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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.

  • Sky And Ground: Online Screening + Q&A Panel
    11 June 2021

    This Refugee Week, join us online to watch the incredible Sky And Ground, followed by a Q&A Panel with Special Guests Sky and Ground tells the incredible story of one Syrian family risking everything to travel 3,000 miles in search of safety. The stunning documentary has been selected for numerous Film Festivals and nominated for multiple ...

  • Call Out for Odds On – a new online performance by Dante or Die
    10 June 2021

    Do you have experience of gambling harms or know someone who does? Get involved in the creation of a new online performance designed to spread awareness on gambling harm. Theatre Company Dante or Die is looking for community groups and individuals with experience of gambling harms in Salford, Reading and Medway to contribute to the creation of ...

  • Celebrating Windrush Day 2021 in Reading
    9 June 2021

    The Reading Windrush Steering Group is pleased to announce that it has been successful for a third year running in receiving a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to deliver events and activities to celebrate Windrush Day on 22 June 2021. The Windrush Steering Group consists of representatives from the Alliance ...

  • Public Rights of Way consultation – open until 24 July 2021
    9 June 2021

    Reading Borough Council (RBC) are encouraging residents to have their say on how they currently use Reading’s Public Rights of Way Network, in a bid to provide a better experience for its users and encourage active travel. What is a Public Right of Way? Public Rights of Way are rights across land accessible by the public, which ...

  • A warm Reading welcome given to the riders of the Tour de Thanks
    9 June 2021

    A group of fantastic volunteers were on hand to welcome the riders of the Tour de Thanks as it rolled into Reading on Sunday 6 June, coinciding with this year’s Volunteers’ Week celebrations. The volunteers, part of the Reading Voluntary Action and Greater Reading Nepalese Community Association team supporting the Central and Whitely vaccination hub, received ...

  • Trustee Training with RVA via Zoom
    9 June 2021

    Following our well attended session in March, we’re holding another online Trustee Training session. These sessions have been adapted to take place via Zoom but you will still have the opportunity to interact with fellow trustees in the sector. Why attend trustee training? Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s ...

  • Reading Town Meal
    8 June 2021

    The biggest ‘picnic in the park’ returns to Reading (Covid permitting) It brings together food, music, community stalls, workshops and local producers. It’s a fantastic celebration of local food sustainability. You can be part of this by volunteering or growing produce (see details on our website) Or just come along to enjoy food prepared and served by ...

  • Volunteering and civic/citizenship training
    8 June 2021

    A training event on volunteering and civic/citizenship hosted by ‘We Men’, a men’s group supported by ACRE The session focuses on the importance of volunteering and the skills involved. It will also involve the importance of citizens contributing back into the communities and knowing their rights and entitlement as individuals. This session is aimed at men, ...

  • Domestic abuse and the impact of historical trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
    8 June 2021

    It’s widely acknowledged that events in childhood make up a significant part of who we are; from being the launchpad to future success, to developing healthy or unhealthy coping strategies. This event, hosted by the Thames Valley Partnership and offered on behalf of the Thames Valley Domestic Abuse Steering Group, will look at how childhood experiences, ...

  • The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund: Grants for disadvantaged young people – next deadline 19 November 2021
    7 June 2021

    The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973. The Fund’s principal aim is to support people in trouble, particularly young offenders and ex-offenders, as well as other disadvantaged young people.  Preference is given to pump-priming new projects, especially those that are innovative and can serve as a model elsewhere. Projects which fulfil the funding ...

  • The 7Stars Foundation, project grant funding for working with young people – next deadline 31 October 2021
    7 June 2021

    The 7stars Foundation supports the most challenged young people in the United Kingdom They assist forgotten young people aged 16 years and under, lacking opportunity, to achieve their potential. The funding looks to support those challenged by abuse, addiction, those who are young carers, and those without a safe place to call home. Project grants of ...

  • AB Charitable Trust – Migrants and Refugees – next deadline 31 October 2021
    7 June 2021

    The AB Charitable Trust is an independent grant-making organisation, founded in 1990 to champion human dignity and support marginalised and excluded groups. One of their priorities is to support charities working with migrants and refugees. The Trust recognises that charities offer a range of interventions to support people who are migrants, refugees and seeking asylum, while operating ...

  • Covid surge testing starts in Reading
    4 June 2021

    A Covid surge testing programme is underway for residents, workers and students over the age of 12 in the following postcode areas: RG1 3 RG1 5 RG1 6 RG1 7  Testing takes place from Monday 7 June until Sunday 20 June. There is currently no change to local restrictions in the light of this testing. You can still travel to work and school in the affected areas. Please continue to follow public health advice and national guidelines to minimise the spread ...

  • Smart Works Reading receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    2 June 2021

    Smart Works Reading, a women’s employment support organisation, has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Smart Works Reading tackles a root cause of poverty by helping disadvantaged women in the Thames Valley into work. Since the charity opened in 2015, it has ...

  • No5 Young People receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    2 June 2021

    Congratulations to No5 Young People! No5’s dedicated volunteer counsellors, Young Ambassadors and Trustees have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. No5 provides free, confidential mental health support, counselling and preventative outreach for young people aged 11-25 who live, work or study in the ...

  • Looking for adults aged 65 and over to test our online food and drink questionnaire
    2 June 2021

    Nutritionists from the University of Reading are looking for adults aged 65 and over to use our online food and drink questionnaire, eNutri. Volunteers will be asked to record their diet using two different online food and drink questionnaires on multiple occasions within a 2-week period. You will not need to change your diet during ...

  • Help us provide a warm Reading welcome to the Tour de Thanks!
    27 May 2021

    As part of National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) Paul Reddish, our CEO at Volunteering Matters, is undertaking a 1,000km cycle thank you tour, from Edinburgh to London and many places in between, thanking lots of incredible Covid volunteers of all kinds with some special edition #PinYourThanks pins. We’ve called it the Tour de Thanks. Paul will be cycling ...

  • BBC Radio Berkshire ‘The Group Chat’ looking for panellists under 30
    27 May 2021

    An opportunity to take part in a BBC Radio Berkshire panel discussion on Friday evenings Alex West (@agwestie on Twitter) is hosting a new show on BBC Radio Berkshire, from 7–10pm on Friday evenings, aimed at young people aged 20–35. He is looking for Reading residents, aged under 30, to be part of a regularly rotating ...

  • Free suicide prevention training for faith-based organisations in Berkshire
    27 May 2021

    Learn to have a conversation that could save a life Buckinghamshire Mind, on behalf of Health Education England, is offering free virtual Suicide First Aid training to faith sector employees or volunteers in Berkshire. ‘Faith groups make an important contribution to improving health and wellbeing through their commitment to service, both with their own members and with ...

  • Seeking volunteers to support School Streets initiative at Wilson Road
    27 May 2021

    A School Street closes the road outside the school from traffic for up to 45 minutes, twice a day, during school term time only School Streets give children the chance to walk, cycle or scoot to school safely in the street of the school without danger from traffic. School Streets give children a chance to get ...

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