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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.

  • Thames Valley Berkshire LEP seeking a voluntary and community sector representative
    22 August 2018

    Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Ltd is seeking a highly experienced Voluntary and Community Sector Representative who can bring their commitment, passion and energy to the Thames Valley Berkshire Area European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds Sub-Committee. With a successful track record in Berkshire you will bring your skills, experience and constructive challenge to our well-developed ...

  • Royal Berkshire Fire Authority – public consultation open until 28 September 2018
    22 August 2018

    Royal Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFA) is consulting the public, staff and other stakeholders on its Corporate Plan and Integrated Risk Management Plan 2019-2023. All fire and rescue authorities have a legal duty to produce a plan that identifies and assesses all fire and rescue related risks that could affect their communities. The plan contains details of what Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) intends to achieve ...

  • Travel grants for change-makers
    22 August 2018

    Passionate about making a real difference in your community or profession? Inspired by new ideas and projects from overseas? There is just over one month left to apply for a Churchill Fellowship and applications are invited in a dedicated ‘Migration: living well together’ category. The deadline is 5pm on 18 September 2018. A Churchill Fellowship funds people to travel for 4 to 8 ...

  • Take part in a cricket match with the Maasai Warriors team
    22 August 2018

    Acre and Utulivu are hosting the Maasai Warriors Cricket Team at a cultural awareness event in Reading, at Palmer Park Grounds on Sunday 2 September 2018, from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm. We are inviting local community cricket teams to play limited overs with the visitors. Please email info@acre-reading.org with your expression of interest, and we will advise on the format the matches will take in ...

  • Reading on Thames Festival – free tickets for community groups
    22 August 2018

    There are special ticket offers for community groups to come and join us at the Reading on Thames Festival, to help us celebrate our culture, heritage and waterways! For both events there will be free travel provided by Reading Buses – further information on this will be sent nearer to the event. On Thursday 6 September In Place of ...

  • Changes to the Community Mental Health Team
    21 August 2018

    Why is the service changing? The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) until now has been a multidisciplinary, integrated team made up of social workers, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and occupational therapists. Jointly delivered by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Reading Borough Council, the service supports people with mental health needs in Reading. Reading Borough Council has identified a ...

  • RVA AGM 2018 Social Action for Reading
    20 August 2018

    Join us for the RVA Annual General Meeting 2018. This year our theme is Social Action for Reading. Hear inspiring community stories from the RVA team and the organisations we work with. 9.30am Breakfast and networking. 10am to 11.30am AGM and meeting. Please register to let us know you will be coming – Eventbrite registration The library will open at ...

  • Youth strand of the Building Connections fund opens
    16 August 2018

    The youth strand of the Building Connections fund opened on 15 August. Eligible charities and community organisations from across England can apply for up to £80,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, to expand or enhance their work tackling youth loneliness. The deadline is 26 September 2018. Funding, delivered by the Co-op Foundation, is available ...

  • RVA Youth Project Coordinator – closing date 5 September 2018
    16 August 2018

    An interesting 12 month role working with partners and stakeholders in Reading to develop an action plan and build the capacity of local groups to support isolated young people. You will be an experienced development worker able to achieve the following aims: Engage and support a group of young ambassadors from diverse backgrounds. Support the development of a ...

  • Reading’s second annual Disability Awareness Day
    16 August 2018

    A Disability Awareness Day for Reading took place on Wednesday 8 August 2018 at the Weller Centre in Caversham. Themed around culture, wellbeing and leisure, the event celebrated the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. An estimated 120 members of the public attended the ...

  • New computer support sessions for Reading residents
    16 August 2018

    The Get Online Reading project to help the town’s people use the internet has been steadily expanding and is now available at two new venues. Residents of Dee Park now have the chance to go to a monthly drop-in session to help them with technology, and the Get Online project has also started working with Reading ...

  • Compass Recovery College – Autumn Prospectus Launch
    15 August 2018

    On Wednesday 15 August, Caversham Court Gardens saw the launch of the new Compass Recovery College prospectus for 2018 to 2019. Among those attending was the Mayor of Reading,  Councillor Debs Edwards, who said she was ‘delighted’ to see the service that Compass Recovery College offers, and emphasised that mental health is an issue that affects ...

  • Reading Town Meal 2018 – pledge your veg!
    8 August 2018

    This year’s Reading Town Meal needs everyone to be involved! You can help by donating your veg which will be cooked up into a delicious meal by the students of Reading College, and served FREE in Forbury Gardens on 29 September 2018. Whether you have your own allotment or grow in your garden, or have never grown ...

  • Work and Health Challenge Fund
    7 August 2018

    The Work and Health Unit (WHU) – which is jointly managed by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care – is using a £4.2m Challenge Fund to test new approaches that can help people experiencing mental health and/or musculoskeletal (MSK) issues stay in work. The WHU is seeking to ...

  • The Lives We Want to Lead – green paper for adult social care and wellbeing
    7 August 2018

    The Local Government association has launched a consultation on the future of adult social care.  The green paper aims to: to build momentum for a debate across the country about how to fund the care we want to see in all our communities for adults of all ages and how our wider care and health system ...

  • Creating the Right Environments for Health
    7 August 2018

    In Creating the Right Environments for Health the Director of Public Health for Berkshire focused on the natural environment as one of the factors that can affect our health and wellbeing. The report uses a number of local case studies to highlight the ways in which local communities are already using the natural environment to stay ...

  • Start your own business workshops
    6 August 2018

    The Real Business Club are running their popular, free workshops again this autumn. They are interactive, friendly and practical and cover everything you need to think about about if you want to start your own business. They offer clear explanations, delivered by business professionals, with plenty of time for questions and answers. Workshop programme Wednesday 5 September: ...

  • Reading, Place of Culture – Funding Panel Event
    2 August 2018 Reading place of culture logo

      Reading, Place of Culture aims to enhance Reading’s cultural offer, help drive economic growth and improve the quality of life for people in Reading. As part of this, there will be a funding panel event for arts, culture and heritage funding, with a particular focus on communities and social outcomes. This will be on Tuesday 11 September ...

  • Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day is nearly here!
    1 August 2018

    The Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network (PDSN) is hosting Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday 8 August 2018. The event will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. The free event will take place from 11am to 2pm at the Weller Centre, ...

  • Can you help with our research into youth isolation and loneliness?
    1 August 2018

    Catherine, our RVA summer intern for 2018, is looking for organisations that work with 11-25 year olds to be part of her research into the causes and impacts of youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. Following on from RVA’s report into loneliness in Reading last year, Catherine is looking for young people, and those who work ...

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