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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.

  • How technology can help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation
    14 August 2019

    Many of us would probably agree that while TV, radio and online support do not provide The Answer to loneliness and social isolation, they can be a valuable part of a package of support for many people. Research by WaveLength The charity WaveLength gives radios, televisions, and tablet computers to people who are lonely and can’t afford ...

  • GSK Impact Awards open for application
    14 August 2019

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, ...

  • Have your say – RBC strategy consultations
    8 August 2019

    A reminder about some of the issues and strategies Reading Borough Council is currently consulting on – don’t miss the opportunity to have your say The Active Reading consultation is open until 14 August 2019. The Reading Transport Strategy consultation is open until 20 September 2019. The Homelessness Strategy consultation is open until 29 September 2019.    

  • Charity Bank Road to Growth – free event in Reading
    7 August 2019

    Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations in Reading to sign up for a free event on 8 October 2019. The Road to Growth event will be hosted at the Meadow Suite in the University of Reading (RG6 6BT) from 9 am to 12 noon and ...

  • BCF – new funding rounds and 1:1 surgeries
    6 August 2019 Berkshire Community Foundation Logo

    Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? Are you a small-medium sized charity or community group in Reading looking for funding for either a specific project or for core costs? In readiness for the upcoming rounds of funding, RVA is partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to offer 1:1 sessions (20 ...

  • Cultural Commissioning 2020 – open from September 2019
    6 August 2019

    RBC Cultural Commissioning team have some funding coming up for work with older people experiencing, or at risk of, loneliness and social isolation. It is part of the cultural commissioning programme currently run under the Reading, Place of Culture project, and it will go live in early September. They are looking for projects that will deliver ...

  • Join Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS)
    6 August 2019

    Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS) has been running since June 2016, after a successful application to Tesco Bags of Help. The idea of the scheme is to enable communities to take more ownership of their local area. Reading Borough Council are keen to increase participation in the scheme and build on recent successes. Alfred Sutton Primary ...

  • Sports Xtra – Reading Summer Youth Activities
    6 August 2019

    Reading’s Youth Summer Activities have begun! 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 sport with Sports Xtra.   Sports Xtra are the children’s physical activity experts, focused on providing ...

  • The Branding Project – open for applications until mid-August 2019
    6 August 2019

    Are you a new charity looking to establish a brand identity but lack the resources to do so? Or are you a not-for-profit in need of a brand refresh or re-positioning and would welcome some input from students at The University of Reading?   Reading University will be holding a structured four-week ‘design-thinking brand jam’ with Part ...

  • Reside Dance – Reading Summer Youth Activities
    31 July 2019

    Reading’s Youth Summer Activities are on the horizon! In the days 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 dance with Reside ...

  • Befriending Forum on 26 September 2019
    30 July 2019

    Is your group interested or already involved in taking action on loneliness and social isolation?  If you are, then you’ll be very welcome at the September Befriending Forum! The focus of this event is on how to show the impact of your work – to funders, the public, beneficiaries and to your own volunteers and staff. The ...

  • Reading FC’s Kicks – Reading Summer Youth Activities
    25 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 football with Reading ...

  • 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 ...

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