Job vacancy: Fundraising and Communications Manager

Reading Refugee Support Group is a small charity with aspirations to do so much more for our client group – asylum seekers and refugees. We are passionate about telling the stories of our amazing clients and need to engage our supporters better. We are 25 years old but still have much to do to raise our profile and build understanding of the stories we have to tell. This is your challenge! Continue reading Job vacancy: Fundraising and Communications Manager

Passionate about community? Join RVA’s Social Action Mentors

Are you passionate about a cause in Reading, have links to particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee? Join the Social Action Mentors: Receive free governance training with RVA, put this into practice by mentoring a grass roots community group and be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading. Continue reading Passionate about community? Join RVA’s Social Action Mentors

Jolly Anglers Public House – potential bidding opportunity

Reading Borough Council hereby gives notice that on 20 September 2018 it received a notification from the owner of an intention to dispose through a freehold sale the Jolly Anglers Public House, listed by the Council on 17 February 2015 as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011. The Council invites any eligible community interest group to express an interest to be treated as a potential bidder for the asset by 1 November 2018. Continue reading Jolly Anglers Public House – potential bidding opportunity

Black History Month 2018 – at venues across Reading throughout October

Black History Month returns to Reading this October, with a packed programme of special events coordinated by the council working with voluntary groups and organisations from across Reading. Reading can look forward to a wide range of community celebrations, theatre, poetry, music, dance, exhibitions, film and talks throughout the month for all to enjoy. Continue reading Black History Month 2018 – at venues across Reading throughout October

Job vacancy: Citizens Advice Reading, Housing Debt Caseworker

Citizens Advice Reading are being funded to deliver a service for the next three years to support clients at risk of homelessness by helping them prevent eviction and increase their financial capability to prevent future crises. They are looking for an additional two part-time caseworkers to join the existing team to deliver this service. The caseworkers will support clients in taking steps to prevent homelessness, achieve financial stability and improve their financial literacy and digital skills. Continue reading Job vacancy: Citizens Advice Reading, Housing Debt Caseworker

Free fundraising tool for small charities and groups

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have developed ‘Fundraising Fundamentals‘, a free fundraising tool to help small charities and groups to develop a fundraising strategy. Many more small community groups in Reading are now working towards Safe and Sound, a good governance award for Reading’s charities. Check out the website at http://rva.org.uk/safe-and-sound or contact Herjeet on 01189 372273 for more information about how you might get started. Continue reading Free fundraising tool for small charities and groups

RVA’s report on Youth Isolation and Loneliness in Reading

RVA’s summer intern Catherine McClane has produced a report on youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. Catherine spent the summer talking to young people and stakeholder organisations, to investigate the causes and impacts of loneliness for 11 to 25 year olds living in the town. Catherine’s report was inspired by national research into the prevalence of loneliness among young people, as well as RVA’s 2017 report on Loneliness and Social Isolation in Reading. Continue reading RVA’s report on Youth Isolation and Loneliness in Reading

Grants of up to £10k up for grabs

Grants of up to £10k are available to support Berkshire. Charities and groups are being invited to apply for funds by local granting charity Berkshire Community Foundation. Seven funds are now receiving applications which cover a huge range of issues and projects in Berkshire. The money will support people of all ages struggling with disadvantage. Applications are open now until October. To apply, visit the website at www.berkshirecf.org. Continue reading Grants of up to £10k up for grabs

The Lion’s Den! Local community groups could win a small grant

Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 23 October 2018. The aim is to reach out to small community groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. Reading Lions will be distributing small grants of up to £500 each. If you are involved in a local community project here in Reading or are a small local charity then this could be your opportunity to obtain one of the grants. Continue reading The Lion’s Den! Local community groups could win a small grant