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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.

  • 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 ...

  • Social Action End of Life Support Fund
    2 October 2014

    The Cabinet Office’s Centre for Social Action has launched a new fund to support existing projects that engage volunteers in social action to improve the experience for people at end of life and their families Support from this fund will enable existing projects to extend their reach, and to provide a robust evaluation of their impact. The ...

  • Do you provide preventative Support for Adults and Carers in Reading?
    1 October 2014

    From 2015, Reading Borough Council will have responsibilities under the Care Act to make sure Reading residents can get support to prevent their care needs from becoming more serious. This will include people being able to get the information and help they need to make good decisions about their care. “We believe there is a vital but changing ...

  • Reading Students sign up to volunteering
    29 September 2014

    It has come to that time of the year again when the new student freshers, at the University of Reading, move into halls and begin a new life, often miles away from home and on their own, often for the first time. During their welcome week the Universities Student Union (RUSU) put on an array ...

  • Enthusiastic participation at RVA’s Volunteering Conference
    24 September 2014

    Around 40 delegates from a wide range of locally active organisations got together on Friday 19 September for RVA’s 2nd annual Volunteering Conference. As well as hearing about the increasingly proactive and visible approach RVA has been developing to promote and support volunteering and volunteering organisations, participants were treated to an inspiring presentation by Mireille Havilland ...

  • New Starter at RVA
    23 September 2014

    Andrew Robarts started with us at the beginning of September as the RVA Advice Worker, a post funded by the Earley Charity. Andrew is here to assist with information and training on legal and technical aspects of running voluntary organisations. Having completed his Law degree at Leeds University, Andrew went onto spend five years at WaterAid managing a ...

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