Memberships & Awards

Dingley’s vision is the best start for every child.
  • Dingley’s Promise recognises the importance of joining forces with other organisations who are striving to achieve similar aims. 

    We are also proud and delighted to be recognised for our work. 



    Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO)

    For 30 years, ACEVO have provided support, development and an inspiring, collective campaigning voice for members across the UK.  ACEVO’s network of over 1,200 individuals includes the leaders of small, community based groups, ambitious medium-sized organisations, and well known, well-loved national and international not-for-profits.  Their vision is to see great leaders making the biggest difference. 

    BNI – Reading Central

    Reading Central BNI is a platinum standard, flagship chapter for the Berkshire and Wiltshire region.  The chapter has over 50 members, who share £3 million of business around the room every year.  If you’re looking to grow your business, then this is the place to be.  Visitors and members tend to love four key things about BNI and these four things form the foundation of everything we do as a chapter; Structure and Learning, Doing Business, Relationships and Teamwork. 

    Connect Reading

    Connect Reading is the business community partnership for Reading.  They are a registered charity and membership organisation that helps businesses based in Reading meet their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement objectives, and to get involved with community projects and initiatives.  They have an innovative, cross-sector approach to finding and brokering in-kind support (rather than fundraising), and provide businesses with insight into local priorities with personalised advice, information and guidance on ways they can help their community. 

    Council for Disabled Children

    The Council for Disabled Children are the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector with a membership of over 200 voluntary and community organisations and an active network of practitioners that spans education, health and social care.  As a membership body , they provide a collective voice that champions the rights of children, young people and their families and challenges barriers to inclusion.  They want disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs to have full and happy childhoods, to fulfil their potential, and be active within the community.  They also want parents of disabled children to be parents first – living ordinary lives.

    National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

    NCVO champions the voluntary sector and volunteering because they’re essential for a better society.  NCVO have a diverse community of over 13,000 member organisations – a third of the voluntary sector workforce in England.  They help the voluntary sector thrive by providing expert support and advice.

    Omni Local Business Networking

    Omni Local Business Networking is a vibrant, energetic, growing community of like-minded local business owners, spread over a wide range of different professions or trades, who have a wealth of experience and expertise, working within a network to pass business, connections and advice to each other. Not only will you find new clients/customers, but you will find trusted, local professional suppliers and services.

    Preschool Learning Alliance

    The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England.  A registered educational charity, the Alliance represents 14,000 member settings and supports them to deliver care and learning to over 800,000 families every year.

    Reading Advice Network (RAN)

    Reading Advice Network is a membership network of organisations that provides information, advice, guidance and non-statutory services to the Reading Community.  RAN brings together all the voluntary organisations that give information and advice to people who live or work in Reading.


    Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards 2018 – Finalist

    The Thames Valley boasts some of the most dynamic and successful companies in the UK.  It remains the cauldron of the country’s high-technology industries, the home of many manufacturing companies and a base for a wide variety of excellent service and professional organisations.  The Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards  (#TVBMA) is open to every company in the Thames Valley area and recognises not only profitability, innovation and employment but also the contribution made to the local economic community and the provision of support to culture and charities in the region.


    Safe and Sound Governance Award 2018 – Awarded

    Safe and Sound is a new quality award developed by Reading Voluntary Action that is locally relevant, credible and achievable.  Charities holding the award can have confidence in their level of governance, having given due consideration to its core responsibilities.

    Thames Valley Business and Community Awards 2017 – Awarded

    The Thames Valley Business and Community Awards are run and owned by The Great British Expos’ Ltd who have been organising various corporate events for the last 10 years, with a strong track record of producing well managed and attended business events across the region.  In celebration of their 5th Birthday, 2017 sees the launch of the Thames Valley Business and Community Awards (sponsored by Aspen Waite). These awards have been created to recognise businesses, charities, and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the region. 

    RAN Quality Standard 2017 – Awarded 

    The RAN Quality Standard delivered by Reading Advice Network supports charities to give quality information and advice.  It is designed to enable clients, funders and other organisations to feel confident in the service that Dingley’s Promise delivers.  After all, the right information and advice, given when people are facing a crisis or at their most vulnerable, can transform lives for the better.

    The Quality Standard focuses on various areas, including ensuring client’s needs are at the centre of service delivery and properly supervising service delivery.

    Recognised by Reading Borough Council, the Quality Standard will enable Dingley’s Promise to be part of a strong ‘unified voice’ to help shape service provision in Reading

    Newbury Weekly News Best in Business Awards 2017 – Awarded


    The Newbury Weekly News is proud to have taken over the responsibility of recognising and celebrating business success in West Berkshire and North Hampshire.  There are nine award categories, each sponsored by a local business with an overall winner in each category receiving the star award at the gala celebration dinner.  We are incredibly proud to have won an Award in the Charity Category.  Read more about our success here.

    Pride of Reading 2017 – Nominated

    The Pride of Reading awards celebrate exceptional courage, standards and success from individuals and business’ across Reading. The awards are hosted annually by Reading’s very own Chris Tarrant.  The nomination wishes to recognise our “fantastic work” with children who have additional needs and you can read about our nomination here.

    Guardian Public Service Award 2016 – Shortlisted

    Every year the Guardian judges are looking for the very best teams and projects from central and local government, housing, health, social care and the voluntary sector.  They aim to showcase the improvements and innovation underway across UK public services and recognise brilliant ideas, techniques and measurable impact.  We were so proud to have made the shortlist in 2016 and congratulate all the incredible winners.

    The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – Awarded in 2011

    We were delighted to have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2011.  This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.  To meet the criteria a Voluntary Group must

    • provide a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
    • be supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
    • be run locally
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