News

Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Reading Pride Networking Event
    28 August 2019

    A free network event is happening at Reading Pride 2019 Save your feet, come to one place and meet everyone there instead. Meet the businesses, charities, third sector and more. Get to finally meet the company or organisation you have always wanted to talk to. We will be offering a buffet and light refreshments. Further information Open from 2pm to ...

  • BFI Film Academy – film making opportunity
    28 August 2019

    Are you aged 16-19 years old and interested in film making? Do you know of someone who would love to learn more about film making and all the different aspects that go into creating a film? You should consider or recommend the BFI Film Academy. The BFI have opened applications for young people aged 16-19 to ...

  • The Good Exchange and Sovereign Housing Community Asset Fund – round one open until 30 September 2019
    28 August 2019

    The Good Exchange has recently partnered with Sovereign, one of the largest housing associations in the UK, to launch a new fund awarding £60,000 in match funding grants for community projects. Communities and charities in the south of England (Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight) can apply for grants from the organisation’s Community Asset Fund via The Good Exchange’s charity-owned, not-for-profit, ...

  • Putting health at the heart of neighbourhoods – event on 11 September 2019
    28 August 2019

    There’s been a lot happening in the NHS recently – the introduction of Primary Care Networks (PCNs), the launch of Berkshire West Integrated Care Partnership (BWICP) and the move to a Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire Integrated Care System (BOBICS) to name but a few! One thing that hasn’t changed is the commitment to keep people’s needs ...

  • Have your say – RBC’s Homelessness Strategy consultation open until 29 September 2019
    28 August 2019

    Reading Borough Council are looking for your views on proposed priorities for Reading’s next Homelessness Strategy. Your feedback will shape and inform their approach and strategic direction regarding homelessness over the next five years. The existing Homelessness Strategy is not due for review until 2021. However, there have been significant recent legislative change and significant reductions ...

  • Reading Refugee Support Group’s 25th year celebration
    28 August 2019

    Reading Refugee Support Group are officially 25 years old, and we are celebrating! We would love you to save the date for our very special evening event on Monday 4 November at Reading Concert Hall. This promises to be an event to remember with stories, music, theatre and fashion, plus a real insight into the charity’s ...

  • Exciting News from Berkshire West Mental Health Support Team
    28 August 2019

    Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG) and partner agencies West Berkshire Council, Brighter Futures for Children and Wokingham Borough Council are keen to inform you about an exciting trailblazer soon to be launched in participating schools across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Children and young people in one of the 54 trailblazer participating schools will now ...

  • Save the date for the RVA AGM – 17 October 2019
    22 August 2019

    Join Reading Voluntary Action for our 2019 AGM We’re sticking to our popular morning slot for this year’s AGM. Join us on Thursday 17 October 2019 for breakfast (supplied by Picnic) and networking from 9.30am, with the AGM taking place from 10am until 11.30am. Hear from RVA staff, trustees and volunteers about the work we’ve been ...

  • The RVA Office will be closed tomorrow – 23 August 2019
    22 August 2019

    The RVA Office will be closed tomorrow – Friday 23 August – due to staff sickness. We’ll be open again as normal on Tuesday 27 August 2019. In the meantime, you can email info@rva.org.uk or browse volunteering opportunities here.  

  • Free online healthy eating advice from University of Reading’s nutritionists
    22 August 2019

    Free online healthy eating advice is being offered by nutritionists as part of a new trial being run by the University of Reading. The EatWellUK study is testing a new easy-to-use web app, which provides advice on how you can eat more healthily. Participating in this nutrition study involves using the eNutri web app (www.eatwelluk.org) to ...

  • The Real Business Club – free startup business workshops
    22 August 2019

    The Real Business Club are hosting a series of workshops that could help you kick-start your very own business! These workshops are approachable for all kinds of people who are considering starting up a business. Even if you’re a new business this could be a great workshop for you to help better your services or learn ...

  • Friendship volunteering survey
    22 August 2019

    At RVA, we often hear that it’s getting harder to attract new volunteers to take action on loneliness and social isolation in Reading. Demand is increasing for volunteers who represent the diversity of Reading and who are free at times when people need them. During August and September, RVA is conducting a survey of local voluntary ...

  • Take part in Trustees’ Week 2019 – share your trustee story!
    20 August 2019

    National Trustees’ Week is a dedicated week each year where charities up and down the country celebrate the role and contribution from volunteer trustees, who are one of the cornerstones of the voluntary sector. Trustees are unpaid volunteers who bring valuable skills, experience and passion for social action in our communities. In a nutshell, charities ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund – Climate Action Fund announced
    19 August 2019

    The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has announced that its newest fund will build a network of people and communities, well placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. The new £100 million fund is being launched as the level of concern over climate change continues to rise. The funded activities are expected to ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Activate Fund – round 2 opens on 14 October 2019
    19 August 2019

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are managing the Activate fund on behalf of the Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC). The aim of the fund is to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire. Organisations can apply for between £750 and £2000. Applying organisations must have an income of less ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Year 3 Categories announced
    19 August 2019

    Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the third year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Two pots of £20K and one pot of £30K are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, ...

  • Co-op Foundation #IWill Fund – Applications open until 20 September 2019
    16 August 2019

    Grants of up to £35,000 to help young people have a say in how community spaces are managed. They expect to make up to eight grants, available for one year. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years’ further funding, to build on their learning and focus on sustaining their impact. ‘Community ...

  • Dementia Friends training
    14 August 2019

    RBC invite you to attend a Dementia Friends training session in the Council Chamber. The aim of the session is to train volunteers, who can encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia, and to train Dementia Friends Champions on how to help their community. A previous attendee said: I came out ...

  • The Enterprise Bootcamp by Mapis
    14 August 2019

    Learn to start your own business Starting this September, Mapis CIC are offering a free 15-week intensive enterprise training programme designed for any budding entrepreneurs looking to start their own business. The programme will cover: Your idea Presentation skills Competition Target market Marketing strategy Finances Market analysis In week 15, all students will receive a bespoke business plan to fill out. The main skills ...

  • Spotlight on Reading Refugee Support Group in its 25th year
    14 August 2019

    In June we covered Reading Refugee Support Group receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This month, our Community Journalist, Oriela De Rossi, went to visit RRSG and take a more in-depth look at what receiving the award means to the organisation. Chief Executive, Nick Harborne, said: “Reading Refugee Support group was built on the backbone ...

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