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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.

  • Apply for free community and charity stalls at Reading Water Fest
    27 March 2019

    This year’s Reading Water Fest – on Saturday 15 June 2019 – will celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary The event takes place in Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Ruins and along The Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. Reading Borough Council and The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust are working together once again and hope ...

  • Participate in nutrition studies at the University of Reading
    27 March 2019

    The University of Reading is internationally recognised for its excellence in research on the relationship between diet and chronic disease. They are currently looking for volunteers to participate in two studies. ENVAL study Would you like to test a diet app developed by researchers from the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences? In this study, participants will ...

  • Take part in RBC’s consultation on their Statement of Community Involvement
    27 March 2019

    Reading Borough Council has published a discussion paper on the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for consultation. The SCI is a planning document that details how consultation and community involvement on plans and major developments will be carried out. RBC’s most recent SCI was adopted in March 2014. The council is now considering whether there ...

  • Do you know your ICS from your PCN?
    27 March 2019

    The landscape is changing within the NHS, and as with any agency, change brings another load of acronyms – the shorthand for new structures and concepts. Here, I will try to explain two: ICS and PCN. Integrated Care System (ICS) has been around for a while Within Berkshire West, the ICS is a partnership of Berkshire West ...

  • Be part of Reading’s youth leadership partnership
    27 March 2019

    In response to the lack of youth provision in Reading, Reading Voluntary Action is inviting ambitious youth leaders into partnership to explore and shape the potential for a comprehensive and exciting youth offer across the town. We are looking for a broad range of skills and experience to create a cross-sector partnership with the sole aim ...

  • Silver Sunday: changing the story around loneliness with a day of free, fun events for older people across the UK
    19 March 2019

    Silver Sunday this year will take place on 6 October 2019, so with 8 months to go it’s a perfect time to start planning. Visit the Ideas, Events Archive, 2018 Gallery and Video Stories pages for inspiration. Download and share the 2019 Info Pack Register your event or activity on the website so that older people and carers ...

  • Reading on Thames Festival – input wanted on events and activities
    13 March 2019

    Preparations for the 2019 (and 2020!) Reading Thames Festivals are in full flow, and we’re very keen to understand the kinds of events and activities that local people enjoy, if they’d like to participate, and how best to let them know about what’s happening. With our colleagues at the University of Reading, we have created a ...

  • Live better, help often, wonder more – focus on Sunday Assembly Reading
    13 March 2019

    Our Community Journalist Zoe O’Kill has been finding out all about Sunday Assembly Reading Sunday Assembly Reading is an inclusive group that brings people together to celebrate life and build a community. The Assembly is a supportive and friendly peer group open to anyone, promoting the mantra ‘live better, help often and wonder more’. The assemblies run ...

  • Listen, support, connect – celebrating Social Prescribing Day 2019
    13 March 2019

    Celebrating Social Prescribing in Reading The first International Social Prescribing Day is on Thursday 14 March 2019. We are joining patients, GPs, community groups and other voluntary organisations in the UK and across the world, in highlighting the importance and significance of Social Prescribing in health and social care. Age UK Berkshire and Reading Voluntary Action ...

  • ACAS updates its age discrimination guidance
    12 March 2019

    ACAS has updated its guidance on how employers can avoid falling foul of age discrimination Age discrimination is protected against by the Equality Act 2010. Age is one of the protected characteristics under this Act and all employers are obligated to ensure that they do not unfairly discriminate against employees based on this. ACAS have produced three ...

  • Changes to payslip rules for workers from April 2019
    12 March 2019

    New legislation will come into force from 6 April 2019 that will require all employers to: provide payslips to all workers (not just employees), and show hours on payslips where the pay varies by the amount of time worked. (This is particularly relevant for workers/employees who work different hours each week). You can read the full guidance here. Actions ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – 15 March 2019
    10 March 2019

    Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is meeting on Friday 15 March at 2pm in the Council Chamber. The agenda includes the following items. Care Quality Commission (CQC) Reading Local System Review – Final Report The Reading Health and Social Care System comprises not just Reading Borough Council, but also Berkshire West CCG, The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Berkshire ...

  • Office at South Street Arts Centre – bidding opportunity
    7 March 2019

    Vacant office at South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU A vacant office at 21 South Street is available to rent on a short lease in accordance with the letting particulars set out below. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a ...

  • What volunteering means to me – call for submissions to our exhibition
    7 March 2019

    As part of this year’s Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June) and the Reading Volunteer Awards 2019, Reading Voluntary Action will be working with partners to curate an exhibition on the theme of ‘what volunteering means to me’.   We are seeking creative visual representations of what volunteering means to those involved in or benefiting from voluntary ...

  • NCS The Challenge are looking for community partners
    4 March 2019

    NCS hosted by The Challenge invites you to inspire the next generation, and get involved with our summer programme this year. We have a number of partnerships that involve working alongside teams of young people aged 16-17, along with DBS-cleared NCS staff. Become a community partner A team of young people will visit your organisation on three ...

  • Understanding Universal Credit – Friday Club for claimants
    27 February 2019

    In March, New Directions are running a Friday club for people claiming Universal Credit who need some support This is a 4-week, relaxed group where people can practice using the journal for the Universal Credit system. As we know, many people are struggling with this and it is leading to difficulty accessing Universal Credit. It is aimed ...

  • The Lion’s Den community grant scheme is back
    27 February 2019

    Reading Lions Club will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 12 June 2019. Their aim is to reach out to small groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. They will be distributing grants of up to £750 each. If you are involved in a local community project in Reading or ...

  • Last two free places for the ‘How to Cost Yours Services’ workshop
    27 February 2019

    The funding climate is changing and there has been a shift away from block grants towards ‘direct payments’ and/or ‘commissioned per unit’ funding. Is your group or charity up to speed on these changes and do you understand enough about how this will affect what services you plan and how to budget for them? If you ...

  • First Ready Friends Befriending Forum of 2019
    27 February 2019

    38 people came along to the Community Hub in Reading Central Library for the first Befriending Forum of 2019, demonstrating the amazing variety of voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) that work in Reading, and beyond. The event offered a mixed menu of activities and themes, to suit the varying needs of the participants. Feedback on ...

  • Help Reading become a Trauma Informed Community
    27 February 2019

    Why is prevention so crucial? Abuse, neglect and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) often travel from generation to generation – not because people are bad, but because they don’t get enough support. At least half the children in an average classroom will suffer ACEs. The Wave Trust  On Tuesday 2 April, Linda Davies and Rosemary Croft, two Wave ...

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