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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.

  • Traineeships for 19 to 24 year olds starting in October 2020
    2 July 2020

    New Directions College are offering traineeships for 19 to 24 year olds The traineeships, which start in October 2020, provide real work experience within Reading Borough Council or another local employer while gaining nationally accredited qualifications to improve skills and knowledge. Find out more Download a leaflet with more information. Book a place at the virtual information day on 8 ...

  • Drug alert for Reading
    1 July 2020

    Drug Alert issued by Kate Stockdale, the Senior Drug and Alcohol Commissioner at Reading Borough Council Over the last week in June 2020 there have been deaths within Berkshire, with Reading identified as a hot spot area. The dangerous substance currently being sold in Reading has been identified as contaminated blue tablets containing Flubromazolam reading “DAN ...

  • Mindful walking for mood and wellbeing – take part in University of Reading study
    1 July 2020

    We know that walking is good for us in many ways, and that time spent in natural surroundings can be beneficial to our health. Currently, there is a great deal of interest in mindfulness and its effects on mood and wellbeing. This study by psychologists at University of Reading looks at how these three activities (walking, ...

  • Sight loss: helping you to help others during coronavirus
    1 July 2020 Faces of sight loss

    Many people who haven’t interacted with anyone with sight loss before often feel worried about saying or doing the wrong thing, so the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have created a few top tips to help you answer your concerns. If you haven’t been around many people with sight loss before, it’s perfectly normal ...

  • Loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups
    1 July 2020

    New research published to tackle loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups. A cross-faculty team from the University of Sheffield has collaborated with colleagues from Brunel and De Montfort Universities on a major new project focused on better understanding loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups. Samir Jeraj of the Race Equality Foundation said: Many of us with a ...

  • Can you help Reading Family Aid find a venue for their Christmas toy project?
    1 July 2020

    Reading Family Aid needs your help! We’re searching for a new and larger venue in Reading (minimum of roughly 500m2) for our Christmas toy project this year, which in 2019 collected and distributed new and nearly-new toys to over 2,000 vulnerable children. A large corporate office space would be ideal – maybe one that’s currently not being used ...

  • Great Get Together Facebook Community Grants programme – open until 12 July 2020
    1 July 2020

    The Jo Cox Foundation’s The Great Get Together is partnering with Facebook to launch the Great Get Together Facebook Community Grants programme. Inspired by how communities around the UK have worked to stay connected during the Covid-19 crisis, they’ll be awarding grants to enable this incredible work to continue throughout the rest of the year. They are ...

  • British Red Cross – Hardship Fund
    30 June 2020

    The British Red Cross Hardship Fund aims to address acute hardship and suffering to the those who are vulnerable, providing a short-term financial safety net for people most impacted by the pandemic. The fund aims to support up to 13,000 of the most vulnerable over a three-month period. Who can apply? Local Authorities and charity partners can contact ...

  • Service update from Royal Berkshire Hospital
    26 June 2020

    The Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire Hospital today put out a message to patients to reassure them it’s safe to attend for appointments and vital to keep the dates set for any planned surgery. The move comes after clinicians at the hospital reported low numbers of people turning up for allotted clinic slots or operations ...

  • Virtual Vigil brings #ReadingTogether in memory of Forbury Gardens victims
    26 June 2020

    A Virtual Vigil will be held in honour of the victims of Forbury Gardens on Saturday 27 June – exactly one week after the horrific attacks In the days following the attacks, Reading has seen an outpouring of grief and sadness that has united the local community, and has received solidarity and support from people around the ...

  • Intergenerational Music Making Training – online training session
    25 June 2020

    Connecting Generations – Connecting communities – Connecting across Covid-19 through music and the arts The training aims to inspire, equip and further embed the use of music and more specifically intergenerational practice in care, health, community and education settings. The training will offer best practice toolkits for art facilitators and health and education professionals to adapt ...

  • Harnessing creativity for meaningful connections – free training event
    25 June 2020

    The Southbank Centre, The Local Trust and Torbay Community Development Trust will share inspiration for creatively connecting communities. Whether through art, music, theatre or dance, creativity and connection go hand in hand. Join this webinar to hear from Coalition members including the Southbank Centre, The Local Trust and Torbay Community Development Trust about inspiring and practical ...

  • Ready Friends June Befriending Forum
    25 June 2020

    More than 30 participants joined the first ever Zoom-hosted Befriending Forum on 18 June, from across the Reading voluntary and community sector, Reading Borough Council, Berkshire Healthcare (BFHT), local business and Bradford University. The event was themed around the mental health needs of local people, especially during lockdown and opened with a presentation from James Momoh from Talking Therapies at ...

  • BAME fundraising conference – online
    24 June 2020

    #CharitySoWhite’s Martha Awojobi, in partnership with Fundraising Everywhere, will be hosting the first ever BAME Fundraising Conference on 29 July that will provide organisations with the tools, connections and resources to do brilliant fundraising. This conference will feature incredible BAME speakers, in fundraising and beyond, who will share their insights and techniques for fundraising success. Sessions ...

  • Karibu in Swahili means Welcome – oral literature workshops
    24 June 2020

    Welcome to an online oral literature workshop which is facilitated by a writer and a trained counsellor with the aim of bringing people together. As the world goes through very unprecedented and challenging times, we want you to know that you are not alone and that you matter. Your voice matters. Your background is important. In ...

  • Reading Community Grants scheme launched
    24 June 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce this new funding for small community groups in Reading, who are embedded in and providing grass roots support to their communities. We have received £10,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation to distribute in this way and qualifying groups can apply for up to £2,000 each. RVA values and supports the ...

  • Government guidance: Easing of restrictions from 4 July
    24 June 2020

    Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the government’s plan to continue to ease the restrictions around social distancing. Some additional guidance is now available: Opening certain businesses from 4 July Social distancing guidance up to 4 July Social distancing guidance from 4 July Organisations should continue to take particular care with any service users, staff, volunteers or members of the public who ...

  • Meet the RVA team: David Neale, Digital Inclusion Development Worker
    23 June 2020

    David joined RVA in 2013, and these days manages the Get Online project and works towards promoting better digital literacy and internet access throughout Reading. Although Reading has a generally highly qualified population there are significant demographics and geographical areas that have been left behind, where many people still don’t get the full benefit of ...

  • Berkshire Vision’s remote activities programme for July
    23 June 2020 Berkshire Vision Logo

    As always, no internet access is required to join in. This month includes peer support coffee mornings for the newly diagnosed and for those with Macular Degeneration as well as a new gardening club. If you’re new to our remote activities programme and you are unsure how it all works or feeling nervous, let us know ...

  • Advice on coping with heat and Covid-19 as heatwave level 2 warning issued for this week
    23 June 2020

    A heatwave level 2 warning has been issued from Wednesday 24 June to Friday 26 June 2020 This means that temperatures are likely to rise to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people and those with long-term conditions. Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old ...

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