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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.

  • Ethical Recruitment Charter launch on 12 March 2020
    26 February 2020

    Ethical Reading, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, has developed a ‘gold standard’ for recruitment in our town. Based on the three pillars of Respect, Transparency, and Fairness, the Ethical Recruitment Charter provides support and advice to employers and a guarantee to customers and potential employees. The charter includes commitments to respect the law and regulations ...

  • Funder Presentations 27 Feb: BCF Elderly Fund still accepting applications
    26 February 2020

    If you are an organisation that delivers services to older people looking for funding, Berkshire Community Fund are still looking for a few more applications for their current round of funding: Funds for the Elderly. Find out more at the Funding Presentations tomorrow Thursday 27 February from 10.15 – 11.15am or book a 1:1 with Elisha ...

  • Charity Commission: learning from complaints
    26 February 2020

    The Charity Commission is urging charities to ‘listen and learn’ when issues are brought to them This advice has come as a result of the Charity Commission reviewing the complaints that it receives about charities, and in particular those that fall below the regulatory threshold. The report also comes amid criticism that the Charity Commission failed to ...

  • CANCELLED – Dee Park Street Party Workshop
    20 February 2020

    Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event tonight – we hope to organise another one soon – apologies for any inconvenience RVA is pleased to add another Street Party Workshop to our 2020 roadshow – in partnership with Catalyst Housing in Dee Park. Local residents and community workers are invited to come along on 10 March ...

  • Be part of Reading Community Lottery – register as a good cause in time for the public launch
    19 February 2020

    There’s still time to register as a good cause in time for the public launch of Reading Community Lottery on 28 February 2020 You can register at any time, but to join the other organisations who will be in it from the start, head to the website to make your application: www.readingcommunitylottery.co.uk. What is Reading Community Lottery? Reading ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2020 – individual nominations now open!
    19 February 2020

    Nominations are now open for the Reading Volunteer Awards 2020! Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Reading Volunteer Awards. The awards evening celebrates those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. This year’s event will take place ...

  • Reading Mencap and ACRE celebrate National Lottery Award
    19 February 2020

    Local charities Reading Mencap and ACRE (Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality) are celebrating after being awarded a £372,919 grant from The National Lottery Community Fund to support vital services for children and adults with disabilities and their families. The four-year funding programme will enable Reading Mencap’s Family Support Service to continue its invaluable work with ...

  • Updated guidance from Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership
    18 February 2020

    All services working with children and families across Berkshire West are part of the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership and each organisation has an important role to play. The new Simple Guide to the new Local Safeguarding Arrangements  has been designed to help you understand your role in the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership. You ...

  • Funding for community heritage, culture, memories and more
    18 February 2020 Leeds Eulogy Project to celebrate Jamaican Lives

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund are coming to Reading on 27 February You may be wondering what the Heritage Fund includes and whether this would apply to your community group or charity. Take a look at these examples and come along on Thursday 27 February to find out more (book your place below): Oral history recordings of ...

  • DBS guide for working with adults in the charity sector
    14 February 2020

    The DBS service have updated their guidance for working with adults in the voluntary community and charity sector The guidance, which includes example scenarios, can be found here: DBS Guide Working with Adults in the Charity Sector Please note there is a separate guidance for working with children. You may also wish to take a look at this ...

  • DBS guide for working with children in the charity sector
    14 February 2020

    The DBS service have updated their guidance for those in the voluntary, community and charity sector. The guidance, which can be found here,  includes example scenarios: DBS Guide: Working with Children in the Charity Sector Please note there is a separate guidance for working with adults. You may also wish to take a look at RVA’s guide for ...

  • Community journalism: Walk, talk and share with Mental Health Mates Reading
    12 February 2020

    On a very cold but beautifully sunny Saturday morning recently, RVA’s Community Journalist Simone Illger met up with Mental Health Mates Reading at Christchurch Bridge Mental Health Mates Reading is part of a UK-wide peer support group organising walks and talks for those affected by mental illness, including their families, children, friends and dogs (on leads). ...

  • New £100k RBC fund to support small community groups
    10 February 2020

    A new £100,000 fund to support small community groups in Reading deliver local projects is being proposed, as part of Reading Borough Council’s three-year Medium Term Financial Plan. The details of how the fund will operate are still being worked up, but the intention is that small community groups or organisations in the town which are ...

  • The Prince’s Trust – Get Started with Music
    10 February 2020

    The Prince’s Trust have partnered up with Readipop this February to deliver a Get Started with Music programme. Get Started with Music is a week long programme giving young people ages 16-25 the opportunity to take part in creative music workshops like drumming and vocals, music performance, music production and much more, while working in groups ...

  • Have your say on ward boundaries for RBC – consultation open until 13 April 2020
    6 February 2020

    The Local Government Boundary Commission for England are asking local people and organisations to comment on draft recommendations for new ward boundaries across Reading Borough Council. You can take part in the consultation through their interactive consultation portal. Their website includes further information about the Commission and the review. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England say: We ...

  • Countdown to Reading Community Lottery ticket sales going live
    5 February 2020

    A huge thank you to everyone who attended the good causes launch of Reading Community Lottery last week and to the organisations who have already signed up Countdown to ticket sales going live! The lottery will be launched to the general public at the end of the month, with ticket sales going live on Friday 28 February ...

  • New Directions College – sub-contracting community learning
    5 February 2020

    New Directions College expect to launch a tender for community learning provision for the academic year 2020-21 onwards (for up to 3 years) in April this year. The government definition of community learning The purpose of Community Learning is to develop the skills, confidence, motivation and resilience of adults of different ages and backgrounds in order to: progress ...

  • Free Street Party Workshops
    4 February 2020

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood. Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN) are delivering four more workshops across Reading for ...

  • Funder Presentations and Surgeries: National Lottery, BCF, Heritage Lottery and Arts Council
    29 January 2020

    As part of our regular Funder Presentations and Surgeries, RVA are partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation, The National Lottery Community,  the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council. This event starts with a general presentation from the funders on their current funding streams at 10:15 – 11:15 followed by tea and coffee – please book ...

  • Reading Hydro share offer open – until 14 February 2020
    29 January 2020

    Invest in Reading Hydro’s share offer and help them build a community-owned hydro scheme on the Thames in Reading, next to Caversham weir. Reading Hydro will generate renewable electricity and cut carbon emissions for decades to come. Income from selling electricity will run the scheme and pay a return to investors. They need to raise £700,000 now, ...

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