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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.

  • Positive and supportive weekly newsletters from Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K)
    5 May 2020

    Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) are producing a positive and supportive weekly newsletter Full of news, advice and support, the newsletters are going out to referrals on the BB4K list – including those who have already completed the programme and those who are waiting to take part. The newsletters are also being sent to all referrers, ...

  • Volunteers needed to deliver home testing kits
    4 May 2020

    GP surgeries in Reading are looking for volunteers to deliver and return home testing kits The tests will be used to diagnosis Covid-19, or other medical conditions. Appropriate gloves will be provided and there is no need for face-to-face contact with the patients or surgery staff. The role requirements include: A time commitment of up to 4 hours ...

  • RVA shopping volunteers supporting vulnerable members of our community
    4 May 2020

    Supported shopping service Local voluntary sector groups have been working in partnership to coordinate support when calls for help come through to the One Reading Community Hub. Reading Voluntary Action has set up a supported shopping service for vulnerable members of our community. In the past 20 days, 12 shopping volunteers have completed 51 shops. RVA ...

  • My hour in The Frazzled Café
    4 May 2020

    I’ve been working on a list of where local people can go online and over the telephone, if they are feeling lonely, which includes the various online ‘chatty tables’ and other virtual places, so it seemed sensible to give one of them a go. I decided to try out one of the new online meet-up ...

  • Meet the RVA Team – Steve Hendry, Volunteering Development Manager
    4 May 2020

    The first in a new series, in which we ask members of the Reading Voluntary Action team to tell us about their work, and reflect on how things have changed over the last few weeks. First, we have Steve Hendry, who has been with RVA for almost 9 years in a variety of roles and ...

  • One Reading Community Hub – contact details
    29 April 2020

    The One Reading Community Hub is a place where people in need of help can be connected with volunteers, organisations and services who can support them during the coronavirus outbreak. Contact details The number to call is 0808 1894325 (free phone). Reading Deaf Centre SMS: 07704 687298 or Fax: 0118 950 0507 The phone line is open 9am to ...

  • Free webinars for Reading support staff and volunteers – understanding anxiety and self-care for those in helping roles
    29 April 2020

    Compass Recovery College is offering two free webinars to support staff and volunteers currently working in support roles Please note you will need to register in advance in order to receive your Zoom Link and password to join the meetings. The webinars will be led by CBT and NLP Practitioner, Olga Zilberberg. Understanding Anxiety for Befrienders and ...

  • Funding for online culture projects – applications open until 8 May
    29 April 2020

    The Reading Place of Culture, a project run by Reading Borough Council, Reading UK and Reading University, are creating a virtual ‘venue’ called Reading Culture Live, where audience members will be able to take part in activities and events created by our cultural community, for our community. Funding of up to £2000 per application is ...

  • Berkshire Vision – stay at home calendar for May
    29 April 2020 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision have added some new events to their stay at home programme for May, including wine tasting and shiatsu. As with the previous calendars, there’s no need to be computer literate or have access to the internet as there’s the option to dial in from any phone. Download the stay at home calendar for May Further information Berkshire Vision ...

  • NSUN Mental health funding for smaller groups – to open soon
    29 April 2020

    The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be offering grants to smaller groups who are providing mental health peer support activities. This is part of funding allocated by the government to help organisations who are delivering mental health support services during the pandemic. MIND is distributing the larger funding pots of £20,ooo and £50,000 to ...

  • Compass Recovery College – what’s on in May
    29 April 2020

    What’s on at Compass Recovery College 4 May – 15 May 2020 – download the leaflet. Thursday 7 May Understanding your Medication: 2pm – 3pm @ Zoom Tuesday 12 May Coping with Panic: 2pm – 3pm (x 4 weeks) @ Zoom Friday 15 May Coping with Stress: 2pm – 3pm (x 4 weeks) @ Zoom Also coming online in May… Compass Quiz Growing Flowers, Fruit ...

  • Top tips for Emergency Befrienders
    29 April 2020

    Befriending Networks are working hard to provide help and guidance to existing befriending organisations and to the thousands of new community groups that are springing up. It’s hardly surprising that befriending has been identified as one of the top support needs, and Reading already has a number of schemes. RVA is liaising with these organisations regularly ...

  • Telephone befriending – hints and tips for positive conversations
    29 April 2020

    Befriending Networks have produced a handy guide for keeping conversations between befrienders and befriendees positive and effective in promoting good mental and physical health. This short guide provides ideas for positive conversations between volunteer distance befrienders and befriendees, from checking in about general welfare/wellbeing, to going beyond the Covid-19 situation to find things in common, learn more ...

  • Get Berkshire Active physical activity survey
    29 April 2020

    All of our lives have changed significantly over the past few weeks and this includes our physical activity habits. Get Berkshire Active have put together a short survey to understand how to provide better opportunities for physical activity to keep everyone active now, and when the Covid-19 pandemic is over. Please help us shape the present ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre services during lockdown
    29 April 2020

    Since Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC) closed the centre to the public on 18 April 2020, we have had to make lots of changes in the delivery of our core programme of courses, as well start to develop extra support in response to the needs of the community. It has been a challenging time for staff ...

  • Protecting your charity from fraud and cyber attacks during the pandemic
    28 April 2020

    Most of us are now spending a significant amount of time online, both for work purposes and to connect with family and friends. Unfortunately this has also led to more unsolicited online contact, fraud and cyber attacks against individuals and charities. What can you do to protect your organisation, service users and yourselves online? The government has ...

  • Update on furlough and parental leave entitlement
    28 April 2020

    If your charity has, or is considering, furloughing staff, please note this latest update from the government on 24 April 2020 confirming that furloughed workers planning to take paid parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than a furloughed pay rate. Full earnings for furlough will apply ...

  • Support for those working or volunteering on the frontline
    28 April 2020

    Our Frontline is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK, and the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It offers resources and support for those working on the frontline during the pandemic, such as health and social care staff, emergency and key workers. Charity workers and volunteers are also classed as key ...

  • #Coping guides for children, young people and families
    28 April 2020

    #Coping is a new guide offering support to families struggling during the coronavirus lockdown It has been produced by a group of leading local health and social care organisations and it signposts people to a range of information, and to groups in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire who are experts in dealing with mental health, anxiety, ...

  • Is your charity experiencing financial difficulties?
    28 April 2020

    We appreciate that many charities are currently experiencing financial difficulties, and this can be a stressful time for trustees, who may need to make some difficult decisions. Here are some resources to help guide you during this time. Charity Commission updated guidance The Charity Commission has updated its guidance about coronavirus related financial difficulties in charities and ...

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