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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.

  • Appeal for Case Studies of Volunteers
    23 September 2014

    Across the country Young Social Action Ambassadors are seeking out case studies of exceptional volunteers to shine a light on the importance of volunteer work in our society and to encourage more people to take up volunteering. We are part of a new collaborative initiative with the Cabinet Office and Step Up to Serve to ...

  • Community grants still available for projects in Abbey Ward!
    23 September 2014

    Community First in Reading is coming to an end, but there is still some money available for Abbey Ward (town centre)! The deadline has been extended to the end of September and applications are welcome from community groups and voluntary organisations based in or with activities running in Abbey Ward. The priorities should target residents and ...

  • Transfer of Children’s 0-5yr Health Visitor Service to Public Health
    23 September 2014

    The Children’s Health Visitor function is due to transfer to Reading Borough Council by April 2015. Reading’s Public Health team has organised an event on Friday 3rd October to bring together local stakeholders in children’s services.  The aim is to plan and facilitate the transfer of Health Visitor function for 0-5s and to develop the function. The purpose of ...

  • Carers Social Action Support Fund
    23 September 2014

    The Cabinet Office has launched a new £1m fund to help voluntary organisations run projects that will improve the lives of unpaid carers. The focus of this fund is on social action projects which support family carers. Applications are invited for grants of £50,000 or more, with a deadline of 12 noon on Wednesday 22 October ...

  • CAP Job Club Ready to Help Jobless
    18 September 2014

    Reading residents are being given another chance to improve their employability with a popular free course being run by a local church. Members of Network Vineyard Church in Reading, who have been trained by UK charity Christians Against Poverty, are again running the club aimed at helping the local community to best handle the current economic ...

  • Applications invited for Reading Buses’ Charity of the Year
    17 September 2014

    Reading Buses have opened the selection process for their Charity of the Year 2015. “We are a people business. It is important to both our customers and our staff that we put people right at the heart of everything that we do. As a part of this, every year we choose and support a Charity of the ...

  • Reading Older People’s Day on 1 October
    17 September 2014

    Final planning is complete and the Reading Older People’s Partnership is looking forward to welcoming as many individuals and members of local organisations as possible to St Laurence Church in the town centre, to Celebrate the Positive Contribution that Older People Make in Reading. For full details of times and content, see the listing on the ...

  • Advertise your job vacancies through RVA
    16 September 2014

    As well as our many website visitors, the RVA weekly email digest goes to 1150 recipients throughout the local voluntary sector and to other stakeholders and non-profit organisations. So these channels can be a useful FREE place to advertise your vacancies. You can provide details via our online form and our team of admin volunteers will ...

  • RVA Volunteering Conference – have you booked?
    9 September 2014

    If you’ve been meaning to sign up for this event on 19 September but haven’t yet done so, then we need to hear from you as soon as possible. The event promises some great networking with some varied organisations already signed up, plus useful taster workshops, lunch and a warm welcome for your staff and volunteers ...

  • Why I’m proud to be a volunteer
    9 September 2014

    “My husband would have said no to me doing voluntary work because you’re not being paid for it. And I would have listened to him and not done it.” Fifty two year old “Angela” (not her real name) is talking about the 28-year marriage she left in November 2013. She moved from Essex to Reading ...

  • Makes a lot of Sense: Young People Volunteering
    9 September 2014

    SSH_Sensory, as part of the National Citizenship Service(NCS) programme, have built a sensory garden at Loddon Primary School, providing a haven for the children at the school. The National Citizenship Service is a programme designed for young people aged 16-17 all around the UK. It includes a fun trip away from home for a few ...

  • Children and Families Act 2014 (Part 3) – some headlines
    8 September 2014

    The Children and Families Act came into force on 1st September 2014. It has been described as “the biggest reform to child welfare legislation in 30 years”. It includes changes to special educational needs, health and social care and will affect all children and young people with special educational needs under the age of 25. Under the ...

  • Core Funding and Project Grants 2015/2016
    8 September 2014

    In 2014/2015 Reading Borough Council disbursed £2.7m of grant funding to the voluntary and community sector and this will continue for many groups in 2015/2016, with some exceptions. Applications are now invited for funding for 2015/2016 with a deadline of Monday 6 October 2014. Grants are awarded in the context of financial and other pressures faced by the Council which ...

  • Berkshire Phab needs you! Find out more about being a trustee
    1 September 2014

      Would you like to be a trustee for a charity which helps people with disabilities to integrate within a social setting? Berkshire Phab is urgently seeking trustees, preferably with management skills in finance, human resources, operations or sales and marketing, to help run the charity. Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the charity functions ...

  • Autumn Training Programme for Volunteers
    1 September 2014

    This Autumn PSC is offering a comprehensive 8 part training programme for volunteers and can include volunteers from external organisations as well as its own. The programme will include sessions around: Listening skills Bereavement & loss Boundaries and Confidentiality Lone working & personal safety Safeguarding Supporting families by phone & email The course runs from 2 October – 4 December at the organisation’s ...

  • PCC grants for Victims and R J Services (Phase 2)
    1 September 2014

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has announced the second phase of grant funding to support the development of specialist services for victims of crime, including Restorative Justice (RJ) services. This second round of transitional grant funding is intended to provide: services for victims of crime and particularly victims in the priority categories outlined in ...

  • £4.5 million funding allocated to Berkshire for Building Better Opportunities
    27 August 2014

    Big Lottery Fund is planning to put up to £260m of Lottery funds against a similar figure from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 in order to support communities and people most in need across England. The funding will be delivered in Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities, which have been set by ...

  • Sportivate Deadline – 10 September 2014
    26 August 2014

    The next Sportivate deadline is fast approaching and Get Berkshire Active are looking for new projects to run between October 2014 and April 2015. Sportivate gives 14-25 year-olds who are not particularly sporty access to six-to-eight weeks’ of free or subsidised coaching in a range of sports. The grant funding is available to support the revenue ...

  • RVA Annual General Meeting and networking breakfast
    22 August 2014

    Please join us for our Annual General Meeting and networking breakfast on the 8 October 2014. As well as the formal business there will be an opportunity to hear about the work we have done throughout the year and plans for the year ahead. In particular there will be a presentation on the Building Better Opportunities funding ...

  • Healthy Eats and African Beats
    21 August 2014

    The spirit of the dance brought people together at the Alafia Family Open Day. The event at Wycliffe Church saw different cultures turn out for a fun time, with African drums and dance setting the pace.     Family Outreach Worker, Amelia Robinson, was delighted at the response to Alafia’s first family day event: “We wanted to make sure ...

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