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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.

  • Have your say on the new RBH development
    15 October 2021

    Invitation to get involved in the redevelopment of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. It’s important that our new hospital meets the needs of our staff, patients, visitors and local communities and the best way of making sure that happens is by working alongside everyone to get their ideas. We’re setting up a network of people keen ...

  • BCF launches voluntary sector survey
    14 October 2021

    Berkshire Community Foundation has just launched a new survey to help find out what’s in store for Berkshire’s voluntary sector and what it needs to focus on. Have your say about what your charity or community group needs and how BCF can best support you. You can also use the survey to identify what needs are ...

  • Trustees’ Week 2021 – meet other trustees and brush up on your skills
    13 October 2021

    Trustees week is an annual event that takes place all over the country to showcase the great work of trustees in helping charities to thrive, as well as opportunities for you to get involved or learn more in your role. This year Trustees’ Week will run from 1 to 5 November. You can read about Trustees’ Week ...

  • Black Lives Matter – a virtual gallery
    13 October 2021

    To celebrate this year’s Black History Month, Black Lives Matter UK has launched its Virtual Exhibition 2021 which includes pieces from 20 Black artists. Take a tour round the exhibition – as well as being able to look at the art you can hear from the artist by clicking on each artwork. You can tour the exhibition ...

  • Voluntary Sector Prevention Forum
    13 October 2021

    The Voluntary Sector Prevention Forum is an opportunity to engage with Reading Borough Council and health colleagues. This forum is for any charity or community group that supports people to live well at home. The agenda will include: Winter plans and opportunities for partnership work. The Reading action plan to address health inequalities. Shaping the Better Care programme for the ...

  • Property for sale: 117 Cumberland Road
    13 October 2021

    Located to the East of Reading town centre and offered to the market with no onward chain complications is this three bedroom end of terrace house which has been used as ‘Community use and meeting space’ in recent years but offers potential to extend or add a further dwelling subject to the necessary planning consents. ...

  • Local health watchdog tendering process: online forum 15 October
    12 October 2021

    Join Reading Borough Council’s DACHS commissioners who are completing a Market Engagement exercise for the provision of an Independent Consumer Champion for Health & Social Care Services (commonly known as Healthwatch) prior to commencing a tendering process in the coming months. There will be an open forum event (hosted online) on Friday 15 October at ...

  • Our Domain: a new public art project for Reading
    12 October 2021

    ‘Our Domain’, a new public art project for Reading, is just beginning. Crossmark are inviting artists, local organisations and community groups to work together to design a three dimensional public art piece for a new residential development in Reading. The project launches on 13 October at Reading Biscuit Factory and, if you’re interested in participating, we’re hope ...

  • National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund – applications open until 22 October 2021
    11 October 2021

    Get up to £10,000 match funding to help your voluntary or community organisation overcome the effects of the pandemic. Crowdfunder and the National Emergencies Trust have teamed up to make more than £1.2m match funding available to help voluntary and community organisations in the UK overcome the effects of the pandemic. This exciting new opportunity aims ...

  • A Warm Welcome Toolkit
    11 October 2021

    We are delighted to share with you the Warm Welcome toolkit: A free guide to running activities with older people.   Throughout the past six years, older people have continually told us that being offered a Warm Welcome is essential when encouraging them to take part in activities and remain connected in their communities. This sort of ‘pull’ is even more important if an ...

  • Updated Government Guidance: Enabling safe and effective volunteering during Coronavirus
    6 October 2021

    The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has further updated its guidance for voluntary organisations and groups in England on how to safely and effectively involve volunteers in their work during the Covid-19 pandemic. The updated guidance is mainly in the section ‘Who can Volunteer’ and covers the following: Organisations to continue to consult staff and volunteers on ...

  • The Parent Employment Wellbeing project
    5 October 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is excited to share that the Parent Employment Wellbeing project started on Monday 4 October, and will be delivered until September 2022 by Anna Chapman, RVA’s Schools and Parent Engagement Officer.  This project first ran from July 2020 to July 2021 where 39% of the people on the project gained paid employment, ...

  • Join us for an NCVO Members’ Assembly – we’ll be discussing competition, collaboration and coproduction
    5 October 2021

    RVA is delighted to be co-hosting a free online Members’ Assembly with NCVO. This event is aimed at staff and trustees from NCVO members in and around Reading. Non-member organisations in the area are also welcome. Join us to: hear the latest on public policy and other current issues facing the sector, and how NCVO is ...

  • The Health on the Move van is at Cemetery Junction
    5 October 2021

    NHS Berkshire West has set up a Health on the Move van, which will be in various locations in Reading in the coming weeks. Pop by with any healthcare concerns and you can talk to our local healthcare professionals. Covid-19 vaccines available to anyone aged 16+ that has not been vaccinated yet or is eligible ...

  • Office space to rent at Battle Library
    4 October 2021

    Office space within Battle Library available to rent. Office space within Battle Library, a character Grade II Listed building. The office space is self-contained and has been fitted out with raised access flooring, dado trunking and air conditioning. The accommodation includes communal use of a kitchenette and WCs. The office space extends to approximately 24.25m2 (261 ...

  • Office space to rent at Tilehurst Library
    4 October 2021

    Office space within Tilehurst Library available to rent. The office space is self-contained and has been fitted out with raised access flooring, dado trunking and air conditioning. The accommodation includes communal use of a kitchenette and WCs. The office space extends to approximately 42.83m2 (461 sq ft) and is offered on an inclusive basis. A lease for ...

  • John Sykes Foundation offers support for Reading based community groups and charities
    4 October 2021

    With the Covid-19 pandemic having made it more difficult for charities and community groups to raise funds, the John Sykes Foundation  have created a Covid-19 Relief Fund. Qualifying local organisations can now apply to receive a special grant through 2021 and early 2022. A total of £50,000 has been allocated to this fund, with there ...

  • Reviving local literacy
    29 September 2021

    A staggering 100% of children involved with ABC to Read’s online reading programme improved their reading ability, reading confidence and general self-esteem during the past year. This according to the charity’s latest report following major adaptations to the way its volunteers engage with children as a result of the pandemic. While face-to-face support in schools has now ...

  • Smart Works Reading enhances its service with new centre move
    29 September 2021

    Smart Works Reading is moving to a new, larger centre to enable the charity to support more local women in need into work. The new centre - in Enterprise House, 95 London Street - will open on 30th September, and is a stone’s throw away from Smart Works’ current office. It is on several key bus routes, and a 10-minute walk from Reading town ...

  • Free Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) workshop from NAVCA
    29 September 2021

    NAVCA is delighted to be hosting free workshops for its members on ‘How to create a culture of inclusion and become an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Ally’. These workshops will be led by Gamiel Yafai – Managing Director and Founder of Diversity Marketplace. We encourage all staff, volunteers and trustees of our member organisations to come ...

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