Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Safeguarding Adults Week free webinars: 20-24 November 2023
    7 November 2023

    During Safeguarding Adults Week from 20 – 24 November 2023 the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership is offering free webinars on key topics around safeguarding adults, which will cover themes on safeguarding yourself and others. These sessions are open to all health and social care staff and those volunteering and working for voluntary and community ...

  • Trustees Week 2023 find out about training and webinars
    25 October 2023

    Trustees Week is an annual celebration of Trusteeship across the country and each year Trustees and aspiring trustees can access a range of online and in person webinars and training to help you in your role. Volunteer Trustees are crucial to our sector and this is also an opportunity to celebrate your contribution and share ...

  • Berkshire West mental health grants for children and young people from disadvantaged communities 2023-24 – Deadline on Wednesday 22 November
    24 October 2023

    RVA has been asked to manage a small grants process to deliver wellbeing projects with a focus on inclusion for communities within Berkshire West at risk of experiencing health inequalities. RVA will work in partnership with Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Involve – Wokingham. Expressions of interest are welcome and voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) can ...

  • Free coaching for Reading’s charities from Coaching Reading
    17 October 2023

    This is part of the continued partnership between RVA and Coaching Reading to offer free coaching sessions to those who work or volunteer for a charity, voluntary or community group. Who are Coaching Reading? Coaching Reading are a group of Reading based coaching professionals and enthusiasts who have come together to share knowledge and ideas, support the ...

  • Desks and office furniture available
    12 October 2023

    Reading Rockets have 6 excellent desks, high quality ones, each with a 2 drawer side cabinet plus a settee, cabinets, divider boards etc. held in storage just off the A33 Basingstoke Road that they are offering to groups. If interested, please contact Gary: or 01189263040    

  • Office space available for Charity in Central Reading
    12 October 2023

    At Wesley Church on Queens Road, Reading, we are developing a Charities and Community Hub in our old manse building on the site. One of our office spaces has become available to let to a local charity, joining the several others who work from the premises and welcome clients in. The details are: Single office space, ...

  • Ready Friends Befriending Forum
    10 October 2023

    Tackling loneliness stigma. RVA will be delighted to welcome Emily Sawdon and Phoebe Weston-Stanley, Research Directors from the National Centre for Social Research, to discuss the findings of their research into social- and self-stigma experienced by people facing loneliness and social isolation.  Please click here for the research report. The event will include: Welcome, introductions and event outcomes Presentations ...

  • Various dates: Universal Safeguarding Children Training from Brighter Futures for Children
    4 October 2023

    Does your charity offer services to children? Brighter Futures for Children are offering in person Universal Safeguarding Children training. This training is entry level training and is suitable for all in the organisation. Cost: free Target Group All staff or volunteers whose work brings them into contact with children and young people in whatever circumstances. Course Content The course will ...

  • Various dates: Designated Safeguarding Lead Training from Brighter Futures for Children
    4 October 2023

    Does your charity offer services to children? Brighter Futures for Children are offering in person training for Designated Safeguarding Leads. There are two options: ‘new to the role’ or ‘refresher’ training. Cost: £33. Local Safeguarding Processes for DSL Training (Formerly known as Designated Safeguarding Lead Training)   Local Safeguarding Processes for DSL training – new to the role   Date   Time Venue 5 October 2023 9.30am ...

  • Van for sale
    28 September 2023

    Due to a lack of project funding, Reading International Solidarity Centre are selling their van. It is a Vauxhall Vivara 2900 CDTI: With 6 seats including driver. First registered 2015 Full service history from main dealer. 6 months MOT Mileage 12,104 £12,500 + VAT If you are interested, please contact Martin at RISC 0118 9586692 or  

  • Introduction to First Steps towards Safe and Sound – November online session
    27 September 2023

    *** Please note that this session will now take place online. The Zoom link will be sent to you in advance *** 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. ...

  • Introduction to First Steps towards Safe and Sound – October online session
    27 September 2023

    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 October introduction session and find out how to get started and what the benefits are for your ...

  • Office furniture, supplies and stationery to give away
    25 September 2023

    Autism at Kingwood are in the process of organising an office move. We have a lot of office furniture (desks, chairs, filing cabinets of all heights and widths, tall cupboards) stationary (envelopes of all widths and lengths! Unused ring binders/dividers/paper folders/folder/plastic wallets/pens, pencils etc), autism/psychology books surplus to our needs. We’d like to donate to ...

  • Introduction to role of the Treasurer training
    21 September 2023

    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 ...

  • Welcome to Reading Coffee Morning in Reading Central Library
    13 September 2023

    Reading Central Library is holding the next Welcome to Reading Coffee Morning on Saturday 30th September 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 ...

  • Older People’s Day 2023 – Ageing Well Together
    13 September 2023

    Reading will be celebrating National Older People’s Day on Monday 2 October 2023 with a free fun packed event at Broad Street Mall highlighting the contribution older people make to the Reading community.   Older People’s Day coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a celebration of the achievements ...

  • DHSC Suicide Prevention Fund – Deadline 1 October 2023
    4 September 2023

    The £10 million Suicide Prevention Grant Fund is provided and administered by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The maximum grant is £750,000. You can either apply for below £10k or for a grant between £10k-£750k. The funding period is from December 2023 (at the earliest) to 31 March 2025. The funding is for ...

  • Saying Thank You on BBC Radio Berkshire
    31 August 2023

    BBC Radio Berkshire wants your help. We are creating a brand-new afternoon show which will cover both Berkshire and Oxfordshire. We will be featuring a segment offering thanks to a person or people who have made a difference in someone else’s life. If you would like to thank someone who has inspired/impacted your life, and would ...

  • Reading Integration Board Grants – deadline 30 September 2023
    30 August 2023

    RBC has identified a Project fund, as one of the Better Care Fund schemes, managed by the Reading Integration Board, and will be made available to fund key priority projects to support the Reading Integration Board programme of Work. This funding is for activities that prevent crisis, supporting people to avoid hospital admissions or, where an ...

  • NLCF Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund – Deadline 16 Oct 2023
    30 August 2023

    This funding is for organisations that support people and communities in England under severe pressure because of the increased cost of living. The funder’s main priority is to fund organisations supporting low-income households and individuals. Who can apply? Small to medium sized organisations with an annual turnover of between £10K-£1Million. Your organisation must already run critical services for ...

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