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  • Invitation to a Joy Marketplace information session
    23 January 2024

    Reading Voluntary Action is inviting local community groups and charities to a 45 minute information session on the Joy Marketplace.   Joy is an online platform that connects people to life-changing local services. It instantly refers clients to high-quality support on the marketplace of services, which automatically stays up to date.  It’s free for VCOs to join ...

  • Senior Changemakers, Volunteering Champions – Nominate your over 65 year old volunteers for the chance to receive a £2,000 donation
    19 January 2024

    Edwards Lifesciences Would you like to be in with a chance to receive a £2,000 donation for your charity? If your organisation has any volunteers over the age of 65, we would love to invite you to take part in the Senior Changemakers: Volunteering Champions project! Following the launch of the Unifying Generations initiative last year, which aimed ...

  • Safeguarding Adults Training for charities and groups – May 2024
    19 January 2024

    *Please  note that the start time has now been amended to 9.30am, registration from 9.15am* Does your charity offer services or activities to adults in  Reading? If so, come along to this free training. (Please note we have a separate Safeguarding Children training session, see our training page). All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty ...

  • Introduction to First Steps towards Safe and Sound – April online session
    19 January 2024

    First Steps towards Safe and Sound is a free tool available to all voluntary and community groups offering services in Reading, who wish to take the first steps towards having good governance in place. Come along to our April introduction session and find out how to get started and what the benefits are for your ...

  • Safeguarding Adults Training for charities and groups – March 2024
    19 January 2024

    Does your charity offer services or activities to adults in  Reading? If so, come along to this free training. (Please note we have a separate Safeguarding Children training session, details here). All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through ...

  • University of Reading Celebration of Volunteering – Nominations Open!
    18 January 2024

    Nominations for the Celebration of Volunteering are now open until Friday 1 March at midnight. Head to the Celebration of Volunteering website now to nominate yourself or another person. You can also read our guidance for tips and advice on how to create a great nomination alongside information on two sessions to help you write a ...

  • NEW training session – Let’s Talk About Vaccines
    18 January 2024

    Let’s Talk About Vaccines is a NEW training session to help build your confidence, skills and knowledge to open up discussions with people about vaccination decisions. This 2.5-hour online, interactive session is free to health, social care and voluntary sector staff across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West. How this training can support you in your role: Talking about ...

  • BCF Surviving Winter Fund – Deadline 23 Jan 2024
    18 January 2024

    Introduction With the cost of living crisis a stark reality, we understand that charities and organisations need more help than ever before to keep going through the winter months. With this in mind, we have reopened the grant for further applications. Applications are invited for grants of up to £2,500 to enable groups to fund their essential resources in order to ...

  • Welcome to Reading Coffee Morning in Reading Central Library
    17 January 2024

    Reading Central Library is holding the next Welcome to Reading Coffee Morning on Saturday 3 February from 11am to 1pm. If you are new to Reading or have lived here a while, please come and join us for a free and friendly cuppa. This month it is an opportunity to meet organisations and find out more about ...

  • Befriending Forum 7 March
    17 January 2024

    The next Befriending Forum will explore the role that social prescribing plays in reducing loneliness and social isolation for people in Reading.  The programme will include:   an overview of RVA’s social prescribing service and the most frequent issues addressed how local people are referred to and from the service, our coverage in Reading and the information sources ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund – regular funding programmes
    16 January 2024

    The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has  has three rolling funding programmes: Awards for all (for applications up to £20,000) for up to 2 years. Reaching Communities (for applications over £20,000) for up to 5 years. Partnerships (for applications over £20,000 for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help communities to thrive) for ...

  • Community Wellness Outreach (CWO) Project
    11 January 2024

    Opportunities for the community to receive a free NHS health check and advice to improve their health in community settings in Reading The Reading Community Wellbeing Outreach partnership project will run to the end of March 2025. The partnership is funded by the Integrated Care Board ICB to pilot outreach activities to reduce health inequalities for ...

  • Berkshire West mental health inequalities grants
    10 January 2024

    Seven local charities across West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham (known collectively as ‘Berkshire West’) can now do even more vital work to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents after being awarded small grants to support projects with a focus on communities within Berkshire West at risk of experiencing health inequalities.   The charities – Berkshire ...

  • Together UK Reading nominated for two awards
    10 January 2024

    Together UK Reading are thrilled to share that they have been shortlisted for not just one, but two prestigious awards in the Thames Valley Business & Community Awards 2024 – Outstanding Contribution to The Community and The Charity of The Year. With over 1100 overall nominations for the awards, being shortlisted it is a huge achievement for this ...

  • Treasurer Training – March 2024
    9 January 2024

    Are you new to being a treasurer of a charity or community group in Reading, or considering taking on the role? If so, this training is for you.  Aims of the workshop To build an understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organisation To ensure the ability to deal with the specifics of ...

  • Safeguarding Children Training for charities and groups – March 2024
    9 January 2024

    Does your charity offer services or activities to children or young people in Reading? If so, come along to this free training. All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, it is ...

  • Trustee Training with RVA – February session
    9 January 2024

    Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s not always easy to get all the information you require to be sure you are carrying out your role as effectively as possible. This training will help give you an overview of what’s expected of ...

  • Winter Warmer Giveaway 16-19 January 2024 Volunteers Needed!
    5 January 2024

    Our Winter Warmer Free Shop is back by popular demand at Reading Station on Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 th January. We’ll be giving away free second-hand coats, hats, scarves & gloves at Reading Station. Volunteers are needed to help sort clothes and engage with visitors to the shop. No experience is needed, full training is ...

  • Volunteer Coordinators’ Network Meetings 2024
    4 January 2024

    The schedule for this year’s Volunteer Coordinators’ Network Meetings has now been published. The Volunteer Coordinators’ Network (VCN) provides a space for those who oversee the work of volunteers to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role. It is an opportunity to share best practice and to learn from the ...

  • Creative Grants Available for Local Residents – deadline 31 Jan 2024
    13 December 2023

    Council joining forces with Creative Lives, a national charity that promotes taking part in creative activity to boost well-being and help people feel connected to the place where you live. Individuals, local groups and businesses have a chance to bid for a share of £23,000 worth of funds to support opportunities for everyone to find their ...

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