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  • Common Ground for Befriending Organisations
    17 December 2019

    RVA is delighted to be hosting the February Common Ground event on behalf of Befriending Networks, on Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10.30am – 12.30pm, at Community Place, on the third Floor of Reading Central Library. Befriending Networks is a national charity providing training, resources and lots of other support to befriending groups and organisations, large and ...

  • Postcode Community Trust funding – stage 1 open 21 January to 4 February 2020
    16 December 2019

    The Postcode Community Trust will re-open its grants programme on the 21 January 2020 for expressions of interest from groups who are seeking to deliver projects in any of the following areas: improving community health and wellbeing increasing participation in the arts and physical recreation reducing isolation Who can apply? Registered charities, community and voluntary organisations, and social enterprises. How much ...

  • Safeguarding Adults Bitesize Session: Threat of Arson and Safe & Well Procedures
    16 December 2019

    The Safeguarding Adults Board runs quarterly bite-size training sessions to provide topic-based safeguarding information and learning, to support and complement the Board’s approved training Each workshop is a two-hour interactive session that is free to attend and open to all those who work with adults at risk across Berkshire, including voluntary sector groups. Each session will ...

  • Lloyds Foundation Grants – updated funding stream now live
    16 December 2019

    Following on from our previous article, the Lloyds Foundation have now updated their funding streams and guidance. Who they fund They support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support with long-term funding and tailored ...

  • Charity Governance Awards 2020 – applications open until 22 January
    16 December 2019

    The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK, allowing large and small not-for-profit organisations to inspire and learn from one another. You can enter your charity by sharing examples of good governance. There are seven category awards. Take a look at top tips and ...

  • Alert for charities – fraudsters impersonating staff
    16 December 2019

    The Charity Commission recently advised charities to be aware of fraudsters impersonating charity staff in order to change employee’s bank details. The recently reported cases have all occurred where a request has been made from an account that is spoofed and looks very similar to the employee’s account, requesting the organisation to update their bank ...

  • Sarah Morland reflects on her role as Partnership Manager with RVA
    12 December 2019

    Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager for RVA, leaves us next week Our Partnership Manager, Sarah Morland, is leaving RVA next week, after over seven years with the organisation. It was great to see lots of colleagues at the farewell celebration after the Wellbeing Forum today, and we know that many more will want to join us in ...

  • What’s on at the Earley Crescent Centre
    12 December 2019

    The Earley Crescent Resource Centre offers a wide range of training courses including Free employability workshops for Job Seekers. English Classes for people who have recently arrived in the UK. IT courses. Accredited Level 2 Qualifications in First Aid and Food Safety for voluntary and community groups. A Family Learning programme. For more information about our training programme Please visit our website ...

  • Free Christmas meals and other useful holiday information
    10 December 2019

    Help reduce loneliness over the festive season There’s lots happening around town during December, so if you know anyone who could do with some company or a free Christmas Day meal, or who may need to know where their nearest open chemist, please pass this information onto them: Wellbeing Newsletter – Christmas in Reading  

  • Free workshops on wellbeing – understanding, improving and measuring
    10 December 2019

    Workshops on understanding, improving and measuring wellbeing, February to May 2020 The What Works Centre for Wellbeing, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, has announced a programme of free workshops around the country, designed specifically for small to medium-sized charities, starting in February 2020. Introductory workshops These workshops will cover wellbeing concepts and evidence, how to use ...

  • Office furniture and equipment available – collection by 13 December 2019
    9 December 2019

    Oscura, a local organisation based in Duke Street, is moving premises and is offering their office furniture and equipment to any local community group or voluntary organisation that is interested. They have a range of furniture available, including: 8 desks, measuring 1.6m wide x 0.72m high x 0.82m deep (63″ x 28″ x 32″). View here. 9 nest ...

  • Safeguarding Adults training – for charities and community groups
    6 December 2019

    All voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. This training is for anyone who works or volunteers for a community group or charity in Reading where services are delivered to adults or where staff or volunteers might come into contact with adults who may be at risk ...

  • Be part of Reading Community Lottery! Good causes launch event in January 2020
    5 December 2019

    We are delighted to announce the launch of a new online lottery to support local good causes Tickets for Reading Community Lottery will cost £1, with 60p going directly to charities, voluntary organisations and community groups (compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery). Players of the lottery can win a £25,000 jackpot, ...

  • New community and lifestyle centre planned for Dee Park
    4 December 2019

    With the planned arrival of a new community and lifestyle centre in the Dee Park housing estate, Catalyst are reaching out to all potential organisations that may have an interest in being involved. A Brighter Futures for Children Children’s Centre is confirmed as being a major tenant, however, we are interested to hear from other ...

  • Christmas Day Dinner for older people
    29 November 2019

    Whitley Wood Fire Station are organising a free Christmas Day dinner for older, isolated people. Booking by Wednesday 18 December is essential as places are limited. If you know anyone that would like to attend please contact the station, you will need the attendee’s full name, a contact number, an address, any dietary needs and essential medical ...

  • Early new year’s resolution – organise a Street Party in 2020!
    28 November 2019

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood.  Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN) would like to deliver a number of ...

  • Berkshire Vision
    26 November 2019 Picture of minibus as if from a colouring in book, partially coloured in and surround by art supplies like pencils, erasers and scissors

    This week we’re highlighting the work of Berkshire Vision, who provide practical and friendly support to hundreds of children and adults who are blind or partially sighted. Berkshire Vision helps those living with sight loss, and their families, to live their lives to the full, safely and independently. They aim to boost confidence and self-esteem ...

  • Homeless Link Cold Weather Fund – applications open until 6 December
    26 November 2019

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are providing up to £1million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. The project’s overall aim is to financially support local providers in helping people sleeping rough off the streets this winter. Who ...

  • Greggs Foundation Community Grants – open until 23 February 2020
    26 November 2019

    Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2000. Who should apply? They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ...

  • Funding alert: Universal Credit Transition Fund opening in April 2020
    26 November 2019

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have announced a £10 million Universal Credit Transition Fund for outreach programmes to help vulnerable people make Universal Credit claims. The fund will be available to partner organisations across the UK, including charities, from April 2020. It will aim to help vulnerable people, including disabled people, care leavers and ...

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