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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.

  • Friendship Volunteering Evening
    15 October 2019

    Reading volunteers and service coordinators who help local people reduce loneliness and social isolation are warmly invited to a free evening event at The Crowne Plaza on 1 November from 5.30 to 9pm. Join us as our guest to: Celebrate and highlight the fantastic contribution of Reading’s volunteers in reducing loneliness and social isolation. Hear from fellow volunteers ...

  • DBS Workshop for voluntary and community groups
    11 October 2019

    Introduction Voluntary and community groups provide much needed services, often to those who are most vulnerable in our communities. Anyone working with Children or vulnerable adults has a duty to ensure that safer recruitment practices are in place for their volunteers and staff. It’s not always easy to understand just what DBS checks are needed (formerly ...

  • Coach Core apprenticeship opportunity for young people aged 16-24
    9 October 2019

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) have had a strong response to their Coach Core recruitment days and as a result ten Berkshire-based young people are currently being made offers by various employers in the county. There are still some spots left and GBA urge you to encourage any young people who might be suitable to consider ...

  • Smart Works Reading awarded RVA Safe + Sound
    9 October 2019

    Smart Works Reading have been awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound Governance Mark. We spoke to Sarah Burns MBE, Chair of Smart Works Reading, about the charity’s work and the process of Safe + Sound accreditation. Tell us a little about Smart Works Reading and what inspired you to get involved The work we do at Smart Works ...

  • Bite Size Volunteer Management Training – Recruitment and Legal
    9 October 2019

    Whether behind the scenes in administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town. For many organisations, without the work of volunteers, it would not be possible for them to deliver the services they provide in the way they do. Given the central role ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 11 October 2019
    7 October 2019

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 11 October 2019 in the Council Chamber, starting at 2pm. The agenda includes a report on Working in Partnership with Health and Social Care to Support Reading’s Most Vulnerable People. The report, prepared following discussions with a range of voluntary organisations in Reading, ...

  • The Silvers’ Workshop awarded Safe + Sound
    3 October 2019

    The Silvers’ Workshop were recently awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound Governance mark. We spoke to member and trustee Kevin Slade about the charity’s work, and the process of applying for Safe + Sound. Tell us a little about The Silvers’ Workshop and how you got involved… The Silvers’ Workshop is part of the UK Men’s Shed Association ...

  • An Introduction to Volunteer Management – Full Day Course
    3 October 2019

    Introduction: Whether behind the scenes in an administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town. For many organisations, without the work of volunteers, it would not be possible for them to deliver the services they provide in the way they do. Given the central ...

  • Befriending Week – are you ready?
    2 October 2019

    Countdown to Befriending Week 2019! Only 1 month to go. Are you ready? This year the theme puts a spotlight on health and wellbeing. To help you prepare for this year’s celebrations, visit the Befriending Week Resources section of our website to download the free resource pack . This includes social media posts, Facebook cover image, Twitter ...

  • Befriending Networks bookings open for national conference
    2 October 2019

    Bookings for the annual Befriending Conferences in Edinburgh and London are filling fast so  make sure you don’t miss your chance to attend. Programmes and book details for both conferences are on our website. Through a full day of speakers, workshops and networking, the conferences put a ‘Spotlight on Health and Wellbeing’, sharing the exciting ways ...

  • Donate your old clean duvet covers to help Reading Family Aid reduce their reliance on single use plastic
    2 October 2019

    Reading Family Aid organises an Annual Christmas Toy Project, with support from the Reading Chronicle. We collect and distribute gifts to disadvantaged families in the Reading area. Last year we provided gifts for 1,500 children. We use large black plastic sacks to pack the gifts for delivery to the families. We have been looking for alternatives ...

  • Advance Notice – Freehold Disposal of Southcote Library
    2 October 2019

    Bidding opportunity, in accordance with Third Sector Premises Policy Statement The Council will shortly be markerting the freehold of Southcote Library, 234 Southcote Lane, Reading RG30 3BA on the open market and formally through the Third Sector process. It is estimated that these formal processes will commence in approximately 3-4 weeks – the exact date will appear ...

  • Charities and political campaigning – blog from Helen Stephenson
    26 September 2019

    With expectations growing of a general election before the end of this year and all political parties preparing for it, the Charity Commission new CEO, Helen Stephenson has released a blog reflecting on the position and responsibilities of charity leaders and trustees in this context. Stephenson urges care with regard to how charities engage in public ...

  • Free ILM accredited management training for voluntary and community groups
    26 September 2019

    Alan Hester Associates is delivering free management training for junior to middle managers of voluntary and community organisations. The training is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and fully funded by the European Social Fund and the Thames Valley LEP as part of the Skills for the Workforce project. Course dates Day 1: 23 ...

  • What a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit means for Charities
    26 September 2019

    The level of uncertainty as to where Brexit will take us makes contingency planning more difficult, but preparing your organisation to the extent possible is crucial. NCVO have prepared guidance to help charities anticipate and mitigate the effects on their organisation. No Deal Brexit and the Voluntary Sector In particular, there are some really useful sections on the ...

  • Age Friendly Reading event to celebrate Older People’s Day 2019
    25 September 2019

    Reading will be celebrating National Older People’s Day 2019 with a free, fun-packed event on Monday 30 September, highlighting the contribution all older people make to the Reading community. The free event hosted at the Broad Street Mall will run from 10am to 3pm. The theme of this year’s event, organised by Age UK Berkshire and ...

  • Successful Harris Garden fundraising event for Reading Mencap
    25 September 2019

    On Sunday 8 September 2019 the local learning disability charity Reading Mencap held a fundraising event at the beautiful Harris Garden, on the University of Reading campus. It was opened by their Patron, Sir John Madjeski and their Chair of Trustees, together with their Ambassadors who are also Reading Mencap service users. The British weather didn’t ...

  • Coach Core apprenticeships – opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds
    25 September 2019

    An opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds interested in sports coaching Get Berkshire Active are are about to launch a sports apprenticeship programme working with Coach Core by The Royal Foundation. Coach Core is an innovative and exciting sports coaching apprenticeship targeting young people who wish to gain further education and employment in sport. Coach ...

  • National Lottery Awards for All – new online application from 1 October 2019
    19 September 2019

    Important information if you are in the process of completing an Awards for All grant application Awards for All are moving to a new online application form on Tuesday 1 October 2019. The final time for applying using the current application form is 11am on Tuesday 1 October 2019. Any work you have saved in the ...

  • Free dishwasher available
    19 September 2019

    Reading Museum and Town Hall has a working domestic dishwasher that they no longer need. It’s been PAT tested. If any local groups are interested in it, please email conferencing@reading.gov.uk.

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