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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.

  • Change Grow Live – Introduction Event
    10 July 2019

    From 1 October 2019, Change Grow Live will be delivering the substance misuse services across Reading. The team would like to invite you to a service user engagement event to let you know more about the new contract and what we plan to do locally. Do you have any questions? What do you want from your ...

  • RCLC awarded grant from The Henry Smith Charity
    9 July 2019

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been awarded its largest ever grant. The award of £95,500 from The Henry Smith Charity will be split over three years to fund the Centre’s running costs including salaries. Genevieve Ford-Saville from The Henry Smith Charity said that: During assessment we were particularly impressed with the range of services your ...

  • Primary Care Networks
    9 July 2019

    Below is a press release from Berkshire West Integrated Care System A new way of working for GP surgeries across Berkshire West (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire) was launched on Monday 1 July, aimed at providing a more modern, joined up health service to more than half a million local people. Clusters of local surgeries have teamed ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 11 July 2019
    9 July 2019

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 11 July, starting at 2pm in the Council Chamber.  This is a public meeting and will be web-cast for the first time. The agenda includes: Primary Care Networks A report on the establishment of the PCNs in Reading. Integrated Care Partnership Governance Proposals A report on a ...

  • Smartphone befriending scheme can improve the lives of people living with psychosis, new pilot study has found
    3 July 2019

    Regularly texting or calling a volunteer ‘befriender’ can improve considerably the lives of people experiencing psychosis, a new study has found.  So-called befriending schemes – where someone with a severe mental illness can contact a volunteer that is trained to support them – have traditionally relied on face-to-face meetings. But people with severe mental illness, including ...

  • BAME barriers to reducing loneliness
    2 July 2019

    The British Red Cross and Co-op launch a new research report, Barriers to belonging: an exploration of loneliness among people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds. This research, carried out in partnership with the Centre for Loneliness Studies at the University of Sheffield and the Runnymede Trust, found that when we feel like we ...

  • Reducing loneliness and social isolation – digitally
    2 July 2019

    People who are not online and who are lonely and socially isolated face multiple barriers to participating and flourishing in the digital society.  There are over 9 million people in the UK who are lonely and socially isolated and over 11.3 million people who don’t have basic online skills.  Our town is surrounded by tech ...

  • We’ve updated our Safeguarding Resources for you!
    2 July 2019

    Reading benefits from a diverse range of community and voluntary groups working tirelessly to offer invaluable services to those most in need. To help you find all the key safeguarding information quickly and easily we have updated the Safeguarding section of our Knowledgebase. What’s new: Updated DBS guide with more examples of what might apply in your groups Updated ...

  • South Reading Community Hub celebrates its first birthday
    27 June 2019

    A community hub in Whitley has become an essential part of the neighbourhood within its first year. South Reading Community Hub first opened its doors in June 2018 and is already a popular meeting place for a variety of different groups and provides a range of services for local people. Reading Borough Council is investing £2 million ...

  • Reading Services Guide – market testing
    26 June 2019

    Reading Council’s Adult Social Care Transformation Team is undertaking a review of the Council’s on-line Reading Services Guide. RBC would like feedback from you and your colleagues about what features you think work well at the moment or what could be improved on. Please can you respond to the following questions: 1. What do and your colleagues ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2019
    20 June 2019

    Words by Oriela De Rossi, photos by Kate Shorey On Thursday 6 June 2019, Reading Voluntary Action hosted the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards on the fourteenth floor of Thames Tower. The event celebrated and honoured volunteers and the extraordinary impact that volunteering has on the town. On arrival, award nominees were presented with certificates of thanks ...

  • Smart Works Reading Chair Sarah Burns receives MBE
    20 June 2019

    The Chair of Smart Works Reading, Sarah Burns, has received an MBE for her services to disadvantaged women in the Thames Valley. Smart Works Reading said: Sarah is passionate about supporting women in her local community and has built a welcoming, sustainable and successful charity. She is an inspiring, motivated and creative individual who always puts ...

  • Safeguarding update – the Charity Commission reports on Oxfam
    19 June 2019

    A summary of the Charity Commission inquiry into the Oxfam Haiti scandal, outlining the key findings. Followed by a checklist of ‘lessons learnt’ that your charity can use to ensure good safeguarding practice, regardless of whether you are a small community group or a larger charity.

  • Celebrating Real Jobs: University design exhibition on until 28 June
    19 June 2019

    The Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading has an exhibition on until 28 June celebrating typography students’ contribution to local businesses, charities and academic projects over five decades of their Real Jobs scheme. The department’s professional experience programme gives students their first taste of working alongside clients to co-create, and deliver ...

  • New agenda item for Wellbeing Forum – 4 July 2019
    19 June 2019

    The next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Thursday 4 July from 10 am to 1 pm at RISC, London Street, Reading. Refreshments will be available from 9:30am. Reading Borough Council is developing new ways of responding to people’s enquiries about care and support. The aim is to think community first ...

  • Sport in Mind receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    19 June 2019

    Sport in Mind has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The charity operates with a simple mission to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity and has been making a huge difference to the ...

  • Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Community Centre Funding – open until 4 November 2019
    17 June 2019

    The Armed Forces Covenant Trust has a number of funding streams. This article relates to Veterans Community Centre Funding.This is a capital grant programme for the renovation and refurbishment of community centres used by veterans and their communities. Ex-services personnel (and former merchant navy personnel) access a wide range of activities and supports through a ...

  • Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund Local Grants Programme – open until 2 December 2019
    17 June 2019

    The Armed Forces Covenant Trust has a number of funding streams. This article relates to their Local Grants Programme. This is the final year (2019/2020) of the Local Grants Programme. Grants of up to £20K, to be spent over 12 months, are available for projects under two headings: Community integration: this means creating projects that create ...

  • Comic Relief strengthening mental health support for children and young people – open until 28 June 2019
    14 June 2019

    Comic Relief are seeking proposals from those working on providing mental health support to children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop. They would like to fund proposals that are particularly focusing on vulnerable children and young people ...

  • Skills for Positive Futures Funding – open until 3 July 2019
    14 June 2019

    The Berkeley Foundation is launching Skills for Positive Futures, a funding programme which will support vulnerable children and young people aged 8 to 14 years, to develop the life skills they need to thrive and make positive choices. Two grants sizes are available for a three-year period on a full cost recovery basis: Small grants of up ...

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