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

  • Reading Your Way on the move!
    13 June 2016

    Reading Your Way is moving from their Oxford Road premises and will be closed from Monday 13th to  Friday 17th June during the relocation. They re-open on Monday 20th June at: 1A Rupert Square, Reading, RG1 3HE New telephone number: 01189 660240 They will be offering a new programme of activities for members. Watch this space for more information. Your ...

  • Volunteers’ Week 2016 – Round Up
    12 June 2016

    As Volunteers’ Week 2016 draws to a close we have put together a short round-up of what we got up to over the period in case you missed anything. We would like to thank all those organisations who supported our activities and everyone who stopped by to find out more about volunteering. Events Eat Reading – ...

  • Being a trustee brings “huge satisfaction”
    8 June 2016

    Sarah Del Tufo is currently Chair of Trustees at the Reading Community Learning Centre and has extensive experience of trusteeship. Sarah has held a variety of roles as a trustee for a number of charities since the 1970s, both in Reading and elsewhere. When asked why she joined the trustee board of the Reading Community Learning ...

  • Community Assets Matter training
    8 June 2016

    Building on many years of experience, this training package has been developed to address the need for guidance, support and advice on the management of community buildings. The 2-day course is supported by a resource handbook, addressing the range of legal and technical aspects of asset management and signposting to further more detailed information and support, ...

  • RBC community buildings transition fund deadline extended
    8 June 2016

    Reading Borough Council have agreed that a small fund be made available for local groups that have a responsibility for managing a building in Reading to support capacity building and sustainability. The fund has been under subscribed and the deadline for applications has been extended to 20 June. Funding available The sum of £20,000 in 2016/17 and ...

  • Cultural Event
    6 June 2016

    As part of Refugee Week, Reading City of Sanctuary is sponsoring this free event. Come and experience different foods, games, drinks, music and arts Come and learn about different cultures Come and have a wonderful time For further information email

  • Let’s Talk Health and Social Care in Reading
    6 June 2016

    Join the Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups and Reading Borough Council to learn about, and discuss, plans for services this year. Hear about proposed changes to GP practices and give us your views. Hear how we plan to work together to support older people. Tell us about issues that concern you. To register, email or book via Eventbrite

  • What’s it like to be a trustee?
    1 June 2016

    Nelson Walters, currently Treasurer of Reading Mencap and No5 Youth Counselling and Information Service, speaks about his experience of being a treasurer and a new trustee. After about a year of retirement, Nelson had realised that he missed the challenge of the business environment, when one day he saw an RVA desk in the library. He ...

  • Kids Company – the lessons for charity trustees in Reading and the help available
    1 June 2016

    Was it a one-off? Could it happen here? How would we tell?  These are some of the questions local trustees have been asking since the news of the collapse of Kids Company hit the headlines. Investigations into the failures that led to the closure of Kids Company last year provide a number of lessons.  The report ...

  • How RVA will be spreading the word during Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June)
    31 May 2016

    As part of national Volunteers’ Week 2016 (1-12 June), we will be spreading the word about volunteering to make sure those inspired by the national promotion have ready access to opportunities to get involved here in Reading. We will be out and about throughout the period: 3 June – Eat Reading Festival @ Broad Street (10am-7pm) – ...

  • Have you ever thought about becoming a volunteer befriender?
    23 May 2016

    Can you spare a couple of hours every week or fortnight to spend with someone who is lonely or socially isolated? Many organisations in Reading are currently looking for volunteer befrienders who could make a real difference to the lives of the people they support. Befriending might mean visiting an older person who lives nearby, for ...

  • Befriending Forum on 29 June 2016
    18 May 2016

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be hosting the first in a series of Befriending Forums in partnership with Age UK Reading. The information-sharing and networking event will take place on Wednesday 29 June, from 10am until 12pm on the third floor of Reading Central Library. The forum will be an opportunity to discuss befriending in ...

  • National Banks Supporting Local Projects with Small Grants
    16 May 2016

    The latest issue of Funding Digest includes details about two programmes helping support community led conservation projects. The Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards The Dorothy Morley Conservation Awards are a tribute to the memory of dedicated conservationist Dorothy Morley who had a passionate interest in wildlife, gardening & conservation. She believed in protecting the living environment as a ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation – 27 May deadline for Invest funding applications
    16 May 2016

    The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales helps small and medium sized charities working in England and Wales which support people experiencing multiple disadvantages through critical transitions in their lives to achieve lasting positive change. The Foundation’s Invest funding programme provides multiyear grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 pa supporting the costs of delivering services ...

  • Are you looking for trustees?
    10 May 2016

    If you’re looking for new trustees you might be in luck. RVA are running a trustee matching event at Green Park on 09 June from 12.15pm and we’d like to involve local charities to find the right trustees. It’s a great source of professionals keen to give a helping hand to the voluntary sector. There ...

  • Heading for an under/overspend? Keep your funders informed
    10 May 2016

    When you apply for a grant, you need a detailed plan of the ” when, what and where” etc. for how you will use the funds to meet the needs of the people and communities you support. Unexpected external or internal factors can impact on your ability to deliver that plan.  For example, a key ...

  • NCVO publish model policies for members
    9 May 2016

    The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have added a number of model HR policies to their ‘Knowhow Nonprofit’ website aimed at small voluntary groups. It’s a really useful resource if you don’t already have a full set of policies in place and a good range of templates is provided. You need to be a NCVO ...

  • Trustee matching and volunteering
    9 May 2016

    12.15-14.15 Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s important to know what’s involved before committing. Trustees are the volunteers responsible for the oversight and direction of charities. A good board of trustees will bring a wide range of skills to a charity and help ...

  • The difference we make – good news stories from CCGs
    3 May 2016

    Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups fund a wide range of voluntary organisations both through the Partnership Development Fund and by directly commissioning services. The CCGs have begun to promote the great projects they fund through case studies published on their websites. The Age UK Berkshire Living Well project aims to help those over the age of ...

  • Improving eye and end of life services for patients
    3 May 2016

    NHS commissioners want to hear what people think about two services: the ophthalmology service that treats minor eye conditions the end of life and palliative care service Two projects are underway to look at these services, as part of the CCGs’ transformation programme, which builds on the feedback we had last autumn, when people gave their views about ...

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