News

Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Royal Mencap petition to refund social care – please circulate and sign
    12 August 2020

    Social care for people with a learning disability is at crisis point. Families have suffered greatly, especially during the coronavirus lockdown with devastating cuts to their support. Social care allows people with a learning disability to live independent lives and gives their families the support they desperately need. But the social care sector has seen a ...

  • NAVCA’s campaigns: #NeverMoreNeeded and#HeartOfOurCommunity
    12 August 2020

    #NeverMoreNeeded – get your organisation involved NAVCA’s #NeverMoreNeeded campaign is highlighting how charities and other not-for-profit organisations make our communities stronger and provide support no-one else can in the toughest times. The government cannot afford to overlook or undervalue the not for profit sector at the moment. As we navigate the worst impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, ...

  • Smart Works Reading virtual services – still supporting women
    12 August 2020

    Smart Works Reading’s free service is currently being delivered remotely either through a video link or telephone call. Claire Lawley, Service Delivery Manager, said: It’s the same hour-long, tailored 1-2-1 session with one of our HR professional volunteers. We’re still providing free interview clothes that are especially selected to meet the client’s requirements. These are posted from ...

  • Update on the council’s Covid outbreak control communication plan
    12 August 2020

    Local authorities and public health teams are responsible for developing local Covid outbreak control plans – that means plans to prevent local outbreaks, and in the event that one happens, to manage the local response and any potential lockdown. RBC have published a summary of their plan and you can read it here www.reading.gov.uk/c19outbreakplan. Read more ...

  • Citizens Advice Reading are offering free energy advice appointments over the telephone
    12 August 2020

    Citizens Advice Reading are offering free energy advice appointments over the telephone Winter is just around the corner – call us now for help! Do you, or anyone you know need help saving money on your electricity, gas and water bills? Are you or someone you know having problems with the following? Disputes or problems with utility ...

  • Take steps to support local women – PACT’s STEPtember challenge
    12 August 2020

    Join us this September and take steps to empower women! Welcome to our STEPtember challenge to raise money for Alana House, PACT’s community project for vulnerable women, based in Reading. The challenge is simple: choose a goal, donate or fundraise for Alana House and get stepping! You can do your steps any time through the month of ...

  • Need help with Zoom and adapted services? Take a look at our slides from June 2020
    12 August 2020

    As lockdown continues, many charities and community groups are continuing to offer remote or virtual services as a way of reducing risk. If your community group or charity is looking for guidance on adapting services online, take a look at the slides from a session we held on 25 June, which included: 1. Speaker: Ruth Pearse, ...

  • Nominations now open for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2021
    12 August 2020

    Nominations are now open for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QVAS) 2021. The QAVS is the highest award for voluntary groups and is the equivalent of the MBE. Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work may be nominated for the award. Previous Berkshire-based award recipients include Reading Progress Theatre, Reading Refugee ...

  • Changes to the shielding rules and how to keep your volunteers safe
    11 August 2020

    The government updated its guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable individuals on 1 August 2020 and paused ‘shielding’. Community groups and charities may be wondering how this affects their volunteers, staff and service users. Below are some common questions that we have had and some answers to help you when planning your services and involving volunteers, who ...

  • Online fundraising training from NCVO in August and September
    7 August 2020

    If your charity or community group is looking for online affordable fundraising training over the next couple of months, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) are running online workshops on the following fundraising topics: 19 August 2020: Case for Support Workshop articulate your purpose – your ‘why’ – and the difference that you make consider what your ...

  • The Parent Employment Wellbeing project
    6 August 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce a new project to be delivered by our Schools and Parent Engagement Officer, Anna Chapman. Anna works with partners across sectors to maximise the opportunities available for parents, acting as the link between parents, schools and organisations. The new Parent Employment Wellbeing project (PEW) is for parents over the ...

  • Sport in Mind – introducing walks and outdoor Tai Chi sessions
    5 August 2020

    Sport in Mind is very happy to offer two activities in Reading, open to anyone over 18 experiencing mental health issues, starting this week. Laura Brooks, Development Manager for Sport in Mind, said: We are so pleased to be able to start up some sessions again and know they have been missed by many of the ...

  • New online support network for children and young people struggling with mental health difficulties
    5 August 2020

    The youth counselling service Kooth will now complement a range of other mental health support packages provided for youngsters across Berkshire West. It’s primarily aimed at dealing with issues around Covid but will play a key role in supporting the young people re-adjust to life post-Covid. Kooth provides a seven day a week online platform with ...

  • Babies and children under 3 years should NOT wear face coverings
    5 August 2020

    Health officials are warning that babies and children under the age of three must not wear masks or face coverings as they pose serious risks of choking and suffocation. The Government introduced new rules on face masks in public places last month but, following the news that some shops were selling masks for very young children, ...

  • Our Volunteer Brokerage Service is back – do you have opportunities to fill?
    5 August 2020

    Our www.rgneeds.me volunteer brokerage site is now back up and running after being offline whilst we focused on the response to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. You are now able to post new opportunities or to ask us to republish opportunities that had been live on the site previously. We know many organisations are still ...

  • Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – applications open until 17 August
    5 August 2020

    The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage will support organisations across the heritage ecosystem that were financially sustainable before Covid-19, have exhausted all other financing options, and are now at risk of failure. grants from £10,000 to £3million for organisations in England only funding must be spent by the end of this financial year, 31 March 2021 For more information ...

  • Universal Safeguarding Children Training
    4 August 2020

    Do your staff or volunteers need to update their safeguarding training? Brighter Futures for Children are offering virtual Universal Safeguarding Children training. This can also be accessed by voluntary and community groups in Reading and replaces their face to face sessions. Who should attend: Any staff or volunteer who delivers services to children and young people, including ...

  • Universal Safeguarding Children Training
    4 August 2020

    Do your staff or volunteers need to update their safeguarding training? Brighter Futures for Children are offering virtual Universal Safeguarding Children training. This can also be accessed by voluntary and community groups in Reading and replaces their face to face sessions. Who should attend: Any staff or volunteer who delivers services to children and young people, including ...

  • Veg4Reading – sharing the local community harvest
    3 August 2020

    A project in Reading to share fresh vegetables and fruit with hundreds of families and others badly affected by the fallout from the coronavirus crisis has made its first deliveries from their ‘home-grown’ harvest last week Basic food parcels have been a lifeline for many people in Reading who have found their incomes suddenly drop or ...

  • Community groups – have your say on Berkshire West health and wellbeing strategy – deadline 7 August 2020
    3 August 2020

    A Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is being developed for Berkshire West. This will be a 10- year strategy and will set the direction for council and health services over this time period. West Berkshire Council are keen to hear from vulnerable and hard to reach groups in order to gain a broad idea of what ...

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