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

  • Updated guidance on the Job Retention Scheme
    6 April 2020

    The government guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retenion Scheme (JRS) was last updated on 4 April 2020, and this guidance contains some recent clarifications. Please continue to check all updates as the scheme is not expected to go live until the end of April. Recently the government clarified the position regarding public funding, which means that ...

  • Employment Law changes from 6 April 2020
    6 April 2020

    Further to last year’s Taylor Review and the Good Work Plan, new employment legislation comes into force today, Monday 6 April 2020. The changes include: Parental bereavement leave and pay; Written statement of employment particulars to be issued from day one of employment and must now also include: the days the employee or worker must work and if and ...

  • Update to Safeguarding Resources to train your volunteers
    6 April 2020

    We have updated our safeguarding resources and added ‘Reading Borough Council’s Safeguarding Information Sheet’, which is a very useful two page document summarising the core knowledge from Level 1 Safeguarding Adults and Universal Safeguarding Children. Here is the link: RVA Safeguarding Resources during the Coronavirus Pandemic This can be used by organisations to train new volunteers who ...

  • Wellbeing newsletter from RBC
    6 April 2020

    Reading Borough Council’s Wellbeing Newsletter has lots of useful information during the coronavirus outbreak. The latest issue features: Shopping tips during isolation, garden fun and keeping active. Daily coronavirus updates in British Sign Language from Signhealth. Joining the Thames Water priority list. Reading Museums and Libraries online. Accessing Health Visitor and GP services. Being alert to coronavirus scams. How to access the One ...

  • Online safety when delivering digital services to children, young people and adults at risk
    3 April 2020

    With many of us trying to work creatively with modern technology and social media  to keep in touch with many thousands of children, young people and adults at risk during the crisis, and to provide online versions of our services, perhaps for the first time, it is important to ensure that this is done safely ...

  • Mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak – round-up of support and information
    3 April 2020

    A round-up of information on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak Government guidance This week the government issued new guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus. It includes how you can connect with others during this time, helping those around you, looking after your physical wellbeing and managing your ...

  • Primary Care Hub to open at Walk-in Centre in Broad Street Mall
    3 April 2020

    Berkshire West CCG are opening two Primary Care Hubs for local people with coronavirus symptoms who require clinical assessment in the community. One will be at the Walk-in Centre in Reading’s Broad Street Mall and the second is being opened in a specially adapted space at Newbury Racecourse. They are due to open their doors ...

  • Message from Thames Valley Police
    3 April 2020

    Message from Nicholas John, Commander of Reading Police Area I understand that this is a difficult and worrying time for a lot people as we all make significant adjustments to our daily lives to follow the measures set out by the government. These measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus, ...

  • The Support Network – collective of businesses coaches offering free support
    3 April 2020

    A new collective of business coaches have been in touch to offer their support free of charge for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak. You can read more below and visit their website to get in touch with them. From The Support Network Amidst all the alarming stories about panic buying and selfish behaviour during the current ...

  • Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund – open for applications
    2 April 2020

    Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency they have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly. Successful organisations will ...

  • Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants – check if your charity is eligible
    2 April 2020

    The Government has updated its guidance on the cash grants for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure  (RHL) sector and confirms that: ‘Charities, which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award should still be considered to be eligible for the RHL grant.’ Eligible businesses ...

  • NCVO guidance on involving volunteers during coronavirus
    2 April 2020

    NCVO have added a new section to the coronavirus section of their online guidance and support for charities. The new section, Involving Volunteers, provides helpful guidance on how to involve volunteers safely in your services during the pandemic, and includes sections on: How volunteers can make a difference Re-directing volunteers if you cannot take on any more How volunteers ...

  • Heritage Emergency Fund – opening for applications soon
    1 April 2020

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50 million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The UK-wide fund will address immediate pressures over the next three to six months for those organisations most in need. It will be open for applications within the next ...

  • Charity Commission – updated guidance
    1 April 2020

    The Charity Commission has updated its coronavirus guidance for charities. It now includes a section on charitable objects. Many charities can rely on their existing charitable objects to deliver adapted services responding to the coronavirus pandemic in the community, however, charities will need to check their governing documents and update their charitable objects in some ...

  • The National Lottery Community Fund – funding approach in response to Covid-19
    31 March 2020

    The National Lottery Community Fund has issued a press release in relation to funding support during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to supporting existing grant holders, they have now decided that funding decisions for the next six months (up to £300m) will be devoted to addressing the current crisis. They are also intending to accelerate ...

  • Charities Aid Foundation Emergency Fund – applications open
    31 March 2020

    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a £5m emergency fund for small charities to reduce the impact of Covid-19 Applications are now open for grants of up to £10,000 to small charities that are directly impacted by the pandemic. They anticipate that there will be a high level of requests for support. Their funding priorities will focus ...

  • Round-up of funding for the coronavirus response
    31 March 2020

    A round-up of funding available to support the coronavirus response This list was last updated on 2 April 2020. See also Reading 4 Community. Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Charities Aid Foundation has launched a £5m emergency fund for small charities to reduce the impact of Covid-19. Applications are now open for grants of up to £10,000 to small charities ...

  • Guide for community groups offering coronavirus support services
    31 March 2020

    Thank you to all the community groups and charities in Reading, who are adapting their services and providing invaluable, additional support and services during this time. It really has been inspirational to see local social action. Your group may now be offering those who are self-isolating the following services: Shopping volunteers Collecting prescriptions Driving to essential medical appointments Telephone befriending RVA ...

  • Telephone befriending – training package
    31 March 2020 Champions to End Loneliness

    Keeping in touch with people if you are feeling lonely and isolated has never been more important and this need will increase as the weeks pass. Existing befriending schemes are now switching from face-to-face to telephone-based befriending.  Other voluntary, neighbourhood and community groups are looking into how to make the most of their volunteers to offer ...

  • Update on the coronavirus response
    31 March 2020

    Thank you for all you are doing to support the town and for working in partnership like never before, it’s amazing! In case you missed it, the One Reading Community Hub is open and calls are increasing day by day. Please don’t refer people to the hub if you can support their needs within your own ...

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