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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.

  • Tender opportunity – Floating Support Service to Prevent Homelessness
    21 October 2014

    Reading Borough Council has started the formal tender process for a contract to deliver a Floating Support Service to Prevent Homelessness. The service will provide a borough wide housing related floating support service which is available cross-tenure for households who are homeless, are at risk of homelessness, or have a history of homelessness. The support service ...

  • Christmas Market
    20 October 2014

    As Winter approaches the life of St Michael’s Tilehurst enters a quieter phase after the joys of celebrating 825 years on this site and before the joys of Christmas. Christmas at St Michael’s this year is a mixture of traditional services and new fun. Following the success of our Christmas Market in previous years we ...

  • GP Question Time 11 November – the chance to have your say
    20 October 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. You are asked to rate your three most important topics from the following, using this online survey. The results ...

  • AGM Highlights from Reading Voluntary Action
    15 October 2014

    Our Annual General Meeting and Networking Breakfast on 8 October drew together around 60 representatives of the RVA membership, other users of our services, stakeholders, staff and Trustees. The required formal business was accompanied by a round up of the year’s highlights from the RVA team, with a nod to future plans and ambitions. Rachel Goater ...

  • See the Get Berkshire Active Flashmob video!
    14 October 2014

    If you saw our listing for this event on 11 October, or you were one of the people who managed to get along to Broad Street, here’s a link to the YouTube film of the flashmobbers in action. The event launched the third Berkshire Inspiration & Participation Awards (BIPA) when sporting heroes, coaches and volunteers will ...

  • Who wants free table tennis, table football and snooker?
    14 October 2014

    Barclays Bank wish to make a generous donation to a local community based organisation working with children or young people, of equipment that used to be in their staff room. The equipment consists of a table tennis table, table football and a small snooker table. If your organisation, or an organisation you know of might benefit ...

  • Are you eligible for Lloyds Bank Foundation funding?
    14 October 2014

    The Lloyds Bank foundation are keen to meet charities to hear about your projects and to discuss how they might be able to fund you. To find out if you are eligible for funding follow the link to: http://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/how-to-apply/eligibility-guidance Sara Cooney will be at Highbridge House on 07 November to give a presentation on their current funding programmes ...

  • Could some of your clients be victims of crime – this training is for you!
    13 October 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action has secured a grant from the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner to build the capacity of the volunteer workforce and VCSE organisations to provide support for victims of crime. We are working with partners across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to deliver a programme of workshops that aim to increase the ...

  • Angels’ Attic: Pitch your project to the professionals!
    13 October 2014

    Angels Attic will provide training in pitching your project and provide an opportunity to pitch to a panel of professionals. The event is run in partnership with the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts) We are looking for 6-10 organisations or community enterprises to participate in the event, which will take place on Wednesday 10 ...

  • Grants from the National Lottery for community projects
    10 October 2014

    The next RBC Funding Digest is due out week commencing 13 October and amongst the raft of information are these two opportunities from the National Lottery for community projects. Big Lottery Fund – Awards for All Awards for All is a National Lottery funded programme providing grants, between £300 and £10,000, for small community-based projects throughout the ...

  • What sort of volunteering do freshers want?
    10 October 2014

    As previously reported, Reading University Students Union held their annual Freshers/Welcome Week, a week of activities, events and enrolment for new students to the University, and part of this was their annual Volunteering Fair where over 70 students signed up to receive information about the volunteering opportunities on RGneeds.me As well as an opportunity to ...

  • Join ABC to Read’s support for Read on.Get On campaign
    10 October 2014

    A national campaign spearheaded by Save the Children, the CBI and the Teach First charity to improve reading standards on a radical scale is being backed by Berkshire charity ABC to Read. The Read On. Get On campaign, launched on Monday 8 September, comes in response to a specially commissioned report which sparked the fear that ...

  • Advertise your Christmas Volunteering Opportunities on RGneeds.me
    9 October 2014

    At RVA we are already getting enquiries from potential volunteers who would like to do some voluntary work over Christmas or the New Year break. If your organisation has plans which need volunteer support, then we need to hear about them as soon as possible and to get our local volunteering portal RGneeds.me working for ...

  • Got a project that needs paint?
    8 October 2014

    Green Machine has an amazing selection of paint colours, finishes, woodstains and masonry paints to donate to community groups, charities, sports club premises that need a coat of paint. So if you’ve got the skills (or maybe just the willing labour!) you can approach Green Machine for the paint and get the job done. Contact Dawn ...

  • Winter Watch and Affordable Warmth Workshop
    8 October 2014

    Following last year’s success Winter Watch is back! This is a multi- agency project supported by Citizens Advice Bureau, Age Concern and NHS Professionals can refer clients who they feel are at risk of fuel poverty or the effects of cold. Reading residents who hear about the project can also refer themselves or neighbours/ friends who ...

  • Domiciliary Care Accredited Supplier List – Provider Event
    8 October 2014

    Reading Borough Council is expecting to start the formal procurement exercise to renew the existing Domiciliary Care Accredited Supplier List (DASL) for home care provision for individuals in November 2014, ready for a new framework to be in place by April 2015. The Council has been engaging with providers in recent months about how best to ...

  • Grow Your Tenner starts 14 October
    7 October 2014

    Great opportunity to double the value of donations through Localgiving.com Any donation or other money that is banked through Localgiving.com will be matched to a maximum value of £10 until all of the money has run out. And there is over £500,000 in the match pot. Also, any monthly direct debits that are set up will be ...

  • Group of Reading students looking to Make a Difference on 15 October!
    7 October 2014

    RUSU have been in touch because they are all fired up to Make a Difference on Wednesday 15 October and their community project has fallen through. If your charity or community group has a few hours work that a team of enthusiastic students could do, ideally around conservation/environment/animals (any combo!) and on the same day, then ...

  • Courses in Customer Service, Training and Learning Support
    3 October 2014

    There are training courses available at New Directions that are potentially free for SMEs, i.e. small and medium sized enterprises. These courses allow small businesses to upskill their workforce including in the voluntary sector. The SMEs must have fewer than 250 employees (or fewer than 49 employees for a level 4 course) and be based or ...

  • High praise for Reading’s Older People’s Celebration Day event
    3 October 2014

    An amazing 300-plus people came through the doors for this event held on 1 October at St. Laurence Church in central Reading. The programme of activities included presentations about Universal Benefits, Caring in older age, Volunteering, Celebrating Grandparenting amongst other topics. As well as a display by the Kennet Morris Men, entertainment (and quite a ...

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