17 May 2017

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been chosen by the Co-Op to be one of three local charities to receive funding from local Co-Op stores. Over the next 6 months, when Co-Op members buy selected Co-op branded products and services 1% of what they spend will now go to three local causes they have chosen. The ...

  • Ransomware threat – Alert from Charity Commission
    17 May 2017

    Good practice guidance from the Charity Commission to help you protect your organisation from cyber threats.

  • Reading’s Climate Change Strategy: your chance to comment
    17 May 2017

    in 2013 the Reading Climate Change Partnership (RCCP) launched its climate change strategy: ‘Reading Means Business on Climate Change’. Produced in partnership with a range of key stakeholders, the strategy outlines Reading’s response to climate change. It was agreed that the strategy would be reviewed and updated at its mid-point in 2016/17. We are now seeking ...

  • Reading Funding Fairs 2017 – Booking Open!
    16 May 2017

    We are delighted to announce two funding fairs coming up in June and July for Reading community and voluntary groups to hear from different funders, including the Big Lottery. This will also be your chance to get some top tips on funding applications and let the funders know what your needs are, which will feed back ...

  • Community Learning Funding from New Directions 2017-2018 – bidding process open!
    16 May 2017

    Neighbourhood Learning Deprived Communities (NLDC) funding for 2017-2018 (with annual extension until 2019-2020) The bidding process for this Community Learning funding has opened and the deadline for submitting bids is 16:30pm on Friday 23 June. You are required to use In-Tend which is an electronic system being used by Reading Borough Council. Please see guidance below: If you ...

  • **Last Chance** Act now to nominate your volunteer teams for a Reading Volunteer Award
    15 May 2017

    ** Nominations Close at midnight tonight ** As part of this year’s national Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2017) Reading Voluntary Action will be hosting an awards evening to celebrate those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. Having been overwhelmed with nominations for individual volunteer awards we ...

  • Funding Update – Lloyds Foundation Invest Programme opens 22 May
    12 May 2017

    First round for applications for multi-year grants opens on Monday 22nd May, until Friday 16th June.

  • Reading email scam in national news – warning to charities
    4 May 2017

    The Guardian newspaper and BBC news published articles in the last few days on how a local Reading youth football club fell victim to conmen via an email scam, losing over £28,000! Here’s what you can do to protect your charity or community group…

  • Reading Borough’s new Local Plan – chance to comment
    3 May 2017

    Reading Borough Council is in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace its existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036.  Once adopted, the Local Plan will be the main document that informs how planning applications are determined and covers a wide variety of strategic matters, ...

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