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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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