Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Reading Services Guide – market testing
    26 June 2019

    Reading Council’s Adult Social Care Transformation Team is undertaking a review of the Council’s on-line Reading Services Guide. RBC would like feedback from you and your colleagues about what features you think work well at the moment or what could be improved on. Please can you respond to the following questions: 1. What do and your colleagues ...

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2019
    20 June 2019

    Words by Oriela De Rossi, photos by Kate Shorey On Thursday 6 June 2019, Reading Voluntary Action hosted the third annual Reading Volunteer Awards on the fourteenth floor of Thames Tower. The event celebrated and honoured volunteers and the extraordinary impact that volunteering has on the town. On arrival, award nominees were presented with certificates of thanks ...

  • Smart Works Reading Chair Sarah Burns receives MBE
    20 June 2019

    The Chair of Smart Works Reading, Sarah Burns, has received an MBE for her services to disadvantaged women in the Thames Valley. Smart Works Reading said: Sarah is passionate about supporting women in her local community and has built a welcoming, sustainable and successful charity. She is an inspiring, motivated and creative individual who always puts ...

  • Safeguarding update – the Charity Commission reports on Oxfam
    19 June 2019

    A summary of the Charity Commission inquiry into the Oxfam Haiti scandal, outlining the key findings. Followed by a checklist of ‘lessons learnt’ that your charity can use to ensure good safeguarding practice, regardless of whether you are a small community group or a larger charity.

  • Celebrating Real Jobs: University design exhibition on until 28 June
    19 June 2019

    The Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading has an exhibition on until 28 June celebrating typography students’ contribution to local businesses, charities and academic projects over five decades of their Real Jobs scheme. The department’s professional experience programme gives students their first taste of working alongside clients to co-create, and deliver ...

  • New agenda item for Wellbeing Forum – 4 July 2019
    19 June 2019

    The next Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary and Community Sector will be on Thursday 4 July from 10 am to 1 pm at RISC, London Street, Reading. Refreshments will be available from 9:30am. Reading Borough Council is developing new ways of responding to people’s enquiries about care and support. The aim is to think community first ...

  • Sport in Mind receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    19 June 2019

    Sport in Mind has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The charity operates with a simple mission to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity and has been making a huge difference to the ...

  • Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Community Centre Funding – open until 4 November 2019
    17 June 2019

    The Armed Forces Covenant Trust has a number of funding streams. This article relates to Veterans Community Centre Funding.This is a capital grant programme for the renovation and refurbishment of community centres used by veterans and their communities. Ex-services personnel (and former merchant navy personnel) access a wide range of activities and supports through a ...

  • Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund Local Grants Programme – open until 2 December 2019
    17 June 2019

    The Armed Forces Covenant Trust has a number of funding streams. This article relates to their Local Grants Programme. This is the final year (2019/2020) of the Local Grants Programme. Grants of up to £20K, to be spent over 12 months, are available for projects under two headings: Community integration: this means creating projects that create ...

  • Comic Relief strengthening mental health support for children and young people – open until 28 June 2019
    14 June 2019

    Comic Relief are seeking proposals from those working on providing mental health support to children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop. They would like to fund proposals that are particularly focusing on vulnerable children and young people ...

  • 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, ...

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