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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.

  • Care Quality Commission looking for feeback about the Royal Berkshire Hospital
    21 February 2014

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the national body responsible for making sure hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries, and all other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, and encourage them to make improvements. The CQC will be inspecting The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading from 24th-26th ...

  • Volunteer for the Children in Need south west committee
    19 February 2014

    Children in Need are looking for suitably qualified committee members in our region who can help with making decisions about the best grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged children? Full information is provided about the role and responsibilities on the website.

  • ‘The children of offenders are invisible’
    19 February 2014

    “The reason we don’t know about them is we simply don’t count them, and the reason we don’t count them is because they are invisible” (Scottish Commissioner for Children and young People) This is an opening quotation from Reading’s Offender Family Strategy, aimed at addressing the invisibility of this needy group and mapping and improving the ...

  • Job Vacancy Dementia Support Workers
    19 February 2014

    Dementia Support Workers£8,320 p.a. for minimum of 20 hours per weekWest and south of Reading Age UK Berkshire provides integrated health and wellbeing services for older people and is looking for experienced and committed people to work in our expanding Dementia Support service to the west and south of Reading. Applicants for this position will need: – Experience ...

  • Working with the children or families of offenders?
    18 February 2014

    Whether your organisation’s core mission is working with the children or families of offenders or you just happen to have one or more on your books as part of what you do, I need to hear from you. As part of my role with Reading’s Think Family Steering Group, I’ve been asked to contribute to a ...

  • Reading Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Fund
    18 February 2014

    The Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and the local armed forces community. Reading’s Armed Forces Community Covenant was launched at Brock Barracks in July 2012. £30m of central government funding has been allocated over four years to support Community Covenants. The aim of the scheme is to financially ...

  • Vacancy for a Centre Coordinator
    17 February 2014

    The post of Centre Coordinator exists to ensure the smooth running of Reading Deaf Centre and to promote safe working environment for all. In addition the coordinator is responsible for promoting the Centre and room hire facilities and liaison with Centre Tenants. Tasks fall into 3 main areas:* Reception duties* Promotion of the centre and ...

  • Berkshire Flood Recovery Fund
    17 February 2014

    Berkshire Community Foundation has launched the Berkshire Flood Recovery Fund to support communities affected by the recent flooding. The Fund will support Berkshire community groups and charities that are helping individuals across the county. The fund is looking for donations, which you can make online or by cheque made payable to Berkshire Community Foundation and posted ...

  • Half price training for RVA members!
    14 February 2014

    Reading Voluntary Action has a new programme of training available to all. This low-cost training is offered at a fraction of the cost of similar courses elsewhere. Even better, RVA members are entitled to a 50% discount by using the discount code RVAMember50 when registering on Eventbrite. Discounts on training is just one of many benefits ...

  • Simple Skills Save Lives
    14 February 2014

    What would you do if you came across someone having a2459,’job-vacancy-home-help-plus-personal-assistants’,182,15,’Job Vacancy Home Help Plus Personal Assistants’,”,”,’info@ageukberkshire.org.uk’,’Home Help Plus Personal Assistants£7.65 per hour; Reading, Wokingham, surrounding areas Age UK Berkshire is looking for experienced and committed people to work in our expanding Home Help Plus service. You must have good home support skills and an ability to ...

  • Job Vacancy Home Help Plus Personal Assistants
    13 February 2014

    Home Help Plus Personal Assistants£7.65 per hour; Reading, Wokingham, surrounding areas Age UK Berkshire is looking for experienced and committed people to work in our expanding Home Help Plus service. You must have good home support skills and an ability to communicate with older people. The role can have several elements including cleaning, laundry, accompanied shopping, etc., and ...

  • Southcote Timebank weekly skillshare coffee mornings
    12 February 2014

    Southcote Timebank is starting a weekly coffee morning to share skills and chat, and meet other members of the time bank. Come and find us in Southcote Library every Thursday morning from 10.30 to 12.00 in term-time, starting on 13 February. In future weeks we’d like people to bring something to share and teach other ...

  • Oscar’s Campaign for Positive Role Models
    11 February 2014 Oscar's Campaign for Positive Role Models

    Oscar Manjengwa from Always Showing Talent teamed up with national youth campaigning organisation Fixers to create a film encouraging young people to identify positive role models in their lives. Oscar’s campaign was selected to be aired on ITV London and Meridian news last week. In his earlier years Oscar felt his life going in the wrong ...

  • Exercise – how do you encourage people to be physically active?
    11 February 2014

    How can you help to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Reading through increased physical activity? Did you know that increased physical activity can have a positive impact on many different health conditions including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, mental wellbeing and obesity? Physical activity helps school children to concentrate, can lead to more productivity ...

  • Victim Support Services – commissioning plans
    11 February 2014

    The Thames Valley Safer Future Communities Network brings together voluntary and community groups across the Thames Valley which work in the wide arena of crime and community safety. At a network event last week, eleven panels held roundtable discussions to identify burning issues to raise with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames ...

  • 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 ...

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