News

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

  • VW30 – Love animals? then volunteer!
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    RSPCA Reading with Oxon Border Branch is a financially independent charity that carries out animal welfare work in the local area. The branch is run solely by volunteers, dedicated to rehoming cats, dogs, guinea pigs and rabbits. The committed team of volunteer fundraisers are out and about, come rain or shine, collecting money to support ...

  • Nominate people or organisations for Pride of Reading Awards
    27 May 2014

    We see some of the great work that people and organisations carry out in Reading, but do they always get the recognition they deserve? Nominating a person / organisation for a Pride of Reading Award couldn’t be easier, and is an excellent way of celebrating the positive impact they have in our town. Last year, the ...

  • What a load of old rubbish! News from the Community Building Network.
    24 May 2014

    Members of the network gathered in the Quaker Meeting House on Thursday evening to share information and tips on how to manage community buildings. Who knew managing waste was such a minefield! Luckily we had Martin from RISC to facilitate discussion and to share his expertise. Everyone present appears to receive different services from RBC. We have ...

  • Local Advice Service starting for Amersham Road
    23 May 2014

    Throughout June and July, a new advice service will be available at Amersham Road Youth and Community Centre for local residents. Citizens’ Advice bureau will be providing the advice service, supported by Catalyst Housing, RVA and funded by the Earley Charity. Anyone living in the local area can book an appointment on a Wednesday between 11am ...

  • Prayer Week
    23 May 2014

    From Sunday 8th June until Sunday 15th June, Park United Reformed Church will host a wide variety of Prayer stations and the church will be open for anyone to pop in and spend some time in prayer. The prayer space will be open from 9.00am in the morning until 9.00pm at night and for safety ...

  • A First for Reading Voluntary Action’s Team Challenges scheme
    23 May 2014

    “Thanks again for the amazing opportunity. The team really enjoyed themselves.” This was the reaction from Leanne Houldcroft from the Unite Students Group based in Reading after her team was the first to complete a Challenge set by Food4Families at St John the Baptist Church in Lower Caversham as part of Reading Voluntary Action’s Team ...

  • Get ready for VW30!
    23 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    VW30 is RVA shorthand for all the information, new volunteering opportunities and news items that we are gathering around Volunteers’ Week 2014, the national volunteering celebration’s 30th birthday. During the last week of May, and during VW30 itself, 1-7 June, we’ll be sharing as much news and information as we can to raise the profile of ...

  • RVA welcomes new CEO
    23 May 2014 Rachel Spencer

    We are delighted that Rachel Spencer has agreed to be our next Chief Executive Officer. Read more about Rachel on Linkedin

  • Do you run a community building? If so join us tomorrow at the Reading Community Building Network.
    20 May 2014

    If you are responsible for a building please join us to pick up practical tips and network with others facing similar challenges! Thursday 22nd May ’14 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Quaker Meeting House, 2 Church Street, RG1 2SB The Community Building Network is open to anyone managing buildings in a community context. This could include community ...

  • Calling all managers – do you feel confident about managing staff performance?
    20 May 2014

    Effective performance management is essential to the delivery quality services. Induction, supervision, objectives, learning and development all contribute to how well your staff are doing their jobs. If you have concerns, you need to feel confident to address them at an early stage. You will want to introduce processes that can support the staff member to ...

  • Grants for 13 – 25 yr olds to make a difference!
    15 May 2014

    O2 Think Big Grants are available for anyone between the ages of 13 – 25 to receive £300 to make a difference in your community. Past successful applications in Reading have included funding a youth community action group at Kendrick School, a young people’s media project, a community football tournament and a community manicure service by ...

  • Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June – make sure we have your tasks!
    15 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    During Volunteers’ Week we will be drawing as much attention as we can to the range of volunteer work available on our books, so this is a last call to ask for information about any celebration plans you have and to make sure your task listings are up-to-date on www.RGneeds.me So long as we have them in ...

  • Caversham’s Cafe with legs!
    13 May 2014

    ‘An idea which has legs.’ So said Cllr Marian Livingston, Mayor of Reading, at the opening of the Caversham Community Café (the 3Cs). She was commenting on the concept of community cafés. Cllr Livingston explained that this is the second community café she has opened in recent months. Using churches as cafés, she said, was a ...

  • Consultation on new fund to support sustainability of VCSE sector
    12 May 2014

    The Office for Civil Society is consulting on a proposed sustainability fund to support effective voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. The fund will provide medium-sized organisations with the support they need to plan for the long term and begin to move to sustainable business models. The fund will be open to applications in 2015 ...

  • Team Challenges – Calling website designers
    9 May 2014

    Whether you are relatively new in the profession, a skilled hobbyist or an experienced pro. We need you!! Have you seen our Team Challenges page? If not, then it’s time you did. We currently have an interesting Challenge submitted by a local community bank which needs a small team to redesign their charity website so ...

  • 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 ...

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