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  • Sport in Mind launches self-help journal to address mental health issues
    11 May 2021

    For Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), leading mental health and sports charity Sport in Mind has launched a new self-help journal for people struggling with mental health issues Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign that helps educate and increase awareness about mental health issues and the fact that millions of people will struggle ...

  • Berkshire Vision activities calendar for May 2021
    5 May 2021 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision’s May activities programme for people with sight loss across Berkshire Berkshire Vision support new referrals if you’re working with someone who would like to get involved. This month there are a combination of face to face and remote activities, including the ever-popular picnic and walks, along with rock climbing for the more adventurous. There are ...

  • Cyber security: how to keep your charity safe
    5 May 2021

    Why should we be thinking about cyber security? Charities of all sizes are increasingly more reliant on IT and this has increased further during the pandemic. Email, websites, video conferencing and social media all have a valuable place in our charities but without proper security measures they can also leave charities vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber ...

  • Meet Panda Phelan – Bounce Back 4 Kids Senior Support Worker
    5 May 2021

    Panda Phelan is the Senior Support Worker for Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) which supports families affected by domestic abuse, once the perpetrator of the abuse has left the family home. She writes a monthly BB4K Positive Newsletter which you can sign up for here. Tell us about BB4K and your role… BB4K is a therapeutic support service ...

  • What does Reading mean to you? Help the Students’ Union design a community mural – deadline 7 May 2021
    28 April 2021

    Reading University Students’ Union Community Mural A new exciting community mural will be placed outside of the RUSU building. Submissions are open to staff, students and people living in Reading. The artwork is based on one question: ‘What does Reading mean to you?’ You do not need to be a skilled artist or have artistic knowledge to ...

  • Reading Prince’s Trust Team programme – starts 10 May 2021
    28 April 2021

    Adviza and The London Irish Foundation are now recruiting young people for the successful Prince’s Trust Team programme, starting in Reading on Monday 10 May 2021. The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a course designed to re-engage young people aged 16–25 years: to help them gain confidence, develop a support network and build the skills ...

  • Reading Community Energy Society – Community Grants 2021–22
    28 April 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to partner with Reading Community Energy Society in their 2021–22 Community Grants scheme. RVA will be promoting and managing the scheme on behalf of Reading Community Energy Society which aims to accelerate the uptake of community-owned renewable energy in Reading and the surrounding area. Reading Community Energy Society comprises members from ...

  • Start your own business workshops aimed at residents in Reading and greater Reading area
    28 April 2021

    Who could benefit from these workshops and 1-2-1s? We know that some people have lost or are going to loose their job. Some are going to be on reduced hours. These workshops would help anyone considering what starting a business or self employment/sub-contract work would mean, people who might be considering: Working for themselves – being self ...

  • Volunteering Survey 2021 – please share with your volunteers and those you support
    28 April 2021

    Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the work of volunteers has been at the forefront of the response. People from all walks of life have been involved in a wide range of volunteering to help out in their neighbourhood, in the town and beyond. We also know that, for some, the regular volunteering you were involved with has been ...

  • Covid-19 vaccination equality survey
    27 April 2021

    NHS Berkshire West CCG want to better understand the motivators for people considering the Covid-19 vaccine To gain insights into people’s views and preferred communications channels, they are conducting a piece of insights research to help shape their future health services and communications. They have created a simple online survey that takes roughly five minutes to complete. In ...

  • ‘It has allowed me to do something positive, to be a tiny part of recovering our freedom to live’ Our vaccine hub volunteers reflect
    21 April 2021

    These are just a few of the moving reflections from volunteers about what it has meant to them to be part of the vaccine rollout. We’ll be sharing more over the coming weeks.  

  • HR best practice: supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan
    21 April 2021

    If your charity is considering how to best support staff and volunteers who might be observing Ramadan at this time, read on for a legal update on HR best practice. This has been adapted from legal updates courtesy of Sandy Adirondack (full credits at the end): What is Ramadan? Ramadan is a month-long Muslim observance which this ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research Facilitator – closing date 5 May 2021
    14 April 2021

    This is an exciting opportunity to facilitate a local community participatory research project as part of a voluntary and statutory sector partnership. The role will support local researchers from minority ethnic communities in Reading to co-produce and carry out community research into widening health inequalities. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, inequalities in health, especially mental health, have ...

  • Small Groups Learn and Share Network
    13 April 2021

    Are you a volunteer-led small group that’s embedded in your community? Do you want to find out more about funding, governance, publicising your work and developing your group? Are you keen to network and share with other small groups in Reading? If yes, then you are warmly invited to join the Small Groups Learn and Share Network, ...

  • Have your say – RBC is reviewing how it allocates social housing
    13 April 2021

    Reading Borough Council is reviewing how it allocates social housing, and would like your thoughts on the proposed changes Their aims are to make the scheme fairer and easier to understand for the customers who use it, and to ensure they are creating thriving and well-balanced communities where residents want to live. They have defined these ...

  • Covid-19 home and workplace testing – register before 12 April
    6 April 2021

    The Government has announced that it will extend the free lateral flow testing to all employers, including home testing for those who cannot offer on-site testing. Whether an employer wants to set up on-site workplace testing, or offer tests for workers to take home (or a combination of the two), they must register on gov.uk by 12 ...

  • CCG seeks expressions of interests for services to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability
    1 April 2021

    NHS Berkshire West CCG’s vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability through increasing access to Annual Health Checks, information, advice and making reasonable adjustments to support people to live a full, meaningful and healthy lives. NHS Berkshire West CCG is seeking to achieve that vision by providing a service ...

  • ABC to Read offering online reading support
    31 March 2021

    With so much disruption to and uncertainty surrounding schooling during the coronavirus pandemic, the stability, focus, confidence and skills built through reading have unsurprisingly suffered for many local youngsters. Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read is pioneering a recovery, moving their life-changing one-to-one mentoring online to support the primary school children who have been identified ...

  • Healthwatch survey on contacting GP surgeries
    31 March 2021

    Do you, your staff, volunteers or clients find it hard to get through to their GP surgery? Healthwatch Reading have heard that some Reading people are having problems calling doctors’ surgeries to make appointments or get important questions answered so they are trying to find out if it’s a widespread problem. They have launched a public survey ...

  • Food4Families courses starting soon – Growing Healthy Conversations, Growing Careers
    29 March 2021

    Food4Families have new courses starting soon This article was updated on 14 April with new start dates in May for Growing Healthy Conversations. Growing Healthy Conversations – free eight week courses Practice your conversational English whilst learning gardening skills at our local community gardens small groups and socially distanced all equipment, tools, seeds etc provided travel costs can be refunded see flyer ...

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