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

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy Consultation
    14 November 2016

    You are invited to attend a public event to help us shape the action plan for the health and wellbeing strategy 2017-2020. We welcome your input to inform what we need to put in place to address the health and wellbeing priorities suggested for Reading: Supporting people to make healthy lifestyle choices – focused on dental ...

  • Robert Parker – passionately committed to improving the community in Reading
    14 November 2016

    Robert Parker was the treasurer, and a trustee of Reading Voluntary Action until his death in 2013.  He was also treasurer of Reading Welfare Rights Unit and supported many other voluntary and community groups in the town. Robert is now remembered in an artwork commissioned to honour three figures with a Reading connection. Robert, Oscar Wilde ...

  • Apply for the Co-op Local Community Fund – closing date 16 December
    11 November 2016

    Co-op members get 1% of everything they spend on Co-op products to give to a local cause that matters to them. The Co-op Local Community Fund is inviting applications from voluntary and community groups to be one of the causes for their next round of funding, running from March to September 2017 You can now apply ...

  • Personal Health Budgets – what’s happening
    10 November 2016

    “Personal health budgets (PHBs) are one way to give people with long term health conditions and disabilities more choice and control over the money spent on meeting their health and wellbeing needs. A personal health budget is an amount of money to support the identified healthcare and wellbeing needs of an individual, which is planned and ...

  • Save money on energy bills – free advice sessions from Citizens Advice Reading
    9 November 2016

    Citizens Advice Reading is offering free advice sessions to community groups and frontline workers to help people reduce their gas and electricity bills. Last winter we spoke to more than 500 people and our clients saved an average of £240 per year on their bills. We would like to make an even bigger difference over ...

  • Reading Trustee Network
    9 November 2016

    The Reading Trustee Network returns in the New Year. The network will be a great chance to connect with your fellow trustees and charity managers, share ideas and learn about topics relevant to the sector. We’ll be kicking off with presentations from keynote speakers on Effective Communication for Charities, and the Do’s and Don’ts around ...

  • Heart of Homelessness Conference – 25 November
    9 November 2016

    The Heart of Homelessness Conference is fast approaching. This is a free conference to celebrate the successes and challenges of faith and voluntary sector charities supporting homeless people in Berkshire. The conference is on Friday 25 November 9:45am to 4:00pm at Reading Central Salvation Army, Anstey Road, Reading RG1 7JR. The day will include a keynote speech from ...

  • Healthwatch Reading November newsletter
    7 November 2016

    Read the latest newsletter from Healthwatch Reading, featuring the latest on health and social care issues in Reading. Last month saw the team’s chief executive present the findings from a week spent at the Royal Berkshire Hospital’s emergency department at the Reading Health and Wellbeing Board. The team have been visiting local GP practices and pharmacies ...

  • It’s Trustee Week! Take a look at news and forthcoming events
    7 November 2016

    Key updates for Trustees and charity managers from the NCVO conference. Information on forthcoming events, including the Reading Trustee Network and Trustee specific training courses.

  • Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund – “Outstanding Volunteer Award”
    7 November 2016

    The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund are seeking to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes within local organisations through their “Outstanding Volunteer Award”. From November 7 2016 until February 26 2017 Galaxy, via NCVO, will select an awarding winning volunteer each week. Winners will be those whose “level of commitment and help makes them a truly outstanding volunteer”. Award ...

  • Free business training from Women’s Concerns
    7 November 2016

    The My Start-Up Enterprise project aims to provide business start-up skills training and mentoring, including free training on how to start and run a successful business. The training is Big Lottery funded and provided by Women’s Concerns CIC. The program will consist of a series of 12 half-day sessions every Wednesday starting at 10.00 am.  The ...

  • Help celebrate Reading and Düsseldorf’s twinning in 2017
    7 November 2016

    Reading and Düsseldorf have had close links since 1947, just after the end of the Second World War, when the Mayor of Reading, Phoebe Cusden, visited Düsseldorf to see conditions, organised help, and invited children to stay in Reading. Our friendship has continued and grown ever since, and it is among the oldest relationships between British and ...

  • Free safeguarding training for Trustees
    2 November 2016

    Free safeguarding training specifically aimed at Trustees and those running unincorporated groups and community associations

  • Let us know about activities planned for older people this December & January
    2 November 2016

    As many of you know, each year we produce a newsletter for Older People in Reading to see what activities/services/campaigns are running throughout December/Jan. The newsletter is very well received by older people who would like to take part in their community activities and could otherwise be isolated and lonely over the festive season Do you know ...

  • Are you aware of the Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Procedures?
    2 November 2016

    A priority for the Safeguarding Adults Board this year is to raise awareness of the Board and of local safeguarding adults processes. They are conducting a survey to gauge how aware staff and volunteers are of the Board and of the new Berkshire Policy and Procedures. Results of the survey will help the Board communicate ...

  • Family fun and Volunteering galore at our Broad Street Fair
    31 October 2016

    The sun was shining last Friday (28/10/2016) as Reading Voluntary Action along with a host of organisations took to Broad Street to promote the work volunteers do for our town and encourage others to get involved. With 18 local organisations represented on the day a diverse range of volunteering opportunities were on offer, from trustee positions ...

  • The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is back
    31 October 2016

    The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is launching again on 7 November 2016. The fund will be donating 70 awards of £300 to warm-hearted community projects and people. Local charities, organisations and people are invited to apply for the funding. In the meantime, free jars and sachets of hot chocolate can also be sent out to groups that might ...

  • Reading Recovery College – some interesting discussions!
    25 October 2016

    Reading Voluntary Action hosted a workshop on Monday for organisations and individuals who wanted to hear more about the Reading Recovery College. Thank you to Sue Barton for giving an overview of the college which generated some enthusiastic discussions. The Recovery College is a joint health and adult social care initiative, building on the programmes delivered ...

  • Charities Commission – Reminder re filing of accounts
    25 October 2016

    The Charity Commission is reminding charities with a financial year ending 31 December that they have less than 2 weeks to file their annual return or accounts for 2015 before the 31 October deadline. Includes top tips for filing and reporting.

  • “The do’s and don’ts of working in partnership” Third Sector
    25 October 2016

    Due to limited funding, many organisations within the voluntary and community sector are now working in partnership with one another to deliver services. Do you need to clarify your working relationship? RVA can help you put together a Memorandum of Understanding. Plus advice from the Third Sector on collaborative working.

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