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

  • Trustees: How comfortable are you with finances?
    10 October 2016

    You may recall the high profile news surrounding the closure of Kids Company last year, following reports of mismanagement of charity finances. So what did this mean for the sector and more specifically for Trustees? What have we learnt as a sector a year on?

  • Update from West of Berkshire Adult Safeguarding Board
    6 October 2016

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) meets four times a year and discusses how agencies should work together to keep adults at risk of abuse or neglect safe in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Among the topics discussed at our September Board meeting were: findings from Wokingham Borough Council’s peer review which focused on safeguarding, ...

  • Furniture for sale
    6 October 2016

    Parents & Children Together (PACT) are moving their office and have some spare office furniture. Local charities and voluntary organisations are welcome to claim furniture on a donation basis.  A catalogue of the available items can be downloaded here: If your organisation is interested in any of the furniture or you have a question please ...

  • The Breastfeeding Network – study day October 22nd
    6 October 2016

    The mission of the Breastfeeding Network is “mission is to offer independent, evidence-based information and support to help build awareness of breastfeeding to individuals and organisations and to support a mum in her choice to breastfeed” The study day, on Saturday 22nd October, will include presentations by Dr Wendy Jones, author of Breastfeeding and Medication Dr Helen Crawley, ...

  • Interested in the Reading Recovery College?
    29 September 2016

    We are running a workshop on Monday 24th October starting at 10:30am in Reading Central Library This informal workshop will give you an introduction to: the recovery college model and how it is developing in Reading the autumn prospectus and thoughts for expanding this in the future the Recovery Star The workshop will include a short presentation from Sue Barton ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 7th October
    29 September 2016

    Reading Health and Wellbeing Board is meeting on Friday 7th October from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes: Reading’s second Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  Members will be asked to agree the launch of a formal consultation of the new strategy.  The proposed Reading Mission Statement is “to improve and protect Reading’s health and ...

  • Motivated, hard-working Psychology students looking for placements with local charities and community groups
    27 September 2016

    Here at the University of Reading, we champion placements in the local not-for-profit sector and believe it is a great way for students to build up their experience during their time at University whilst giving back to the local community. Our Psychology students are motivated, hard-working and eager to help out. Within their second year of ...

  • Street Fairs and Licences
    27 September 2016

    Street fairs and stalls are a great way of raising awareness about your voluntary or community group, as well as raising a bit of much needed extra cash. RVA have prepared the following guide to help you to do this legally and will look at how to apply for the correct licences in advance.

  • RVA Celebration AGM
    21 September 2016

    Join us to celebrate 50 years of voluntary action in Reading at the RVA Celebration AGM. Celebrating 50 years of local people organising, learning and working together to improve the lives of the people in Reading. Reflecting on the current challenges, voluntary action has never been so vital. Do you have any stories or photos of your ...

  • Arts Council England – funding surgeries
    21 September 2016

    Arts Council England’s Chris Farden – Relationship Manager South East and Ashai Nicholas – Relationship Manager for Diversity are providing 30 minute timeslots to organisations and individuals to discuss funding ideas and opportunities. Details as follows; Date – Thursday 17th November 2016 Time – 12pm-6pm (30 minute time allocation each) More about Arts Council England funding programmes

  • Free advice workshops for parents of teenagers with Autism
    21 September 2016

    Autism Berkshire is pleased to announce that it is bringing workshops offering tailored support to the parents and carers of teenagers with autism spectrum conditions to Reading and Wokingham, after a successful pilot project in the east of the county earlier this year. The workshops, which are free of charge, focus on communication, social skills and ...

  • About the Reading Dementia Action Alliance
    20 September 2016

    At the recent Wellbeing Forum, you wanted to find out more about the Dementia Action Alliance.  Here is a brief overview. What is a Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)? the vehicle for developing a dementia friendly community, a programme run by the Alzheimer’s Society made up of organisations and people who are committed to transforming the lives of people ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – Health and Wellbeing Strategy discussions
    20 September 2016

    At the recent Wellbeing Forum, Janette Searle, RBC’s Preventative Services Development Manager, led discussions on the emerging themes for the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  Several people gave feedback that it “would be good to hear how some of the things we discuss at the forum move forward” and “I would be interested in how ...

  • Funding for local organisations working in the community
    19 September 2016

    This month’s Funding Digest from Reading Borough Council features two funding programmes targeted specifically at local groups working in the community in Berkshire. A Life Less Lonely Fund Local community groups are invited to apply for funding from Berkshire Community Foundation’s ‘A Life Less Lonely’ Fund which will award grants of up to £10,000 for minor projects and ...

  • Broad Street Volunteering Fair – 28 October 2016
    15 September 2016

    We will be holding a Volunteering Fair on Broad Street 28 October 2016. The aim of the fair is to raise the profile of both volunteering and the amazing work that organisations do for the people of our town. Alongside opportunities to volunteer we anticipate there being a range of family friendly activities on offer throughout the ...

  • World Mental Health Day – tell us about your events
    14 September 2016

    Monday 10th October is World Mental Health Day (WMHD16)  which aims to raise “awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.” The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress. Are you planning any special ...

  • Now open for entries – the Aviva Community Fund
    14 September 2016

    Would you love to help a local project that matters to you? The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference where you live. Put forward an idea that will benefit your community and it could get funding of up to £25,000. Tell us how your chosen cause ...

  • Utulivu Women’s Group – Knowing me Knowing you project
    14 September 2016

    Utulivu Women’s Group are a Kenyan organisation that work with women and children to promote healthy living and integration into the wider community. Utulivu means ‘patience’.  One of the main goals of the Utulivu Women’s Group is to promote the wellbeing of its members, and especially people living in isolation in the community. The Knowing me ...

  • Safeguarding and supporting young people exposed to sexual harm
    14 September 2016

    Safeguarding and supporting young people exposed to sexual harm Minimising risk and maximising support both on and off line Wednesday 9 November St Hugh’s College, Oxford This free conference, hosted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, in partnership with SAFE!, will be relevant to both organisations and individuals who support young victims ...

  • News from the Wellbeing Forum
    13 September 2016

    Each year, Reading Voluntary Action hosts three Wellbeing Forums  for the Voluntary and Community Sector.  We bring together organisations and groups which support and promote wellbeing for people in Reading’s diverse communities. At the first Forum in June 2015, Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Chair of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board, stressed the significant contribution that voluntary and ...

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