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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.

  • Partnership Development Fund 2017/18 – opening soon
    3 August 2016

    The Partnership Development Fund for 2017/18 is opening on 1st September. The four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund (PDF) to enhance their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2017/18 PDF programme will open ...

  • Be part of Reading’s Carnival of the World
    3 August 2016

    Culturemix are organising a Carnival of the World to help showcase and celebrate the wide range of cultures that make Reading the unique town that it is.  The carnival is about integrating all cultures in the community, so this is an excellent opportunity to represent your culture as well as having the chance to explore what ...

  • Too much to do? Let Henley Business School help
    3 August 2016

    Getting the balance right between keeping an organisation running and thinking ahead can be difficult.  Allow Henley Business School to help. Henley Business School will have small teams of MBAs looking for people-management projects to work on in October and early November this year. The assignment for their Managing People module requires them to work on ...

  • Have you heard about Joined-Up Frontline Action?
    2 August 2016

    Have your heard about the Joined-Up Frontline Action (JUFA) pilot project in South Reading? The aim of the project is to develop a pathway approach to meet the needs of customers, which becomes a successful partnership across the public, business and voluntary sectors. The primary focus is on delivering joined-up services to common customers, who are elderly and/or vulnerable, ...

  • Hello from RVA’s Summer Interns, Iram & Nikki
    2 August 2016

    Hi! we are Iram and Nikki current students at the University of Reading and this summer’s RVA interns.  Our tasks range from attending events, research and report writing, to meeting with charities and volunteers. We are working closely with members of the RVA team to achieve our aim of encouraging more young people to volunteer, alongside supporting other projects ...

  • Team Reading is Go!
    27 July 2016

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative, Team Reading. Team Reading aims to encourage and enable more people to get involved in one-off volunteering at the wide range of community events that take place in our town. We aim to make it easier for people to express an interest in helping ...

  • Volunteering Fair – Broad Street Takeover
    27 July 2016

    We will be taking over Broad Street on 28 October and we would like to invite you to be part of the day! This will be an opportunity to showcase the difference volunteers, and the groups they work for, make to our town and to encourage others to get involved. We want the emphasis to be on ...

  • Looking for brand inspiration? Our students’ expertise could be just what you need
    27 July 2016

    Reading University will be holding a structured four week ‘design-thinking’ brand ‘jam’ with Part 3 typography & design students in November 2016, working exclusively with not-for-profits. Students take on briefs and develop a visual identity and any other marketing collateral they feel is appropriate over four weeks and it’s completely free. Organisations are under no obligation for ...

  • International arts event at Reading Prison this autumn
    22 July 2016

    Artangel, renowned for producing extraordinary art in unexpected places, is bringing a major exhibition to Reading this autumn. Inside – Artists and Writers in Reading Prison will take place from 4 September to 30 October 2016. Leading artists, performers and writers will respond to the architecture of the prison, themes of imprisonment and separation, and the ...

  • Active Communities Funding – open for applications until 24 August 2016
    22 July 2016

    The People’s Health Trust Active Communities fund is now open for applications in Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, and Bracknell Forest. Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities, which is funded through The ...

  • Central Club Building – bidding opportunity for the third sector
    22 July 2016

    Not-for-profit organisations have five months to submit a bid for the Central Club Building on London Street. Application forms will be available from 25 July, with the five-month bidding window opening on 1 August and closing at 10am on Friday 30 December 2016. Reading Borough Council’s Policy Committee decided on 18 July to dispose of the ...

  • Befriending services making connections
    20 July 2016

    The Ready Friends project at RVA and Age UK Reading hosted a lively and productive Befriending forum in June. Coordinators, managers and volunteers from a range of local befriending schemes met to share ideas about the future of befriending in Reading. The broad-ranging discussion covered a number of challenges such as sustaining funding, securing funding ...

  • Celebrate! and improve lives in your local community
    20 July 2016

    Celebrate! The National Lottery is offering grants of up to £10,000 for groups to hold one-off events or activities which celebrate your local community. You could celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero, or the event could be a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better. They have ...

  • Update from Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board
    18 July 2016

    The aim of Health and Wellbeing Boards is to improve integration between practitioners in local health care, Social Care, Public Health and related public services so that patients and other service-users experience more “joined up” care, particularly in transitions between health care and Social Care. The boards are also responsible for leading locally on reducing ...

  • Older People’s Day 2016 – call for inspirational speaker
    15 July 2016

    Reading’s celebration of Older People’s Day 2016 will take place on Friday 14 October. Plans are already underway for a packed programme of activities including music, dance, singing and walking football. As in previous years, there will be plenty of opportunities to find about the local support, clubs, activities and services that are available to ...

  • Community Safety Fund – consultation on funding arrangements
    15 July 2016

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is reviewing the arrangements for administering the Community Safety Fund (CSF). The decision to review the community safety funding model, financial commitment and future administration arrangements of the fund has arisen, in part, due to the PCCs awareness of significantly different arrangements adopted by other PCCs across ...

  • Re-shaping Reading’s Mental Health Services – Have your say
    13 July 2016

    We are reshaping mental health services in Reading and we want to hear from you to help us build the new model. We are thinking about including a Recovery College in the new model, to help people gain new skills in order to live more fulfilling lives.  The Recovery College will provide a variety of courses ...

  • Summer at St Michael’s Church, Tilehurst
    12 July 2016

    St Michael’s Church in Tilehurst are welcoming visitors to their summer services. They hold services on most Sundays at 8am, 9.30am and 6.30pm, and on Wednesdays at 10am. Details can be found on the church website. The St Michael’s Summer Thanksgiving service for all ages takes place on Sunday 17th July at 9.30am. This service is ...

  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Course
    7 July 2016

    The Philippi Trust is offering training for people who want to take the first step towards training as a counsellor. The Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 (CSK-L2) is a 92-hour course which will be held over 12 Saturdays between October 2016 and May 2017  (subject to a minimum number of students enrolling). The training is suitable ...

  • Strategies and research – new RVA resource page
    5 July 2016

    In response to requests over recent months, Reading Voluntary Action has developed a resource which provides easy links to resources that you might find helpful when planning your services and applying for funding. It is becoming increasingly important for voluntary and community groups to demonstrate how their services seek to address needs within local communities.  It ...

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