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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.

  • 5 Ways to Wellbeing – connect!
    11 January 2017

    Last week, we started the conversation about Five Ways to Wellbeing, 5 simple steps that can help us improve our wellbeing in every day life, Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give This week the focus CONNECT – feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that ...

  • Financial Management: 1-2-1 sessions for charities & voluntary groups
    10 January 2017

    Does your charity/ group need help with finances/budgets/AGM reports/ spreadsheets or other financial matters? We understand that consultancy fees can be expensive for charities and voluntary sector organisations. Therefore we have organised some discounted rates in partnership with Holy Brook Associates. Why not book for one of our 1-2-1 sessions on 22 February.

  • BOB – the Sustainability and Transformation Plan
    4 January 2017

    “The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is one of 44 local plans being developed across England, which will set out how affordable, good quality health and social care will be provided in the future” (NHS England – December 2016) Below are some key points from STP summary document, published in late ...

  • REMINDER – Making Every Contact Count – places available on 26/27 January
    4 January 2017

    Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises existing day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Reading MECC project will adopt the broader definition of MECC, known as MECC+. This includes ...

  • A healthy start to 2017
    3 January 2017

    The Five Ways to Wellbeing are simple steps that can help you improve your wellbeing in every day life. The approach was developed by the New Economics Foundation, and is based on scientific research about how we can  maintain good mental health and wellbeing. Here are the Five Ways to Wellbeing Connect – feeling close to, and ...

  • Apply for the WHSmith Community Grant
    15 December 2016

    The WHSmith Trust is offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies.

  • Sports pavilion for lease
    14 December 2016

    Reading Borough Council invites bids for the lease of Courage Park Sports Pavilion. The pavilion is in Edenham Crescent, Coley Park, and could be suitable for community or voluntary sector use. The site sits within a quiet residential area and benefits from additional public recreation facilities including a children’s play area, multi-use games area and close ...

  • ESOL availability mapping in the region: tenders invited
    13 December 2016

    The South East Strategic Partnership for Migration (SESPM) is seeking to commission a piece of work to map existing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provision in the South East region and provide a resource to local authorities in the provision of ESOL for resettled refugees under qualifying programmes. In particular, the aim is ...

  • Reading Internship Scheme seeking placements for students
    12 December 2016

    The University of Reading Internship Scheme is running again in 2017 with funding for students to be involved in project-based internships for a 6-12 week period in Summer 2017. If you’re new to the Reading Internship Scheme, we can offer: An opportunity to employ one of our talented students or graduates with a skill-set that you require ...

  • Do you need a good training venue or individual classrooms?
    12 December 2016

    At Reading Community Learning Centre, 94 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ, we have three lovely classrooms for up to 16 learners. The classrooms have smart boards, whiteboards, tables and chairs, kitchen, crèche and accessible toilets, and are available after 3pm each weekday and all weekend and holiday times. One of the classrooms is wheelchair accessible. All can ...

  • Consultation – Reading Your Way
    12 December 2016

    Reading Your Way is part of Together, a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues on their journey to leading fulfilling and independent lives. Reading Your Way offers one-to-one support, peer support, social and sporting activities, support groups and much more. Reading Borough Council is seeking the views of service users and other stakeholders ...

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
    8 December 2016

    How Can Life Go On? Join us as we will again host an evening of reflection to remember victims of the Holocaust with a special memorial event at the Civic Offices on Wednesday 25 January. Keynote speaker: Lord Alfred Dubs – Holocaust Survivor and one of the 669 Kindertransport children rescued by the late Sir Nicholas Winton. Lord ...

  • Office space at RISC to let
    8 December 2016

    Self-contained office available to let to a voluntary/community sector organisation or social enterprise. The office space is approximately 386 sq ft/36 sq m and would comfortably accommodate between 4 and 6 people. The cost will be £6,000 per year including services and utilities. Many resources are available within the centre including a shared kitchen, photocopiers, conference and meeting rooms, educational roof garden, ...

  • Free training: Fire Safety for Adults at Risk
    8 December 2016

    Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service is offering free fire safety training sessions to anyone who provides a care service to a client. An examination of fatal fires within Berkshire has identified that a high percentage of fire deaths involve vulnerable adults. These sessions are aimed at partner agencies to help them ensure that Berkshire’s vulnerable ...

  • Are you ready for those New Year’s Resolutions?
    8 December 2016

    For many the start of the year is a time for reflection and the setting of new goals. We believe that volunteering can be a way for people to fulfil a host of resolutions; meeting new people, developing new skills or just giving something back. It would seem that we are not along in thinking this ...

  • Proposed Victims’ Services redesign – latest information
    7 December 2016

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner intends to undertake a fundamental redesign of commissioned Victims’ Services by 1 April 2018. The new model will include development of: a central co-located ‘Victims First’ Hub with the Thames Valley Police (TVP) Witness Care Unit (WCU) a number of actual or virtual satellite hubs a range of community ‘touchpoints’ or ...

  • Making Every Contact Count (MECC) – free workshops
    7 December 2016

    Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises existing day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Reading MECC project will adopt the broader definition of MECC, known as MECC+. This includes ...

  • Calling all Treasurers – end the year feeling on top of your books!
    7 December 2016

    Are you a new treasurer or do you need a refresher? Come and brush up on your skills and end the year feeling more on top of your books!

  • Land available for lease in central Reading
    7 December 2016

    Reading Borough Council is marketing land at Abattoirs Road, Reading RG1 7BL comprising a cleared site equating to approximately 0.47 acres. The site is to rent on a 25-year lease with break options at 5-yearly intervals. The land would be suitable for a range of uses, subject to a tenant obtaining planning consent. Full details, including ...

  • How to become a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Assocation)
    5 December 2016

    A guide for existing unincorporated associations who want to change to an incorporated structure of a CIO. What are the benefits, what do you need to plan for and how do you go about changing your structure?

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