News

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

  • Vacancy for Peer Volunteer Co-ordinator
    9 May 2014

    Reading Your Way, a mental health project, is looking for an experienced worker to join a small team offering flexible support and guidance. You will need to be committed to service user choice and leadership, be able to plan and co-ordinator activities, deliver training and fully embrace our recovery focused ethos. Working closely with service users ...

  • Commissioning of Victims’ Support Services – advanced notice of engagement event
    8 May 2014

    From October 2014, The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be responsible for commissioning most emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in this area. The PCC will be commissioning both a ‘non-specialist’ overarching victim referral mechanism including onward support and more ‘specialist’ services for victims of crime in the ...

  • Are you involved in the delivery of services that impact on the social, health and wellbeing of local communities – these free workshops are for you!
    8 May 2014

    Oxford Brookes University are offering 4 (non-accredited) free public health workshops in Berkshire between 21 May and 21 October 2014. The workshops are designed for those in the public or voluntary sectors who are involved in the commissioning or providing services that impact upon the social, health and wellbeing of local communities * Principles and ...

  • Urgent reminder: You only have until 27 May to apply for a Culture & Sports Grant!
    7 May 2014

    The Culture and Sport Grants Programme has been set up to support local community projects that seek to increase participation or provide audience development opportunities for people to take part in cultural and sporting activities within the Reading Borough. If you are a registered charity or not for profit community group and have a project linked ...

  • QVI to open their first satellite clinic
    7 May 2014

    The Queen Victoria Institute Fund is a much loved charity offering subsidised Chiropody/Foot Health Care to the over 60’s in Reading and Earley Town and it is expanding……… The QVI charity has roots as far back as 1901. A purse of money was given to Queen Victoria to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, which she generously gifted ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Week 2014
    7 May 2014

    Get Berkshire Active Week is happening across the county; between Saturday 24th May and Sunday 1st June. Local sports clubs and organisations are getting involved in the week by putting on a range of free and discounted taster sessions in their sport or activity for local people of all ages to try. The sessions which will ...

  • Reading a hot spot for HIV infection in the UK
    6 May 2014

    Did you know that Reading is in the top ten highest incidence of HIV infection in the UK*? Have you considered that you might be at risk? If in any doubt, get tested! TVPS, a registered sexual health charity that supports people affected by HIV, has been running a ‘Time to Test’ project since January, ...

  • Diabetes event postponed!!
    6 May 2014

    Due to significant demand, Berkshire’s Public Health team is rescheduling ‘Diabetes – Sowing the seeds for prevention and management ‘ planned for 13th May. The interest has been tremendous and they need to find a larger venue! Please watch out for the new date, once this has been decided.

  • Arts, Culture, Sport & Heritage Grants
    6 May 2014

    The Reading Borough Council Culture and Sport Grants Programme is open for applications in the financial year 2014/15. Grants of up to £10,000* are available to support local community projects seeking to increase participation in sport, arts, cultural and environmental activities within the Borough of Reading, and to promote understanding of and engagement with the history ...

  • Help Launchpad look after their homeless accommodation
    2 May 2014

    How would any of us cope without a safe, clean place to live? Launchpad helps people who don’t have somewhere to call home, with over 100 beds in properties across Reading, available to people who have a history of homelessness, are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless and who need some support. The charity ...

  • Community Organisers start work in Reading
    1 May 2014

    A group of 4 Community Organisers have started work in Reading in a bid to get people across the town more involved in where they live. Hosted by Reading Voluntary Action on Duke Street, Annemaire Byrnes, Freya Walker, Robert Stirling and Smriti V Hunter will be talking to people, finding out what they love about the ...

  • Staff recruitment through RVA website
    30 April 2014

    More and more of the not-for-profit organisations listed on the RVA Directory are using the website and our weekly digest to publicise their job vacancies. So much so, we’ve decided to offer a fit-for-purpose online form specifically for recruitment ads. Up until now we have asked you to shoe-horn your information into one of our news ...

  • Upright Piano available
    30 April 2014

    Park United Reformed Church has an upright piano which we are willing to give away to a local faith group, charity or not-for-profit group. The piano is made of dark wood and has been tuned on a regular basis. To arrange to come and see the piano please ring 0118 926 5003 and leave a message or ...

  • Reading Borough Council’s Domiciliary Care Accreditation Select List
    30 April 2014

    The provision of domiciliary care can enable individuals to live independently in their own homes, with a service that meets their varying care and support needs. Reading Borough Council (RBC) currently commissions approximately 300,000 hours of domiciliary care per year at a cost of approximately £5.1m through 20 providers who are on the authority’s Domiciliary ...

  • Drumming up a storm at Abbey School!
    29 April 2014

    Come to Abbey School this Saturday 3 May for a fantastic and varied fund-raising concert in aid of Enrych Berkshire. Well-loved local choir the Sainsbury Singers will be presenting a selection of show tunes and there will be a spectacular display of African drumming by the Oxford Drum Troupe. But perhaps the stars of the show ...

  • New Community Hub for Lower Caversham
    29 April 2014

    Residents of Lower Caversham are invited to join the Mayor of Reading at the opening of a brand new coffee shop at the heart of their community. 3Cs – the Caversham Community Cafe – opens its doors for business on Tuesday 6th May. Run entirely by volunteers, it will initially be open every Tuesday between ...

  • Upcoming grants round from RBC – next deadline 13 June 2014
    29 April 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. The next deadline for local Voluntary & Community sector groups to apply for Community Grants is Friday 13 June 2014. The following grant types will be available:• Event ...

  • Grants available from Sage
    28 April 2014

    Grants in the region of £2,000 are available for groups in the Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell areas. The fund aims to support local people of all ages to nurture talent and/or provides life and employability skills which will make a lasting contribution towards improving the quality of life of those it helps Applications are welcomed that: ...

  • Comic Relief Local Communities Programme
    28 April 2014

    Grants of £1,000 to £10,000 (inclusive) available through Berkshire Community Foundation The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or ...

  • Do your volunteers work with the family of an offender?
    26 April 2014

    Our upcoming Family Matters taster training on 12 June will provide an introductory familiarisation with some of the issues around working effectively and sensitively with the family members of offenders. It is aimed at staff or volunteers working within small local organisations whose work brings them into contact with the children or families of offenders. Help ...

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