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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.

  • Free Employment Law Seminar with Blandy & Blandy
    5 December 2018

    Employment Law Events 2019 Minimising Business Risks Are you a business or HR decision maker? Please join our leading Employment Law team at two free events in 2019, focusing on minimising risk within your business. Please join us at our 2019 Employment Law Seminar to keep-up-to date with recent and emerging changes in Employment Law, to minimise risks to your ...

  • RISC awarded RVA Safe + Sound
    5 December 2018

    Congratulations to RISC who were recently awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound governance mark. We spoke to some of the team – trustee, Colin Date, HR Administrator, Jane Amin, and Sharon Fitton, a Collective member of staff – about the charity’s work and the process of applying for Safe + Sound. Tell us a little about RISC Colin: I ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop 13 December 2018 – funding streams released
    4 December 2018

    Reading, Place of Culture invites voluntary sector organisations, cultural and arts groups to attend to attend a ‘Cultural Commissioning Ready’ workshop on Thursday 13 December, 11am – 1pm in the RVA Training Room, Third Floor, Reading Central Library. What is ‘Cultural Commissioning’? The Reading Cultural Commissioning programme, launched in 2018, aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for ...

  • Upcoming masterclasses from Thames Valley Business Growth Hub
    28 November 2018

    Masterclass: Finance and Funding for Growth – 29 November 2018 This free half-day masterclass will provide you with information on a range of finance options for your business, from start-up loans and grants to equity investment, debt funding and crowdfunding. You’ll also learn how to put together a financial plan for your business, so you are ready to ...

  • Child exploitation – new screening tool from Local Safeguarding Children Boards
    28 November 2018

    Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Berkshire have come together to tackle the criminal exploitation of children. Children as young as 10, and sometimes even younger, are being put in danger by people who are taking advantage of how vulnerable they are. What is the simple screening tool? This tool is for anyone who comes in to contact ...

  • Police and Property Fund Act – open until 17 December 2018
    28 November 2018

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the ...

  • Take part in the SEND local offer survey 2018-2019
    28 November 2018

    The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Local Offer needs your feedback The SEND Local Offer team are looking for feedback on their website – from parent carers, children and young people, and practitioners. Let them know what you like, what you want improved, or what should stay as it is. The survey can be completed here. You have ...

  • Changes to the concessionary bus fares scheme for older people – consultation
    28 November 2018

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on proposed changes to the concessionary fares scheme in Reading that would end the entitlement of local elderly and disabled people to use their bus pass on ReadiBus. The Council wants as much feedback as possible so that it can fully understand the impact of this proposal – that is, as ...

  • Spotlight on the Voluntary Sector – telling GPs about your services
    28 November 2018

    We have the opportunity to promote voluntary sector services directly to Reading’s GPs via their weekly electronic newsletter. The newsletter now includes a ‘Spotlight on the Voluntary Sector’  where each week we can include a short item about a specific service or event which helps to maintain and improve people’s health and wellbeing. Examples could be a support ...

  • Toys and Teens Appeal 2018 – last week for toy donations!
    23 November 2018

    Thanks to everyone who has generously donated toys to the Toys and Teens Appeal so far. If you have yet to do so, you don’t have long left! This upcoming week is the last week we can accept toy donations for the Toys and Teens Appeal 2018. The deadline for the donation point located right outside ...

  • Community Energy for Reading – grants for sustainability initiatives
    21 November 2018

    Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100  to £5,000 for initiatives which meet one or more of the following aims: Improving energy efficiency Reducing carbon emissions Support sustainability in the local community including educational projects Grants are open to organisations which are not-for-profit, charities or an SME (Small or ...

  • VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund – open until 15 February 2019
    21 November 2018

    Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations can now apply for funding to run projects focused on improving children and young people’s mental health. Through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019-20, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England are aiming to work with VCSE organisations to promote equality, address health inequalities ...

  • Relocating mental health services – RBC consultation open until 28 December 2018
    21 November 2018

    Proposed relocation and review of Focus House services Reading Borough Council (RBC) provides mental health supported living accommodation – known as Focus House services – to a number of residents within Reading. RBC is looking to provide better facilities and improved living conditions for the residents of 14 Castle Crescent and 16 Castle Crescent and to ensure ...

  • Consent online – new resources for 3 to 18 year olds
    21 November 2018

    The UK Safer Internet Centre has developed a series of resources for 3 to 18 year olds, focusing on the topic of consent online and ways that we ask for, give and receive permission on the internet. The resources are free to download and feature four educational packs for children and young people, a pack for ...

  • Activity workshops for children and families – call for providers
    21 November 2018

    Could you provide activity workshops for young people and families in South Reading? The charity Aspire2 are looking for activity providers to offer some workshops in South Reading. They are looking for a variety of activities for all ages: early years, families, primary and secondary age. The activities could be art, music, dance, drama, sports or something ...

  • Berkshire West CCG Voluntary and Community Organisations strategy – consultation
    20 November 2018

    Consultation open until 14 January 2019 Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is seeking your views on its draft Voluntary and Community Organisations (VCO) strategy. The consultation is open until 14 January 2019. You can read the draft strategy here and complete the consultation survey here. The feedback from the consultation will be analysed and incorporated ...

  • How we are supporting RBH over the winter
    20 November 2018

    Additional voluntary sector services at RBH this winter We are pleased that NHS England is funding some additional voluntary sector services at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) over the winter period to support patients and staff.  The A&E Delivery Group (a partnership board which includes Berkshire West CCG, RBH, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, the ambulance service ...

  • Less than a week left to vote in the Aviva Community Fund
    14 November 2018

    Have you voted yet? Voting close at midday on 20 November 2018 Reading is a town of two halves when it comes to technology – on the one hand, there is a highly IT literate workforce, and on the other, there are areas of deprivation where there are high levels of digital exclusion. Get Online Reading works ...

  • Trustees’ Week – Highlights from NCVO Conference
    13 November 2018

    Happy Trustees’ Week! This week we recognise the incredible contribution and dedication made by approximately 700,000 volunteer trustees across the country. Trustees are volunteers who take on ultimate legal responsibility for a charity and set its strategy so that it can best achieve its charitable objects. Reading has over 900 voluntary and community groups with hundreds of ...

  • Windrush Compensation Scheme – meeting on 13 November 2018
    12 November 2018

    Are you part of the ‘Windrush generation’, or a long-term Commonwealth citizen in the UK, and have faced issues establishing your status? The Home Office are working to put in place a compensation scheme for those who have suffered loss through no fault of their own. They are currently consulting on how the scheme should work. Talk ...

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