News

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

  • Travel Reading Challenge for ‘Green Travel’ Ideas
    10 February 2014

    Do you have an idea for an innovative way to encourage more sustainable travel around town? Are you a charity, business, voluntary group or resident in Reading? If so, you could bid for funding for your project from Reading Borough Council. Last time it was Beat the Street Caversham which aimed to get the residents ...

  • Community Organisers Vacancy Deadline: Monday 3 February
    10 February 2014

    Are you passionate about community activism? Would you like to gain a qualification whilst working to strengthen a community in Reading? Do you have drive, enthusiasm and a real desire to make a positive difference? Applications for Reading’s Community Organisers close on Monday 3 February! Reading Voluntary Action in partnership with Locality is looking to recruit ...

  • Contribute a little time to an important local research study
    9 February 2014

    Do you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the UK? Here at the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition in the University of Reading, we are carrying out internationally-recognised nutrition research that is exploring the impact of food and dietary components on risk factors for heart disease. We cannot ...

  • Help! We need an auctioneer for our Masquerade Ball
    6 February 2014

    We need someone dynamic and fun to act as an auctioneer for our fundraising Masquerade Ball on 14 March 2014. Could you be the answer to our prayers?We’d love to hear from you if so. You will receive a free ticket for the event and meet lots of people who are out for a good ...

  • Free manicures at RVA – that’s something different!
    6 February 2014

    When did you last have a manicure, let alone a free manicure? Students from Reading College were at RVA’s offices at Highbridge House on Thursday 6 February to practise their skills on our visitors. Initially, the students had approached RVA to volunteer this period of free time and we suggested a couple of venues, such as ...

  • Do you need paint? Community RePaint can help!
    6 February 2014

    If you or your family want to decorate your home or if your community hall, sports club or charity’s building needs a coat of paint – Green Machine has a vast range of colours, finishes, woodstains, varnishes and masonry paints on offer, in return for a small donation. Green Machine is a Community Interest Company which ...

  • Internship opportunity – Restoring Family Links Needs Assessment
    5 February 2014

    Interns at the British Red Cross are highly valued for the skills and energy they bring to our work. We hope to provide our interns with an insight into the daily internal workings of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. The successful intern will have access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities during the course ...

  • Reading Rotary Awards
    5 February 2014

    The Rotary club of Reading has just announced the second year of its awards programme which offers financial support to qualifying groups in and around the Reading area. The awards are aimed at community based groups who are involved in Youth /Sports /Culture. Applications are invited from interested clubs /groups etc. The first few awards ...

  • Reading Leadership Network
    5 February 2014

    Over the last year Reading Voluntary Action has been working with Henley Business School to develop a Leadership Network to support Chief Officers of charities in Reading. The network offers both the opportunity to interact with peers and top quality input from faculty of Henley Business School . The next meeting of the network ...

  • Improving Supported Living Services Consultation
    3 February 2014

    Reading Borough Council has started a consultation on the local Supported Living provider list. “People who use Supported Living services have told us what is important to them. We have used this information to set out a process to test providers’ quality based on this. The focus is on feedback received from people who receive ...

  • Are you party people?
    30 January 2014

    If so, we have the team challenge for you – organising a party for ABC to read’s 10th Birthday. Ideally the party will take place around March and we will be able to invite our fantastic team of school reading helpers as well as our other friends and supporters. To make sure our existing team is focussed ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales – Closure of Community Programme
    30 January 2014

    On 15 January the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales announced that the existing Community Programme will be closing and no further funding enquiries will be accepted after 14 February. The timescales for the final period of funding enquiries is: *Applicants submitting successful enquires will be invited to complete an Expression of Interest form. ...

  • Images of Reading – for charity use
    29 January 2014

    Longstanding RVA supporter Tony Short has shared with us his ‘Images of Reading’ collection on Flickr, for the benefit of local voluntary groups and charities. Tony has been photographing Reading and its surrounds for a number of years, as well as providing marketing, design and web development support to RVA. You will have seen his shots ...

  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) reviewed
    22 January 2014

    Over the past two years Healthwatch Reading have been collecting feedback from local people about their experiences of CAMHS. This project aimed to understand local peoples experiences of CAMHS and develop recommendations based on service users experiences. Healthwatch Reading carried out focus groups, interviews with families, meetings with support organisations and collected information ...

  • Business planning – 3 good reasons to have a plan
    22 January 2014

    A business or project plan is the key to the success of your group or organisation. A plan will:~ help you to identify your priorities~ focus your attention on activities that will make most difference~ focus everyone’s efforts on the same priorities This is what one person said about the business planning course she attended ...

  • Project Manager (Reading) required 1/2 day per week
    22 January 2014

    National Family Mediation (NFM) has been awarded Innovation Funding by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for supporting long-term separated parents. The scheme, which will be launched in early February, will raise awareness of non-confrontational methods of resolving family breakdown, including family mediation with additional support for families experiencing high conflict. A local Project Manager ...

  • Job vacancy for Administrator
    20 January 2014

    Nuclear Information Service (NIS) is a not-for-profit, independent information service which works to promote public awareness and foster debate on nuclear disarmament and related safety and environmental issues, particularly in relation to the UK’s nuclear weapons programme. We are looking for an Administrator to organise our finances and assist our Director and Research Manager with administrative ...

  • Reading Half Marathon – spare places for runners?
    18 January 2014

    If your charity or community group has unfilled places for runners in the Reading Half Marathon, then get in touch with Reading Voluntary Action to let us know and we will publicise your vacancies via our volunteering news channels. If you’ve got the runners you need but would like volunteer support on the day to man ...

  • Support the Reading Half Marathon
    18 January 2014

    RGneeds.me is already building up a selection of volunteering opportunities to support charities with runners in the Reading Half Marathon by helping out at cheering stations and generally getting behind the runners. 2014 couldn’t be as wet as 2013, could it? But if it is, the runners will need our encouragement more than ever. Take a look ...

  • Part-time Bookkeeper vacancy
    17 January 2014

    Wanted – part-time bookkeeper to run our charity accounts, initially one full day per week but with flexibility for additional hours at month and year end. Would suit retired ex accountant. Sage experience would be an advantage. Hourly rate to be discussed. Please call the office on 0118 966 2518 Monday to Friday, 9.30am-1.30 ...

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