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  • Reading Community Grants Projects
    2 December 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is working with the 8 successful applicants to the Reading Community Grants programme, who each received a share of the £10k funding that was made possible through a new partnership initiative with Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF). The purpose of the programme is to enable small community-based groups, mostly run entirely by volunteers, ...

  • ESFA Community Training Grants – updated deadline 18 January 2021
    2 December 2020

    Grants of £5,000 – £20,000 are available for projects in the Thames Valley Berkshire area that help people improve their employment prospects by either moving them into employment or by establishing a route towards employment. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), and European Social Fund (ESF) are co-financing the grant scheme to help projects which ...

  • Local Authority Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) – applications open until 13 December 2020
    1 December 2020

    The following has been provided by Reading UK CIC and may be applicable to some charities, who fit the criteria. Please also refer to the link below from Charity Tax Group for further information.  On 31 October 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support for Local Authorities under national and Local Covid Alert Level ...

  • Guidance on managing youth sector activities and spaces during Covid-19
    1 December 2020

    The National Youth Agency (NYA), the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England, has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector ...

  • Friends of the Elderly Grants for older people in financial need
    30 November 2020

    Friends of the Elderly (FotE) provide grants of up to £400 to older people living on low incomes. Who can apply Older people who are: Resident in England and Wales Of/over state pension age In privately owned, privately rented, or social housing, but NOT in residential care or a nursing home Living on low incomes and with savings of less than ...

  • Mental Health Community Grants – open until 9 December 2020
    27 November 2020

    We are pleased to announce this new funding to deliver early help and wellbeing support for Black and Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities within Berkshire West. The programme aims to identify voluntary sector organisations that can deliver and support BAMER groups in our communities accessing early help, support with navigating the system to access ...

  • Survey – how older people use digital access to GP Surgeries
    26 November 2020

    ‘Mrs Harris the doctor will Zoom you now!’ The pandemic has accelerated the trend of GP practices using  ‘digital first’ modes of contact and access. But how are you coping? How are older people coping? South Reading Patient Voice is surveying people over 50 in Reading to ask how they find digital access to GP surgeries. They ...

  • Government guidance: local restriction tiers from 2 December 2020
    24 November 2020

    Article last updated on 27/11/2020  Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week, the government has published updated guidance on what the local restriction tiers will mean after national lockdown ends on 2 December. You can read the full guidance here. The exemptions for providing voluntary or charitable services will remain in all tiers but organisations should ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Awards – nominations open until 15 December 2020
    24 November 2020

    Nominate your Berkshire physical activity lockdown heroes This year Get Berkshire Active are awarding those who have had a positive impact in Berkshire during the Covid-19 pandemic. It could be an individual, or a club, organisation or school which is based in or benefits the residents of Berkshire. The criteria for this award are broad due to ...

  • Food waste collections for Reading residents – starting in February 2021
    24 November 2020

    Reading Borough Council is introducing a weekly food waste collection for residents in February 2021, as well as reducing the size of the general waste bins. The recycling team are keen to engage with as many community associations as possible. If you are able to help with distribution of information to residents of Reading they would ...

  • Didymus funding for social inclusion – rolling deadline
    23 November 2020

    Didymus seeks to help and encourage smaller charities who are working in the areas of social inclusion, education, the arts, equality and diversity and religious understanding. Their aim in all cases is to provide appropriate resources to these charities so that the people they are supporting may flourish. They are particularly committed to supporting those who ...

  • MHCLG Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund – deadline 2 December 2020
    23 November 2020

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced £2 million of transformation funding for the homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector to bring forward single room and Covid-19 secure accommodation this winter. The fund opened on 21 October 2020, and funding will be allocated by18 December 2020. Homeless Link with be distributing ...

  • Asda Foundation Feeding Communities Grant – deadline 6 December 2020
    23 November 2020

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Asda Foundation has created the Feeding Communities Grant scheme. Grants of up to £1,000 can contribute to meals which cost £4.00 or less for those in need in the run up to Christmas. This includes individuals, families, and meals at children’s healthy holiday clubs. Who can apply? Not-for-profit registered charities, registered ...

  • Energy vouchers available from Citizens Advice Reading – by referral
    23 November 2020

    Organisations in Berkshire who work with people who may be struggling with their energy bills, for all sorts of reasons – debts, loss of job, because they are vulnerable or elderly or living in cold homes  – can make a referral to Citizens Advice Reading for energy vouchers. Citizens Advice Reading is reaching out through Berkshire ...

  • Befriending Forum
    23 November 2020

    Join us on Zoom for the next quarterly Ready Friends Befriending Forum on 3 December from 1pm. As well as a great networking opportunity for Reading’s local community groups and organisations, you’ll find out about recent local and national developments that can help us take action on loneliness and social isolation. The Psychology of Loneliness Ready Friends is ...

  • Winter Wellbeing for Volunteers
    23 November 2020

    This is a FREE 4 week course starting on Tuesday 24th for all volunteers supporting lonely and vulnerable people through this winter crisis.   In a friendly and relaxed group learn: What makes winter such a difficult time for people Practical ideas for looking after your own wellbeing and managing stress Ideas and suggestions for boosting other people’s mood and wellbeing Click ...

  • Parenting Special Children AGM
    20 November 2020

    Join Parenting Special Children for their AGM on 3 December, 7pm-8.30pm We are delighted to celebrate the services that the charity has provided, especially during this challenging year. It is also an opportunity to meet the trustees and the PSC Team. We would love you to join us. Read more and book you place here.  

  • Charities supporting gift giving for children this holiday season
    18 November 2020

    This article was updated on 18 November with details from The Salvation Army The winter holidays are fast approaching, and with this second lockdown affecting livelihoods and incomes, families will undoubtedly be anxious about providing for their children. There are a handful of charities in and around Reading able to support gift giving this year. Below ...

  • Covid-19 Behaviour insight survey – open until 23 November 2020
    18 November 2020

    Survey open until 23 November 2020 The Public Health and Wellbeing Team at Reading Borough Council are working to understand how they can communicate key Covid-19 messages in an engaging, motivating and mobilising way with people living in Berkshire, and have launched a survey to do this which will be live until Sunday 23 November 2020. Follow ...

  • What’s on at Compass Recovery College – November and December 2020
    18 November 2020

    Compass Recovery College offers free courses, workshops and activities to help improve your mental health and wellbeing. We welcome adults (18 years+) with lived experience of mental illness or life challenges, along with friends, family and carers. Courses in November How to Beat the Winter Blues (4 sessions). Starting Friday 27  November, 12.00pm -1.00pm via Zoom. Being Creative ...

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