How technology can help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation

Many of us would probably agree that while TV, radio and online support do not provide The Answer to loneliness and social isolation, they can be a valuable part of a package of support for many people. The charity WaveLength gives radios, televisions, and tablet computers to people who are lonely and can’t afford to buy the devices themselves. They would like to get in touch with charities that might benefit from new pieces of technology. Continue reading How technology can help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation

BCF – new funding rounds and 1:1 surgeries

Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? Are you a small-medium sized charity or community group in Reading looking for funding for either a specific project or for core costs? In readiness for the upcoming rounds of funding, RVA is partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation to offer 1:1 sessions to Reading voluntary and community groups on Thursday 5 September 2019 at the RVA offices, Third Floor, Reading Central Library. Continue reading BCF – new funding rounds and 1:1 surgeries

Reading Adopt Your Street scheme

The Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS) programme enables companies, individuals, community groups and organisations, such as schools and youth groups to select a street, open space, footpath, park or shopping area to keep tidy through regular clean-ups. Get your friends, family and neighbours involved and make your street or local area one to be proud of. Continue reading Reading Adopt Your Street scheme

Reading Public Transport Consultation

Whether its traffic, parking, school traffic, air quality or cycle infrastructure, transport is consistently Reading’s biggest talking point. With one of the UK’s fastest growing economies, Reading is home to a large number of local, national and international companies. It is the major centre for employment, leisure and education in the Thames Valley region. Demand for new homes has never been higher. While welcoming this success, it places a real strain on the town’s roads and transport infrastructure. Continue reading Reading Public Transport Consultation

Reading Town Meal crowdfunder campaign

Reading Town Meal is a vibrant, community-driven event unique to Reading, which has become an annual occasion at Forbury Gardens. They have just launched their Crowdfunder campaign with the target of raising around £2,000 for this year’s Town Meal and to secure the future of the community event. Reading Town Meal celebrates and promotes home-grown and healthy, sustainable local food. It provides a space where Reading’s ‘sustainability’ groups come together, showcasing their work to audiences they otherwise cannot reach. Continue reading Reading Town Meal crowdfunder campaign

Disadvantaged communities: consultation on reviewing health and social care policies

The Department of Health and Social Care is currently inviting 250-word responses to the question: Which health and social care policies should be reviewed to improve the health of people living in poorer communities, or excluded groups? You can give your response online at https://consultations.dh.gov.uk. The question forms part of a wider consultation on Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, which seeks views on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England. Continue reading Disadvantaged communities: consultation on reviewing health and social care policies

RVA Services Administrator role – closing date 7 August 2019

Reading Voluntary Action are looking for a Services Administrator who will manage the processes required to support RVA’s services, staff and board, ensuring that systems are being operated consistently throughout the organisation. The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support services to ensure smooth running of the charity. For more information please contact Rachel Spencer by phone on 01189 372273 or email at rachel.spencer@rva.org.uk. Continue reading RVA Services Administrator role – closing date 7 August 2019

Have your say on sport and leisure: Active Reading consultation now open

The council is conscious that one of the most important things it can do is help people lead more active and healthy lives. We know there are many residents who regularly enjoy participating in sports and being active, whether it’s a regular swim, taking part in team sports or simply a weekly walk around your local park. Regular exercise helps keep people healthier and happier. Continue reading Have your say on sport and leisure: Active Reading consultation now open

Summer holiday clubs at Reading Salvation Army

Reading Central Salvation Army are running two free clubs for young people this summer. ‘Splash!’ A summer holiday club for children aged 5 to 12 years on Wednesday 28 August to Friday 30 August and ‘Make Lunch’ aimed at primary school children every Monday and Thursday from the 25 July to 2 September. To sign up for either club, please contact Matthew Stone, Community Development Manager by email at matthew.stone@salvationarmy.org.uk or phone on 0118 958 3019. Continue reading Summer holiday clubs at Reading Salvation Army

Free resources for charity leaders from Clore Social Leadership

Clore Social Leadership has developed some free resources for those in leadership positions in the voluntary and community sector to help address leadership challenges. These tools are referred to as the ‘Backpack’ and contain the most impactful leadership tools they have gathered in the past 10 years of running leadership programmes. You can access the free resources on the website at www.cloresocialleadership.org.uk. Continue reading Free resources for charity leaders from Clore Social Leadership