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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.

  • 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 ...

  • Have your say – Domestic Abuse Strategy for Reading
    3 September 2019

    Reading Borough Council is currently seeking views on the proposed priorities for Reading’s Domestic Abuse Strategy 2019 – 2020. The consultation is open until 14 September 2019. RBC say: Spanning the next three years (2019 – 2022), the draft Domestic Abuse Strategy for Reading sets out exactly how we intend to further reduce domestic abuse in ...

  • Restorative Approaches – dates for autumn programme of training and development
    28 August 2019

    Brighter Futures for Children are part of the NHS England restorative practice partnership programme, which also forms part of the One Reading aspiration to become a trauma-informed community. As part of this programme, they are offering several training and development opportunities this autumn. The courses are for those working with children, young people and their ...

  • BFI Film Academy – film making opportunity
    28 August 2019

    Are you aged 16-19 years old and interested in film making? Do you know of someone who would love to learn more about film making and all the different aspects that go into creating a film? You should consider or recommend the BFI Film Academy. The BFI have opened applications for young people aged 16-19 to ...

  • The Good Exchange and Sovereign Housing Community Asset Fund – round one open until 30 September 2019
    28 August 2019

    The Good Exchange has recently partnered with Sovereign, one of the largest housing associations in the UK, to launch a new fund awarding £60,000 in match funding grants for community projects. Communities and charities in the south of England (Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight) can apply for grants from the organisation’s Community Asset Fund via The Good Exchange’s charity-owned, not-for-profit, ...

  • Putting health at the heart of neighbourhoods – event on 11 September 2019
    28 August 2019

    There’s been a lot happening in the NHS recently – the introduction of Primary Care Networks (PCNs), the launch of Berkshire West Integrated Care Partnership (BWICP) and the move to a Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire Integrated Care System (BOBICS) to name but a few! One thing that hasn’t changed is the commitment to keep people’s needs ...

  • Have your say – RBC’s Homelessness Strategy consultation open until 29 September 2019
    28 August 2019

    Reading Borough Council are looking for your views on proposed priorities for Reading’s next Homelessness Strategy. Your feedback will shape and inform their approach and strategic direction regarding homelessness over the next five years. The existing Homelessness Strategy is not due for review until 2021. However, there have been significant recent legislative change and significant reductions ...

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