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

  • Weekly wellbeing walks at Prospect Park
    7 June 2017

    Sport in Mind is starting a new weekly Wellbeing Walk in Prospect Park on Friday 9 June. Walks will take place every Friday 10:30 – 11:30 am, meeting by the changing rooms at Prospect Park – just turn up and enjoy the walk! The address is Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND. Sport in Mind delivers free sport ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – a focus on partnership working for health and wellbeing
    7 June 2017

    Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary and community sector on Friday 14 July will explore partnership working between Reading’s voluntary and community organisations, the Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Reading Borough Council to support and promote the health and wellbeing of people in Reading. The main topics will be: Working with health to support people with ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards – Thank you for a wonderful evening
    6 June 2017

    Last night saw the inaugural Reading Volunteer Awards at the The Olympia Ballroom at Shehnai, a celebration of the contribution that volunteers make to life in our town.   A full round up and a gallery of photos will be published in the coming days but for now we would just like to say thank you to ...

  • Thank you from Reading Mencap to its amazing volunteers
    6 June 2017

    At Reading Mencap we are saying a heartfelt thank you during Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June, to our amazing volunteers, without whom we couldn’t run our clubs, activities and services. We have 30 volunteers – of all ages – supporting us on a regular basis in a variety of roles including helping to run our ME Day ...

  • 11% of Reading residents are lonely most of the time. Together we can change that.
    6 June 2017

    Throughout April and May, Reading Voluntary Action, in partnership with a range of local voluntary organisations and Reading Borough Council, conducted a town-wide questionnaire to gain insight into loneliness and isolation. The questionnaire helped to identify who is affected, what their circumstances are, what barriers they face to overcoming these issues and what would help ...

  • Show funders that you’re prepared
    6 June 2017

    Our Funding Fair on 16 June is almost fully booked. But what will funders expect to see from you?

  • Supporting Reading’s Healthy Weight Strategy
    1 June 2017

    Overweight and obesity in Reading is a serious public health concern, which has a significant impact on people’s physical health, emotional wellbeing and reduces life expectancy by an average of 8-10 years. Excess weight is strongly linked to a person’s risk of developing serious long-term conditions such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer. There are lots of ...

  • Carers Week, 12-18 June
    1 June 2017

    Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Reading Borough Council is holding a Carer’s Event  in the Council Chamber on Wednesday 14 June from 11:00am to 3:00pm . The event is an opportunity to ...

  • Update from Berkshire West Safeguarding Adults Board
    31 May 2017

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board meets four times a year to plan and scrutinise how agencies work together to keep adults at risk of abuse or neglect safe in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham.  Voluntary Sector providers are represented on the Board by Reading Voluntary Action (Sarah Morland), Involve Wokingham (Clare Rebbeck) or ...

  • Grants available from Berkshire Carers Service
    31 May 2017

    Berkshire Carers Service is inviting charities and community groups across Berkshire that support carers to apply for grant funding. Awards of up to £10,000 are available to fund projects and activities that will make a positive difference to the lives of carers. Trustees may consider requests for larger amounts for innovative projects. To date, Berkshire Carers Service ...

  • ‘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 ...

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