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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.

  • Games Aid 2016 – Vote for Parenting Special Children
    24 August 2016

    Parenting Special Children has been chosen again as one of the official charities for Games Aid 2016 – the charity of the UK computer games industry. Each year, members of the industry have the opportunity to vote for a charity, and the winner will receive £30,000! If you know anyone who works in the computer games ...

  • Re-launch of Reading Your Way
    23 August 2016

    Reading Your Way has moved to a new home at 1A Rupert Square. At their re-launch party on Friday, Deputy Mayor Councillor Rose Williams commented: “We know that around 1 in 4 people will experience problems with their mental health in their lifetime. Personally, I think the number could even be higher than this and that ...

  • Celebrating participation in healthcare – community grants available
    23 August 2016

    NHS England’s celebrating participation in healthcare community grants scheme is open for applications. Grants of up to £1000 are available to voluntary and community organisations that want to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services. To apply you must be a voluntary or community organisation and be able ...

  • Achieve your dream project with a new funding programme
    23 August 2016

    This month’s Funding Digest from Reading Borough Council highlights a new grant programme for charities, to help you achieve the project you have always dreamed of, and a small grants fund to help support people in need in your local community. Dream Fund 2017 Launches Charities can apply for funding from the Postcode Dream Trust to deliver ...

  • Reading and its Rivers – exhibition, 8-11 September 2016
    23 August 2016

    As part of Reading’s Year of Culture 2016, and to coincide with national Heritage Open Days, RG Spaces invites you to an exhibition of art and beautiful books at The Turbine House. The exhibition celebrates Reading’s two rivers. Step out over the Kennet River – in this Victorian Turbine House with a great view of the ...

  • Nominate a local group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    22 August 2016

    The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, ...

  • Alana House – Empowering Local Women
    22 August 2016

    What is Alana House? Alana House is a community project run by PACT (Parents and children together) which aims to improve the lives of women in the Reading and West Berkshire area. It focuses on providing early intervention and prevention support for vulnerable women with complex needs and those at risk of offending. The team at Alana ...

  • Ride for Thrive in the PruRide 100 London 2017
    17 August 2016

    Cycle for Thrive in the PruRide 100 London 2017 and help change the lives of those living with disability, ill health or isolation through the power of gardening therapy. This national sponsored cycling event is one of the most popular in the country, with a challenging route, fabulous scenery, excellent refreshment stops and crowds of supporters ...

  • Artangel Prison Exhibition – be part of the front of house team
    17 August 2016

    Artangel, creators of Inside – Artists and Writers in Reading Prison this autumn, are currently recruiting their front of house team. Eighteen invigilators are required to ensure the comfort, enjoyment and safety of visitors to the exhibition. The invigilators will be essential to the smooth running of the project from 4 September to 30 October ...

  • Age UK Reading celebrate Arthur’s 103rd Birthday
    17 August 2016

    Excitement was in the air on Monday 8th of August as the Chimneys Activity, Lunch & Social Club eagerly anticipated the arrival of Arthur, a regular at the club celebrating his 103rd birthday. Arthur has been attending the club, which runs Mondays 10:30 – 13:30, for over 16 years, and everyone was keen to celebrate ...

  • Delivering Integrated Health and Social Care in Reading – get involved!
    15 August 2016

    Come and join us at Reading’s Wellbeing Forum on Friday 9th September It’s a great opportunity for Voluntary and Community groups to explore our involvement in delivering an integrated health and social care service to some of the most vulnerable people in Reading. The local vision for health and wellbeing is that “Communities and agencies working together ...

  • Volunteer Health Walk Leader training
    12 August 2016

    Do you know any organisation/persons that will be interested in leading works in their area? The public health team within Reading Borough Council will be running a Walk Leader course soon. This is an accredited course in line with the National Walking for Health Programme. As well as physical benefits, most walk attendees benefit from companionship ...

  • Frank Bruno supporting Sport in Mind
    10 August 2016

    In July, the British boxing legend Frank Bruno MBE has thrown his weight behind a new programme of sports activities for people in Berkshire with mental health problems – the largest countywide programme of its kind in the UK. The former World Heavyweight Champion, who has faced his own battle with mental illness, gave his support ...

  • New clerk for Reading Dispensary Trust
    10 August 2016

    Reading Dispensary Trust’s clerk, Walter Gilbert, and their secretary, Barbara Cope, both retired in December 2015 after over 20 years of service. Harriett Dye has since taken over from them. The Trust was formed in 1802 when a need was identified to provide medical services to those who were sick and in need. The Trust now ...

  • New premises needed for No.5 charity
    10 August 2016

    No.5 is a youth counselling and information charity currently operating from two houses in Sackville Street, Reading. The Pride of Reading Charity of the Year winners 2015 are looking to relocate their services to new premises. They offer counselling between 4pm and 9pm each evening, Monday to Friday and also have a team of 6 who ...

  • *New date for next Befriending Forum* – 7 September, 2-4pm
    10 August 2016

    The next Befriending Forum will now take place on Wednesday 7 September, 2-4pm in a change to the previously advertised date and time. Book your free place via Eventbrite. Topics for discussion at this forum – based on feedback from the previous event in June – will include ways of collaborative working, outcomes and impact for ...

  • Cemetery Arch, Reading Cemetery – third sector bidding opportunity
    10 August 2016

    Cemetery Arch is currently vacant and the Council has decided to dispose of the asset on a 125-year full repairing and insuring lease. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid for the property. Bids should ...

  • Lots on offer at the Firtree open day
    9 August 2016

    True of False ? The most common letter in the English language is E? The cat flap was invented by Sir Isaac Newton? This is just a sample of the quiz which is a regular feature of the activities on offer at Firtree. Although I wasn’t too sure about the answers to these, after attending their recent Open ...

  • Interested in Personal Health Budgets- this might be for you
    5 August 2016

    To put you in the best possible position to make sense of Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) and what they could mean for the sector, NAVCA (National Association of Voluntary and Community Action), National Voices and Volunteering Matters (the Voluntary Voices partnership) are setting up learning and support networks. They are for anyone in the voluntary sector ...

  • Partnership Development Fund 2017/18 – opening soon
    3 August 2016

    The Partnership Development Fund for 2017/18 is opening on 1st September. The four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund (PDF) to enhance their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2017/18 PDF programme will open ...

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