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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.

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation meet the funder workshop – 10 October 2019
    16 July 2019

    The Lloyds Bank Foundation will be re-opening its funding programme in September 2019 to offer funding between 10,000 to £100,000, delivered across three years. There is also the opportunity for continuation funding, so your charity could be funded for up to six years in total. This funding stream will fund core costs as well as ...

  • Free resources for charity leaders from Clore Social Leadership
    15 July 2019

    Clore Social Leadership has developed some free resources for those in leadership positions in the voluntary and community sector to help address leadership challenges. These tools are referred to as the ‘Backpack’ and contain the most impactful leadership tools they have gathered in the past 10 years of running leadership programmes, and contain the following ...

  • Place to Ride Grants – ongoing until January 2021
    15 July 2019

    The Places to Ride Programme will fund the development of multi-use facilities to engage with a broad spectrum of cyclists and to encourage people who have never cycled before to get on their bikes. The programme has been made possible through a new £15 million commitment from government and will be delivered over the next three ...

  • ‘Great to connect and learn new skills’: a review of our first Social Action Leader’s Network
    15 July 2019

    Last week the room was buzzing with the first network session for Reading’s Social Action Leaders. The session was attended by 18 representatives from a variety of grass roots community groups, who provide a wonderful range of activities to bring people and communities together, mostly on a completely volunteer led basis! As one attendee mentioned: It ...

  • An Introduction to Volunteer Management
    11 July 2019

    Introduction: Whether behind the scenes and administrative roles or working directly with clients, volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of organisations across our town. For many organisations, without the work of volunteers, it would not be possible for them to deliver the services they provide in the way they do. Given the central role ...

  • Wild about Reading – 9-day programme celebrating nature across Reading
    10 July 2019

    Wild about Reading is a town-wide event to showcase and celebrate the many organisations, groups and individuals that preserve and conserve different aspects of our beautiful town. There will be free activities every day from Saturday 27 July to Sunday 4 August 2019 Find out more about the exciting range of events Download a leaflet with the ...

  • RVA-inspired street party a great success
    10 July 2019

    Following an RVA workshop led by David Neale on How to Run a Street Party, Rosehill Park residents and those living at Rosehill House and cottages joined together for a ‘street’ party on the lawn in front of Rosehill House on Sunday 7 July 2019. Between 70 and 100 people attended and shared lunch together, ...

  • 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.

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