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  • RVA Members’ Meeting and AGM 2020
    21 October 2020

    Are you ready for winter 2020? We would be delighted if you can join us for our Members’ Meeting and AGM – via Zoom, of course. We’ll be sharing RVA’s plans for the winter and hearing from members and partners about the support you need over the coming months. We look forward to welcoming you. Please register ...

  • Violence Reduction Hospital Navigators – applications to run scheme open until 23 October 2020
    21 October 2020

    The Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit are inviting applications from Reading-based organisations to receive £25,000 to design, implement and deliver a Hospital Navigators Scheme to reduce serious violence. The service will be based within the emergency department at Royal Berkshire Hospital. The age range of clients is not specified, however, the scheme aims to reach ...

  • Safeguarding Adults online training through RBC – various dates
    21 October 2020

    RBC have now introduced an online version of their Safeguarding Adults Level 1 training. Everyone working or volunteering with adults at risk (vulnerable adults) should attend this type of training. The above RBC training is also available to voluntary and community groups in Reading and free to attend. It is an accredited course but you must ...

  • Reading Refugee Support Group AGM
    21 October 2020

    Dear members, service users, volunteers, supporters, donors and staff members You are warmly invited to attend our short formal AGM meeting and updates on our projects. There will be a formal meeting, followed by a service user testimony and addresses from RRSG patron Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading, and the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Mary Riall. We particularly ...

  • E-learning Bookkeeping training – learn at your own pace
    20 October 2020

    Are you a volunteer for a small community group in Reading wanting to learn the basics of bookkeeping? If so, we are pleased to say that our training partner, Holybrook Associates, are able to offer an online e-learning option where you can learn at your own pace, through videos and resources. If you are not yet ...

  • Charities Aid Foundation Resilience Fund – applications open until 10 November 2020
    20 October 2020

    The Charites Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a £20 million fund aimed at both registered and unregistered charitable organisations, including community interest companies and social enterprises, with an income of between £50,000 and £10 million and who were established on or before 31 August 2019. What are the funding priorities? The fund aims to help a number ...

  • East Reading Emergency Planning
    19 October 2020

    Calling all East Enders! Preparing for Winter 2020 and Emergency Planning RVA is hosting this event in partnership with Ethical Reading as part of the Reading Climate Change Festival and we hope you can join us. We will celebrate the community response during the Covid lockdown and consider how we might work together through Winter 2020 and ...

  • Market Engagement: Mental Health Safe Haven/Crisis Café in Reading – closing date 6 November 2020
    19 October 2020

    Berkshire West CCG is looking to expand services in Reading for people experiencing a mental health crisis. With services expected to start in Summer 2021 from provider premises in Reading, the CCG is considering awarding a 3 year, plus 1 year optional extension, contract worth circa £160K per annum. The CCG is considering this provision in ...

  • Universal Safeguarding Children e-learning refresher training
    19 October 2020

    The Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership and Brighter Futures for Children are offering an online free refresher e-learning on Universal Safeguarding Children. This e-learning is designed for anyone who comes into contact with children and young people, including staff and volunteers in the voluntary and community sector. This course can be used as an introduction or ...

  • Covid-secure meeting rooms open at RISC
    19 October 2020

    While the ‘rule of six’ means that many leisure and recreational groups are unable to meet at the moment, some groups are still able to meet If you teach yoga, pilates, tai chi or similar and are looking for a central location to hold your classes why not consider the hall at RISC? The hall has ...

  • Universal Safeguarding Children – for charities and community groups, via Zoom
    19 October 2020

    We’re pleased to announce that our popular universal safeguarding children session has now been adapted to take place via Zoom and is available to charities and community groups offering services in Reading. All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through ...

  • Curating for Change – enabling D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse people to fulfil their potential in museums
    19 October 2020 Two people exploring museum exhibit

    Have you always wanted to work in a Museum as a Curator but never managed to get a foot in the door? Do you love Museums but wondered what different career paths are available to you? Accentuate  is planning a brand new work placement programme called Curating for Change, to develop skills to enable D/deaf, disabled ...

  • Kickstart Scheme – New Directions College is the local gateway provider
    16 October 2020

    New Directions College, part of Reading Borough Council, in partnership with Reading UK CIC, are acting as a Gateway Provider for the Kickstart Scheme. If you are an employer looking to offer a job placement through the Kickstart Scheme, you can register your interest here. Charities can also apply. As a Gateway provider, New Directions will ...

  • Covid-19: infection rates in Reading continue to rise fast
    16 October 2020 Covid-19: infection rates in Reading continue to rise fast

    As Covid-19 infection rates in Reading continue to rise fast, Reading Borough Council are sharing a message from David Munday, Reading’s dedicated Public Health Consultant, helping ensure we have the best possible local response to the Covid pandemic. In this video, David outlines the latest Covid data from Reading, and explains how to stay safe, including ...

  • Become Mental Health Aware – two half-day training sessions on 30 November and 1 December 2020 Via Zoom
    15 October 2020

    This online Mental Health Awareness course is open to anyone currently volunteering with a local group, involved in informal volunteering and/or community action in Reading or anyone considering taking on such a role. The course is offered free of charge. The two half-day course will run over Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December, 1-30-4pm, via ...

  • Free Cookery Course Online
    14 October 2020

    We can’t meet face-to-face yet, but we can still get together to cook some healthy, delicious, quick and easy recipes online 6 sessions beginning Wednesday 4 November, 10.30am-12.30pm. You need to download the Zoom app onto the device you’re going to use and have an email address. Step 1: book yourself a place by emailing michele@risc.org.uk or ringing 0118 9586692. Step ...

  • From the Jobseeker’s Perspective
    14 October 2020

    Are you job-hunting? Do you know someone who is? Join Connect Reading for an opportunity to hear others share experiences and resources. The pandemic has had a huge impact on many people’s employment status. From the Jobseeker’s Perspective is an event for those looking for work and those supporting jobseekers. We’ll hear from Connect Reading members with ...

  • Key updated government guidance this week – what your charity needs to know
    14 October 2020

    This week the government announced the new local Covid alert levels. You can read a summary here. Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area. This information is also relevant to charities and community groups in managing services. The ...

  • Photocopier available for free to local group
    14 October 2020

    NIS have a photocopier going spare that they would be happy to donate to a local voluntary group The copier is a Canon black/white only, A4/A3 office size printer/copier/scanner – it is in good working order with a spare toner. It is similar to the one pictured above. You will need to be able to collect the ...

  • Free mediation and conflict resolution Q&A session
    14 October 2020

    The Small Charities Coalition (SCC) is hosting a free Q&A session tomorrow (15 October) between 3-4pm online on the topic of mediation and conflict resolution in relation to employment situations. The session will be run by a HR consultant in partnership with SCC and the 1 hour session will include: Formal conflict resolution processes – grievance ...

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