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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.

  • DfE grants for holiday activities and food – open until 7 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    Early in 2018, the government announced a programme of work to explore how best to ensure more children from disadvantaged families benefit from enrichment activities and healthy meals during the school holidays. The Department of Education (DfE) is now inviting organisations to bid for grant funding to take on the role of testing the coordination of free ...

  • Greggs Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    The Greggs Local Community Projects Funding is open for applications until 28 February 2019. They are looking to fun projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. Please note that they do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work, ...

  • Free bite-sized training on Young Onset Dementia
    16 January 2019

    Members of the Reading Dementia Action Alliance, Banyan Care, are offering free bite-sized training sessions to those working within care. The first session will take place on Tuesday 12 February 2019 and the topic is Young Onset Dementia, an area of special interest and knowledge within Banyan through their work with the charity Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire). Through ...

  • Reading Libraries has two spaces for potential rental
    16 January 2019

    Reading Libraries has two spaces for potential rental An upstairs office space at Tilehurst library is available and our brand new office space at Battle library will be built in 2019. We are interested in hearing from any organisation that might be interested in a brand new, relatively small office in RG30/RG31 at low cost. We are using ...

  • Leaders needed for Amersham Road Kids’ Choice Youth Club
    16 January 2019

    A club which started out as a dream by two young people on the Amersham Road estate has become a reality with support from local residents. Beginning after the October half term in 2018, two sessions for different school years were offered on Monday evenings. The first week saw 13 attending the younger group and 4 attending the older ...

  • Time to Talk Day – 7 February 2019
    16 January 2019

    This year’s Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 7 February and is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking. Time To Change is a national initiative ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Funding – Stage 1 open until 25 February 2019
    16 January 2019

    Cultural Commissioning Year 2 is now open for Stage 1 applications until 25 February 2018. The funding streams are: Elderly Care: £15K for arts, culture and heritage programmes to work with older people, particularly those with long term conditions and in areas of higher deprivation; Cultural Short Breaks: £30K to extend the range of cultural breaks provided to ...

  • Free courses for charities from The Skills Network
    15 January 2019

    The Skills Network are offering a range of funded Level 2 Courses*. The courses are open to those working or volunteering in charities and community groups in the town, aged 19 or over and who have lived in the EU for the last three years. The online distance learning courses are all assessment based, submitted either ...

  • What does the NHS Long Term Plan mean for the voluntary sector?
    14 January 2019

    The long awaited NHS Long Term Plan was published last week. The document is 115 pages long (without appendices). This news article does not attempt to summarise the whole document. It highlights, from my perspective, some of the points that I think may be of particular interest to voluntary organisations supporting the health and wellbeing ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – Friday 18 January 2019
    14 January 2019

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 18 January 2019. The meeting is in the Council Chamber and starts at 2pm. Members of the public are welcome to listen to the discussions. The agenda includes: A report summarising progress made in delivering the SEND Strategy since July 2018, and the steps that ...

  • Reducing local loneliness
    9 January 2019

    While there are many older people in Reading experiencing loneliness and social isolation, it’s important to remember that people of any age can be affected during their lifetime, particularly around significant life changes.   In 2018, a host of local and national reports highlighted specific groups of people most likely to experience loneliness and social isolation: widowed ...

  • Befriending Forum on 19 February 2019 – booking now open
    9 January 2019

    Following the success of the 2018 Let’s Make Reading Friendlier conference, RVA is pleased to announce the first Befriending Forum event of 2019, on Tuesday 19 February from 12.30 until 4.15pm at the third floor Community Hub in Reading Central Library. Lunch and networking at 12.30pm will be followed by: a presentation from The Jo Cox Foundation a ...

  • Funding available for youth violence intervention – until 29 January 2019
    9 January 2019

    The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley was recently successful in a bid for the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund. Having identified key elements of delivery from our bid, we are now seeking providers for very specific interventions. The bid for Thames Valley included a number of tiers of intervention, ...

  • Vital for Berkshire funding – open until 25 January 2019
    9 January 2019

    The second Vital for Berkshire funding round is now open for applications, with grants of up to £10,000 available Vital for Berkshire aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing them from having a safe home, good health and secure employment. Vital for Berkshire goes beyond ...

  • West Berkshire Joint Safeguarding – annual conference for practitioners
    9 January 2019

    West Berkshire Joint Safeguarding’s annual conference for practitioners will take place on Wednesday 30 January 2019 at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre in Wokingham. The focus of this year’s conference is Prevention and Early Intervention. The conference will provide an opportunity for practitioners working across a range of services to come together to develop their skills ...

  • Berkshire CEO Forum
    8 January 2019

    The Berkshire CEO Forum is for anyone with management responsibilities working for a not-for-profit organisation in Berkshire. The forum offers a fairly informal group providing peer support and information sharing. This session will include 2 briefings: A voluntary sector legal update – Nick Burrows, Blandy & Blandy Solicitors. An introduction to the Growth Hub and working with the ...

  • Spotlight on the Voluntary Sector – call for more articles
    3 January 2019

    Thank you to all of you who have sent me ‘Spotlight on the Voluntary Sector’ articles for GP Headline News. This is a call for more articles if you would like to promote your services to GPs. A reminder for you…. We have the opportunity to promote voluntary sector services directly to Reading’s GPs via their weekly ...

  • Season’s Greetings from RVA
    19 December 2018

    Season’s Greetings from the RVA team! The RVA office will be closed from 24 December 2018 until Wednesday 2 January 2019. We wish everyone happy holidays and look forward to working with you again in the New Year – in the meantime, take a look at our nine highlights of 2018.

  • RVA highlights of 2018
    19 December 2018

    Here are some of the RVA team’s highlights from another busy year… 9: New look RVA News launched We launched a fresh new look for RVA News in October this year, making all the content we know you value even more accessible – including sector job vacancies, funding opportunities, events and training. With new Community Journalists joining ...

  • Improving wellbeing and mental health in Reading – Wellbeing Forum report
    19 December 2018

    Our new Community Journalist, Zoe O’Kill, attended the Wellbeing Forum on 12 December 2018. She reflects on the voluntary sector’s commitment to improving wellbeing and mental health in Reading. Voluntary sector support for wellbeing and mental health in Reading When I attended the Wellbeing Forum, I was immediately impressed by an outstanding group of people who feel ...

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