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  • PACT’s Garden Party – 3 October 2022
    17 August 2022

    After postponing our Garden Party fundraiser which was due to take place in July, we are pleased to announce that we have rescheduled this event to Monday 3rd October 2022, 2pm-5pm. Join us for an enchanting afternoon in the rarely-seen gardens of Englefield House, West Berkshire. In addition to celebrating and supporting PACT’s work with children, ...

  • Social and Education Opportunities for Ukrainian Children Aged 11+
    15 August 2022

    Reading Borough Council is now seeking a provider that could help design and implement a set of social and educational support activities, which are intended for around 40 Ukrainian children aged 11+ who have arrived in Reading under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. This will also include those who have come through the Ukraine Family ...

  • Reading Integration Board (RIB) – Project Fund 2022/23 – Deadline on Wednesday 31 August 2022
    5 August 2022

    Reading Borough Council has identified a Small Project fund, as one of the Better Care Fund schemes, managed by the Reading Integration Board, and will be made available to fund key priority projects to support the Reading Integration Board programme of Work. The Integration Board is inviting applications for funding for activities that prevent crisis, supporting ...

  • Berkshire West Mental health grants for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities 2022-23 – Deadline on Friday 9 September
    3 August 2022

    RVA has been asked to manage a small grants process to deliver wellbeing projects with a focus on inclusion for communities within Berkshire West at risk of experiencing health inequalities. RVA will work in partnership with Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Involve – Wokingham.   Expressions of interest are welcome and VCOs can apply for a maximum ...

  • Chat, Connect, Befriend – volunteer recruitment campaign
    18 July 2022

    Many Reading people are still not going out through fear of catching Covid-19, even if they have been vaccinated, and may have lost their confidence and previous social connections. A phone call or a visit from someone can make all the difference, and can be the stepping stone for someone to get out and about ...

  • Guide to summer holiday activities for families
    8 July 2022

    Reading Family Information Service has created a Summer Holiday Activities 2022 page on its website. The page includes links and details of holiday clubs, the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme, sports, drama, music and art courses, Reading Children’s Centres and much more that’s happening in Reading. The information will be regularly updated with events running ...

  • Save the date: One Reading Autumn Marketplace
    8 July 2022

    The Brighter Futures for Children Partnership and Prevention team are hosting a marketplace event to showcase some of the incredible opportunities to support children, young people and their families across our partnership in Reading. Partners in education, health, the voluntary sector and early years can learn more about how they can support those they work ...

  • Meet Thames Valley Police’s Positive Action and Engagement Team
    30 June 2022

    At Thames Valley Police (TVP), we aspire and are working hard towards having a police force that truly reflects the communities we serve. Our region is increasingly diverse and it is important our workforce reflects this, ensuring our officers, staff and volunteers are approachable and relatable to our communities. Our Positive Action and Engagement Team (PAET) ...

  • Thames Valley Police’s Positive Action and Engagement Team, outside The Oracle 1–3 July 2022
    30 June 2022

    Policing is a challenging yet rewarding career It offers opportunity for progression and specialization, plus unrivalled camaraderie and team spirit. Wondering whether a career in policing could be for you? Thames Valley Police’s Positive Action and Engagement team will be in Reading this weekend outside The Oracle, Friday 1 – Sunday 3 July from 10am, eager to ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research online showcase
    23 June 2022

    An online showcase event for the Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project took place Thursday 16 June 2022 The CPAR project, which has now come to an end, has been a local partnership investigating the impact of Covid-19 on health inequalities. The partnership between Reading Borough Council (RBC), Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC), Reading Voluntary Action ...

  • RBC Reading Health Champions and Vaccine Fund 2022 – deadline 8 July 2022 at 5pm
    23 June 2022

    Reading Borough Council has allocated funding for grants to the voluntary and community sector for the period from June 2022 to October 2022 from the ‘Reading Community Health Champions and Vaccine Programme’. Applications for funding can be made online or in person via an informal chat. Face-to-face funding application sessions will take place on: Wednesday 29 June ...

  • Reading Community Health Champions and Vaccine Programme – fund now live
    22 June 2022

    This fund is now live More information here: https://www.reading.gov.uk/leisure/funding/reading-health-champions-and-vaccine-fund-2022/ — Reading Borough Council will be allocating a second round of grants to the voluntary and community sector from mid-June from the ‘Reading Community Health Champions and Vaccine Programme’. The funding is to support local residents disproportionately affected by barriers to vaccination and to address health inequalities. The funding can ...

  • GWR Community Fund – Bidding deadline on 27 June 2022
    20 June 2022

    Great Western Railway’s Community Fund supports projects that have a community benefit or address an area of social need across GWR network and can be completed within one year. They are particularly interested in schemes that increase rail travel, encourage carbon reduction, connect communities, people, and places, support economic growth, promote inclusion and diversity, and educational ...

  • Help to Claim Universal Credit
    14 June 2022

    With more people struggling to keep on top of their household bills, the cost of living crisis and many government support packages linked to benefits, we wanted to remind you of our Help to Claim service. We support people to make an initial claim, from the application to their first payment. This service is available Monday to ...

  • Children Helping Children Event Supporting Local Charities in Reading 28/6 Can you help?
    14 June 2022

    Sport in Mind and Daisy’s Dream are the beneficiaries of an exciting event being organised by a group called Children Helping Children taking place at Reading Hexagon on Tuesday 28th June. It’s a show where local schools across Berkshire will come to sing, dance, act and generally show off their talents to a group of ...

  • Compass’ Voluntary Sector Training
    14 June 2022

    Compass Recovery College are bringing back their free voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing training. These workshops are open access to staff, volunteers and befrienders alike. The goal of this free training is to boost voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing knowledge and help those supporting others to take control of their own mental well-being. Friday ...

  • Project500 – More women, better coaching
    9 June 2022

    Created in partnership with 7 Active Partnerships, Project500 is a campaign to address the imbalance in the number of male to female coaches, leaders and volunteers creating a more diverse workforce to drive the growth of female participation in sport. Get Berkshire Active, alongside our Berkshire Project500 Champions Angela, Morgan and Anisha, have a vision to ...

  • Berkshire Vision – Calendar for June
    9 June 2022 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Here is Berkshire Vision’s calendar for June, alongside the regular events, this month includes the return of fishing, a visit to the new biscuit exhibition and a clay workshop. 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 ...

  • A Vision for Volunteering in Reading
    8 June 2022

    The last two years have seen significant changes in the landscape of volunteering across the UK In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, volunteers have been mobilised in unprecedented numbers to take on novel tasks. The experience here in Reading has been no different, with thousands of individuals coming forward to volunteer in a host of different ...

  • Refugee Support Scheme from GLL – 3 Month Free Membership
    23 May 2022

    Greenwich Leisure Limited is offering a free 3 month membership scheme open to all refugees who have sought asylum in the UK. This scheme will run at all GLL leisure Centres and offers free Better Health Centre membership or lesson and course (if available) membership for a fixed 3 month period from the join date.  The ...

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