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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.

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

    The government updated it’s guidance on for clinically extremely vulnerable individuals on 1 August 2020 and paused ‘shielding’. Can you remind me, who are clinically extremely vulnerable individuals again (CEV individuals)? The government guidance states that expert doctors in England have identified specific medical conditions that, based on what is known about the virus so far, place ...

  • 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 Learning objectives: articulate your purpose – your ‘why’ – and the difference that you make consider what ...

  • 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 ...

  • Covid-19 Emergency Funding via NLCF – still time to apply by 17 August
    31 July 2020

    Back in May the government launched its Coronavirus funding for charities, some of which has been distributed through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) This funding will now close for applications on 17 August at 12 noon. All applications received before this date will continued to be assessed, so there is still time to apply if ...

  • Covid-19 Community-led Organisations Recovery Scheme
    30 July 2020

    The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme will offer grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. They are prioritising: Multi purpose organisations BAME led or BAME supporting organisations Funding may be used to: help people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; provide services and ...

  • ESFA Community Training Grants available – next deadline 24 August
    29 July 2020

    Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Community Training Grants, which are available to apply for on a rolling basis, are grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects that will support unemployed and economically inactive people on their journey towards paid employment. In light of the economic impact of the pandemic, funding such as this, ...

  • Free topical Zoom talks with the Directory of Social Change
    29 July 2020

    The Directory of Social Change (DSC) are hosting a series FREE of Zoom talks on a range of very topical subjects in August. These sessions may be of interest to charity trustees and managers.  Please register directly with DSC through the links below. Racism: Not in our sector? 12 Aug, 5-6pm Campaigns such as #CharitySoWhite have challenged the ...

  • Celebrating Volunteering – Share your volunteering stories with us!
    29 July 2020

    As many of you will know the Covid-19 outbreak forced us to postpone this year’s Reading Volunteer Awards scheduled to have taken place in June. Whilst we don’t know if, when and in what form the Awards will take place we do know that volunteers have been at the forefront of the community response to ...

  • Reading Family Aid launch Summer Toy Project
    28 July 2020

    Article updated on 22 July with further instructions on the donation process – see below Most children have been away from school for many, many weeks and parents are running out of things for them to do. For many disadvantaged families in Reading this has been particularly stressful and it isn’t likely to improve soon. In ...

  • Handling Personal Data Training – 5 Aug
    23 July 2020

    Time: 1pm – 2pm All organisations, including charities and community groups, have a responsibility to safeguard the personal data of service users, staff, volunteers, contractors and anyone whose personal data they collect or use in the delivery of their services. What this course will cover This 1 hour online course will explain the basics of data protection, ...

  • How to support staff wellbeing during coronavirus
    22 July 2020

    If your charity or community group is thinking about how the impact of coronavirus is affecting your staff and volunteers, NCVO’s mental health and wellbeing group has written a useful blog on supporting staff wellbeing during coronavirus and looks at the following themes: Compassionate leadership Understanding how employees are affected and offering sources of support Creating new ways ...

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