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  • Berkshire Vision activities for September
    1 September 2021

    Berkshire Vision has published its calendar containing plenty of activities for September aimed at people with sight loss. There is a huge range of activities range from long tandem riding to quizzes and a murder mystery evening. For further information please download the calendar. Berkshire Vision has also introduced its new Living Well with Sight Loss courses and ...

  • Food4Families Health Start and other courses starting in September
    1 September 2021

    Food4Families is organising a six-week series of Health Start sessions in September and October in association with Compass Recovery College. If you want to explore new ways of improving your health and wellbeing this course is a good place to start. You will get to experience the benefit of being outside in nature whilst having a ...

  • New Directions 2021-22 course guide now available
    1 September 2021

    The course guide for New Directions College is now available to download. Our offer of learning for 2021-22 continues to focus on skills in English, Mathematics and digital as well as a range of vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and traineeships. We also offer a wonderful selection of arts, ceramics, wellbeing  and leisure learning programmes. Our provision ...

  • Older People’s Day – 1 Oct 2021
    1 September 2021

    AgeUK Reading and AgeUK Berkshire, supported by Reading Borough Council, are planning an event for Older People’s Day, 1 October 2021, and details of the exciting plans for the main event will be shared shortly. This year’s Older People’s Day falls on a Friday.  As well as advertising the events for the day we would like ...

  • Formal bidding process for Office 2 at South Street Arts Centre – open until 27 October 2021
    31 August 2021

    This is notice of the formal bidding process through the open market and also through the third sector process for Office 2 at South Street Arts Centre or short-term lease for up to 5 years for £3,500 per annum on an inclusive basis (building’s insurance, utilities, business rates). The bidding process is now open, and ...

  • How should Reading market itself? A chance to have your say
    27 August 2021

    Reading UK, Reading Borough Council and The University of Reading are working together to develop a place story and marketing approach for Reading. This will help celebrate the best of Reading, build civic pride, confidence in Reading, market the area to attract inward investment, create jobs, and support existing business. They will be holding two ‘virtual’ ...

  • Safeguarding Adults bite-size learning: the role of a Lasting Power of Attorney
    26 August 2021

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board Partnership is hosting a free bite-sized online workshop, open to all sectors across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham, including those working or volunteering within the voluntary and community sector. The presentation will include multiple speakers and will cover: What is an LPA What are the decision-making powers of an LPA When might ...

  • In real life events and services
    25 August 2021

    If your group is now opening face-to-face services or putting on events, we can share this with people wanting to get out, meet others, access services or simply to have fun with other people in real life.   Our social prescribers and other RVA staff speak to individuals every day, who want to know where they can ...

  • Town centre survey: come and talk to us in Broad Street
    25 August 2021

    RVA is working with the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) and the University of Reading’s Participation Lab on a research project exploring community perceptions of Reading town centre. We are interested in what you think about the town centre and what could be done to make it more sustainable, inclusive and liveable. We’ll be ...

  • Hammond Organ free to collect from central Reading
    25 August 2021

    Hammond organ available for collection from the MAPP Centre, 22 Mount Pleasant, Reading RG1 2TD Berkshire Phab is offering this on a ‘taken as seen’ basis, free to a good home. Sadly we are closing and can no longer make use of the organ. It would benefit from a service and has one loose key but otherwise ...

  • Reading Mencap seeking premises for activity
    24 August 2021

    Do you have premises that would be suitable for Reading Mencap to use for delivery of a day service? We are currently looking for an additional space for one of our Day Services (Mencap Enables 2). The service is for people with Learning Disabilities and Higher Needs, with a staff ratio of 4:1. It currently has ...

  • Food4Families Growing Healthy Conversations – new courses starting in September
    24 August 2021

    Growing Healthy Conversations – free 6 week courses starting in Sept Practice your conversational English whilst learning gardening skills at our local community gardens small groups and socially distanced all equipment, tools, seeds etc provided travel costs can be refunded see flyer below or download here for dates and times for more information and to book, contact Sharon Fitton: sharon@risc.org.uk or tel: 0118 ...

  • Food4Families Growing Careers – new courses starting in September
    24 August 2021

    Growing Careers – free 6 week courses starting in Sept Practical, hands-on introduction to what your could be doing if you got a job in horticulture. 1.5 hour sessions, based outdoors in local Reading community gardens seed sowing and propagation plant care soil health garden maintenance sustainable growing techniques see flyer below for dates, times and locations, or download here for more information and ...

  • Empower people with us, become an RVA Trustee!
    18 August 2021

    Who is RVA? Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) supports and helps voluntary and community groups to start up and thrive, matches volunteers to great opportunities and works together with organisations across Reading to improve the lives of local people. RVA values the diversity, skills, knowledge, connections and potential in communities and values its position in nurturing the ...

  • Graduation event – training programme for the homeless & those in need
    18 August 2021

    Fifteen participants and 12 mentors were awarded certificates and trophies at a joyful graduation event held by the charity Sadaka on 24 July 2021. It was a celebration of what the mentors and mentees had achieved, despite many personal and communal challenges, as part of a project called ‘Step Up with Sadaka’. Sadaka is a volunteer-led ...

  • Free First Aid training for your organisation
    18 August 2021

    Simple actions save lives. Would you know what to do in a first aid emergency? We can help you learn the simple skills that could save a life. We are offering free First Aid sessions, at your venue, with your group of participants. Please get in touch if you are interested or would like further information. As a ...

  • Updated guidance from the Charity Commission: trustee meetings and AGMs
    17 August 2021

    The Charity Commission has updated its Coronavirus guidance for charities with amended guidance in relation to charity trustee meetings and AGMs. Here is a summary of the updates: If your governing document does not permit meetings to be held online, by telephone or on a hybrid basis, or to be cancelled or postponed, then charities are ...

  • Starting your own business? Free workshops available
    17 August 2021

    This is a 10-week online workshop series based on our increasingly popular Start Your Own Business Workshop Series. If you want to start your own business – start right here! These are practical accessible workshops for people starting up businesses (including being sole traders) to do or make all kinds of things and for people who ...

  • Impact report on grants at RVA
    17 August 2021

    In response to the pandemic, RVA secured funding in the second half of 2020 to run two small grants schemes for voluntary and community sector groups and a fund to address digital exclusion within low-income households.   £10k from Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) for Reading Community Grants £20k from Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG) for Black, Asian, ...

  • Matthew Good Foundation – Grants for Good, next deadline 15 December 2021
    16 August 2021

    Making a positive difference to communities, people & the environment, Grants for Good is the Foundation’s first fund that invites local charities, voluntary groups or social enterprises that have an average annual income of less than £50,000 to apply for funding. Every three months, they will share £10,000 between 5 shortlisted projects that have a positive impact ...

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