News

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

  • Are you interested in new contract opportunities?
    17 November 2014

    There are increasing opportunities for voluntary organisations to get involved in the delivery of services through contracts with statutory agencies.  The contract opportunities are published through a number of on-line portals as well as on the purchasers’ websites. For example, Reading Borough Council advertises through the South-East Business Portal; you will also find current contracting opportunities ...

  • Trustees’ Week – Do you have skills to offer?
    11 November 2014

    Trustees’ Week is set up to highlight the great work Trustees do as volunteers, overseeing fantastic the work charities carry out. Trustees direct and control charities through collective decision making and volunteer their time to ensure the effective running of charities all over the country. If you have skills to offer Reading’s charities take a look ...

  • Local young people in “fantastic initiative” for social action
    11 November 2014

    The National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme has bought together 3 groups of enthusiastic young people (16-17 years old) to work on social action projects of their choice. Reading West MP Alok Sharma, who visited the groups on Friday, described the projects as a “fantastic initiative” for young people to do something good for the community. ...

  • A Bonus for the Ways and Means Trust
    11 November 2014

    In October two teams of volunteers accepted a challenge from the Ways and Means Trust to help them settle into their new home at Greenshoots Manor Farm near Henley. Denise Jones the charity’s Administrator, commenting on the volunteers who took part in the Team Challenges scheme, said  “They were all so enthusiastic, a pleasure to have ...

  • NCVO/BWB National Trustee Conference highlights the need for effective governance
    11 November 2014

    Yesterday’s National Trustee Conference highlighted the excellent work carried out by voluntary trustees across the country whilst emphasizing the need for effective governance of charities and voluntary organisations. Sessions included updating trustees on charity law and the legal requirements trustees should be aware of. It is essential that trustees and committee members should be familiar with their ...

  • Best start in life for Reading children – partnership working opportunity on 24 November
    10 November 2014

    Reading Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) holds 3 workshops each year to encourage inter-agency collaboration to achieve its aims, with the next workshop being themed around Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and in particular giving children the Best Start in Life. This workshop is specifically aimed at front-line practitioners working with children and/or families. The workshop will ...

  • Community Mediation Skills training course
    10 November 2014

    A ten-day course where students will develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to enable them to carry out all aspects of work in a Community Mediation Service. The course runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays over 5 weeks from 17-2-2015 to 18-3-2015. Attendance is required on all 10 days and the course is accredited in conjunction with ...

  • FGM Conference 26 November
    10 November 2014

    Current estimates suggest that around 137,000 women in Britain are effected by Female Genital Mutilation. This local conference aims to raise awareness about the very sensitive issue of FGM. You will have the opportunity to share and hear what the Home Office and the community is doing to address this issue. Utuvilu have full support of ...

  • First session at Reading Central Library a great success
    10 November 2014

    Our first Thursday morning at the Reading Central Library on 6 November went really well and we met 8 new people interested in volunteering. Some simply found us as part of their library visit, others had heard we’d be there and came down especially. So don’t forget that if Thursday morning is a good time ...

  • Do you know a sporting hero? Or a health project making a real difference?
    7 November 2014

    Sporting heroes, coaches and volunteers will be honoured at the third annual Berkshire Inspiration & Participation Awards (BIPA) ceremony being held on Friday 6th February 2015 at Blue Mountain Golf Club & Conference Centre, Binfield. The awards evening, recognises the vital contribution local people make to inspiring others to take up physical activity as well as ...

  • Maximising the Resources for Adult Mental Health
    6 November 2014

    Do you support the mental wellbeing of adults? Do you provide services and activities which help to prevent mental ill-health or build personal resilience? Derek Mitchell, Joint Services Manager for the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) in Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is keen to explore how local voluntary organisations and the CMHT can work more closely ...

  • Free activities for young carers between 11-13 years
    5 November 2014

    It’s time to Chill! Free activities for young carers between 11-13 years. If you are looking after someone in your family these events are for you. Ever fancied learning to skate, join this session at Bracknell Ice Rink, John Nike Leisure Complex John Nike Way, Bracknell RG12 8TN. Max 10 children aged 11-13 on Saturday 13th ...

  • GP Question Time
    5 November 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. They would like to invite you to come along for round-table discussions about various health topics,  such as diabetes, integration ...

  • Holiday pay ruling – What are the implications?
    4 November 2014

    You may have seen in the news recently that non-guaranteed overtime should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. The news comes as the result of a test case brought by Unite and means that people working overtime could claim additional holiday pay backdated over a number of months or even years. There are concerns that ...

  • Adult mental health – maximising resources through stronger partnership
    4 November 2014

    Do you support adults with mental health problems? Do you offer services and activities to prevent mental ill health? If so, please join us to explore how local voluntary organisations and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s Community Mental Health Team can work more closely together. We know that many voluntary organisations provide early intervention and preventative services ...

  • 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’

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