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  • BCF – SEGRO Centenary Fund
    15 June 2020

    The SEGRO Centenary Fund is now open for applications from local charities and community groups in Reading that have employability-led projects and require financial support. The majority of the first year’s funding of more than £1 million will be allocated to projects which provide emergency relief and seek to address the longer term impacts of the ...

  • Equal Power – new free online summer workshops for women
    12 June 2020

    Existing inequalities mean that women are going to be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Yet women have largely been invisible from the UK governments crisis decision making table. Equal Power is a three-year campaign from The Fawcett Soceity to get more women in all our diversity into politics at every level. They are looking for ...

  • Time to Connect – free online dance and movement programme
    11 June 2020

    Time to Connect is a fun, free online dance and movement programme for families and households that meets the NHS’s 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing. Adapted from the Artistic Director’s ongoing PhD research and with guidance from Reside Dance CIC’s two Dance Movement Psychotherapists, the 4-week programme aims to strengthen relationships between families, raise self-esteem, boost ...

  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust CEO says thank you to local community for support
    11 June 2020

    The Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has published a heartfelt thank you to the hundreds of local people and groups who have supported local NHS teams through the Covid crisis. Steve McManus has written a public letter to the local community on behalf of the Trust’s 5,500 employees. In it he talks ...

  • Action plan to improve mental health crisis pathways in Berkshire West
    11 June 2020

    A 14 point plan of action to improve mental health crisis pathways in Berkshire West, making them more readily available and easier to access, has been drawn up following a lengthy consultation with service users and other key stakeholders. The experiences of people with mental health problems, their families and other health and social care agencies ...

  • Autism Berkshire offers more online benefits advice workshops
    11 June 2020

    With the first of Autism Berkshire’s free online benefits advice workshops already fully booked, the charity is now running a series of extra sessions in July. The workshops, which are for autistic people living in Berkshire and their parents and carers, look at how to apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children aged up to ...

  • Reading Digital Quilt Project
    11 June 2020

    The Rising Sun Arts Centre is creating a digital quilt documenting the story of Reading during the Covid-19 pandemic. Join us and other people across Reading to chronicle this unique moment in history. Share your experience of lockdown by adding a patch to the quilt. Your ‘patch’ could be an image that means something to you, a ...

  • Black Lives Matter – statement of solidarity from Reading Voluntary Action
    10 June 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action confirms its solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Reading has a proud history of social action by Black and Minority Ethnic people and organisations. Reading Voluntary Action pledges its continued practical and moral support for groups and organisations, led by and for the Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Reading. We support the ...

  • Black Lives Matter – statement of solidarity from the Muslim communities of Reading
    10 June 2020

    Black Lives Matter – statement of solidarity from the Muslim Communities of Greater Reading – 9 June 2020 The brutal killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in the US, caught on camera, exposes yet again, the injustice and racism and discrimination still scarring the lives of black people across the world. This murder ...

  • Adapting your services online – for charities and community groups
    9 June 2020

    In the second of our series of interactive Zoom sessions, we will be looking at how your charity or community group might adapt/continue to adapt your services to deliver these online due to the current restrictions on meeting in person. This session would be useful for Trustees or Managers of charities or community groups in ...

  • In support of George Floyd and Justice for Black Lives
    5 June 2020

    Alliance for Cohesion for Racial Equality (ACRE), Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG) and Reading City of Sanctuary (RCoS) are today standing side by side to support Justice for Black Lives and to stand by the family and friends of George Floyd. We also stand with families everywhere grieving for loved ones who lost their lives ...

  • Meet the RVA team: Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, Ready Friends Coordinator
    5 June 2020

    For the third profile in our meet the team series, we speak to Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, who coordinates RVA’s Ready Friends project. Rhiannon’s role is about increasing the number of people who are active in communities around Reading by making sure that people know how they can get involved in social groups, community events, sports, volunteering ...

  • Food4Families is looking for volunteers to grow and distribute fresh produce
    5 June 2020

    Over the past 10 years, Food4Families has created over 25 school and community food-growing gardens in Reading, involving thousands of people in growing fresh, healthy produce. As a result of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Food4Families has identified a need to increase local food growing to provide fresh food to vulnerable people in the ...

  • June Befriending Forum – on Zoom
    4 June 2020

    Local mental health support for people facing loneliness and social isolation during Covid19 James Momoh (lead for Talking Therapies at Berkshire Healthcare-BHFT) and Laura Davis (Equality & Inclusion manager at Berkshire Healthcare-BFHT) will be joining us to update on local NHS mental  health services and are keen for feedback from groups whose clients may have used them recently.  This ...

  • Cleaning regimes, PPE, and supporting the NHS: how ReadiBus have adapted their services in response to the coronavirus crisis
    3 June 2020

    The ReadiBus service has remained available for those who have needed to travel throughout the coronavirus outbreak In the first two months of the national lockdown, ReadiBus provided over 1,000 essential journeys – for shopping, GP appointments, ongoing treatments, hospital appointments, school and respite – and made over 600 telephone welfare calls to users of the ...

  • Rgneeds.me Volunteering Matching Service Relaunch
    3 June 2020

    As many of you will be aware, Reading Voluntary Action has been supporting the local coronavirus response in a number of ways, including by supporting the recruitment of volunteers to support new and adapted services. We suspended our regular volunteer matching service at the end of March in order to focus on the response. I’m pleased ...

  • Helpful hints for donating items to charity
    2 June 2020

    If you’ve been thinking of spending some time clearing out a garage or loft, having a big tidy up or finally sorting through that cupboard of accumulated ‘stuff’, you may have been wondering if any of these items would still be suitable for use by others. There are many charities in Reading that will accept ...

  • RBC Discretionary Grant Fund – applications open until 15 June
    2 June 2020

    Following the government announcement last month, RBC have now launched their Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme. The deadline for applying is 15 June. Who can apply The scheme is open to small businesses, including charities, who have fixed property costs (rent or mortgage) and if all of the following can be evidenced: you are in receipt of ...

  • Autism Berkshire launches online benefits advice workshops
    1 June 2020

    To help autistic adults and parents and carers of autistic children and young people understand their entitlement to benefits and how to make an application while the coronavirus outbreak continues, Autism Berkshire is moving its free benefits advice workshops online. The Understanding Your Benefits Rights workshops will cover the same topics as the face-to-face sessions that ...

  • Employment update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, free webinar, and SSP
    1 June 2020

    On Friday 29 May the Chancellor announced the next steps to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). More details are expected from the government on 12 June, in the meantime, here are some key points and dates to note from the announcement: CJRS will close to new applicants from 30 June, with the last three-week furloughs ...

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