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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.

  • 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 ...

  • Comic Relief Community Fund – Round 1 deadline 29 November 2021
    4 October 2021

    Funding is intended to support community-led organisations to deliver change by drawing on the ‘lived experiences’ of people who have experienced the issues being tackled. These issues should align with one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes: Children Survive and Thrive – ensuring every child has the best start in life. Fighting for Gender Justice – tackling ...

  • 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 ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund – Together for our Planet – deadline 18 November 2021
    27 September 2021

    The National Lottery Community Fund is offering grants from £1,000 to £10,000 to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like: food transport energy waste and consumption the natural environment In November 2021, the UK will host the  26th UN ...

  • Shop for rent: 36a Coronation Square
    27 September 2021

    The property has a central front entrance within a frontage of 2.4 metres. The unit has a storage area accessed via two doors at the rear. A communal car park sits behind the unit. The shop and storage together measure 538.20 sq ft (50.00 sq m). A lease for up to 10 years from the lease ...

  • Matrix Causes Fund – provides support to organisations which promote access to justice
    27 September 2021

    The Matrix Causes Fund (MCF) provides support to organisations which promote access to justice (particularly for people trying to get support to meet their basic personal needs), equality of opportunity, or a sustainable environment. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the Fund will only provide an organisation with one-off funds of up to £5,000, or funds of ...

  • Lone Working Training for voluntary/charity groups
    23 September 2021

    This course has been specifically developed to enable employers, employees, and volunteers to gain a better understanding of Lone working hazards, control measures and responsibilities under current UK Health and Safety legislation. Who is this course designed for? Lone Working impacts on all businesses and organisations, as such this course provides a sound background for employees / ...

  • Trustee Training
    23 September 2021

    Why attend trustee training? Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s not always easy to get all the information you require to be sure you are carrying out your role as effectively as possible. This training will help give you an overview of ...

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