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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.

  • Skills for Positive Futures Funding – open until 3 July 2019
    14 June 2019

    The Berkeley Foundation is launching Skills for Positive Futures, a funding programme which will support vulnerable children and young people aged 8 to 14 years, to develop the life skills they need to thrive and make positive choices. Two grants sizes are available for a three-year period on a full cost recovery basis: Small grants of up ...

  • Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Removing Barriers to Family Life
    14 June 2019

    This programme will award grants to Armed Forces Charities or CICs or Armed Forces Units working with Armed Forces Families. The focus of the project should be on supporting the family rather than serving personnel or veterans. The lead applicant must be an armed forces charity or social enterprise, who can deliver this as a ...

  • Places available on free Restorative Practice Facilitators Training – in June and July 2019
    13 June 2019

    There is national and regional evidence that restorative approaches significantly improve outcomes for children and the quality and consistency of professional practice across the workforce. Brighter Futures for Children are part of the NHS England restorative practice partnership programme, which also forms part of the One Reading Early Intervention Partnership aspiration to become a trauma-informed community. ...

  • Do you provide services for children and/or families?
    13 June 2019

    The national Troubled Families Programme comes to an end in March 2020. The principles of the programme are to promote and embed whole family working including family assessments and plans that link directly to the Reading Troubled Families Programme. Due to the Troubled Families programme timeframes Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) now need to target resources ...

  • Briefing note on the Tenant Fees Act 2019
    13 June 2019

    You may be aware that the Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June. The Act bans unfair lettings fees and sets out the fees that landlords and agents can still charge private tenants. Reading Borough Council’s Trading Standards have produced a useful briefing note on what the changes mean for thousands of ...

  • Watch a video about RVA’s Volunteers’ Week exhibition
    13 June 2019 Watch a video about RVA's Volunteers' Week exhibition

    That’s TV Thames Valley filmed a piece about RVA’s exhibition in the Holy Brook Gallery for Volunteers’ Week. Watch it here.  

  • Double Celebration as RRSG receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in its 25th Year
    13 June 2019

    Volunteers at Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG) have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The charity was originally set up in March 1994 at a Refugee Conference organised jointly by CAFOD, Reading International Solidarity Centre, Oxfam and Churches Together in Berkshire, and ...

  • Designated Safeguarding Officer training on 18 June 2019
    12 June 2019

    Who would you go to in your organisation if you had a safeguarding concern and would that person have up-to-date information on how to best handle that concern? Safeguarding concerns may come from services users, volunteers or staff. It is the role of the appointed Designated Safeguarding Officer to consider these internal concerns and to decide ...

  • The Mills Archive Trust receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    10 June 2019

    The Mills Archive Trust, a heritage charity based in Reading, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Trust was established by volunteers in 2002 to preserve and protect records of milling heritage, fostering the cultural and educational values of mills ...

  • SEGRO Community Fund £5000 grants – applications open until 30 June 2019
    7 June 2019

    The SEGRO Community Fund is part of a three year partnership between SEGRO and Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to help tackle barriers to work and education and help local people into employment.The SEGRO Community Fund will tackle barriers to work and support those suffering from disadvantage who require help to get into, or return to, ...

  • Celebrating Volunteers’ Week in Reading
    6 June 2019

    To celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2019, we have an exhibition in the HolyBrook Gallery, and tonight we will be hosting the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards on the fourteenth floor of Thames Tower Exhibition in the HolyBrook Gallery Volunteers make a huge contribution to life in Reading, and we wanted to capture a little of that in our ...

  • Win £1000 for a local cause
    5 June 2019

    Berkshire Community Foundation is asking for your views on issues facing people in Berkshire. An estimated 98,000 people in Berkshire are family carers and the numbers are set to grow as more people live longer into older age. Vital Signs 2018 highlighted the stresses associated with combining care giving and paid work, concern that young carers should be ...

  • Have you booked your place for the Wellbeing Forum?
    5 June 2019

    The next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector will be be on Thursday 4th July from 10:00am to 12:30pm at RISC, London Street, Reading. Refreshments will be available from 9:30am. The draft programme includes: Kim McCall (Health and Wellbeing Intelligence Officer, RBC Wellbeing Team)  will demonstrate the new online tool – Instant Atlas – which ...

  • Need support with your community building?
    3 June 2019

    Do you manage a community building or are you looking to share a space with another group? RVA will be hosting a Community Buildings Network in the Autumn. To help us identify what you would like support with, please take the time to complete this very short survey (just four  questions!). Take the Community Buildings Survey More details ...

  • £140K available through Police Property Act Fund – applications open until 20 June
    3 June 2019

    The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, including seizures from criminals. Last year £198,650 was distributed to 52 different organisations in addressing Police ...

  • Next week is Volunteers’ Week!
    29 May 2019

    Next week is national Volunteers’ Week, celebrating and saying thank you for the contribution which millions of volunteers make across the UK. There is certainly plenty to celebrate here in Reading! Reading Volunteer Awards RVA is excited to be hosting the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards on Thursday 6 June in the Roost at Thames Tower. Organisations ...

  • Free trees for schools and communities
    29 May 2019

    The Woodland Trust are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities They are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2019. Responses to applications may take a few weeks due to current high demand. The scheme is open to: Schools across the UK, plus nurseries, colleges, universities and outdoor learning centres All kinds ...

  • Office space to rent in Caversham
    29 May 2019

    Stepping Forward are offering a short-term lease on office space in their new building at 12A Southview Park, Caversham, Reading RG4 5AF Details Rent: £460 a month inclusive of utilities 226 sq ft space available for 10 month lease Suitable for 4 to 6 desks Ground floor Some parking available Shared wifi available or organisations can install their own If you are interested ...

  • Mental health first aid courses at RCLC
    29 May 2019

    Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and ...

  • The Great Get Together
    29 May 2019

    Neighbourly events this summer It’s too late to apply to Reading Borough Council for a road closure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an event in your neighbourhood this summer – just one that doesn’t need a street closure!  Your local park, neighbours’ front gardens and other accessible community spaces are all places you ...

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