News

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

  • Student Community Awards
    25 April 2014

    Has a University of Reading student helped you out? The University’s Student Community Awards scheme aims to recognise the individual efforts of students who help others in the local community. The awards are for those students who give up their spare time on their own initiative, by providing support to others, by making a contribution to ...

  • Know your local noticeboards
    24 April 2014

    Reading is full of noticeboards, shops and community venues more than happy to display posters for community events, but where is your closest one and how do you access it? A busy up-to-date noticeboard can really help to make an area feel active and alive, and also ensures you reach people you may not reach ...

  • Street Pastors: Reading’s fourth emergency service
    16 April 2014

    Halfway through the Saturday night shift the shout goes out over the radio: “Street Pastors to Friar Street, please!” I am on patrol with Sally Leonard (Reading Street Pastors co-ordinator) and her team. So far the night has been quiet, but this is about to change. Every Friday and Saturday night thousands of people of all ...

  • Part time Personal Assistant/ Enabler required in Calcot
    16 April 2014

    Part time Personal Assistant/ Enabler required in Calcot Main duties:To provide general child care and support for a child with learning disabilities / Autism• To enable to attend social activities and play groups in local community• To assist with learning and stimulating play/activities• To provide support with meal times and personal care• To cover other staff ...

  • Capable Communities: Working together to empower communities in Reading
    15 April 2014

    A major effort to empower local communities and improve the sense of grassroots ownership of local projects.’ This is how Richard Corbett, Director of RVA, describes ‘Capable Communities’, which is a priority strand of Readings Vision for 2030, delivered by Reading Borough Council, in association with RVA and other cross sector partners. Richard champions the ...

  • Interested in the health of your local community? Is your organisation helping to address key health priorities?
    15 April 2014

    Reading’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an assessment of local, current and future health and social care needs that could be met by local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the NHS and other partners. The JSNA helps to identify how needs vary for people of different ages and in different areas of Reading, ...

  • New Grants for charities working with people experiencing multiple disadvantage
    14 April 2014

    Lloyds Bank Foundation has just announced two new funding programmes for charities working with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points in their life. The Enable ProgrammeProvides smaller short term grants to strengthen charities and CIOs in England and Wales which work with people experiencing multiple disadvantage at one of the critical points ...

  • Volunteer and Work Experience Co-ordinator
    14 April 2014

    An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Volunteer and Work Experience Co-ordinator who will be responsible for developing, coordinating and maximising the contribution made by volunteers to the well-being and care of our patients. You will also assist with the development of a Trust wide process and policy for work experience requests, ensuring they ...

  • More Play Streets for Reading
    11 April 2014

    More residential roads in Reading have applied to become Play Streets. Reading Borough Council’s Play Streets scheme allows temporary closures of streets so children can play safely outdoors and close to home. Exbourne Road, Whitley Wood, Cumberland Road, Newtown, and Armour Road in Tilehurst have recently applied to be added to the scheme, which previously involved seven ...

  • New Reading Services Guide
    9 April 2014

    Reading Borough Council is developing a new online services guide which will provide a one-stop information point for Reading residents of all ages. The guide will offer information about: + Care services, specialist support services, social activities and advice services for older people and people with disabilities and their carers + ...

  • Relocation update
    9 April 2014

    We have raised £12K towards our moving costs and now need to raise an additional £10K to get the Charity moved!Our target of £40K to action everything required to get us fully installed at Manor Farm is still the aim; however we need the £10K to get us moved to the site. We’ll be carrying ...

  • Healthy Weight – how do you encourage people to eat healthily and to exercise?
    8 April 2014

    Being overweight can have an impact on our physical and mental well-being. High blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, asthma and many other health conditions have been linked to being overweight or obese. These in turn can lead to loss of earnings and a socio-economic burden on businesses, health and social services. Tackling obesity ...

  • Managing a building? Free workshops for committees responsible for buildings
    8 April 2014

    Free, short, health & safety training for committees responsible for managing buildings. Held at a time & venue to suit your committee. Simple checks and techniques to help ensure people using your building are safe from harm and you are safe from prosecution. Get in touch with RVA to arrange a workshop for your committee – a ...

  • Disclosure and Barring Service – Duty to Refer briefings
    8 April 2014

    The Disclosure and Barring Service regional events available on the ‘duty to refer’. The events are free and targeted at those who have responsibility for removing individuals from regulated activity posts where harm has, or may occur. If the term ‘duty to refer’ is new to you and your organisation works with vulnerable adults, children or young ...

  • Changes! Changes! – How resilient are you?
    8 April 2014

    Change is familiar for many voluntary organisations. Changes in client needs and expectations. Changes in the capacity of voluntary organisations to respond. Changes to relationships with funders and other stakeholders. If you are responsible for introducing changes within your organisation, we are running a workshop that would be useful for you. The one day workshop ...

  • Olswang Green Seed Fund
    7 April 2014

    The Olswang Green Seed Fund is providing grant funding of up to £3,000 per project to initiatives that have a positive environmental impact and which are local to one of the Olswang offices (i.e in Greater London or the Thames Valley). There is a total of £26,000 available in the Fund for 2014. All applications need ...

  • Have a look at Age UK Berkshire on YouTube
    7 April 2014

    Age UK Berkshire has a new promotional video on YouTube showcasing Love Later Life. Learn about the range of services they offer

  • Are You Listening? Festival – your chance to get involved
    5 April 2014

    Are You Listening? Festival returns for its second year on 26 April and we need volunteer support to ensure we can repeat last year’s success. The festival is held across Reading town centre, bringing together over 30 acts from the local music scene – find out more here Last year 50 volunteers helped the festival run smoothly. ...

  • Vacancy for Foot Care Assistants
    4 April 2014

    Age UK Reading provides a toenail cutting service to people over the age of 50. We are looking for enthusiastic, energetic, positive people to join our team of footcare assistants, who are committed to delivering top quality services to older people in the Greater Reading area. Salary: £7.71 per hourHours of Work: Variable Tuesday ...

  • Safeguarding Conference on Domestic Abuse – 26th September
    3 April 2014

    Save this date!! The West of Berkshire Annual Joint Adults and Children Safeguarding Conference will be focusing on Domestic Abuse. It takes place on 26th September at Easthampstead Park, Wokingham. To conference is for practitioners from adults’ and children’s services within the statutory, private and voluntary sector including schools, children’s centres, social care, health staff. Also ...

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