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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.

  • RVA are recruiting – join the team!
    24 July 2019

    Join our team as RVA Services Administrator Reading Voluntary Action are looking for a Services Administrator who will provide administrative support services to ensure the smooth running of the charity. If you think this role might be for you, you can find more information and an application pack here. Further information Find out more about the work RVA ...

  • The Rock Academy – Reading Summer Youth Activities
    24 July 2019

    Reading’s Youth Summer Activities are on the horizon! In the weeks running up to our summer events we thought we would tell you more about the groups working with us – to give you an insight into their world and what you could get involved in. Today’s focus is on all things music with The ...

  • Disadvantaged communities: consultation on reviewing health and social care policies
    24 July 2019

    The Department of Health and Social Care is currently inviting 250-word responses to the question: Which health and social care policies should be reviewed to improve the health of people living in poorer communities, or excluded groups? You can give your response here. The examples they give of excluded groups are people sleeping rough, people leaving care, ...

  • Reading Town Meal crowdfunder campaign
    24 July 2019

    Reading Town Meal is a vibrant, community-driven event unique to Reading, which has become an annual occasion at Forbury Gardens. They have just launched their Crowdfunder campaign with the target of raising around £2,000 for this year’s Town Meal and to secure the future of the community event. Reading Town Meal celebrates and promotes home-grown and ...

  • Have your say on sport and leisure: Active Reading consultation now open
    18 July 2019

    The council is conscious that one of the most important things it can do is help people lead more active and healthy lives. We know there are many residents who regularly enjoy participating in sports and being active, whether it’s a regular swim, taking part in team sports or simply a weekly walk around your local ...

  • RVA Services Administrator – closing date 7 August 2019
    17 July 2019

    RVA are looking for a Services Administrator who will manage the processes required to support RVA’s services, staff and board, ensuring that systems are being operated consistently throughout the organisation. The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support services to ensure the smooth running of the charity. Working hours: 37 hours a week (flexible ...

  • Summer holiday clubs at Reading Salvation Army
    17 July 2019

    Reading Central Salvation Army are running two free clubs for young people this summer Splash! – summer holiday club for children aged 5 to 12 years Wednesday 28 August to Friday 30 August 2019 Between 10 am and 12.30 pm, including lunch each day! Free fun, games, and crafts Make Lunch – aimed at primary school children, parents and siblings ...

  • Reading Youth Summer Activities
    16 July 2019

    This summer Reading Voluntary Action has created a full schedule of free youth events across Central and East Reading, and Whitley and Southcote. Our events will be running between 6 and 22 August 2019 and will be open to ages 10-14. There is no cost for any of the events so you can relax and ...

  • 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards – open until 23 September 2019
    16 July 2019

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the ...

  • Co-op Foundation Space to Connect Grants – open until 31 July 2019
    16 July 2019

    Space to Connect is a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DMCS) and the Co-op Foundation. It builds on the commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of the Government’s loneliness strategy. Grants are available to help community organisations identify, improve and protect community spaces in England where people can connect ...

  • SWR Customer and Communities Improvement Fund – open until 6 September 2019
    16 July 2019

    South West Railways (SWR) are inviting bids for the first round of their Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF). There is £5.3 million available for projects that, having shown a link to the railway, have clear social or community benefit. Successful bids can come from a wide range of schemes and activities, from diversity and outreach projects ...

  • Free resources for charity leaders from Clore Social Leadership
    15 July 2019

    Clore Social Leadership has developed some free resources for those in leadership positions in the voluntary and community sector to help address leadership challenges. These tools are referred to as the ‘Backpack’ and contain the most impactful leadership tools they have gathered in the past 10 years of running leadership programmes, and contain the following ...

  • ‘Great to connect and learn new skills’: a review of our first Social Action Leader’s Network
    15 July 2019

    Last week the room was buzzing with the first network session for Reading’s Social Action Leaders. The session was attended by 18 representatives from a variety of grass roots community groups, who provide a wonderful range of activities to bring people and communities together, mostly on a completely volunteer led basis! As one attendee mentioned: It ...

  • Wild about Reading – 9-day programme celebrating nature across Reading
    10 July 2019

    Wild about Reading is a town-wide event to showcase and celebrate the many organisations, groups and individuals that preserve and conserve different aspects of our beautiful town. There will be free activities every day from Saturday 27 July to Sunday 4 August 2019 Find out more about the exciting range of events Download a leaflet with the ...

  • RVA-inspired street party a great success
    10 July 2019

    Following an RVA workshop led by David Neale on How to Run a Street Party, Rosehill Park residents and those living at Rosehill House and cottages joined together for a ‘street’ party on the lawn in front of Rosehill House on Sunday 7 July 2019. Between 70 and 100 people attended and shared lunch together, ...

  • RCLC awarded grant from The Henry Smith Charity
    9 July 2019

    Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) has been awarded its largest ever grant. The award of £95,500 from The Henry Smith Charity will be split over three years to fund the Centre’s running costs including salaries. Genevieve Ford-Saville from The Henry Smith Charity said that: During assessment we were particularly impressed with the range of services your ...

  • Primary Care Networks
    9 July 2019

    Below is a press release from Berkshire West Integrated Care System A new way of working for GP surgeries across Berkshire West (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire) was launched on Monday 1 July, aimed at providing a more modern, joined up health service to more than half a million local people. Clusters of local surgeries have teamed ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 11 July 2019
    9 July 2019

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 11 July, starting at 2pm in the Council Chamber.  This is a public meeting and will be web-cast for the first time. The agenda includes: Primary Care Networks A report on the establishment of the PCNs in Reading. Integrated Care Partnership Governance Proposals A report on a ...

  • Smartphone befriending scheme can improve the lives of people living with psychosis, new pilot study has found
    3 July 2019

    Regularly texting or calling a volunteer ‘befriender’ can improve considerably the lives of people experiencing psychosis, a new study has found.  So-called befriending schemes – where someone with a severe mental illness can contact a volunteer that is trained to support them – have traditionally relied on face-to-face meetings. But people with severe mental illness, including ...

  • BAME barriers to reducing loneliness
    2 July 2019

    The British Red Cross and Co-op launch a new research report, Barriers to belonging: an exploration of loneliness among people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds. This research, carried out in partnership with the Centre for Loneliness Studies at the University of Sheffield and the Runnymede Trust, found that when we feel like we ...

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