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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Berkshire Community Foundation: Vital for Berkshire Fund – deadline on 16 February 2023
    18 January 2023

    The 2023 Spring round of Vital For Berkshire fund aims to support charities, community groups, and projects that work to tackle the most salient and pressing issues within Berkshire’s communities at any given time. Who is eligible to apply: To be eligible to apply for a grant, your charity, community group, or voluntary organisation must be improving the ...

  • Reading’s Public Rights of Way Plan (ROWIP) Consultation – will close 19 February 2023
    17 January 2023

    Have your say on plans to improve Reading’s pathways and get more people walking We are inviting you to have your say on our second Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP2) which includes the Councils plans to maintain and improve the borough’s rights of way network in a bid to get more people using them. A 12-week ...

  • Community Fund – Deadline on 6 February 2023
    17 January 2023

    The Community Fund (previously known as the Police Property Act Fund) supports voluntary and community groups that help to prevent crime and keep communities safe. The Fund is open for applications twice a year for projects that help to achieve the objectives of the PCC’s Police and Criminal Justice Plan. This Fund is an opportunity for ...

  • Berkshire Digital Inclusion Survey
    12 January 2023

    The Berkshire Digital Infrastructure Group (DIG), comprising all six Berkshire local authorities, are working with market providers and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Barrier Busting Task Force to minimise barriers to Digital Infrastructure investments, reducing rollout costs and delays and leading to further investment into the county. Last year, they ran their first ...

  • Have your say on the future of your Fire and Rescue Service
    12 January 2023

    We would like to invite you to take part in a public consultation – on our draft Corporate Plan and Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) for the next four years. Royal Berkshire Fire Authority has set out how it intends to meet its goals to create safer and more resilient communities by preventing incidents, protecting homes ...

  • CYP Mental Health upskilling training opportunities brochure for 2023!
    12 January 2023

    We are pleased to share with you the upskilling training opportunities brochure for 2022/23, which now includes all of the HEE National CYPMH commissioned upskilling courses that are available in 2022/23. Click here to view the Brochure (opens .pdf in a new tab) The brochure includes opportunities for Crisis training, Inpatient training, Eating Disorder training and wider ...

  • ABC to Read receives grant!
    5 January 2023

    Reading Borough Council has awarded local reading charity ABC to Read a grant of £3,000 to recruit, train and support 10 new volunteers to give one-to-one mentoring to local children who are struggling to read! The grant will also be used to deliver workshops in Reading schools as well as training older students to mentor younger ...

  • Community Led Research Project, exciting opportunity in Reading!
    2 January 2023

    Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is working in partnership with Slough CVS, the University of Reading and the British Science Association in a community led research pilot. Community led research can create change and bring attention to important issues that matter to your community or organisation. Our researchers would like to speak informally to the communities and ...

  • GLL Sports Foundation Applications Open – until 20 February 2023
    24 December 2022

    GLL Sport Foundation support includes access to funding and training facilities. Over the last decade we have provided over 16,000 athlete awards and continue to be supported by ambassadors like Tom Daley and Perri Shakes-Drayton. Athletes are supported through the GLL Sport Foundation, the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, which in 2022 marks ...

  • PAMH Partnership
    20 December 2022

    What is the PAMH Partnership? The PAMH (Physical Activity for Mental Health) Partnership is a group of organisations working in Reading to deliver physical activity and mental health and wellbeing activities to the communities of Reading. The group came together to build on partnerships established in the Reading Mental Wellbeing Group and was successfully ...

  • GBA Resilience Survey – Deadline on 16 December 2022
    12 December 2022

    Please help Get Berskhire Active to understand what the state of play is in the local physical activity and sport sector so that we can develop ways to help all of you through this challenging time.  We are aware that many organisations are finding the effects of the cost of living increases and post covid environment ...

  • BME Youth: Together Fund – Deadline on 31 March 2023
    12 December 2022

    The Together Fund is a Sport England initiative that supports voluntary community organisations to recover and emerge from the long-term impacts of COVID-19. It concentrates mainly on supporting these groups to reach and engage their audiences in movement and physical activity. BME Youth is inviting clubs, groups, associations, and organisations to apply for Together Fund to ...

  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – deadline 28 March 2023
    12 December 2022

    JRCT is keen to support work that responds to the dual harms of the Covid-19 pandemic and systemic racism. Specifically, they wish to encourage work within or across our existing programme areas that scrutinises the responses and policies of powerful institutions and actors, and which envisions and builds support for transformative social change based on ...

  • Reading Mencap asks young people what they want from exciting new service!
    6 December 2022

    Reading Mencap is designing a new service for young people with learning disabilities, which will provide exciting opportunities for those aged 18 – 25. The aim is to provide skills-based training and horticultural activities on a site known as The Hort at Bulmershe Allotments, Reading RG6 1ET. Reading Mencap plans to transform the rundown, overgrown site into ...

  • Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 – Safeguarding in Everyday Life
    29 November 2022 Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 – Safeguarding in Everyday Life

    In the final part of the Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 there’s been coverage of how to look out for signs of abuse and how to act, in Safeguarding in Everyday Life. Derbyshire Safeguarding Adults Board have produced a video on spotting the signs of abuse and neglect which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTrmiJZ6yL8 (opens a new ...

  • Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 – Information on Elder Abuse
    29 November 2022

    As part of the Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 there has been coverage over Elder Abuse, including Key Facts about Elder Abuse from the World Health Organisation and What to look out for. Elder abuse is defined as a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation ...

  • The Giving Tree
    24 November 2022

    Are you SUPER excited about the magic of Christmas? Have you also been looking for a way to help someone in need, making their Christmas magical, too? Why head not head into town to get involved in Reading’s much-loved Giving Tree Campaign? The Giving Tree is run by local charity, Connect Reading. They support other local ...

  • Safeguarding Adults Week 2022
    23 November 2022

    Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 will focus on the theme ‘Responding to Contemporary Safeguarding Challenges’. From Monday, 21st November, 2022 until Sunday, 27th November, 2022 it is Safeguarding Adults Week, a time for organisations to come together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues.  We hope the week will enable more organisations and individuals to feel confident in ...

  • Provider Engagement Session: “The Front Door” – Improving the first point of contact with Reading Adult Social Care.
    17 November 2022

    Reading Borough Council is interested in working with Voluntary Sector Partners and others to enhance the Adult Social Care ‘Front Door’: the first point of contact for the Councils’ Advice & Wellbeing Hub. We are inviting you to an engagement session to tell you more about our vision and requirements, get your feedback and thoughts and ...

  • Reading Internship Scheme – Now open
    8 November 2022

    Does your organisation have a project that would be suitable for an intern to work on for a period 4-8 weeks? Then the Reading Internship Scheme could be for you! The University of Reading launched its flagship employability scheme, the Reading Internship Scheme for the 22/23 academic year. The scheme connects students and employers through paid ...

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