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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.

  • Befriending Week – are you ready?
    2 October 2019

    Countdown to Befriending Week 2019! Only 1 month to go. Are you ready? This year the theme puts a spotlight on health and wellbeing. To help you prepare for this year’s celebrations, visit the Befriending Week Resources section of our website to download the free resource pack . This includes social media posts, Facebook cover image, Twitter ...

  • Befriending Networks bookings open for national conference
    2 October 2019

    Bookings for the annual Befriending Conferences in Edinburgh and London are filling fast so  make sure you don’t miss your chance to attend. Programmes and book details for both conferences are on our website. Through a full day of speakers, workshops and networking, the conferences put a ‘Spotlight on Health and Wellbeing’, sharing the exciting ways ...

  • Donate your old clean duvet covers to help Reading Family Aid reduce their reliance on single use plastic
    2 October 2019

    Reading Family Aid organises an Annual Christmas Toy Project, with support from the Reading Chronicle. We collect and distribute gifts to disadvantaged families in the Reading area. Last year we provided gifts for 1,500 children. We use large black plastic sacks to pack the gifts for delivery to the families. We have been looking for alternatives ...

  • Advance Notice – Freehold Disposal of Southcote Library
    2 October 2019

    Bidding opportunity, in accordance with Third Sector Premises Policy Statement The Council will shortly be markerting the freehold of Southcote Library, 234 Southcote Lane, Reading RG30 3BA on the open market and formally through the Third Sector process. It is estimated that these formal processes will commence in approximately 3-4 weeks – the exact date will appear ...

  • Charities and political campaigning – blog from Helen Stephenson
    26 September 2019

    With expectations growing of a general election before the end of this year and all political parties preparing for it, the Charity Commission new CEO, Helen Stephenson has released a blog reflecting on the position and responsibilities of charity leaders and trustees in this context. Stephenson urges care with regard to how charities engage in public ...

  • What a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit means for Charities
    26 September 2019

    The level of uncertainty as to where Brexit will take us makes contingency planning more difficult, but preparing your organisation to the extent possible is crucial. NCVO have prepared guidance to help charities anticipate and mitigate the effects on their organisation. No Deal Brexit and the Voluntary Sector In particular, there are some really useful sections on the ...

  • Age Friendly Reading event to celebrate Older People’s Day 2019
    25 September 2019

    Reading will be celebrating National Older People’s Day 2019 with a free, fun-packed event on Monday 30 September, highlighting the contribution all older people make to the Reading community. The free event hosted at the Broad Street Mall will run from 10am to 3pm. The theme of this year’s event, organised by Age UK Berkshire and ...

  • Successful Harris Garden fundraising event for Reading Mencap
    25 September 2019

    On Sunday 8 September 2019 the local learning disability charity Reading Mencap held a fundraising event at the beautiful Harris Garden, on the University of Reading campus. It was opened by their Patron, Sir John Madjeski and their Chair of Trustees, together with their Ambassadors who are also Reading Mencap service users. The British weather didn’t ...

  • Coach Core apprenticeships – opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds
    25 September 2019

    An opportunity for 16 to 24 year olds interested in sports coaching Get Berkshire Active are are about to launch a sports apprenticeship programme working with Coach Core by The Royal Foundation. Coach Core is an innovative and exciting sports coaching apprenticeship targeting young people who wish to gain further education and employment in sport. Coach ...

  • National Lottery Awards for All – new online application from 1 October 2019
    19 September 2019

    Important information if you are in the process of completing an Awards for All grant application Awards for All are moving to a new online application form on Tuesday 1 October 2019. The final time for applying using the current application form is 11am on Tuesday 1 October 2019. Any work you have saved in the ...

  • Free dishwasher available
    19 September 2019

    Reading Museum and Town Hall has a working domestic dishwasher that they no longer need. It’s been PAT tested. If any local groups are interested in it, please email conferencing@reading.gov.uk.

  • An introduction to Primary Care Networks
    19 September 2019

    Thank you to those of you who came to ‘Putting Health at the Heart of Neighbourhoods’ last week.  There was a great turnout and some good discussions. We heard about the new Primary Care Networks (PCNs) launched on 1 July 2019. A PCN is: a grouping of GP practices working with community services, social care and ...

  • Cultural Commissioning – Applications Open until 21 October 2019
    19 September 2019

    The third and final round of cultural commissioning is now live and open for applications on In-Tend. RBC are inviting proposals from partnerships between arts, culture and/or heritage organisations and service delivery organisations (voluntary and community groups) with significant experience in the relevant field: Older People at risk of loneliness and social isolation: 20k co-funded by Berkshire ...

  • Advance Notice – Freehold Disposal of Whitley Library
    18 September 2019

    Bidding opportunity, in accordance with Third Sector Premises Policy Statement The council will shortly be marketing the freehold of the Whitley Library building (Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7PX) on the open market and formally through the Third Sector process. It is estimated that these formal processes will commence in approximately 3-4 weeks – the exact date will ...

  • Battle Library Community Hub opens on 17 September 2019
    12 September 2019

    Battle Library will reopen to the public as a multi-use community hub for west Reading on Tuesday 17 September, following major building improvement work over the summer. Local residents can visit the library from 1pm on Tuesday 17 September. The official opening ceremony of Battle Library Community Hub will be on Thursday 3 October at ...

  • Two weeks until Reading Town Meal
    12 September 2019

    The Reading Town Meal is just over two weeks away! Preparations are in full swing, but we still need your help Reading Town Meal is a community powered event on Saturday 28 September 2019 celebrating local and sustainable food. Join us at Forbury Gardens from 12 to 4pm. Not only will there be a free meal ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Funding – live from 16 September, workshop on 18 September 2019
    5 September 2019

    The third and final round of cultural commissioning will go live for applications on 16 September 2019 RBC are inviting proposals from partnerships between arts, culture and/or heritage organisations and service delivery organisations (voluntary ans community groups) with significant experience in the relevant field: Older People at risk of loneliness and social isolation: 20k co-funded by Berkshire ...

  • Successful Reading Youth Summer Activities programme
    4 September 2019

    This summer, Reading Voluntary Action held our new programme of ‘Reading Youth Summer Activities’ for three weeks across South, West, Central and East Reading. Our events were aimed at 10 to 14 year olds and were all completely free! We worked in partnership with different organisations to provide young people with activities that they could ...

  • Spotlight on the Voluntary Sector – a quick reminder
    3 September 2019

    Thank you to all of you who have sent me ‘Spotlight on the Voluntary Sector’ articles for GP Headline News. This is a great way for GPs to learn more about how voluntary and community organisations are supporting the health and wellbeing of people in Reading. A reminder for you…. We have the opportunity to promote voluntary ...

  • BAME people and charities – ACEVO and Voice4Change survey
    3 September 2019

    The Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) and Voice4Change are carrying out research to understand what people connected to charities think about race equality, diversity and inclusivity in the sector. Their survey is designed to be completed by people: Classified as Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic who, in the last five years, have worked for ...

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