Following the unanimous vote at the General Meeting of RCVYS on Monday 6 November 2017, the Trustees applied to the Charity Commission on Monday 18 December 2017 to remove RCVYS from the Charity Register. No challenges to the closure were received by the Charities Commission and RCVYS was duly removed from the Charities Register on 25 April 2018.
The Trustees would like to thank all its members and past supporters for their help and friendship in our mission to support local organisations to help keep Reading children and young people safe, healthy and happy. Also, we would like to thank all the past employees of RCVYS, especially Ben Cross who worked tirelessly for the charity for 11 years, and to Sarah Harris, our Administrator who helped to close the charity and leave it in such good order.
Reading Voluntary Action are now our main local infrastructure organisation supporting local charities and also the organisation who will take some of our most important work forward in the coming years. They and some other very worthy local charities have been the recipients of the disbursement of our remaining funding, as shown below.
Distribution of funds
After all outstanding liabilities were settled the Trustees distributed the surplus funds as follows:
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)
A grant of £8,000 has been made to enable RVA to continue the RCVYS Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Special Interest Group. This is to enable RVA to continue the work RCVYS started with local charities with an interest in children and young people with ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities’ (SEND) by running the SEND SIG over the next four years. The grant is to help RVA host and facilitate a forum where SEND Voluntary Organisations can continue to work together to share information and knowledge and to work better with the local authority to ensure the best outcomes for their client groups. It is envisaged that the Forum will appoint or elect, from their number, representatives to sit on local statutory forums, working groups, steering groups, etc, to represent the whole local SEND Voluntary sector including reporting back to the group to consider further action.
The remaining funding received by RCVYS for the Youth and Families Development Worker has been transferred to Berkshire Youth. The RCVYS employee Charlotte Netherton-Sinclair has also transferred to Berkshire Youth to continue her work there.
No. 5 Young People’s Counselling Service
A grant of £5,000 has been made to No. 5 Young People’s Counselling Service to contribute to their training programme ‘Introduction to Counselling Skills’ which will be delivered to professionals and others who work with children and young people across Reading. This will include both statutory and non-statutory sector workers/professionals. The aim of the training is to enable individuals working with children and young people to better listen and understand their concerns, as well as helping them to communicate more effectively.
A grant of £5,000 was made to support the training of Early Years Practitioners in schools across Reading. The grant will be used to support the delivery of two cohorts across Reading of a training course for 11 trainees at a 75% discount on the cost price. It is hoped this will support Dingley’s work to ensure that children with SEND in Reading will get the best start in their educational life.
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)
A grant of £5,500 has been made to RVA to continue providing the RCVYS Safeguarding training programme, with a provision that part of this money is to be spent on delivering Universal Safeguarding Training. For the full training programme see the RVA Website.
A grant of £3,000 has been made in recognition of the support provided by YMCA Reading to RCVYS for offices and many other services over the years.
ABC to Read
The Trustees have provided a grant of £4,500 to ABC to Read to support their ‘Ready to Read’ programme and extend this to the parents and carers of early-years children in Reading. The funding will also be used to offer this course to volunteers active in supporting the families of vulnerable early-years children, to allow them to be able to cascade advice and reassurance to parents and carers supported by them.
A grant of £4,500 has been made to help support the provision of autism training for staff and volunteers who work with children with autism in Reading, in voluntary groups, schools or Children’s Social Care. The Learning Outcomes for staff and volunteers will be, 1) to improve their knowledge of autism, 2) to be able to improve support for children in their settings and, 3) to feel more confident supporting children and young people with autism and their parents and carers.
There was also a very small amount of funding remaining after these disbursements were made of £193.11, which was also given to RVA.
RCVYS Trustees: Alison Steedman, Jill Lake, Mike Edwards, Leslie Macdonald