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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.

  • 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 ...

  • Join us at Thames Lido for the launch of Reading Community Lottery
    8 January 2020

    We are delighted to announce the launch of a new online lottery to support local good causes We are inviting Reading’s charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to a launch event at Thames Lido on Thursday 30 January 2020. At the launch you can find out how the lottery works, and how your organisation can directly ...

  • Free Training – Understanding Parental Conflict
    7 January 2020

    Due to demand, Brighter Futures for Children have arranged additional dates for their Understanding Parental Conflict Training in January and February. This is a free series of workshops which is relevant to anyone working with children and families. If you haven’t booked onto the training yet, there are a limited number of places left. Modules can ...

  • Take part in RBC’s budget consultation – open until 19 January 2020
    19 December 2019

    Each year, Reading Borough Council sets its budget for the coming year. This budget sets the rate of Council Tax for the coming year, and shows how much the council will spend to run vital services including parks, playgrounds, libraries, waste and recycling, planning, transport, highways, street cleaning, environmental health, children’s services and adult social ...

  • Thank you, Sarah
    19 December 2019

    It’s Sarah Morland’s last day with RVA today, after over seven years with the organisation working to represent charities across Reading. You can read Sarah’s reflections on partnership working here and @sarahmorlandrva on Twitter. My final day & highlight from my time @rva_news Working with so many wonderful local charities all making a real difference to people in ...

  • Season’s Greetings from RVA
    19 December 2019

    Season’s Greetings from the RVA team! The RVA office will close for the holidays at midday on 24 December, and reopen as normal on Thursday 2 January. The first RVA News of 2020 will be on Wednesday 8 January. We wish everyone happy and restful holidays, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Take ...

  • RVA highlights of 2019
    19 December 2019

    It’s been busier than ever for RVA this year. As 2019 draws to a close, we reflect on some of the highlights… 5: Community Place Earlier in the year, the third floor of Central Library became Community Place, complete with its own cat. We want Community Place to be the centre for social action in Reading, empowering ...

  • Common Ground for Befriending Organisations
    17 December 2019

    RVA is delighted to be hosting the February Common Ground event on behalf of Befriending Networks, on Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10.30am – 12.30pm, at Community Place, on the third Floor of Reading Central Library. Befriending Networks is a national charity providing training, resources and lots of other support to befriending groups and organisations, large and ...

  • Postcode Community Trust funding – stage 1 open 21 January to 4 February 2020
    16 December 2019

    The Postcode Community Trust will re-open its grants programme on the 21 January 2020 for expressions of interest from groups who are seeking to deliver projects in any of the following areas: improving community health and wellbeing increasing participation in the arts and physical recreation reducing isolation Who can apply? Registered charities, community and voluntary organisations, and social enterprises. How much ...

  • Lloyds Foundation Grants – updated funding stream now live
    16 December 2019

    Following on from our previous article, the Lloyds Foundation have now updated their funding streams and guidance. Who they fund They support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support with long-term funding and tailored ...

  • Charity Governance Awards 2020 – applications open until 22 January
    16 December 2019

    The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK, allowing large and small not-for-profit organisations to inspire and learn from one another. You can enter your charity by sharing examples of good governance. There are seven category awards. Take a look at top tips and ...

  • Alert for charities – fraudsters impersonating staff
    16 December 2019

    The Charity Commission recently advised charities to be aware of fraudsters impersonating charity staff in order to change employee’s bank details. The recently reported cases have all occurred where a request has been made from an account that is spoofed and looks very similar to the employee’s account, requesting the organisation to update their bank ...

  • Sarah Morland reflects on her role as Partnership Manager with RVA
    12 December 2019

    Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager for RVA, leaves us next week Our Partnership Manager, Sarah Morland, is leaving RVA next week, after over seven years with the organisation. It was great to see lots of colleagues at the farewell celebration after the Wellbeing Forum today, and we know that many more will want to join us in ...

  • What’s on at the Earley Crescent Centre
    12 December 2019

    The Earley Crescent Resource Centre offers a wide range of training courses including Free employability workshops for Job Seekers. English Classes for people who have recently arrived in the UK. IT courses. Accredited Level 2 Qualifications in First Aid and Food Safety for voluntary and community groups. A Family Learning programme. For more information about our training programme Please visit our website ...

  • Free Christmas meals and other useful holiday information
    10 December 2019

    Help reduce loneliness over the festive season There’s lots happening around town during December, so if you know anyone who could do with some company or a free Christmas Day meal, or who may need to know where their nearest open chemist, please pass this information onto them: Wellbeing Newsletter – Christmas in Reading  

  • Free workshops on wellbeing – understanding, improving and measuring
    10 December 2019

    Workshops on understanding, improving and measuring wellbeing, February to May 2020 The What Works Centre for Wellbeing, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, has announced a programme of free workshops around the country, designed specifically for small to medium-sized charities, starting in February 2020. Introductory workshops These workshops will cover wellbeing concepts and evidence, how to use ...

  • Office furniture and equipment available – collection by 13 December 2019
    9 December 2019

    Oscura, a local organisation based in Duke Street, is moving premises and is offering their office furniture and equipment to any local community group or voluntary organisation that is interested. They have a range of furniture available, including: 8 desks, measuring 1.6m wide x 0.72m high x 0.82m deep (63″ x 28″ x 32″). View here. 9 nest ...

  • Be part of Reading Community Lottery! Good causes launch event in January 2020
    5 December 2019

    We are delighted to announce the launch of a new online lottery to support local good causes Tickets for Reading Community Lottery will cost £1, with 60p going directly to charities, voluntary organisations and community groups (compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery). Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, ...

  • New community and lifestyle centre planned for Dee Park
    4 December 2019

    With the planned arrival of a new community and lifestyle centre in the Dee Park housing estate, Catalyst are reaching out to all potential organisations that may have an interest in being involved. A Brighter Futures for Children Children’s Centre is confirmed as being a major tenant, however, we are interested to hear from other ...

  • Early new year’s resolution – organise a Street Party in 2020!
    28 November 2019

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood.  Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN) would like to deliver a number of ...

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