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Nominations for volunteer teams are now open for this year’s Reading Volunteer Awards. Every day volunteers are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, groups and communities throughout Reading. The Reading Volunteer Awards evening will bring together volunteers from across the voluntary and public sectors to thank them for the difference they make.
In preparation for the GDPR coming into force, here are 3 top tips for charities and community groups: 1. Don’t panic, but do make a plan – Yes, everyone is talking about GDPR and how the law around data protection will become stricter after 25 May, but please don’t panic. First things first, it’s an evolution not a revolution in data protection law…
Victims First Connect aims to create a localised link between those requiring support after being impacted by a crime and Victims First itself. It will allow someone to access a point in their community to find out more about the services available to victims of crime, receive crime prevention/safety advice, report a hate crime and/or have someone process a referral for support on their behalf.
The University of Reading is looking for local organisations to share their positive experiences of utilising the time, talent and enthusiasm of student volunteers. If you have had any positive experiences with a University of Reading student who has volunteered with you or your organisation, please complete the short form found at https://reading.onlinesurveys.ac.uk.
It’s hard enough being a parent without also having to find out about gaining employment. If you want clear, non-judgemental and confidential information, advice, guidance and support – specific to you and your situation, and you are a parent over the age of 25, unemployed and living in Reading, please contact Anna Chapman, School and Parent Engagement Officer at Reading Voluntary Action by phoning 01189 372054 or emailing email@example.com.
A vacant office at Central Library is available to rent on a short lease in accordance with the letting particulars set out below. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have a period of 8 weeks to submit a bid. The bidding deadline is noon on Friday 25 May 2018.
For those who have been eagerly awaiting the new round of Reaching Communities funding to commence under the new system, the Big Lottery have confirmed that this will be launched on 3 April. You can find out more on the website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk. RVA will also be hosting further one-to-one funding sessions with Big Lottery Funding Officers who can advise on proposed applications.
Reading Borough Council invites bids for the lease of Palmer Park Lodge in accordance with the council’s Third Sector Premises Policy Statement. Local organisations, voluntary or other, have until 16:00 on Thursday 10 May 2018 to submit a bid for the property. Bids are for the leasehold of the property. If no successful bids are received, the property will be re-marketed.
NHS England and NHS Improvement are working on plans to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday in July. The celebrations will include a programme of national, regional and local events across the whole health and social care system, including the voluntary sector. The term “NHS family” has been suggested to cover voluntary and community organisations which contribute to the NHS’s work as well as staff, volunteers, carers etc.
For sale, for conversion or redevelopment (mural to be retained): Reading Central Club, 36-42 London Street, Reading RG1 4SQ. Reading Central Club is currently vacant and the council has decided to dispose of a 999 year leasehold interest. In accordance with the Third Sector Premises Policy Statement agreed on the 16 February 2016, voluntary sector organisations have until noon on Friday 11 May 2018 to submit a bid for the property.