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  • Meet the RVA team – William Westwood, Services Administrator
    12 October 2020

    What is your role at RVA? I’ve been with RVA for just over a year now as the Services Administrator. My role involves a wide range of administrative responsibilities designed to help the rest of the RVA team deliver the services we provide. I’m the stubby legs whirring away frantically under the surface to help keep the elegant ...

  • RBC consultation on draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document
    7 October 2020

    Reading Borough Council has published a draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for consultation – the deadline for responding is 5pm on Friday 13 November 2020. The Affordable Housing SPD provides detailed guidance on how the Council will secure contributions towards affordable housing from new developments. It gives detail on meeting policies H3 (Affordable Housing) ...

  • No5 Young Ambassadors report – the impact of Covid-19 on local young people
    7 October 2020

    The impact of Covid-19 on mental health as told by young people Following many reports from national organisations about the impact of Covid-19 on young people No5 wanted to give our Young Ambassadors the opportunity to share their experiences of the pandemic and how the lockdown impacted their lives, relationships and their mental health. Carly Newman, Operations ...

  • Office space to let near RBH
    7 October 2020

    Office space available to let by the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RG1 5LR) Approx. 221.4 sq ft (comfortably seats 3 with social distancing). Includes weekly clean, gas, electric, water and bins. Shared use of kitchen, toilets and two meeting rooms. Kitchen includes fridge, freezer, cooker, oven, dishwasher and 2 microwaves. Parking available. For office use only. £550 pcm. Please contact laura.mitchell@berkshirevision.org.uk if you ...

  • We can still help you get online!
    6 October 2020

    As you would imagine, things have changed a lot for the Get Online project this year. It seems like a very long time since we had our last chance to offer one-to-one support sessions at libraries and community venues, and at the moment we don’t know when we’ll be able to return. However, we’re still open ...

  • Free ‘Thank You’ cards for volunteers taking action on loneliness
    6 October 2020

    As part of 2020’s National Befriending Week (1-7 November), RVA’s Ready Friends project is offering local community groups packs of up to 20 specially-designed Thank You cards for groups to then send to individual volunteers.   More volunteers than ever before have helped in many, many ways to support people facing loneliness and social isolation – especially ...

  • Experiences of Early Help Services in Reading – family survey
    2 October 2020

    The One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership are taking part in a national survey looking at Early Help services in Reading. ‘Early Help’ means support or services to help early in the life of a child and/or in the life of a difficulty. The One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership Board would like to ...

  • Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants – Rolling applications until end of December 2020
    2 October 2020

    Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year.  The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.  During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of £1,000 to support projects focused on local children and young people. Who can apply? Voluntary ...

  • Nominate yourself as a Governor for South Central Ambulance Service
    2 October 2020

    Governors play an important role in helping to shape and support the emergency and non-emergency services that South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) provides. The role of Governor is entirely voluntary but also demanding and rewarding; they have specific statutory duties to fulfil and the opportunity to be the crucial link between our communities and the Trust. ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund Leaders with lived experience – applications open until 13 October 2020
    2 October 2020

    This programme builds on the Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme. And will award National Lottery funding to support lived experience leadership as we move through the Covid-19 crisis. Because of the impact of Covid-19, there is an opportunity to help lived experience to play a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal. This ...

  • Berkshire Vision – how lockdown affected our members
    30 September 2020 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision have have produced a short episode of their podcast where members discuss how lockdown affected them Following the announcement of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 23, 2020, face-to-face support from all agencies was indefinitely suspended across Berkshire and social activities and opportunities to meet in person with individuals outside their own ...

  • New Global Refills zero waste shop opens
    30 September 2020

    Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is pleased to announce the opening of Global Refills, Reading town centre’s first zero waste shop. Global Refills comes as a response to their concern over the excess plastic being used during the Covid crisis, and its impact on the environment. The team at RISC has steadily been working to repurpose ...

  • What is the VCS Emergencies Partnership?
    30 September 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action is the Thames Valley liaison lead for the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership. This article is a guide to the partnership and how you can request support from it. What is the VCS Emergencies Partnership? The VCS Emergencies Partnership is made up of a range of organisations within the sector and co-chaired by ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund – open for applications until 30 October
    29 September 2020

    The Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus fund is now open for applications until 5pm on Friday 30 October Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust Appeal for Coronavirus, together with the support they have received for their Vital for Berkshire – Coronavirus Appeal, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and ...

  • Covid-19 Government updates – what your charity or community group needs to know
    29 September 2020

    There have been a number of announcements from the government in the last week. Here is a summary of the key changes that may affect your charity or community group. The situation continues to evolve so please continue to check for updates or contact the Advice Service for specific advice if you are unsure. New legal ...

  • Disability Action Covid-19 Fund – applications open until 5 October
    29 September 2020

    Disability Action has launched a fund to support grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK, who have found it difficult to access funding and to respond to the COVID-19 needs of disabled people. The minimum that can be applied for is £1,000 and the maximum £25,000. Who can apply? Any DPO in the UK can apply ...

  • Hoarding training for volunteers – online
    29 September 2020

    This free online training is aimed at volunteers who may come across or support people that hoard. It has been funded by West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board. The 90-minute session will cover: What is hoarding? – mental health classification Dos and don’ts Myths and truths Language Tips and techniques Understanding traits and triggers Delegates will need to have access to a ...

  • NHS Test and Trace at youth sector venues
    24 September 2020

    Berkshire Youth have sent out a reminder that from 24 September, all youth sector venues are required by law to display a QR code linked to the NHS Test and Trace mobile app. Apply for your venues code here: https://buff.ly/2RRzf2b

  • Older People’s day – virtual event on 1 October 2020
    24 September 2020

    Live virtual coffee morning at 10:30 am 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Coronavirus and lockdown have sadly made it impossible for us to meet with you all to celebrate in person, but we are so excited to welcome you to our brand new online celebration event, being held on video calling ...

  • Reading Town Meal online – workshop line-up revealed
    24 September 2020

    Who’s getting excited?! Not long to go now until this year’s town meal on Saturday 3 October 2020, 11am until 4pm We are pleased to announce that RG2 radio will be broadcasting the event live from Reading College for everyone to tune into at 12pm–2.30pm Saturday 3 October. Don’t forget to sign up if you haven’t already ...

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