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  • New Charity Commission 5-minute guides for trustees
    3 November 2020

    The Charity Commission have launched their new 5-minute guides as part of Trustees’ Week 2020. These are designed as simple, easy to understand guides, designed to help trustees run their charities in line with the law. The new guides cover five key aspects of charity governance – a ‘core syllabus’ covering the basics that the regulator ...

  • New process maps from ACAS to help you navigate workplace changes
    2 September 2020

    As the country is slowly easing out of lockdown, many organisations are cautiously and gradually returning to the workplace or planning to do so. If you are a charity or voluntary group that employs individuals, then the trustees are employers in law. For help with mapping out a process and ensuring the board thinks through ...

  • Research into the impact of Covid-19 on Punjabi communities
    26 August 2020

      Research has shown that communities racialised as Black and minority ethnic (BAME) have experienced Covid-19 and lock-down distinctly differently from their counterparts racialised as white, with BAME groups more likely to die from Covid-19 once diagnosed and reporting higher levels of mental distress. Taraki – a team of grassroots groups and activists with academic and lived ...

  • RVA Inclusion Development Worker – closing date 21 September 2020
    26 August 2020

    An exciting opportunity to work with Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and local charities to ensure we reflect the diversity of Reading and are able to build a genuinely inclusive voluntary sector. We are looking for someone with excellent communication, planning and organisational skills, and a good understanding of current issues relating to equality and diversity. You ...

  • RVA Social Prescribing Link Workers – closing date 14 September 2020
    25 August 2020

    An exciting opportunity to work in a small supportive team making a big difference to the lives of people in Reading Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is looking to recruit three Link Workers to provide social prescribing support for people in Tilehurst, Whitley and Reading Central. RVA and Age UK Berkshire have been delivering social prescribing in Reading ...

  • Sight loss: helping you to help others during coronavirus
    1 July 2020 Faces of sight loss

    Many people who haven’t interacted with anyone with sight loss before often feel worried about saying or doing the wrong thing, so the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have created a few top tips to help you answer your concerns. If you haven’t been around many people with sight loss before, it’s perfectly normal ...

  • Free fast-track volunteer befriender training launched
    9 April 2020

    In response to the changing needs of befriending organisations at this time, Befriending Networks has developed a new Interim Volunteer Training programme to help organisations train their volunteers to provide telephone/distance befriending and/or to provide a fast track training method for new volunteers coming forward during the pandemic. Befriending Networks has developed this training to help ...

  • Employment Law changes from 6 April 2020
    6 April 2020

    Further to last year’s Taylor Review and the Good Work Plan, new employment legislation comes into force today, Monday 6 April 2020. The changes include: Parental bereavement leave and pay; Written statement of employment particulars to be issued from day one of employment and must now also include: the days the employee or worker must work and if ...

  • Telephone befriending – training package
    31 March 2020 Champions to End Loneliness

    Keeping in touch with people if you are feeling lonely and isolated has never been more important and this need will increase as the weeks pass. Existing befriending schemes are now switching from face-to-face to telephone-based befriending.  Other voluntary, neighbourhood and community groups are looking into how to make the most of their volunteers to offer ...

  • Safeguarding resources during the coronavirus pandemic
    23 March 2020

    Whether you’re wishing to train up new volunteers or adapting your services to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to continue delivering safe activities. To help you deliver training remotely to your staff and volunteers, we have collected some free and heavily subsidised online resources: Download SAFE CIC’s top tips for safeguarding during the coronavirus ...

  • Updated guidance from Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership
    18 February 2020

    All services working with children and families across Berkshire West are part of the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership and each organisation has an important role to play. The new Simple Guide to the new Local Safeguarding Arrangements  has been designed to help you understand your role in the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership. You ...

  • DBS guide for working with adults in the charity sector
    14 February 2020

    The DBS service have updated their guidance for working with adults in the voluntary community and charity sector The guidance, which includes example scenarios, can be found here: DBS Guide Working with Adults in the Charity Sector Please note there is a separate guidance for working with children. You may also wish to take a look at this ...

  • DBS guide for working with children in the charity sector
    14 February 2020

    The DBS service have updated their guidance for those in the voluntary, community and charity sector. The guidance, which can be found here,  includes example scenarios: DBS Guide: Working with Children in the Charity Sector Please note there is a separate guidance for working with adults. You may also wish to take a look at RVA’s guide for ...

  • Legal update: Holiday calculations and zero hours or part year contracts
    24 January 2020

    The government has published updated guidance on holiday entitlements: Holiday entitlement updated guidance, November 2019 Holiday entitlement calculator For organisations who engage zero hours and/or part year workers, the recent case of Harper v Brazil Trust EAT (2018) has determined that there is a risk of underpayments when using the using the ‘12.07% of hours worked’ rule when ...

  • New safeguarding tool for charities
    22 January 2020

    Every organisation that delivers charitable activities has a responsibility to safeguard people from harm or abuse, whether they are staff members, volunteers, or other people who come into contact with your charity through its work. The government has designed a new digital tool to help charities handle the reporting of safeguarding concerns or allegations about the behaviour ...

  • Free workshops on wellbeing – understanding, improving and measuring
    10 December 2019

    Workshops on understanding, improving and measuring wellbeing, February to May 2020 The What Works Centre for Wellbeing, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, has announced a programme of free workshops around the country, designed specifically for small to medium-sized charities, starting in February 2020. Introductory workshops These workshops will cover wellbeing concepts and evidence, how to use ...

  • Tech to Connect finalists
    21 November 2019

    The next Ready Friends Befriending Forum will focus on how technology can help reduce loneliness and social isolation. Following the publication of the government’s Loneliness Strategy in October 2018, a new funding programme was launched to offer development funding and support to online technology that reduces loneliness and social isolation. A summary of the finalists’ projects ...

  • Free online safeguarding resources from NCVO
    17 October 2019

    Every charity, voluntary or community group, regardless of type and size, should be a safe place  for all its beneficiaries, supporters, volunteers and staff. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has published a comprehensive collection of free resources – briefings, guides, tools, podcasts and videos. They are straightforward, practical and based on real world experience ...

  • Befriending Week – are you ready?
    2 October 2019

    Countdown to Befriending Week 2019! Only 1 month to go. Are you ready? This year the theme puts a spotlight on health and wellbeing. To help you prepare for this year’s celebrations, visit the Befriending Week Resources section of our website to download the free resource pack . This includes social media posts, Facebook cover image, Twitter ...

  • RVA Services Administrator – closing date 7 August 2019
    17 July 2019

    RVA are looking for a Services Administrator who will manage the processes required to support RVA’s services, staff and board, ensuring that systems are being operated consistently throughout the organisation. The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support services to ensure the smooth running of the charity. Working hours: 37 hours a week (flexible ...

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