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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.

  • Acre’s Reading Diversity Calendar 2015
    4 August 2014

    Acre is compiling a Desktop Diversity Calendar for Reading. It’s going to be a What’s On guide to everything community based locally throughout 2015, in one handy desktop calendar. The ideal Christmas gift, to inform families of key events, plus the ideal way to promote your organisation by featuring on the calendar. There are also great promotional ...

  • Letter to a WW1 soldier
    4 August 2014

    Today, one hundred years after the start of the First World War, Sir Stuart Etherington, CEO of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, has chosen to commemorate the life of Edward Birchall, a WW1 soldier whose life experiences before and during the war led to a legacy that was used to set up an organisation ...

  • Lots of new ways for volunteers to make a difference
    1 August 2014

    Our local branch of the MS Society has identified a range of new roles that would present interesting and impactful ways for new volunteers to get involved with their work. These range from support for fundraising and events or taking over the organisation of a popular club, to helping deliver the adapted small vehicle hire ...

  • Trustees please note that the Charity Commission has become a more aggressive regulator
    30 July 2014

    Anyone who receives the Charity Commission news will have noticed that they have become an increasingly aggressive regulator over the past 12 months. In some circumstances they might provide a much needed intervention but there does not appear to be a proportionality filter and small charities with few assets are being treated in the same way ...

  • Does your organisation support Victims of Crime? Important news
    29 July 2014

    You may be aware that the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be commissioning services to support victims of crime from next April. The PCC is committed to: Ensuring that local commissioning priorities are based on a comprehensive picture of victims’ needs in the Thames Valley (- a needs analysis has been completed) A consultative approach, ...

  • New community newspaper for Lower Caversham
    28 July 2014 Caversham Compass team

    One of the great success stories of the past few months is the launch of community newspapers around Reading, with Dee Park News, the Whitley Way and the Southcote Echo all proving very popular. The Amersham Road and Lower Caversham area is the latest to get its own paper. Launched in July, the Caversham Compass will ...

  • Oxjam Reading Takeover launches but it’s not too late to join the team
    25 July 2014

    There was a whole lotta love when Boot Led Zeppelin kicked off the launch of Reading’s Oxjam Takeover at the Purple Turtle. Cheering on the band was an 8-strong group of volunteers determined to pull out all the stops to make this year’s event the best ever. Funding and Events Co-ordinator Harry McKeown praises his fellow volunteers ...

  • What local funding is available in your community?
    24 July 2014

    One of the biggest challenges to running community projects can be making sure you have the money to do it, but where do you start and what is available in your area? Here are a range of local grant opportunities that are available across the town or in specific communities in Reading. Town-wide grant opportunities Berkshire Community Foundation Berkshire Community Foundation have ...

  • Do you want to get involved in shaping Social Value in Reading?
    24 July 2014

    We have the opportunity to influence how Social Value is implemented in Reading You may be aware that statutory agencies are now required to consider social value when they are commissioning services.  This means that commissioning and procurement officers in health and the local authority must consider “the additional benefit to the community from commissioning/procurement process over ...

  • Legacy fundraising – sharing experiences and questions
    24 July 2014

    Do you include legacies as part of your fundraising strategy? The Charity Commission recognises that “donations left in wills are a valuable source of funding for many charities” Further guidance from the Charity Commission You may be aware of Will Aid – in November you can use a local solicitor who has signed up to Will ...

  • Join RVA and help local charities develop and thrive – deadline 4 August 2014
    23 July 2014

    The role of Advice Worker with Reading Voluntary Action is an interesting and varied one that offers real scope to see local community groups and charities grow and develop, improve their governance and achieve increased sustainability. If being that worker sounds like the opportunity for you, then check out the details in the recruitment advert and ...

  • Funding available to help combat ‘loan sharks’ in Reading
    22 July 2014

    The national Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is working to help raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks in Reading and there are grants available up to £500 for work which furthers this cause. The Team has already secured over 300 prosecutions for illegal money lending, helping nearly 24,00 victims and ensuring the write off ...

  • Launchpad achieves Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard
    22 July 2014

    Achieving the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard is formal recognition for the excellent work Launchpad does with its volunteers, but probably doesn’t tell the organisation’s service users anything they didn’t already know – that the volunteers are dedicated people who are able to be effective in what they do because they are well supported and ...

  • Our stats are on the up!
    21 July 2014

    The number of people now following @rva_volunteer has crossed the 1000 mark following a concerted focus by the RVA team on using our twitter stream to celebrate Volunteers’ Week and raise awareness of the work of volunteers and the wide range of interesting opportunities that exist around Reading. We had some great coverage in Get Reading ...

  • New Adult Social Care User Panel
    18 July 2014

    •Have you had experience of care and support services? •Would you be willing to share your ideas about how to improve things? Reading Borough Council’s Adult Social Care User Panel is for people who have used care services, or come into contact with these services as family carers. We are keen to work with people who understand ...

  • Exciting new project with PCC to support victims of crime
    16 July 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 deliver support services to victims of crime. We will be working with delivery partners across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to develop and deliver a programme of workshops ...

  • Could you be our new RVA Advice Worker?
    14 July 2014

    RVA is looking to recruit a new adviser who will take lead responsibility in RVA for providing charities and voluntary groups with advice, information and training on legal and technical aspects of running voluntary organisations. If you have a good all round knowledge of how to run a medium sized charity, are friendly and approachable but ...

  • Are you doing excellent work to improve people’s health?
    14 July 2014

    The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward small to medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health.The awards have been running since 1997, and are organised and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity working to improve health and social care. This is an annual scheme, funded by ...

  • Grants to help support inter-faith projects
    11 July 2014

    Inter-faith is the topic we have identified as the taster selection from this month’s Funding Digest. Inter Faith Small Grants Programme Grants of between £200 and £500 are awarded for proposals for inter faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in ...

  • Parenting Special Children provide practical support and services
    11 July 2014

    ‘It really helped to talk to people who understood some of the challenges we faced as a family.’ ‘ I learnt to let go of guilt and doing it right or not, but just doing the best you can.’ These are two quotations from parents of children with special needs who have accessed the services ...

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