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  • The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023 – nominations open
    8 April 2022

    The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. A list of past winners in Berkshire can be found here. The ...

  • Homes for Ukraine Scheme
    7 April 2022

    The first UK government-funded scheme linking sponsors with Ukrainian refugees has been launched. Phase One of the scheme opened for applications on 18 March 2022. The guidance is currently limited, but the main points of the Homes for Ukraine scheme are: ‘sponsors’ may offer a room in their own house or a separate house; the accommodation must ...

  • Reading Health Champions and Vaccine Fund – deadline extended to 8 April 2022
    5 April 2022

    Deadline Extended – the Reading Health Champions and Vaccine Fund now closes on 8 April 2022 You know your communities best Could your organisation benefit from a grant and help give a voice to Reading residents disproportionately affected by health inequalities? Reading Borough Council wants to support the activities of local charities, voluntary, community, faith, sport, art, cultural, ...

  • Reading Covid Support Fund – grants announced
    1 April 2022

    Reading Borough Council has announced the 26 voluntary and community sector organisations in Reading who will receive grants to support communities and residents through issues caused by the on going Covid pandemic. Successful applications to the Reading Covid Support Fund focused on four key areas, which are: Social isolation/mental health /emotional support Self-isolation support (not financial) targeting ...

  • Developing and Supporting Community Health Champions Network – EOI by 5pm 4 April 2022
    1 April 2022

    Funding of £30,000 is available from RBC for developing and supporting a Community Health Champions Network Activity will need to start by 14 April 2022 and be completed by 31 July 2022. The key aims of the funding are to: Set up a support network for Community Health Champions that are hosted by the VCS, organising regular ...

  • BBC Children in Need: Youth Social Action Fund – deadline 23 May 2022
    31 March 2022

    In partnership with the #iwill Fund and The Hunter Foundation, BBC Children in Need is delivering a £3 million fund to support organisations to embed youth social action across the UK. This fund will help to build children and young people’s confidence and skills, empowering them to take an active and leading role in developing solutions ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation: Funds for Older People – deadline 14 April 2022
    31 March 2022

    Berkshire Community Foundation manages a number of funds which aim to support projects tackling issues affecting older people, such as isolation, disability or disadvantage. Who is eligible to apply? To be eligible to apply for a grant, your charity, community group or voluntary organisation must be improving the lives of disadvantaged people in Berkshire and fit the ...

  • Reading Services Guide refresh – your views wanted
    30 March 2022

    Since 2014, the Reading Services Guide has hosted information, advice and guidance on a wide range of topics, as well as listing local services supporting families, children, young people and adults. This year, we have received approval to refresh the website, this means a new up to date look of the website/directory. We would like to ...

  • Ready Friends survey – have your say
    28 March 2022

    Ready Friends is 6 years old this year, and was born out of the need to support local action on loneliness and social isolation.   The voluntary and community sector (VCS) is central to reducing loneliness in Reading and provides an enormous range of opportunities for people to be socially connected and participate in activities that are ...

  • Berkshire Women’s Aid launch two new programmes for children and young people in Reading
    28 March 2022

    Berkshire Women’s Aid (BWA) are excited to announce the launch of two new programmes in the Reading area for children and young people, and a new programme for perpetrators of domestic abuse. Expect Respect – referrals open now Expect Respect works with children aged 5-17 who have experienced domestic abuse delivering age appropriate activities that are designed ...

  • Debt Awareness Week 21–27 March 2022 – resources from RBC
    25 March 2022

    This week is Debt Awareness Week, a campaign run by StepChange, one of the largest debt advice charities in the UK. It is designed to promote conversation about debt and the advice and help available, which for the people of Reading includes assistance from the council. Reading Borough Council’s Money Matters website brings together a host of valuable ...

  • BBC Radio Berkshire Make a Difference awards – nominate by 29 April 2022
    25 March 2022

    Local BBC Radio across England wants to award great neighbours, key workers, volunteers and more Community heroes who make a difference where they live will be recognised in a new award scheme being run by every local BBC radio station in England. This year BBC Radio Berkshire wants to celebrate and say thank you to people ...

  • Chairperson appointed for BOB VCSE Health Alliance
    18 March 2022

    BOB VCSE Health Alliance was created to support Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) organisations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and West Berkshire (BOB) to collaborate with the newly developing regional and local health systems. They have announced the appointment of William Butler as the first Chairperson to lead the VCSE Health Alliance. William became the Health ...

  • Building Berkshire Together – Royal Berkshire Hospital redevelopment
    17 March 2022

    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is undertaking a major modernisation of its services and buildings You can download the first Building Berkshire Together newsletter here or read more on the Building Berkshire Together website. There are also two events coming up: They have a specific event for community groups to come and find out more about the options for ...

  • Blog: how we treat refugees reflects who we are
    17 March 2022

    Image credit: Peace Hub A personal response to the war in Ukraine It has been 22 days since Russia invaded Ukraine and like so many of us, I have been taking the time to try and process all that is happening. The emotional response to war feels like going through different stages, akin to the stages of grief ...

  • Safer Beginnings Onwards Grants – deadline 24 March 2022
    17 March 2022

    Safer Beginnings is led by Best Beginnings and White Ribbon Alliance UK and is funded through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Tampon Tax Fund. This fund primarily works to support women and girls across the UK. Grants are available for organisations working in England, Scotland and Wales with a specialist knowledge of ...

  • Impetus – Youth Employment and Race Equity Grant – deadline 27 March 2022
    17 March 2022

    The Youth Employment and Race Equality Grant is provided by Impetus, who work to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in school, work and life. Impetus are looking to partner with four new organisations and are offering grant funding for two years and support from their investment team. The aim of the funding is ...

  • Social Prescribing Day 2022
    10 March 2022

    ‘I am really happy to know you and your support, you make me feel better. Thank you for being there for me’ RVA’s Social Prescribing service links people aged 16 and over to the activities and support offered by Reading’s voluntary and community groups, empowering people to improve their health and wellbeing. On Social Prescribing Day 2022, ...

  • Free Easter Holiday Art Wellbeing Workshops for 13–18 year olds
    10 March 2022

    No5 will be running a series of free art workshops during the Easter Half Term for young people aged 13–18! There are 10 spaces available for the 4 workshop series which will be delivered face to face over two weeks and young people will be guided by Carla, a local artist, to create a mural using ...

  • Children and Young People Mental Wellbeing Project 2022
    10 March 2022

    RBC, in partnership with Artswork, are commissioning arts and cultural activities to improve wellbeing for children and young people up to age 25 from June to December 2022. They are currently seeking expressions of interest. They are looking for three organisations that could work with young people to design wellbeing activities that embed arts and culture. ...

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