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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Join the new regional healthcare partnership
    24 November 2021

    This is a new membership opportunity for voluntary sector (VCSE) organisations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West (BOB), to collaborate with the newly developing regional and local health systems. Regional health systems are transforming, and as part of the approach the health partnership project is working to ensure the VCSE sector provides a strategic voice and ...

  • RBC announces Narrowing the Gap update sessions
    23 November 2021

    Local voluntary sector organisations that are interested in Narrowing the Gap – the council’s commissioning framework for Voluntary and Community Sector services – are invited to a series of update events and workshops. Many organisations attended one of the briefing sessions at the end of September which was a great opportunity to share the council’s thinking, ...

  • 10th GBA Awards – nominate your Berkshire Physical Activity Hero now
    23 November 2021

    Last year was a challenging time for the whole world and our county. The GBA Awards recognised the fantastic contribution of local individuals and organisations to the mental and physical wellbeing of Berkshire residents. The ‘Berkshire physical activity lockdown hero’, a campaign celebrating the GBA Awards’ winners, united residents, communities and activity providers around the joy and ...

  • Free coaching for Reading’s charities now extended – apply before 14 January 2022
    23 November 2021

    RVA successfully collaborated with Coaching Reading this year to offer free coaching to trustees and managers of Reading’s charities and community groups. In this article, Deborah Jefferies, Coach and Coordinator of the pro bono offer at Coaching Reading captures the successes and also gives details of the extension of this offer. Read on to hear ...

  • Organisation registration for the new Reading Volunteer Connect platform now open
    23 November 2021

    We are pleased to announce that organisations that involve volunteers in their work are now able to register to use our brand new volunteer matching platform. Designed by Voluntary Action Sheffield and used across the country, the Volunteer Connect platform will introduce a host of new features giving organisations greater control over their opportunities and streamlining ...

  • The Giving Tree 2021
    17 November 2021

    Do you want to be a Secret Santa? Buy a gift or donate so local charities can make Christmas special for those they support! Last year, thanks to your incredible generosity over 1,500 gifts were given through 16 local charities. This year, we’re going even bigger and we have 20 local charities who are receiving gifts! Watch ...

  • Royal Berkshire Hospital Christmas Gift Tree Appeal
    16 November 2021

    Every year the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) collects gifts for patients who will be in hospital over Christmas. Receiving a gift makes a big difference. If you would like to support the appeal for gifts, you can find out more about how you can donate here.

  • HSHAZ Cultural Programme Grants – Oxford Road – deadline for stage 1: 10 December 2021, 5pm
    15 November 2021

    Introduction RBC are looking to work with groups, organisations and communities from the Oxford Road area to discover creative opportunities and develop new projects with local people that celebrates the history and diverse cultures of the area. Projects need to offer local community members the opportunity to take part in creative and cultural activities together that: are ...

  • Dingley’s Promise: family support offer in Reading
    12 November 2021

    The Family Support Offer by Dingley’s Promise is available to all families in Reading with children aged 0–5 that have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or developmental delay. You do not have to be attending one of their centres to access support. Download a leaflet with more information about sessions in Reading. Tanya Spiers is the ...

  • Leader required to chair voluntary sector/healthcare alliance
    12 November 2021

    We are now recruiting for the role of Chair of the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (BOB VCSE) Alliance and inviting applications from visionary, strategic leaders with experience and knowledge of the role of the VCSE Sector. The Chair will: provide leadership and direction to the VCSE Alliance and to enable the ...

  • Seeking to understand: trauma-informed Reading, our journey so far
    12 November 2021

    I’m sure many of you will recall that in November 2020, the One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership hosted a trauma informed conference. The virtual conference was launched with a morning of key note speakers and the sharing of a short video on Reading’s trauma-informed journey. We wanted to share the link to the video ...

  • Update from Brighter Futures for Children on the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
    12 November 2021

    Brighter Futures for Children had previously announced that we were making some changes to the allegations management service involving the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). Previously there was one LADO, with cover from colleagues on occasions. We have now extended this to a team of three; the team is now complete. The LADO service is ...

  • Meet Ruth Pearse, founder and CEO of Parenting Special Children
    12 November 2021

    Ruth Pearse is the founder and CEO of Parenting Special Children. Parenting Special Children is based in Reading but support families throughout Berkshire. Their Neurodiversity Conference – aimed at providing parents/carers and practitioners with a greater understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – takes place via Zoom on 18 November 2021. Tell us about Parenting ...

  • Reading School Streets
    12 November 2021

    School Streets give children the chance to walk, cycle or scoot to school safely in the street of the school without danger from traffic. This allows school children to get to know other children on their way to school, keep active and also help with social distancing during the pandemic. An organised School Street closes the ...

  • Mums’ Zone: free classes available
    11 November 2021

    At Get Berkshire Active we are excited to announce that our new Mums’ Zone free face-to-face and online classes are now underway as part of our pregnancy and postnatal free programme. Please see the attached leaflet for further details. Mums’ Zone is a holistic health and wellbeing intervention targeting prenatal and postnatal women. It aims to ...

  • Mental Health Sustainability Fund: Helplines funding – Deadline 3 December 2021
    10 November 2021

    Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP) is pleased to announce the launch of the third round of grants: a Helplines Fund with Bupa Foundation.The fund will open to applications on Monday 15th November and closes on 3 December 2021. Amount of funding and who can apply: This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support ...

  • Safeguarding Adults bite-size learning: the role of a Lasting Power of Attorney
    10 November 2021

    Please note this is a rearranged session, initially planned for October. No need to book in advance, just click on the link below on Monday 15 November at 11am. The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board Partnership is hosting a free bite-sized online workshop, open to all sectors across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham, including those ...

  • Vision for Volunteering: Younger People Leading Change workshops
    10 November 2021

    Vision for Volunteering is a collaboration across the voluntary and community sector, led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters, the Association of Volunteer Managers and Sport England. They are inviting people to get involved in workshops that will help inform England’s Vision for Volunteering; a cross-sector consultation designed to develop a shared, actions-focused ambition for volunteering. Two of ...

  • Highlights from Trustees’ Week 2021 and what’s coming up next
    10 November 2021

    We hope you had the chance to engage in some of the Trustees’ Week events last week. ICYMI here is our previous article on the topic. This article offers some highlights and details of future events for trustees: Recap of RVA Trustee Training We were delighted to be joined by trustees from 10 local charities and community groups ...

  • Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week – free online workshops
    4 November 2021

    As the days get colder and the heating is turned on, the potential risks of CO poisoning increase. The Gas Safe Charity is offering free carbon monoxide (CO) Zoom workshops in November and December to help launch Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week on 22 November. You may not really have thought about carbon monoxide (CO) risks in ...

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