News

Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • New community newspaper for Lower Caversham
    28 July 2014 Caversham Compass team

    One of the great success stories of the past few months is the launch of community newspapers around Reading, with Dee Park News, the Whitley Way and the Southcote Echo all proving very popular. The Amersham Road and Lower Caversham area is the latest to get its own paper. Launched in July, the Caversham Compass will ...

  • Oxjam Reading Takeover launches but it’s not too late to join the team
    25 July 2014

    There was a whole lotta love when Boot Led Zeppelin kicked off the launch of Reading’s Oxjam Takeover at the Purple Turtle. Cheering on the band was an 8-strong group of volunteers determined to pull out all the stops to make this year’s event the best ever. Funding and Events Co-ordinator Harry McKeown praises his fellow volunteers ...

  • What local funding is available in your community?
    24 July 2014

    One of the biggest challenges to running community projects can be making sure you have the money to do it, but where do you start and what is available in your area? Here are a range of local grant opportunities that are available across the town or in specific communities in Reading. Town-wide grant opportunities Berkshire Community Foundation Berkshire Community Foundation have ...

  • Do you want to get involved in shaping Social Value in Reading?
    24 July 2014

    We have the opportunity to influence how Social Value is implemented in Reading You may be aware that statutory agencies are now required to consider social value when they are commissioning services.  This means that commissioning and procurement officers in health and the local authority must consider “the additional benefit to the community from commissioning/procurement process over ...

  • Legacy fundraising – sharing experiences and questions
    24 July 2014

    Do you include legacies as part of your fundraising strategy? The Charity Commission recognises that “donations left in wills are a valuable source of funding for many charities” Further guidance from the Charity Commission You may be aware of Will Aid – in November you can use a local solicitor who has signed up to Will ...

  • Join RVA and help local charities develop and thrive – deadline 4 August 2014
    23 July 2014

    The role of Advice Worker with Reading Voluntary Action is an interesting and varied one that offers real scope to see local community groups and charities grow and develop, improve their governance and achieve increased sustainability. If being that worker sounds like the opportunity for you, then check out the details in the recruitment advert and ...

  • Funding available to help combat ‘loan sharks’ in Reading
    22 July 2014

    The national Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is working to help raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks in Reading and there are grants available up to £500 for work which furthers this cause. The Team has already secured over 300 prosecutions for illegal money lending, helping nearly 24,00 victims and ensuring the write off ...

  • Launchpad achieves Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard
    22 July 2014

    Achieving the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard is formal recognition for the excellent work Launchpad does with its volunteers, but probably doesn’t tell the organisation’s service users anything they didn’t already know – that the volunteers are dedicated people who are able to be effective in what they do because they are well supported and ...

  • Our stats are on the up!
    21 July 2014

    The number of people now following @rva_volunteer has crossed the 1000 mark following a concerted focus by the RVA team on using our twitter stream to celebrate Volunteers’ Week and raise awareness of the work of volunteers and the wide range of interesting opportunities that exist around Reading. We had some great coverage in Get Reading ...

  • New Adult Social Care User Panel
    18 July 2014

    •Have you had experience of care and support services? •Would you be willing to share your ideas about how to improve things? Reading Borough Council’s Adult Social Care User Panel is for people who have used care services, or come into contact with these services as family carers. We are keen to work with people who understand ...

  • Exciting new project with PCC to support victims of crime
    16 July 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action has secured a grant from the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner to build the capacity of the volunteer workforce and VCSE organisations to deliver support services to victims of crime. We will be working with delivery partners across Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to develop and deliver a programme of workshops ...

  • Could you be our new RVA Advice Worker?
    14 July 2014

    RVA is looking to recruit a new adviser who will take lead responsibility in RVA for providing charities and voluntary groups with advice, information and training on legal and technical aspects of running voluntary organisations. If you have a good all round knowledge of how to run a medium sized charity, are friendly and approachable but ...

  • Are you doing excellent work to improve people’s health?
    14 July 2014

    The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward small to medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health.The awards have been running since 1997, and are organised and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity working to improve health and social care. This is an annual scheme, funded by ...

  • Grants to help support inter-faith projects
    11 July 2014

    Inter-faith is the topic we have identified as the taster selection from this month’s Funding Digest. Inter Faith Small Grants Programme Grants of between £200 and £500 are awarded for proposals for inter faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in ...

  • Parenting Special Children provide practical support and services
    11 July 2014

    ‘It really helped to talk to people who understood some of the challenges we faced as a family.’ ‘ I learnt to let go of guilt and doing it right or not, but just doing the best you can.’ These are two quotations from parents of children with special needs who have accessed the services ...

  • 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 ...

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