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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.

  • Motivated, hard-working Psychology students looking for placements with local charities and community groups
    27 September 2016

    Here at the University of Reading, we champion placements in the local not-for-profit sector and believe it is a great way for students to build up their experience during their time at University whilst giving back to the local community. Our Psychology students are motivated, hard-working and eager to help out. Within their second year of ...

  • Street Fairs and Licences
    27 September 2016

    Street fairs and stalls are a great way of raising awareness about your voluntary or community group, as well as raising a bit of much needed extra cash. RVA have prepared the following guide to help you to do this legally and will look at how to apply for the correct licences in advance.

  • RVA Celebration AGM
    21 September 2016

    Join us to celebrate 50 years of voluntary action in Reading at the RVA Celebration AGM. Celebrating 50 years of local people organising, learning and working together to improve the lives of the people in Reading. Reflecting on the current challenges, voluntary action has never been so vital. Do you have any stories or photos of your ...

  • Arts Council England – funding surgeries
    21 September 2016

    Arts Council England’s Chris Farden – Relationship Manager South East and Ashai Nicholas – Relationship Manager for Diversity are providing 30 minute timeslots to organisations and individuals to discuss funding ideas and opportunities. Details as follows; Date – Thursday 17th November 2016 Time – 12pm-6pm (30 minute time allocation each) More about Arts Council England funding programmes

  • Free advice workshops for parents of teenagers with Autism
    21 September 2016

    Autism Berkshire is pleased to announce that it is bringing workshops offering tailored support to the parents and carers of teenagers with autism spectrum conditions to Reading and Wokingham, after a successful pilot project in the east of the county earlier this year. The workshops, which are free of charge, focus on communication, social skills and ...

  • About the Reading Dementia Action Alliance
    20 September 2016

    At the recent Wellbeing Forum, you wanted to find out more about the Dementia Action Alliance.  Here is a brief overview. What is a Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)? the vehicle for developing a dementia friendly community, a programme run by the Alzheimer’s Society made up of organisations and people who are committed to transforming the lives of people ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – Health and Wellbeing Strategy discussions
    20 September 2016

    At the recent Wellbeing Forum, Janette Searle, RBC’s Preventative Services Development Manager, led discussions on the emerging themes for the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy.  Several people gave feedback that it “would be good to hear how some of the things we discuss at the forum move forward” and “I would be interested in how ...

  • Funding for local organisations working in the community
    19 September 2016

    This month’s Funding Digest from Reading Borough Council features two funding programmes targeted specifically at local groups working in the community in Berkshire. A Life Less Lonely Fund Local community groups are invited to apply for funding from Berkshire Community Foundation’s ‘A Life Less Lonely’ Fund which will award grants of up to £10,000 for minor projects and ...

  • Broad Street Volunteering Fair – 28 October 2016
    15 September 2016

    We will be holding a Volunteering Fair on Broad Street 28 October 2016. The aim of the fair is to raise the profile of both volunteering and the amazing work that organisations do for the people of our town. Alongside opportunities to volunteer we anticipate there being a range of family friendly activities on offer throughout the ...

  • World Mental Health Day – tell us about your events
    14 September 2016

    Monday 10th October is World Mental Health Day (WMHD16)  which aims to raise “awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.” The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress. Are you planning any special ...

  • Now open for entries – the Aviva Community Fund
    14 September 2016

    Would you love to help a local project that matters to you? The Aviva Community Fund is back, offering support and funding to causes that make a real difference where you live. Put forward an idea that will benefit your community and it could get funding of up to £25,000. Tell us how your chosen cause ...

  • Utulivu Women’s Group – Knowing me Knowing you project
    14 September 2016

    Utulivu Women’s Group are a Kenyan organisation that work with women and children to promote healthy living and integration into the wider community. Utulivu means ‘patience’.  One of the main goals of the Utulivu Women’s Group is to promote the wellbeing of its members, and especially people living in isolation in the community. The Knowing me ...

  • Safeguarding and supporting young people exposed to sexual harm
    14 September 2016

    Safeguarding and supporting young people exposed to sexual harm Minimising risk and maximising support both on and off line Wednesday 9 November St Hugh’s College, Oxford This free conference, hosted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, in partnership with SAFE!, will be relevant to both organisations and individuals who support young victims ...

  • News from the Wellbeing Forum
    13 September 2016

    Each year, Reading Voluntary Action hosts three Wellbeing Forums  for the Voluntary and Community Sector.  We bring together organisations and groups which support and promote wellbeing for people in Reading’s diverse communities. At the first Forum in June 2015, Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Chair of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board, stressed the significant contribution that voluntary and ...

  • Howard League Community Awards
    13 September 2016

    The Howard League for Penal Reform is looking for the country’s best and successful community projects which help cut crime and rebuild lives. We want to hear about outstanding schemes working up and down the country. Do you know of any projects which you think we should be considering? These annual awards celebrate best practice in ...

  • Safeguarding: where to start?
    12 September 2016

    We’re all very proud of our vibrant and active voluntary sector in Reading, and rightly so. To ensure this continues, it is important that those we serve, our staff and our volunteers are all kept safe. Safeguarding is about protecting everyone from harm, abuse or neglect and voluntary sector organisations have a responsibility to ensure that ...

  • Have Your Say – The NHS Berkshire Health Network
    12 September 2016

    Do you want to get involved in local health issues? The Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) use an on-line public and patient forum, the Berkshire Health Network, to help run their consultations and surveys and to send emails regarding health news and local health meetings that you may wish to attend. This month there are updates on: Getting ...

  • Supporting people to live the lives they want
    7 September 2016

    The Living Well project is funded by the North & West Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and delivered by Age UK Berkshire. The service aims to support those over the age of 60, and who have long term health conditions, to address health and social care needs so they can maintain a happier and healthier ...

  • Reading Mencap team take on unique challenge event
    7 September 2016

    A team of Reading Mencap service users took part in the world’s first disability-led mass participation run on Sunday 4th September. The event, called Parallel London, was held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the venue for the 2012 Olympics. Linda Lethbridge (61), Stacey Smith (26), Kate Apps (43), David Williams (51) and Jamie Shillingford (44) ...

  • Women’s Sport Week: 3 – 9 October 20116
    7 September 2016

    During Women’s Sport Week 2016 there will be a whole host of opportunities across the county that are suitable for women of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities and backgrounds. In Berkshire, check out the top activities to try during Women’s Sport Week at www.getberkshireactive.org. Activities include: Belly Dancing, Hockey, Paddling, Netball, Just Jhoom, Squash and Cycling….to ...

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