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  • 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 ...

  • Applications invited to the Reading Community Energy Society Grants Fund
    23 May 2022

    Community groups and charities are again invited to apply for the next round of Reading Community Energy Society Grants funding.   Projects can include installations of energy-saving lights through environmental awareness projects. One grant was recently awarded to fund a vegetable growing project at Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre in Emmer Green. The school used the grant ...

  • Pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinics in Reading
    19 May 2022

    Look out for pop-up vaccination clinics at the following times/locations: Reading Golders Health Expo Day – Wesley Methodist Church, RG1 4BW Tuesday 19 July 2022, 10am to 4pm Southcote Community Hub – Coronation Square, RG30 3QP Tuesday 26 July 2022, 11am to 6pm The Weller Centre – 110 Amersham Road, RG4 5NA Wednesday 27 July 2022, 10am to 4pm The Meeting Point ...

  • Do you have a vision impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses? RNIB wants to hear from you!
    15 May 2022

    Help improve the lives of vision impaired people in the UK by taking part in our telephone survey and helping us understand what life is like living with a vision impairment. To register your interest, call 0800 009 6066 for free, or follow this link: https://forms.office.com/r/bR2pvbZXTK All surveys are kept anonymous and confidential. Royal National Institute of Blind People ...

  • RBC Small Grants Fund 2022/23 – round 1 deadline 20 June 2022
    11 May 2022

    Reading Borough Council has opened Round 1 of its Small Grants Fund 2022/23. £100k is available for community-led activities that support inclusion and connectivity for the most marginalised groups and most vulnerable adults and children in our communities. This could be activities that: break down barriers of prejudice, discrimination, language, culture raise awareness, understanding and empathy; engender hope ...

  • Fink Street Food and No5 team up – Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
    10 May 2022

    No5 Young People and FINK Street Food have joined forces to help tackle mental health stigma FINK’s mission is to blow the mental health conversation wide open and encourage their customers to be more conscious of their own mental wellbeing by creating epic food experiences. Directly supporting No5’s work by donating 50% of their profits to local ...

  • Compass Reading supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
    10 May 2022

    This week, we’re talking about Loneliness. Let’s explore the experience of loneliness, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.  Everyone is welcome to join us. Coffee and Chat An opportunity to meet people, have a coffee and chat at The Biscuit Factory, Reading on Tuesday May 10, ...

  • Sport in Mind supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
    10 May 2022

    And as you may know, it is Mental Health Awareness Week from 9-15 May 2022, with this year’s theme of ‘loneliness’. To help build connections & combat loneliness we’re delivering & supporting a number of events that week. Get in touch to find out more about our special events. Please click here for our May Timetable ...

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