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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.

  • 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 ...

  • Berkshire Vision
    26 November 2019 Picture of minibus as if from a colouring in book, partially coloured in and surround by art supplies like pencils, erasers and scissors

    This week we’re highlighting the work of Berkshire Vision, who provide practical and friendly support to hundreds of children and adults who are blind or partially sighted. Berkshire Vision helps those living with sight loss, and their families, to live their lives to the full, safely and independently. They aim to boost confidence and self-esteem ...

  • Homeless Link Cold Weather Fund – applications open until 6 December
    26 November 2019

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are providing up to £1million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter. Who ...

  • Greggs Foundation Community Grants – open until 23 February 2020
    26 November 2019

    Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2000. Who should apply? They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ...

  • Funding alert: Universal Credit Transition Fund opening in April 2020
    26 November 2019

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have announced a £10 million Universal Credit Transition Fund for outreach programmes to help vulnerable people make Universal Credit claims. The fund will be available to partner organisations across the UK, including charities, from April 2020. It will aim to help vulnerable people, including disabled people, care leavers and ...

  • Land off Overdown Road for sale – third sector bidding opportunity
    26 November 2019

    Reading Borough Council are inviting offers for land off Overdown Road Reading. In accordance with the council’s Third Sector Premises Policy, the property is being advertised by RVA News. Voluntary and community groups have until 22 January 2020 to make an offer. Key facts Triangular shaped site as shown edged red on the plan (above). Pedestrian and vehicular ...

  • Vacant shop at 479 Northumberland Avenue to let – third sector bidding opportunity
    26 November 2019

    A vacant shop at 479 Northumberland Avenue Reading, RG2 8LZ is available to let In accordance with Reading Borough Council’s Third Sector Premises Policy, the property is being advertised by RVA News. Voluntary and community organisations have until 29 January 2020 to make an offer. Please contact the Property, Estates & Valuation Section of RBC for ...

  • Co-location opportunities at Battle and Tilehurst libraries for voluntary and community groups
    22 November 2019

    Reading Borough Council Library Services have previously advertised spaces at Tilehurst library and Battle library for potential co-location with partners. This was previously on a zero rent but on the proviso that partners would be present at certain hours to help with single staffing the libraries involved. They are now looking at changing the approach ...

  • Tech to Connect finalists
    21 November 2019

    The next Ready Friends Befriending Forum will focus on how technology can help reduce loneliness and social isolation. Following the publication of the government’s Loneliness Strategy in October 2018, a new funding programme was launched to offer development funding and support to online technology that reduces loneliness and social isolation. A summary of the finalists’ projects ...

  • What’s On Reading website – new guide to arts, culture and heritage events
    20 November 2019

    Have you seen the new What’s On Reading website, which aims to provide the most extensive listings guide for arts, culture and heritage events in the town? What’s On Reading is co-produced by Reading UK and Reading Arts and Venues, and welcomes event listings from organisations of all kinds. Voluntary and community groups can register as ...

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