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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.

  • Afternoon tea thank you event attended by RVA volunteers
    8 September 2021

    Two members of the Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) volunteer team who have been supporting projects during the Covid-19 pandemic attended an Afternoon Tea at Ascot Racecourse on Monday 7 September. The event, organised by Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF), celebrating the wonderful achievements of Berkshire’s voluntary sector during the pandemic was attended by a range of representatives ...

  • Get Online sessions are opening up again
    8 September 2021

    We are pleased at last to be able to announce that our Get Online drop-in sessions are gradually starting up again at venues around Reading. We have already started monthly Friday sessions at a new venue – Oak Tree House in Dee Park. The next session there will be on Friday 8 October at 11.00am. The ...

  • Compass Recovery College’s autumn schedule published
    7 September 2021

    At Compass Recovery College we’re pleased to be able to share our new prospectus, schedule and newsletter with you. We are running workshops both online and in person at a variety of venues. Just to name a few, we have co-produced new workshops around Autism Spectrum Disorder and Bipolar Disorders, we are exploring how we can ...

  • KFC Foundation Community Grants Programme – deadline 28 February 2022
    6 September 2021

    Grants are available to support grassroots organisations providing safe social spaces, mentoring, work, or social skills for young people aged 11 to 25 years old in the UK. The Foundation aims to fund work that helps young people create firm foundations, by addressing their needs through early intervention. Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available. Who can ...

  • The Branding Project from the University of Reading – Act fast, last few spaces available!
    2 September 2021

    There are just a few spaces remaining on this year’s branding project, read on to find out more and get in touch to secure your place. Are you a new charity looking to establish a brand identity but lacking the resources to do so? Or are you a not-for-profit in need of a brand refresh or ...

  • Berkshire Vision activities for September
    1 September 2021

    Berkshire Vision has published its calendar containing plenty of activities for September aimed at people with sight loss. There is a huge range of activities range from long tandem riding to quizzes and a murder mystery evening. For further information please download the calendar. Berkshire Vision has also introduced its new Living Well with Sight Loss courses and ...

  • Food4Families Health Start and other courses starting in September
    1 September 2021

    Food4Families is organising a six-week series of Health Start sessions in September and October in association with Compass Recovery College. If you want to explore new ways of improving your health and wellbeing this course is a good place to start. You will get to experience the benefit of being outside in nature whilst having a ...

  • New Directions 2021-22 course guide now available
    1 September 2021

    The course guide for New Directions College is now available to download. Our offer of learning for 2021-22 continues to focus on skills in English, Mathematics and digital as well as a range of vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and traineeships. We also offer a wonderful selection of arts, ceramics, wellbeing  and leisure learning programmes. Our provision ...

  • Older People’s Day – 1 Oct 2021
    1 September 2021

    AgeUK Reading and AgeUK Berkshire, supported by Reading Borough Council, are planning an event for Older People’s Day, 1 October 2021, and details of the exciting plans for the main event will be shared shortly. This year’s Older People’s Day falls on a Friday.  As well as advertising the events for the day we would like ...

  • Formal bidding process for Office 2 at South Street Arts Centre – open until 27 October 2021
    31 August 2021

    This is notice of the formal bidding process through the open market and also through the third sector process for Office 2 at South Street Arts Centre or short-term lease for up to 5 years for £3,500 per annum on an inclusive basis (building’s insurance, utilities, business rates). The bidding process is now open, and ...

  • How should Reading market itself? A chance to have your say
    27 August 2021

    Reading UK, Reading Borough Council and The University of Reading are working together to develop a place story and marketing approach for Reading. This will help celebrate the best of Reading, build civic pride, confidence in Reading, market the area to attract inward investment, create jobs, and support existing business. They will be holding two ‘virtual’ ...

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

    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 working or volunteering within the voluntary and community sector. The presentation will include multiple speakers and will cover: What is an LPA What are the decision-making powers of an LPA When might ...

  • In real life events and services
    25 August 2021

    If your group is now opening face-to-face services or putting on events, we can share this with people wanting to get out, meet others, access services or simply to have fun with other people in real life.   Our social prescribers and other RVA staff speak to individuals every day, who want to know where they can ...

  • Town centre survey: come and talk to us in Broad Street
    25 August 2021

    RVA is working with the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) and the University of Reading’s Participation Lab on a research project exploring community perceptions of Reading town centre. We are interested in what you think about the town centre and what could be done to make it more sustainable, inclusive and liveable. We’ll be ...

  • Hammond Organ free to collect from central Reading
    25 August 2021

    Hammond organ available for collection from the MAPP Centre, 22 Mount Pleasant, Reading RG1 2TD Berkshire Phab is offering this on a ‘taken as seen’ basis, free to a good home. Sadly we are closing and can no longer make use of the organ. It would benefit from a service and has one loose key but otherwise ...

  • Reading Mencap seeking premises for activity
    24 August 2021

    Do you have premises that would be suitable for Reading Mencap to use for delivery of a day service? We are currently looking for an additional space for one of our Day Services (Mencap Enables 2). The service is for people with Learning Disabilities and Higher Needs, with a staff ratio of 4:1. It currently has ...

  • Food4Families Growing Healthy Conversations – new courses starting in September
    24 August 2021

    Growing Healthy Conversations – free 6 week courses starting in Sept Practice your conversational English whilst learning gardening skills at our local community gardens small groups and socially distanced all equipment, tools, seeds etc provided travel costs can be refunded see flyer below or download here for dates and times for more information and to book, contact Sharon Fitton: sharon@risc.org.uk or tel: 0118 ...

  • Food4Families Growing Careers – new courses starting in September
    24 August 2021

    Growing Careers – free 6 week courses starting in Sept Practical, hands-on introduction to what your could be doing if you got a job in horticulture. 1.5 hour sessions, based outdoors in local Reading community gardens seed sowing and propagation plant care soil health garden maintenance sustainable growing techniques see flyer below for dates, times and locations, or download here for more information and ...

  • Empower people with us, become an RVA Trustee!
    18 August 2021

    Who is RVA? Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) supports and helps voluntary and community groups to start up and thrive, matches volunteers to great opportunities and works together with organisations across Reading to improve the lives of local people. RVA values the diversity, skills, knowledge, connections and potential in communities and values its position in nurturing the ...

  • Graduation event – training programme for the homeless & those in need
    18 August 2021

    Fifteen participants and 12 mentors were awarded certificates and trophies at a joyful graduation event held by the charity Sadaka on 24 July 2021. It was a celebration of what the mentors and mentees had achieved, despite many personal and communal challenges, as part of a project called ‘Step Up with Sadaka’. Sadaka is a volunteer-led ...

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