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  • Asda Foundation: Bringing Communities Back Together Fund – phase 2 applications open until 1 November 2021*Closed
    21 June 2021

    The Asda Foundation supports small, grass roots organisations in several ways throughout the year. Working with Asda’s Community Champions in store, they are able to work with a range of organisations and groups on a variety of local community projects. As social distancing measures begin to ease within the UK, this new grant focuses on reuniting ...

  • Blog: celebrate your successes and use these as building blocks for further development
    18 June 2021

    In my last blog, I shared some experiences of being on Step 6 of the journey to better Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Reading Voluntary Action. Step 6 is about identifying your priorities so that actions can be put in place to create real, effective, everlasting change. It also mentioned how important it is ...

  • Targeted vaccine programme for unvaccinated adults in Reading surge test postcodes
    16 June 2021

    In response to an increase in Covid-19 infections and cases of the Delta variant in Reading, the Council and the NHS are boosting the local vaccination programme with a targeted vaccination clinic at the Reading Borough Council Civic Offices from Thursday 17 June to Sunday 27 June. People who have not received a vaccine are more likely ...

  • Government pauses at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap – what your charity or community groups needs to know
    16 June 2021

    This week the government announced that they would be pausing at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap to the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions due to the increase of the Delta variant. This means that Step 3 coronavirus restrictions remain in place. You can read more here: Covid-19 Coronavirus Restrictions, what you can and ...

  • Social Prescribing to improve access to healthcare for migrants
    16 June 2021

    Doctors of the World UK, a medical charity, has launched a new resource for Social Prescribing Link Workers and other frontline workers to support their migrant patients’ access to healthcare. The resource, commissioned and supported by the Mayor of London, outlines 9 practical steps and information to recognise and address healthcare barriers for migrants. Helen Murphy from ...

  • Food in vulnerable communities – the role of community groups during the Covid crisis
    16 June 2021

    The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP) is a grouping of national and local organisations working together to help coordinate the response of the voluntary and community sector to the Covid crisis. (RVA is the Thames Valley liaison lead for the VCSEP – read more here). The VCSEP has commissioned research into the role of ...

  • Free ACAS webinar on small scale redundancies and RVA employment support for charities
    14 June 2021

    ACAS is hosting two free webinars for employers on good practice in relation to handling small scale redundancies, which may be a helpful tool for any charities that are currently considering a restructure. This webinar for employers covers the major elements of a redundancy process, the related laws and good practice. It includes: redundancy costs risks and potential ...

  • Small Charity Week – free webinars, training and learning
    14 June 2021

    It’s annual Small Charity Week (SCW) and an opportunity for small charities everywhere to celebrate their impact. SCW is an initiative that the Foundation for Social Improvement (the FSI) started over 12 years ago to put a spotlight on the amazing work of small charities. There are a number of free webinars and learning opportunities ...

  • Covid surge testing in Reading – translated letters to residents
    14 June 2021

    With Covid surge testing underway in RG1 3, RG1 5, RG1 6, RG1 7 until Sunday 20 June, RBC have provided translated letters to residents in: Arabic Bengali Gujarati Hindi Mandarin Nepali Polish Punjabi Romanian Turkish Urdu You can download the letters from the RBC website here (scroll to the bottom of the page).  

  • Call Out for Odds On – a new online performance by Dante or Die
    10 June 2021

    Do you have experience of gambling harms or know someone who does? Get involved in the creation of a new online performance designed to spread awareness on gambling harm. Theatre Company Dante or Die is looking for community groups and individuals with experience of gambling harms in Salford, Reading and Medway to contribute to the creation of ...

  • Celebrating Windrush Day 2021 in Reading
    9 June 2021

    The Reading Windrush Steering Group is pleased to announce that it has been successful for a third year running in receiving a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to deliver events and activities to celebrate Windrush Day on 22 June 2021. The Windrush Steering Group consists of representatives from the Alliance ...

  • Public Rights of Way consultation – open until 24 July 2021
    9 June 2021

    Reading Borough Council (RBC) are encouraging residents to have their say on how they currently use Reading’s Public Rights of Way Network, in a bid to provide a better experience for its users and encourage active travel. What is a Public Right of Way? Public Rights of Way are rights across land accessible by the public, which ...

  • A warm Reading welcome given to the riders of the Tour de Thanks
    9 June 2021

    A group of fantastic volunteers were on hand to welcome the riders of the Tour de Thanks as it rolled into Reading on Sunday 6 June, coinciding with this year’s Volunteers’ Week celebrations. The volunteers, part of the Reading Voluntary Action and Greater Reading Nepalese Community Association team supporting the Central and Whitely vaccination hub, received ...

  • The 7Stars Foundation, project grant funding for working with young people – returning 1st March 2022
    7 June 2021

    The 7stars Foundation supports the most challenged young people in the United Kingdom They assist forgotten young people aged 16 years and under, lacking opportunity, to achieve their potential. The funding looks to support those challenged by abuse, addiction, those who are young carers, and those without a safe place to call home. Project grants of ...

  • Covid surge testing starts in Reading
    4 June 2021

    A Covid surge testing programme is underway for residents, workers and students over the age of 12 in the following postcode areas: RG1 3 RG1 5 RG1 6 RG1 7  Testing takes place from Monday 7 June until Sunday 20 June. There is currently no change to local restrictions in the light of this testing. You can still travel to work and school in the affected areas. Please continue to follow public health advice and national guidelines to minimise the spread ...

  • Smart Works Reading receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    2 June 2021

    Smart Works Reading, a women’s employment support organisation, has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Smart Works Reading tackles a root cause of poverty by helping disadvantaged women in the Thames Valley into work. Since the charity opened in 2015, it has ...

  • No5 Young People receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    2 June 2021

    Congratulations to No5 Young People! No5’s dedicated volunteer counsellors, Young Ambassadors and Trustees have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. No5 provides free, confidential mental health support, counselling and preventative outreach for young people aged 11-25 who live, work or study in the ...

  • Looking for adults aged 65 and over to test our online food and drink questionnaire
    2 June 2021

    Nutritionists from the University of Reading are looking for adults aged 65 and over to use our online food and drink questionnaire, eNutri. Volunteers will be asked to record their diet using two different online food and drink questionnaires on multiple occasions within a 2-week period. You will not need to change your diet during ...

  • Help us provide a warm Reading welcome to the Tour de Thanks!
    27 May 2021

    As part of National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) Paul Reddish, our CEO at Volunteering Matters, is undertaking a 1,000km cycle thank you tour, from Edinburgh to London and many places in between, thanking lots of incredible Covid volunteers of all kinds with some special edition #PinYourThanks pins. We’ve called it the Tour de Thanks. Paul will be cycling ...

  • BBC Radio Berkshire ‘The Group Chat’ looking for panellists under 30
    27 May 2021

    An opportunity to take part in a BBC Radio Berkshire panel discussion on Friday evenings Alex West (@agwestie on Twitter) is hosting a new show on BBC Radio Berkshire, from 7–10pm on Friday evenings, aimed at young people aged 20–35. He is looking for Reading residents, aged under 30, to be part of a regularly rotating ...

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