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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.

  • Reading’s Local Transport Strategy – online Q&As on 26 May 2020
    20 May 2020

    Reading Borough Council will host a live online question and answer session at 6pm on Tuesday 26 May, as part of an ongoing consultation on its new Local Transport Strategy (LTS). Residents, businesses and organisations across Reading who hold an interest in the future of transport in the town and who have an opinion on how ...

  • The Co-op Foundation #IWill Fund – bereavement peer support
    19 May 2020

    Co-op Foundation has launched the latest round of its #iwill Fund They are offering grants of up to £10,000 to help young people support each other during bereavement. They expect to make about five grants to successful applicants from across the UK. Funding is for one year and successful organisations will be able to apply for additional grants in ...

  • Resources to help organisations plan for the road ahead
    19 May 2020

    We have taken a closer look at the government’s recovery strategy and this article highlights some key things for your organisation to think about when planning your services for the coming months and links to some useful resources to help you assess risk. A phased recovery The government’s recovery strategy includes a phased approach to returning to life ...

  • New mental health support for young people in Reading
    19 May 2020

    No5 Young People is providing two new ways for young people to talk about their mental health worries and receive help during this difficult time. One is driven by their young ambassadors who have volunteered to answer mental health-related questions via video and the other is a new helpline offering support from a qualified counsellor. New ...

  • Applications now open for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
    14 May 2020

    HM Treasury has announced that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened on 13 May: those eligible will receive government grant worth up to £7,500 money expected to be in bank accounts by 25 May, or within six days of a completed claim. Individuals are eligible if their business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus, they traded in ...

  • Government extends Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 31 October
    14 May 2020

    Earlier this week the Chancellor announced the extension of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October 2020. Rishi Sunak announced that: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October. Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500. New flexibility will be introduced from August ...

  • Webinar workshops by Parenting Special Children
    13 May 2020

    Parenting Special Children are offering regular workshops on a variety of topics related to the wellbeing and care of children and young people with difficult early life experiences. These are delivered by in-house practitioners as well as visiting guest speakers, at a very low cost for parents and carers. Upcoming webinars Creating a ‘new normal’: Managing attachments ...

  • ESFA Community Training Grants – Deadline extended to 1st June
    13 May 2020

    Grants of £5,000 – £20,000 are available for projects in the Thames Valley Berkshire area that help people improve their employment prospects by either moving them into employment or by establishing a route towards employment. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), and European Social Fund (ESF) are co-financing the grant scheme to help projects which ...

  • NCVO webinar recording: Involving volunteers during a pandemic
    12 May 2020

    If your charity is involving volunteers during the pandemic in coronavirus response activities, or through adapted services, you may find this webinar recording from NCVO helpful (recorded on 5 May). In particular it may be useful to Volunteer Managers in larger charities or Committee Members/Trustees, or anyone responsible for volunteers in smaller charities and community ...

  • NCVO webinar recording: Governing in a crisis
    12 May 2020

    Following on from this article summarising the key questions for trustees when planning in the mid-term, the NCVO webinar is now available to watch anytime on demand here. The webinar was originally broadcast on 30 April and includes: Meeting remotely, effectively and legally Key updates from the Charity Commission Working with the executive in the current environment Key things ...

  • Protecting your charity from fraud during the pandemic – free webinar
    12 May 2020

    The Charity Commission in partnership with the Charity Fraud Awareness Hub, the police and other third sector organisations has produced a free 45 minute webinar recording to assist charities to protect themselves against fraud during the Coronavirus pandemic. The topics include: Fraud during the Coronavirus crisis Common email frauds and how to spot them Risk associated with staff and ...

  • Government guidance: staying alert and safe social distancing and what this means for charities
    12 May 2020

    Following Sunday evening’s announcement from the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Office has produced its plan for recovery from lockdown and this shorter guide: Staying alert and safe (social distancing). To help charities to easily see what has changed and to identify the impact on their beneficiaries, services, staff and volunteers, we have produced this short summary ...

  • Accessible information about coronavirus from RBC
    7 May 2020

    British Sign Language information page There is a new BSL information page about the local response to coronavirus on the RBC website, with short translation and interpretation videos. Reading Deaf Centre and Total Communication (Interpreting Services) Ltd have worked in collaboration with the RBC Comms and the Public Health and Wellbeing Team to make this resource ...

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020
    7 May 2020

    Time to Change are encouraging workplaces to take part in Mental Health Awareness Week Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 18-24 May 2020. It is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. The event provides an opportunity for you and your organisation to add ...

  • New national coalition launched to promote social connections
    6 May 2020

    A coalition between the Jo Cox Foundation, Mind, Age UK, the British Red Cross and other organisations is aiming to help people maintain social connections despite physical isolation. The Connection Coalition, which also includes the innovation charity Nesta and Facebook, among others, has been formed to help build stronger connections within communities and neighbourhoods despite the coronavirus lockdown. The coalition plans to ...

  • List of childcare available for key workers updated daily by Family Information Service
    6 May 2020

    RBC’s Family Information Service are making daily updates to a list of childcare settings open to children of key workers, including: childminders day nurseries pre-schools after school clubs and holiday clubs. There is also a list of all childcare settings that are currently closed and links to similar lists for surrounding local authority areas. Go the Key Workers’ Childcare page on the ...

  • ABC to Read volunteers celebrated in challenging times
    6 May 2020

    Reading is a core skill for all children. Its impact extends well beyond escaping into stories; it is a critical foundation for future life skills. Berkshire charity ABC to Read has been placing volunteers into local schools for over 15 years to work with children identified as struggling most with their reading. Their consistent investment ...

  • Update from Alana House, Women’s Community Project
    6 May 2020

    Alana House continues to support all our regular service users remotely during this Covid-19 season, having suspended face-to-face individual work, outreach and group sessions for the time being. Alana House supports women with complex needs and we recognise this time is difficult for many where needs may be aggravated. We are also encouraged though how ...

  • Update from Parenting Special Children
    6 May 2020

    Parenting Special Children is continuing to support families through the pandemic. The challenges of parenting children with special needs, and those who have been through traumatic early lives, are compounded as schools are closed, anxieties are running high and behaviours are even more demanding. We have shifted the majority of our workshops online, for more details ...

  • Wake Up and Sing with Berkshire Maestros
    6 May 2020

    Berkshire Maestros are running daily YouTube ‘singing workouts’ called Wake Up and Sing, suitable for the whole family Published at 7am every morning on YouTube and Berkshire Maestros social channels, these are 10 minute sessions designed to wake up your voice and body. Each session builds daily up to a finale song at the end of ...

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