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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • New Directions College – your partner in your learning journey
    22 January 2021

    Lockdown doesn’t mean you have to put your dreams on hold. You can continue to learn new skills with our fantastic range of online courses. We also have a range of free courses to improve your employment prospects. New Directions College can help kickstart your learning journey through a range of courses in English, Maths, ESOL, ...

  • Women’s Voices 2021 – apply for place at Media Trust event by 9am on 25 January
    21 January 2021

    If your charity supports women, girls or those who identify as female, and is looking to reach new audiences, develop a campaign or raise awareness about your cause, then Media Trust invite you to apply for a place at Women’s Voices 2021, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Join them virtually on Monday 8 March 2021 ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research – apply for funded training
    21 January 2021

    Applications are open until 12 noon on 16 February 2021 Health Education England South East and Public Health England South East are offering a programme of training and mentoring to develop community-based researchers. The programme will involve training up community researchers to undertake a piece of work to understand the issues and inequalities impacting black and ...

  • Start your own business workshops by The Real Business Club
    20 January 2021

    We know that some people have lost or are going to loose jobs. Some are going to be on reduced hours. These workshops would help anyone considering what it would mean to start a full time or part time business. They are suitable for people who may be thinking about: working for themselves – being self ...

  • Free coaching offer for Reading’s trustees and managers
    20 January 2021

    Are you a charity trustee or manager? We know Covid has thrown up many challenges for those running charities. Coaching is an opportunity to explore your own blocks to help you achieve the best for your charity at this time. We are pleased to say we have partnered with Coaching Reading to offer free Coaching ...

  • No5 Young People celebrates fifty years and seeks your stories
    18 January 2021

    No5 opened its doors to children and young people on 18 January 1971 at 5 Sackville Street in Reading There have been many changes over the years to their mental health services, training and counselling, but local young people’s voices remain at the heart of everything they do. Their vision of a world that doesn’t stigmatise ...

  • Berkshire Youth Hubs – virtual and telephone-based support platform
    18 January 2021

    After a successful pilot across West Berkshire, and responding to best meet the needs of the local community, Berkshire Youth are delighted to announce the next evolution of the West Berkshire Youth Hub. Their award-winning hub has now been extended across the whole of Berkshire. They hope that the renamed ‘Berkshire Youth Hubs’ will prove ...

  • Formal bidding process now open for Cemetery Arch long leasehold disposal – until 19 March 2021
    13 January 2021

    The formal bidding process through the open market and also through the third sector process has now commenced for the Cemetery Arch building. Local voluntary organisations are invited to submit their proposals by 12 noon on 19 March 2021. The application process Applications and accompanying documents should be sent to: Committee Administration, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, ...

  • Winter mental health support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities
    12 January 2021

    Seven voluntary and community organisations are to share a £20,000 NHS England grant aimed at supporting the mental health of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities (BAMER) over the winter. Berkshire West CCG secured the funding and has worked closely with key partners to devise the best ways of allocating the money. ...

  • Charity Commission updates: holding trustee meetings and AGMs
    11 January 2021

    The Charity Commission has updated its guidance for charities as a result of lockdown 3 as follows: Trustees should hold their trustee meetings online or via telephone, where possible during lockdown. AGMs can continue to be held online (the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 has been extended until 30 March 2020). For more details on how to ...

  • Blog: journey to better equality, diversity and inclusion in your organisation
    6 January 2021

    Lots of us want to do better when it comes to diversity, equality and inclusion in our sector. Why? We know this is an area that can improve in the third sector and with global events and the pandemic further highlighting long-standing inequalities in 2020, the time for action is now. At Reading Voluntary Action ...

  • Funding: practical tips and step-by-step guides from NCVO
    6 January 2021

    NCVO have just launched their new funding guidance section on their website which is ideal for smaller community groups and charities looking for step-by-step guides on raising money for their activities. The guidance includes the following sections: Funding and income planning, with a really useful planner you can download. All about grants: from getting ready to apply ...

  • Warning about Covid-19 text message scams
    6 January 2021

    There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. The NHS will never ask for banking information. The scam has been reported ...

  • National lockdown January 2021: what charities need to know
    6 January 2021

    This article was updated on 14 January to include: NCVO updated Coronavirus Guidance which gives specific guidance and resources on involving volunteers and supporting beneficiaries in the lockdown (see section on risk assessments below) Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021 of the third national lockdown, we have gathered some guidance and resources for ...

  • Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives grant programme
    4 January 2021

    The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. They support established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work. Grants ...

  • B&Q community re-use scheme
    4 January 2021

    DIY stores B&Q operate a community re-use scheme through all its branches in the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the community and the environment. The types of material includes: Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets Plastic plant ...

  • Covid-19 vaccination roll out in Berkshire West
    4 January 2021

    Health teams from across Berkshire West have started the successful roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination with hundreds of local people receiving their jabs in the last two weeks before Christmas. To date it’s been delivered at six sites across our area, with more starting early in the new year. The first group of people to ...

  • Office space available
    4 January 2021

    Attractive and light office space available in business park in Caversham Dimensions: 7.2 metres x 2.89 metres. Suitable for 5+ people working at their own desks comfortably, with space for a meeting table, shelving, storage, etc. Option of empty or partially furnished. Some parking outside and plenty of parking available free for 2 hrs in local streets for ...

  • How to protect your charity from cyber attacks
    9 December 2020

    As we approach the holiday season, it is completely natural that staff and volunteers may be feeling tired and juggling end of year duties. It may be far from our minds, but it is also worth remembering that charities are still vulnerable to cyber attacks, especially at this time, and to be extra vigilant about ...

  • Why language matters when talking about race and diversity
    17 November 2020

    Azra Raja is working on an inclusion framework for the voluntary sector in Reading, to help managers and trustees consider equality, diversity and inclusion in their own organisations. Here is a link to Azra’s introductory article if you missed it the first time round. Please contact Azra by emailing azra.raja@rva.org.uk if you have any questions ...

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