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

  • 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.

  • Making Safeguarding Personal – developing your workforce
    13 October 2016

    What makes Safeguarding Personal? People want to be listened to; they want to be safe, but not at the cost of other qualities of life; they want to be able to weigh up the risks and benefits of different courses of action.  Making Safeguarding Personal puts an emphasis on quality conversations, which empower a person to ...

  • Broad Street Volunteering Fair – Last chance to secure your place
    12 October 2016

    Places are filling up for our Broad Street Volunteering Fair with 16 organisations set to be part of the day. This is a final call for any organisations who would like to join us and others including: Age UK Berkshire Reading Film Theatre Enrych Berkshire ABC to Read With places available for just £30 this will be a great opportunity to ...

  • Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy – consultation
    12 October 2016

    The Health and Wellbeing Board would like your views on Reading’s draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-2020. The Health and Wellbeing Board is responsible for overseeing the implementation of a Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Action Plan for the local area. The draft 2017-2020 Strategy sets out how the Health and Wellbeing Board plans to realise ...

  • Trustees: How comfortable are you with finances?
    10 October 2016

    You may recall the high profile news surrounding the closure of Kids Company last year, following reports of mismanagement of charity finances. So what did this mean for the sector and more specifically for Trustees? What have we learnt as a sector a year on?

  • Update from West of Berkshire Adult Safeguarding Board
    6 October 2016

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) meets four times a year and discusses how agencies should work together to keep adults at risk of abuse or neglect safe in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Among the topics discussed at our September Board meeting were: findings from Wokingham Borough Council’s peer review which focused on safeguarding, ...

  • Furniture for sale
    6 October 2016

    Parents & Children Together (PACT) are moving their office and have some spare office furniture. Local charities and voluntary organisations are welcome to claim furniture on a donation basis.  A catalogue of the available items can be downloaded here: If your organisation is interested in any of the furniture or you have a question please ...

  • The Breastfeeding Network – study day October 22nd
    6 October 2016

    The mission of the Breastfeeding Network is “mission is to offer independent, evidence-based information and support to help build awareness of breastfeeding to individuals and organisations and to support a mum in her choice to breastfeed” The study day, on Saturday 22nd October, will include presentations by Dr Wendy Jones, author of Breastfeeding and Medication Dr Helen Crawley, ...

  • Interested in the Reading Recovery College?
    29 September 2016

    We are running a workshop on Monday 24th October starting at 10:30am in Reading Central Library This informal workshop will give you an introduction to: the recovery college model and how it is developing in Reading the autumn prospectus and thoughts for expanding this in the future the Recovery Star The workshop will include a short presentation from Sue Barton ...

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