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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.

  • Did you know that 10% of the NHS budget is spent on diabetes?
    9 July 2014

    Sowing the Seeds for Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Berkshire, organised by the Public Health teams in Berkshire, aimed to bring together statutory and voluntary agencies to identify who is doing what to address this massive problem. A few facts a figures first (from the 2014 NHS England report “Action for Diabetes”) There are 2.7 million ...

  • Sign up for the RVA Volunteering Conference – don’t forget your volunteers can come too
    7 July 2014

    This year we are opening up the RVA Volunteering Conference to volunteers themselves as well as coordinators, managers and recruiters. This approach fits with a range of projects we are getting involved with, plus the work of the local Volunteer Coordinators’ Network (VCN) which we facilitate here at RVA. The aim is to provide a menu ...

  • Great opportunity – could you produce pantomimes in Reading?
    3 July 2014

    Reading Borough Council invites expressions of interest from suitably experienced professional production companies for the provision of an annual seasonal pantomime production to be presented at the Hexagon Theatre in Reading.The contract, which is expected to start in 2014, will be initially for a 3 year period with an option to extend for a further ...

  • RVA helping to shape the all new Do-it website
    2 July 2014

    In December 2013 ivo took ownership of the Do-it website, the UK’s largest website for volunteering. Since then they have been working on a brand new version of the website, which will go live in the autumn. RVA together with 7 other volunteer centres across the UK have been meeting regularly as part of a Volunteer ...

  • Garden project help from Queen Annne’s School
    1 July 2014

    A group of enthusiastic young volunteers from Queen Anne’s School gave up some of their time during June to work on the Food4families garden project. The F4F project, based at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), has been working at the Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre in Caversham helping to plant and develop the Centre’s garden. Speaking ...

  • Challenge us!!! We need an interesting and unusual challenge for a team raring to go!!!
    1 July 2014

    We’ve heard from a team of 12 people who are looking for a stimulating challenge over the next couple of months. They are interested in a range of activities and want to get their hands dirty, preferably working outside. They have previously had experience in habitat management, painting, car park laying and gardening. They have ...

  • Community and Capital Grants Round – next deadline 1 August 2014
    1 July 2014

    Reading Borough Council’s small grants programme is available to support grassroots work and designed primarily to fund start-up costs, small projects and events that encourage activity at neighbourhood level.

  • United for a successful Team Challenge!
    27 June 2014

      On 11 June volunteers Jo and Kevin from Unite took part in an RVA Team Challenge set by our group, to gain some extra help getting our produce garden up and running for the new season. They did a fantastic job in the garden and together we managed to dig, week and plant, in an afternoon very ...

  • Pharmacy Users’ Survey
    25 June 2014

    The local Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a survey that Public Health, within local government, is undertaking to make sure that pharmacies across Berkshire are providing the right services, in the right locations, to support residents. As part of this survey we want to get your views on services, so your answers are important to us. The ...

  • Delivery of Sexual Health Services – expressions of interest invited
    25 June 2014

    Bracknell Forest Borough Council is inviting expressions of interest from providers with the capacity to deliver sexual health services across Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire. The overall aim of this procurement is to ensure that there is a high quality sexual health service provided across the local authority areas (which could be expanded to include Windsor ...

  • Healthwatch Reading Annual General Meeting
    25 June 2014

    Healthwatch Reading will be holding its second Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 7 July at 12.30pm at Highbridge House, Reading. The AGM will include an overview of the work Healthwatch Reading has carried out in its first year, plans for its second year, a chance to meet with the newly elected Board and of ...

  • RCLC is looking for new premises in partnership with WEA
    25 June 2014

    Reading Community Learning Centre ( RCLC) is likely to need to move out of its Eaton Place premises in early spring 2015. Working in partnership with WEA, we are starting to search for new premises that better meet our learners’ needs in the Reading area. We have identified our joint needs but are also open ...

  • Do you promote healthy eating or physical activity? Opportunity for stand at Diabetes event
    24 June 2014

    Sowing the seeds of prevention and management of Diabetes on 8th July is being organised by the public health teams across Berkshire. They are keen to understand how local voluntary and community organisations are contributing towards the prevention and management of diabetes. If your organisation runs activities to encourage people around healthy eating and physical exercise, or ...

  • Is your organisation in the new Reading Services Guide?
    24 June 2014

    Reading Borough Council has launched a new on-line services guide. The Reading Services Guide aims to bring together information on: + Care services, specialist support services, social activities and advice services for older people and people with disabilities and their carers + Information for families in the Family Information Service (FIS) section of the guide – parents can ...

  • Elevate Reading – promoting opportunities for young people
    23 June 2014

    Elevate Reading is an exciting new project that brings together partners from private, public and third sector agencies to support young people aged 16-24 into employment or training. As part of the project we have recently launched “Elevate Me”, a website created in partnership with O2, that aims to be the on-line destination for young people ...

  • ABC receives Queen’s Award for the work of its volunteers
    22 June 2014

    ABC (Assisting Berkshire Children to read) met to celebrate receipt of the Queen’s Award at its 10th Anniversary AGM on 19 June 2014.  Set up in 2004 to find, train and support volunteers in primary schools across Berkshire, it currently has 125 volunteers supporting 400 children in 70 schools.  The reading skills of 98% of these children ...

  • Important call for feedback from all pharmacy users in Berkshire
    20 June 2014

    Do you, your members, colleagues, family or friends use the local pharmacy?If so, you could all help improve the services our pharmacies provide.  To do this, please give feedback about how you feel about the services in a short online survey.The survey is taking place from 16th June until 4th July 2014. To access the survey click ...

  • New Small Grant Programmes for Music and Sport Projects
    18 June 2014

    Here just two of the grant and award programmes being featured in our June 2014 edition of Funding Digest. Small Grants available for Musical Instruments and EquipmentMusic for Alice, which was established in memory of Alice Macgill, a talented young musician who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, has launched a new funding programme. ...

  • Grants Available in Abbey for Community Projects
    16 June 2014

    Community First Grants are now open for applications for residents or organisations running activities in Abbey Ward. This year, applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the longest you should have to wait for a response is two months.The priorities for this year are:Improving anti-social behaviour Improving the local environment Improving community cohesionThe most important thing ...

  • Farewell Richard – welcome Rachel
    13 June 2014

    Thursday 12 June saw us saying our farewells to Richard Corbett, RVA’s Director since September 2010, and welcoming Rachel Spencer to her new role as our Chief Executive. Later on, reflecting on his time with RVA, Richard summed up as follows: I would just like to thank everyone especially the team at Reading Voluntary Action, our members ...

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