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

  • A new framework for Carer health and wellbeing
    14 March 2017

    I recently attended a stakeholder event organised by Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub to discuss the individual and collective responsibilities we have to help identify carers and assess their health and wellbeing needs. Many unpaid carers do not recognise themselves as carers even though they are supporting a vulnerable person.  The cared-for person may be ...

  • Dying Matters Week #Whatcanyoudo?
    14 March 2017

    Dying Matters Week is from 8 to 14 May. The week “gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda” – This year the focus is What Can You Do? It “aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and ...

  • HMRC update – Common Reporting Standard
    14 March 2017

    The HMRC deadline for reporting on Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is 31 May, this includes some qualifying charities. This factsheet provides introductory guidance to charities to identify whether you qualify as a ‘financial institution’ and what you need to do to comply with HMRC reporting for CRS.

  • Two spaces left – Boundaries for Volunteers 16 March
    14 March 2017

    The Ready Friends project at RVA is delighted to be partnering with Samaritans Reading to host a free workshop on setting bounadaries for volunteers. The workshop is open to all, but may be of particular interest to volunteer befrienders, or people interested in becoming befrienders. The workshop will cover: how to support people who present as emotionally ...

  • ‘Ready to read’ course to improve reading standards
    8 March 2017

    ABC to Read is backing a national campaign spearheaded by Save the Children to improve reading standards on a radical scale. The Read On Get On campaign comes in response to a specially-commissioned report which sparked the fear that by 2025 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to “read well”. To help pre-schools, toddler groups ...

  • Budgeting made easy for groups
    7 March 2017

    A budget is your group’s plans for the coming year set out in money terms. It helps you ensure that you have the money to do what you want to do and that you are able to make effective financial deci­sions. RVA is hosting a Budgeting Course on  23 March 2017 10am – 1pm. More details and booking here  You ...

  • What do you know about Reading Mencap?
    6 March 2017

    To improve the way Reading Mencap communicates with its supporters, we’d love to hear what you know (if anything) about the charity. We’d really appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to give us your opinion of Reading Mencap in this short survey: As a thank you for taking the time to give us ...

  • Earn rewards and win prizes for cycling!
    6 March 2017

    Are you interested in seeing more people cycling? Do you need some additional motivation to get out on your bike? Would you like to increase your confidence cycling on the road, advice on local routes or learn more about bike maintenance? Then join BikeSmart Reading! So what’s it all about? Reading Borough Council has been selected by Empower** to ...

  • Troubled Families Innovations Fund: round two launched
    5 March 2017

    Reading Borough Council is pleased to announce the launch of round two of the Innovations Fund, and is inviting applications for funding. In the next round of innovations we would like to focus directly on the following areas of work (this does not exclude applications which target other Troubled Families outcomes): Education – attendance and exclusions Domestic abuse ...

  • Earley Charity internships 2017: applications invited
    2 March 2017

    The Earley Charity invites organisations in the not-for-profit sector to consider applying for its 2017 internship grant programme. This programme, run by the University of Reading Careers Centre, arranges for its students to work for around 8 weeks in the course of the summer break in voluntary or not-for-profit sector organisations in the Greater Reading area. ...

  • Interested in sharing a community building? This event could be for you
    1 March 2017

    Is your group looking for a building, or do you have unused space in your current building? RVA’s next Community Buildings Forum event could be what you are looking for.

  • Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector – sign up now
    1 March 2017

    The next Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Wednesday 4t April from 9:30am to 1:00pm in the Council Chamber. The programme will include short presentations followed by discussions groups. We will be focusing on two of the priorities from the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy and how voluntary and community groups ...

  • Are you clear on your reporting requirements?
    1 March 2017

    Charities provide an invaluable service in our communites but it is also important to keep up to date with your filing requirements. If you are a new charity, this process might seem alien to you but everything becomes easier with familiarity and RVA can walk you through the process. The key thing is to be clear about when you will ...

  • Sign up to the NHS Berkshire Health Network
    23 February 2017 Sign up to the NHS Berkshire Health Network

    Sign up to the NHS Berkshire Health Network for regular news from the four Clinical Commissioning Groups in the west of Berkshire and about local health issues. You can sign up to the Network here Here is one of the updates from the latest newsletter: The Veterans Trauma Network is a recently launched service for patients with service-related ...

  • The Great Get Together – 17-18 June
    22 February 2017

    A national event called The Great Get Together will be taking place on the weekend of 17-18 June this year. The event is being organised by the family and friends of Jo Cox MP and coincides with the anniversary of Jo’s death. The Great Get Together hopes to be a national moment of unity with people and communities coming together to ...

  • Next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector – 4 April
    21 February 2017

    The next Wellbeing Forum for Reading’s Voluntary and Community Sector will be on the morning of Tuesday 4 April. We are busy finalising arrangements for the Forum, which will focus on voluntary sector input into the actions plans to deliver Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy. More details will follow next week.  Meanwhile please HOLD THE DATE for ...

  • Big Lottery Fund simplifies Reaching Communities guidance
    16 February 2017

    The February 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features details of the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, which has recently simplified its guidance. Voluntary or community groups can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 to cover the costs of projects that improve communities by using local knowledge, strengths and assets to ...

  • Heritage Lottery Fund 1-1 funding advice – 22 March
    15 February 2017

    Does your community group or organisation have an idea for a heritage project? Could the work you already do be the inspiration for a heritage project? Perhaps you want to tell a story which has been lost, forgotten, or never even told? The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) offers grants for projects which explore and engage people ...

  • Launching the Compass Recovery College in Reading
    15 February 2017

    The Compass Recovery College will be formally launched in Reading on Wednesday 22 February at Greyfriars Church.  Come along between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm to find out about the Recovery College and all the courses which will be available to support people with mental health issues. The event will be attended by Cllr Rose ...

  • Funding boost for Smart Works Reading
    15 February 2017

    Smart Works Reading has received £14,500 thanks to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The funding boost from People’s Postcode Trust will enable Smart Works Reading to continue to help women in Reading and the Thames Valley area get back into work. Smart Works offers all its clients an interview preparation service and a free style ...

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