News

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

  • Community orchard seeking a home!
    6 March 2014

    Over the past two winters, Transition Town Reading have been planting community orchards around Reading; in Waterloo Meadows, Prospect Park and two sites in Woodley. The fifth site was due to be on Thameside Promenade, but due to the flooding, this is no longer a viable option. Fruit trees have to be planted in late ...

  • Me2 Club Manager Vacancy
    5 March 2014

    An exciting opportunity to manage a successful small charity providing excellent services for children with additional needs. Are you committed to the inclusion of children with disabilities?Can you use your knowledge of disability to train and motivate others to include young people with additional needs?Do you have the skills to manage projects and people?Me2 Club needs ...

  • Volunteer Coordinators Network
    4 March 2014

    We were joined by representatives of around 25 volunteer involving organisations on 12 February and discussed a range of issues identified by delegates in advance, as well as settling in for some solid peer support. RVA Advice Manager Rachel Spencer joined us to offer a Q&A session on the Disclosure and Barring Service and participants were ...

  • ESF Community Grants programme update
    4 March 2014

    We have been advised by our colleagues at OCVA that there has been a last-minute amendment to the grant conditions for this fund. Successful applicants will have 10% of the grant withheld until they have been signed off as having completed all the necessary end-of-grant paperwork, i.e. until after their project has been completed. OCVA are ...

  • ESF Community Grants programme
    4 March 2014

    The Southeast England programme is open for applications of up to £15,000 for projects that contribute steps to employment for local people. This might be training, personal development, removal of other barriers to their employability. Participants must be 19 years and above, and priority will be given to projects aimed at:. lone parents. women. people with health/disability issues. older ...

  • Celebrate Reading
    4 March 2014

    It’s time to shake off the cold weather and get ready to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 23 February-12 March 2013. Reading was officially accredited as a Fairtrade town in 2004 by the Fairtrade Foundation and this year is extra special as Reading will be celebrating its 10th anniversary as a Fairtrade town. These are ...

  • Grants for disadvantaged children
    4 March 2014

    Grants are available for deserving and disadvantaged children living within ten miles of Reading, from a local organisation which wants to give something back to children in the area. It raises money and gives grants to deserving and disadvantaged children as part of an ongoing and long term relationship, to help them develop and improve ...

  • View our Reading Half Marathon 2014 gallery
    3 March 2014

    Thousands of runners turned out in very chilly, windy conditions for the Half Marathon, many running to raise funds for charity, including RVA’s own Rachel Miller running on behalf of Reading Mencap. Having raised nearly double her target and finished in 2h3mins, Rachel said of her supporters after the race: ‘I’m sure I wouldn’t have go ...

  • Local help for local organisations with Reading Time Banks
    2 March 2014

    For organisations looking for help with one-off tasks, Reading Time Banks could be a great resource. The Time Bank website says: “Organisational membership in a time bank is free, can help you engage with the wider community and bring in new skills to help your organisation, charity, group or small business.” VIOs and other not for profit ...

  • Free Big Lunch street parties 31 May – 1 June!
    28 February 2014

    Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has again confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for the weekend of the Big Lunch. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for the weekend of 31 May ...

  • Dingley’s latest newsletter
    26 February 2014

    Dingley’s Spring 2014 newsletter has now been published. As well as an update on The Dingley Masquerade Ball and a message from our Chair – it also includes details on who has recently paid us a visit and a public ‘thank you’ to our recent supporters.Hope you enjoy reading it!

  • Occupational Therapist Vacancy
    26 February 2014

    Headway Thames Valley is a small independent charity providing advice, support and slow stream rehabilitation to adults with acquired brain injury and their families and carers. You will be part of a team of professionals involved in client assessment and implementation and evaluation of specific treatment programmes. The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate an ...

  • Equipping adults to support the next generation
    24 February 2014

    For over a decade, Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read has supported children in Berkshire who are struggling with their reading by providing trained volunteer mentors to work with the children one-to-one. The charity has seen extremely high success rates in recent years, with their latest annual report showing an impressive 98% improvement in reading ...

  • Funding opportunity – BG Community Involvement Group
    24 February 2014

    BG Community Involvement Group is offering a new funding opportunity. Funds will focus on projects supporting sustainable community development and skills, and knowledge transfer. Preference will be given to projects that aim to strengthen communities and support disadvantaged groups through areas such as social inclusion and integration, crime reduction, skills development for unemployed people not ...

  • Got a minibus? – Join our tour of the Houses of Parliament
    24 February 2014

    Enrych Berkshire have been invited to a tour of the Houses of Parliament on Monday 14 April and we are trying to source some minibuses to get us up there. We are obviously looking at minimal cost (or free?!) and we could offer some spaces on the trip to the supporting organisation. If there is an ...

  • Accountancy students seeking treasurer/treasurer’s support roles
    21 February 2014

    Reading College accountancy students are looking for work experience in the voluntary sector as treasurers or assistant treasurers. Could your organisation do with some skilled support with your accounts? The students are already qualified at AAT level 2 and they are now studying for AAT level 3. Work experience is considered to be a fundamental ...

  • Creative for You are seeking a Team Challenge!
    21 February 2014

    Seven Creative Arts students from Reading College and their tutor are looking for a Team Challenge anywhere in Reading, if possible in a school. Ideally, they would like the project to have a creative element, such as producing a piece of artwork, delivering a workshop, doing soft furnishing or upholstery or designing a stage set. ...

  • Climate Week and Earth Hour
    21 February 2014

    Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, inspiring a new wave of action to create a sustainable future. You can join in too! Help accelerate action on climate change by making Climate Week happen where you are. Activate your organisation or group to start planning an activity inspired by Climate Week in March 2014. ...

  • Time to register your clean-up group for Reading Rescue 2014
    21 February 2014

    Reading Rescue holds two annual clean-up events to clear up the green spaces of Reading Borough, helping to keep our local neighbourhoods cleaner and greener. It is a local partnership of community groups, local companies and Reading Borough Council. Rescue groups have worked in over 30 different areas of Reading, providing hundreds of volunteer hours and ...

  • Reading Rescue is back: 13-16 March
    21 February 2014

    Reading Rescue is back! Rescue consists of two annual clean-up events to clear up the green spaces of Reading Borough, helping to keep our local neighbourhoods cleaner and greener. It is a local partnership of community groups, local companies and Reading Borough Council. Rescue groups have worked in over 30 different areas of Reading, providing hundreds ...

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