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  • Slides from the Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop
    13 December 2018

    There was a great turn out at the Cultural Commissioning Ready workshop on 13 December. If you weren’t able to attend, you can take a look at the slides here: Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop Presentation The fund will open in January 2019 and a full specification will be available then (date to be confirmed). In the meantime, if ...

  • Local Charities Day – Friday 14 December 2018
    12 December 2018

    Friday 14 December is Local Charities Day Local Charities Day, run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is all about showcasing the amazing work of charities and volunteers and showing how you make a real difference to your local communities. You can find out more here and here. A large part of this day will be taking place on social ...

  • Second year of Reading, Place of Culture funding – opens in January
    12 December 2018

    Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the second year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Funding is available to organisations to deliver participatory arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes by, with and for Reading residents, particularly those less likely ...

  • Polling Station Review – open until 2 January 2019
    5 December 2018

    Residents are being asked for their views as part of the Reading Borough Council’s review of polling districts and polling stations in Reading. Every local authority must review its polling districts and polling places every five years, with a public consultation forming part of that review. It is important to note that the review does not ...

  • Subsidised Management Training from January 2019
    5 December 2018

    Alan Hester Associates is offering Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accredited training for managers of voluntary and community organisations in Berkshire. The training is subsidised by the European Social Fund (ESF), meaning that training, materials and support are free. Your organisation pays only a one-off ILM registration fee of £129 (normally £1,200). The course gives you ...

  • One more day to take part in Maternity Care Survey – closes 6 December 2018
    5 December 2018

    Local Healthwatches have joined together (Buckinghamshire, Wokingham Borough, Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and Reading) to get mothers’ feedback on what was important to them while they were pregnant. The NHS will use their views to make maternity care better. The NHS have asked Healthwatch to run this survey, following the National Maternity Review. The review said that ...

  • Free webinars from The Foundation for Social Improvement – to celebrate Local Charities Day
    5 December 2018

    Did you know that next Friday – 14 December 2018 – is Local Charities Day? Each year, Local Charities Day shines a spotlight on the incredible work local charities do to build healthy and happy communities in our country. To support our fantastic local charity members and celebrate Local Charities Day, the FSI will be running 15 free 30 ...

  • EU Settlement Scheme – grant scheme open until 1 February 2019
    5 December 2018

    The Home Office has announced the launch of up to £9 million of grant funding, available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to help vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens needing additional support when applying for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The Home Office states that: Ensuring that vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens and their families are ...

  • Funding: Support for Children Leaving Care
    5 December 2018

    Brighter Futures For Children is improving support and accommodation for young people leaving care. Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) is a new independent organisation that is providing children’s services on behalf of Reading Borough Council. The main aim of BFfC is to protect and enhance the lives of Reading’s children. We help families find long term solutions ...

  • Free Employment Law Seminar with Blandy & Blandy
    5 December 2018

    Employment Law Events 2019 Minimising Business Risks Are you a business or HR decision maker? Please join our leading Employment Law team at two free events in 2019, focusing on minimising risk within your business. Please join us at our 2019 Employment Law Seminar to keep-up-to date with recent and emerging changes in Employment Law, to minimise risks to your ...

  • RISC awarded RVA Safe + Sound
    5 December 2018

    Congratulations to RISC who were recently awarded RVA’s Safe + Sound governance mark. We spoke to some of the team – trustee, Colin Date, HR Administrator, Jane Amin, and Sharon Fitton, a Collective member of staff – about the charity’s work and the process of applying for Safe + Sound. Tell us a little about RISC Colin: I ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop 13 December 2018 – funding streams released
    4 December 2018

    Reading, Place of Culture invites voluntary sector organisations, cultural and arts groups to attend to attend a ‘Cultural Commissioning Ready’ workshop on Thursday 13 December, 11am – 1pm in the RVA Training Room, Third Floor, Reading Central Library. What is ‘Cultural Commissioning’? The Reading Cultural Commissioning programme, launched in 2018, aims to mainstream the commissioning of cultural activities for ...

  • Upcoming masterclasses from Thames Valley Business Growth Hub
    28 November 2018

    Masterclass: Finance and Funding for Growth – 29 November 2018 This free half-day masterclass will provide you with information on a range of finance options for your business, from start-up loans and grants to equity investment, debt funding and crowdfunding. You’ll also learn how to put together a financial plan for your business, so you are ready to ...

  • Child exploitation – new screening tool from Local Safeguarding Children Boards
    28 November 2018

    Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Berkshire have come together to tackle the criminal exploitation of children. Children as young as 10, and sometimes even younger, are being put in danger by people who are taking advantage of how vulnerable they are. What is the simple screening tool? This tool is for anyone who comes in to contact ...

  • Police and Property Fund Act – open until 17 December 2018
    28 November 2018

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the ...

  • Take part in the SEND local offer survey 2018-2019
    28 November 2018

    The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Local Offer needs your feedback The SEND Local Offer team are looking for feedback on their website – from parent carers, children and young people, and practitioners. Let them know what you like, what you want improved, or what should stay as it is. The survey can be completed here. You have ...

  • Changes to the concessionary bus fares scheme for older people – consultation
    28 November 2018

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on proposed changes to the concessionary fares scheme in Reading that would end the entitlement of local elderly and disabled people to use their bus pass on ReadiBus. The Council wants as much feedback as possible so that it can fully understand the impact of this proposal – that is, as ...

  • Spotlight on the Voluntary Sector – telling GPs about your services
    28 November 2018

    We have the opportunity to promote voluntary sector services directly to Reading’s GPs via their weekly electronic newsletter. The newsletter now includes a ‘Spotlight on the Voluntary Sector’  where each week we can include a short item about a specific service or event which helps to maintain and improve people’s health and wellbeing. Examples could be a support ...

  • Toys and Teens Appeal 2018 – last week for toy donations!
    23 November 2018

    Thanks to everyone who has generously donated toys to the Toys and Teens Appeal so far. If you have yet to do so, you don’t have long left! This upcoming week is the last week we can accept toy donations for the Toys and Teens Appeal 2018. The deadline for the donation point located right outside ...

  • Community Energy for Reading – grants for sustainability initiatives
    21 November 2018

    Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100  to £5,000 for initiatives which meet one or more of the following aims: Improving energy efficiency Reducing carbon emissions Support sustainability in the local community including educational projects Grants are open to organisations which are not-for-profit, charities or an SME (Small or ...

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