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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.

  • Funder Presentations and Surgeries: National Lottery, BCF, Heritage Lottery and Arts Council
    29 January 2020

    As part of our regular Funder Presentations and Surgeries, RVA are partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation, The National Lottery Community,  the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council. This event starts with a general presentation from the funders on their current funding streams at 10:15 – 11:15 followed by tea and coffee – please book ...

  • Reading Hydro share offer open – until 14 February 2020
    29 January 2020

    Invest in Reading Hydro’s share offer and help them build a community-owned hydro scheme on the Thames in Reading, next to Caversham weir. Reading Hydro will generate renewable electricity and cut carbon emissions for decades to come. Income from selling electricity will run the scheme and pay a return to investors. They need to raise £700,000 now, ...

  • Facilitating big thinking – Philosophy for Children at RISC
    29 January 2020

    Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a powerful approach to facilitating and learning which helps children and young people to become effective thinkers, communicators and collaborators. It focuses on enabling and empowering learners as a community of enquiry to develop four key types of thinking: Collaborative – thinking with others Caring – thinking of others Critical – making reasoned ...

  • RVA Youth Research: what is it like growing up in Reading?
    28 January 2020

    We are seeking the views of young people in your local communities Reading Voluntary Action’s Social Action Youth Leaders are conducting research across Reading to learn what it is like for young people to grow up in Reading. This is because we want to make Reading a better place to live and grow up in, so ...

  • Funding Club for small community groups – March session
    27 January 2020

    Please note that this session will now take place remotely due to current public health and government guidance on Coronavirus. Contact advice@rva.org.uk for details. Funding Club is a monthly forum hosted by RVA for those who are new to making funding applications or need a refresher. It will run from March to July 2020, with ...

  • Legal update: Holiday calculations and zero hours or part year contracts
    24 January 2020

    The government has published updated guidance on holiday entitlements: Holiday entitlement updated guidance, November 2019 Holiday entitlement calculator For organisations who engage zero hours and/or part year workers, the recent case of Harper v Brazil Trust EAT (2018) has determined that there is a risk of underpayments when using the using the ‘12.07% of hours worked’ rule when ...

  • Legal update: Whistleblowing protection for volunteers
    24 January 2020

    All charities should have whistleblowing procedures in place to safeguard their charity and beneficiairies. What is whistleblowing? Whistleblowing is when an individual reports suspected wrong-doing in an organisation. All employees and workers, who are whistleblowers, are protected by law (under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998), and should not be treated unfairly or lose their job because they ...

  • Consultation on responsible investment in charities
    24 January 2020

    With the aim to help charities to thrive and to inspire public trust, the Charity Commission has opened a consultation to find out from charities how they invest their charity’s assets and how it might be possible to invest more purposefully so that charities are not only maximising their financial return but also investing in ...

  • Street Party Workshops across Reading
    22 January 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action and Reading Neighbourhoods Network are delighted to be working in partnership with a number of local community associations, to deliver four more free workshops on How to Organise a Street Party in Your Neighbourhood. The programme of workshops is being targeted at areas of Reading which have had few or no street parties ...

  • New safeguarding tool for charities
    22 January 2020

    Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work. The government has designed a new digital tool to help charities handle the reporting of safeguarding concerns or allegations about the behaviour ...

  • Regional Leadership for Empowered Communities and Personalised Care Programme
    15 January 2020

    Apply for now regional leadership programmes to implement Personalised Care The Personalised Care Group and the NHS Leadership Academy are delighted to announce a series of regional leadership programmes to support the roll out of Personalised Care. The programmes are for those who want to meet the new challenge of making personalised care a reality in ...

  • Youth Work Bursary Fund – deadline 17 January 2020
    15 January 2020

    Berkshire Youth are passionate about supporting the growth of the youth sector. They are investing in and supporting the youth workforce, designing and delivering innovative training courses to maintain and rebuild the youth service across the sector and delivering impactful youth programmes across the county. Before Christmas they launched their Youth Workforce Development Survey and ...

  • Mental Health First Aid for staff and volunteers working with young people
    14 January 2020

    Psychological Perspectives in Education and Primary Care (PPEPCare) training has been designed to help staff and volunteers to recognise and understand mental health difficulties in children and young people. It offers appropriate support and guidance to children, young people and their families using psycho-education and relevant psychological techniques, such as using a cognitive behavioural framework. ...

  • Safeguarding Adults Bitesize Session: Threat of Arson and Safe & Well Procedures
    14 January 2020

    The Safeguarding Adults Board runs quarterly bite-size training sessions to provide topic-based safeguarding information and learning, to support and complement the Board’s approved training Each workshop is a two-hour interactive session that is free to attend and open to all those who work with adults at risk across Berkshire, including voluntary sector groups. Each session will ...

  • Stronger Together Showcase on 23 January 2020
    13 January 2020

    The Stronger Together Showcase on Thursday 23 January 2020 is an opportunity to find out more about the work of the Building Better Opportunities Stronger Together partnership. 11am to 1pm, Showcase Find out about the impact of the project for participants, partners, and employers. Discuss the legacy of Stronger Together and opportunities for building on the work of the project ...

  • Take part in RBC’s Private Sector Renewal and Disabled Adaptations Policy consultation – open until 8 February 2020
    8 January 2020

    Reading Borough Council are currently consulting on proposed changes to its Private Sector Renewal and Disabled Adaptations Policy and would very much like to hear from you. The policy relates to residents in the private sector only. The aim of the proposed changes is to provide discretionary grants that enable work on homes to allow independent ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Satellite Club Funding – open until 29 January 2020
    8 January 2020

    Are you enthusiastic about getting Berkshire teenagers more active? Satellite Clubs is a programme funded by Sport England to support community sports clubs and other non-sporting community organisations to deliver physical activity sessions to young people. Satellite Clubs provide regular opportunities for inactive young people to access physical activity that is enjoyable, appealing and convenient based on ...

  • Free masterclasses by The Real Business Club
    8 January 2020

    In January 2020, The Real Business Club will be delivering masterclasses in Reading to help businesses be more productive and grow. These workshops are available and free to everyone, no matter what kind of business they may own or run. Others who have attended consistently give great feedback on the benefits of attending, including clear ...

  • The Cowshed – providing clothing for Berkshire families experiencing hardship
    8 January 2020

    The Cowshed is a Christian charity that provides clothing and other items for individuals and families in Berkshire experiencing hardship. They offer their services to people from all faiths and none. They work in partnership with support services such as GPs, Health Visitors, Churches, charities and social service agencies who provide them with referrals. After an ...

  • Mental Health Mates – a place to walk and talk without fear of judgement
    8 January 2020

    Mental Health Mates – Reading is a peer support group organising walks and talks for those in our local area affected by mental illness, along with their families, children, friends and dogs (on leads). They meet twice a month for around an hour’s walk followed by a cuppa, at two or three venues in and ...

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