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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.

  • Fun and Free and Fit 4 Youth
    21 August 2014

    Fit 4 Youth is a fun and free way to encourage exercise, healthy eating and a better knowledge of hygiene to 12-16 year olds, whether your own or those attending a local youth club or young peoples’ group. Fit 4 Youth is a free, healthy lifestyle project for teenagers and the aim has been to make ...

  • Important date if you support victims of crime – 16 September 2014
    20 August 2014

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has announced new funding arrangements for commissioning of support victims’ services from April 2015. There will be a presentation and workshop on Tuesday 16 September 2014 in Reading for practical guidance and support of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSE) from across the Thames Valley area:  10.00am to 3.30pm: ...

  • Floating Support Service – Market Engagement Event
    19 August 2014

    Reading Borough Council is inviting suitably experienced service providers of a Floating Support Service within the administrative boundary of Reading to attend a Market Engagement Event prior to the Council advertising this contracting opportunity. The Council currently commissions housing related floating support services from various providers. Floating support is delivered in resident’s own homes and in ...

  • Could your volunteers help out at the Reading Older People’s Day on 1 October?
    18 August 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action is involved in supporting the Reading Older People’s Partnership and as part of that support, we are hoping to coordinate a team of host volunteers for the celebration event scheduled on 1 October. We’d like to hear from volunteers in your team who could help out. There will be a range of ways ...

  • Public Health Observatory – local health profiles
    18 August 2014

    Are you interested in the health of the local population? Are you looking for data to support a funding application? The Public Health Observatory produces health profiles which give an overview of the health in all local authority areas. Some key points about health in Reading include: Deprivation is lower than average,however about 21.2% (6,200) children live in ...

  • Grants for urgent structural repairs to places of worship
    15 August 2014

    This month’s RBC Funding Digest is available and amongst the raft of information are these two opportunities. Heritage Lottery Fund – Grants for Places of Worship Funding of between £10,000 and £250.00 is available for projects that involve urgent structural repairs to public places of worship that are listed at grade I, II* or II and are ...

  • Vulnerable people coping with severe weather
    15 August 2014

    Severe weather is likely to occur more often with the changing climate, increasing the demand for voluntary and community sector services. The voluntary and community sector provides essential services to particularly vulnerable groups and those struggling to meet basic needs. Colleagues at Reading Borough Council are very keen for us to encourage local volunteers, staff and ...

  • The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – you can nominate now
    15 August 2014

    The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. ABC to Reading and Berkshire County Blind Society were ...

  • Review of Dementia Training in Berkshire
    13 August 2014

    In the United Kingdom there are approximately 800,000 people living with dementia (Alzheimer’s Society, 2013). The NHS is undertaking a review of dementia training, to identify take-up of training, gaps in provision and examples of good practice to help develop a coordinated approach to dementia training provision. As part of this wider project, Health Education Thames Valley ...

  • Do you need support with measuring your outcomes and impact?
    13 August 2014

    RCVYS members With the start of the new autumn term only a few weeks away, it is worth making sure that you can evidence the difference you are making for children, young people and families through your outcome. Highlighting your outcomes is essential when applying for funding and celebrating what your organisation has achieved. If you would ...

  • Sensational Sensory Room at Berkshire Phab
    13 August 2014

    Berkshire Phab have a fantastic sensory room, and it’s now looking even better following a much needed makeover. The room provides a great space for people with disabilities to chill out, enjoy the lights and colours, relax in the new ball pool or dance to loud music. There’s a glow in the dark rainforest mural ...

  • Reading Services Guide – a reminder
    11 August 2014

    If you provide services for children, young people and families in Reading, this is reminder for you. Voluntary Organisations in Reading can register for free on the new Reading Services Guide. This guide is available to both practitioners, parents and other family members as they search for services. Additionally, if you provide services which disabled children or ...

  • Arts Council England – Funding Surgeries – Tuesday 16 September
    7 August 2014

    Grants for the Arts is a Lottery-funded grant programme for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. Grants are available for activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. ...

  • Volunteering is key to new fire service strategy
    7 August 2014

    Royal Berkshire Fire Authority has opened the doors to a series of rewarding new volunteer roles after refreshing its strategic commitments this summer. Members of the fire authority voted on the six strategic priorities at their annual meeting on 25 June. The authority, which oversees Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), wanted to reflect the ...

  • Calling trustees – tell us your stories
    5 August 2014

    Why did you become a trustee?  What do you enjoy?  What gives you satisfaction?  What are the challenges? Most people become trustees because they see the difference that a particular charity is making – to children, the environment, disadvantaged communities, older people……… They want to contribute their time and experience to a cause that they believe ...

  • 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, ...

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