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  • Reading Covid-19 Outbreak Engagement Board
    24 August 2020

    Reading Borough Council has set up the Reading Covid-19 Outbreak Engagement Board to involve the public and partners in developing plans to prevent and manage a possible local Covid-19 outbreak. They want to work with local residents to support effective local action, including communication with anyone potentially affected by a local outbreak. 

  • Community Justice Fund – deadline 5pm 18 September 2020
    24 August 2020

    The Community Justice Fund is focused on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations. It aims to help these organisations be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19.They will provide flexible support so that organisations can respond to these challenges in ways that they feel best meets their needs but ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation Covid Recovery Funding – deadline 5pm 11 September 2020
    24 August 2020

    Lloyds Foundation support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1million who have a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support, with unrestricted funding and tailored support to develop. Who can apply? Only funds registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) in England and Wales. Your group ...

  • Phoenix Fund – Core Funding for BAME led organisations – next deadline 2 September 2020
    21 August 2020

    This fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community. The maximum grant ...

  • Sharing Personal Data Training – 9 September 2020
    20 August 2020

    All organisations, including charities and community groups, have a responsibility to safeguard the personal data of service users, staff, volunteers, contractors and anyone whose personal data they collect or use in the delivery of their services. This 1 hour online course will cover: Data sharing and the law What does data sharing mean? What is the difference between ‘systematic’, ...

  • Barrow Cadbury Covid-19 Support Fund – reopen for applications
    20 August 2020

    Covid-19 support fund for the specialist migration sector Barrow Cadbury Trust has partnered with The National Lottery Community Fund to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. They have £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and migrants experiencing barriers to accessing ...

  • Comic Relief Covid-19 Community Grant – open until end of December 2020
    19 August 2020

    Grants of up to £4,000 are available for local grassroots organisations with ‘lived experience’ to respond to the current local need as a response to the Covid-19 emergency, and it may also assist charities through short term organisational recovery. Who can apply? Your organisation must be a grass roots, not for profit voluntary or community organisations (including ...

  • The Branding Project from the University of Reading – open for applications
    19 August 2020

    Are you a new charity looking to establish a brand identity but lacking the resources to do so? Or are you a not-for-profit in need of a brand refresh or re-positioning and would welcome some input from students at The University of Reading? Reading University will be holding a structured four-week ‘design-thinking brand jam’ with Part ...

  • Applying for funding and need help with preparing your accounts?
    19 August 2020

    Due to popular demand, RVA is arranging two financial training courses this autumn, which would be ideal for anyone who is in a treasurer position in a local charity or community group offering services in Reading: Basic Bookkeeping – 24 September, 10am – 12.30am Treasurer Training – 8 October, 10am – 12.30am Why should I attend? All charity and ...

  • Volunteer Management Training via Zoom – November 2020
    19 August 2020

    We are pleased to announce that we will be re-establishing our popular Volunteer Management training offer via Zoom this Autumn with a provisional date of November 18 2020. We know that for lots of groups things have changed over the past few months and that things may still be unclear. However, we also know that at ...

  • HMRC update on VAT and digital advertising
    18 August 2020

    Does your charity use a digital advertising platform? Until recently, it was HMRC’s position that VAT should be charged on internet search browsing advertisements, and often this cost was passed on by the advertising agency to the customer charity. HMRC has recently changed its policy on digital advertising, which could result in significant VAT savings for ...

  • RBC Community Buildings Briefing
    18 August 2020

    The Facilities Team at Reading Borough Council are are hosting a briefing for those who manage or are responsible for community buildings, including Voluntary Sector organisations who currently run or manage a community building. (Please note that the session is not pitched at hirers). The session will cover an update on guidelines, the Council’s approach to ...

  • September Befriending Forum from Ready Friends
    17 August 2020

    Our quarterly Ready Friends Befriending Forums are for anyone in Reading taking action on loneliness and social isolation. Even during lockdown and this shaky period of ‘lockdown-easing’, hundreds of Reading’s voluntary and community groups have shone brightly, quickly moving their activities and support online and over the telephone to help the most vulnerable, who have been ...

  • Meet the RVA Team: Anna Chapman, School and Parent Engagement Officer
    13 August 2020

    Anna Chapman is the School and Parent Engagement Officer for RVA, supporting parents in Reading who are economically inactive towards and into training, courses, voluntary work and paid employment.  Anna joined the RVA team in February 2018 as part of the Stronger Together programme. Stronger Together ended in June 2020 and Anna has just started ...

  • New volunteer training course from Home-Start Reading
    13 August 2020

    Home-Start Reading are looking for feedback from anyone who may wish to take part in their September training course We are excited to be planning for our next volunteer preparation course – a 10-week course of a weekly 3-hour session that trains new volunteers how to effectively offer peer support to the families we help at Home-Start ...

  • 1:1 volunteering advice sessions to resume via telephone and video call
    13 August 2020

    We are pleased to announce that you will now be able to arrange an appointment to speak to a member of our team about opportunities to volunteer here in Reading. These 1:1 sessions provide an opportunity to chat through your reasons for wanting to volunteer, the kind of opportunity you are looking for and any questions ...

  • Royal Mencap petition to refund social care – please circulate and sign
    12 August 2020

    Social care for people with a learning disability is at crisis point. Families have suffered greatly, especially during the coronavirus lockdown with devastating cuts to their support. Social care allows people with a learning disability to live independent lives and gives their families the support they desperately need. But the social care sector has seen a ...

  • NAVCA’s campaigns: #NeverMoreNeeded and#HeartOfOurCommunity
    12 August 2020

    #NeverMoreNeeded – get your organisation involved NAVCA’s #NeverMoreNeeded campaign is highlighting how charities and other not-for-profit organisations make our communities stronger and provide support no-one else can in the toughest times. The government cannot afford to overlook or undervalue the not for profit sector at the moment. As we navigate the worst impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, ...

  • Smart Works Reading virtual services – still supporting women
    12 August 2020

    Smart Works Reading’s free service is currently being delivered remotely either through a video link or telephone call. Claire Lawley, Service Delivery Manager, said: It’s the same hour-long, tailored 1-2-1 session with one of our HR professional volunteers. We’re still providing free interview clothes that are especially selected to meet the client’s requirements. These are posted from ...

  • Update on the council’s Covid outbreak control communication plan
    12 August 2020

    Local authorities and public health teams are responsible for developing local Covid outbreak control plans – that means plans to prevent local outbreaks, and in the event that one happens, to manage the local response and any potential lockdown. RBC have published a summary of their plan and you can read it here www.reading.gov.uk/c19outbreakplan. Read more ...

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