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  • Free masterclass on good practice in befriending
    30 January 2019

    Befriending Networks are providing three free masterclasses on Good Practice in Befriending this spring. These events are open to members and non-members of Befriending Networks, thanks to funding from the Building Connections Fund. When are they happening? Leeds on 6 March 2019 London on 12 March 2019 Leicester on 13 March 2019 Who should attend? Anyone involved with commissioning, delivering or supporting a ...

  • Adult Social Care and Health Strategy Consultation – open until 31 March 2019
    29 January 2019

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on their priorities for Adult Social Care over the next three years and is looking for feedback from community partners and residents. You can download the draft strategy, Supporting Our Future, from the RBC website and complete the online survey or post in your comments. Reading Borough Council says: We have developed ...

  • Social Action Stories: Stepping Forward
    23 January 2019

    In our latest story of social action in Reading, Community Journalist Simone Illger interviews Sarah Snow, founding trustee of Stepping Forward.  Stepping Forward works to facilitate and accelerate access to essential services, information, resources and life opportunities so that all people affected by disability can live a full life. All of their trustees have a child ...

  • Brighter Futures for Children Market Place
    23 January 2019

    On Tuesday 22 January, thirty-one organisations from across Reading’s voluntary sector attended the Town Hall to showcase their services to a range of social workers and other staff from Brighter Futures for Children. Most were children and young people’s groups, although there was representation from a variety of community sectors, all delivering essential local projects ...

  • People’s Postcode Trust – open until 20 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    The next round of People’s Postcode Trust funding will open on 6 February 2019. Projects should be related to the following themes: Poverty prevention Human rights Combating discrimination You can find examples of previous funded projects here. Who can apply Registered charities can apply for a grant of between £500 and £20,000. Constituted groups (unregistered) and community interest companies can apply for grants ...

  • Money Saving Expert – Building and Developing Resilience – applications open 1 – 25 September 2020
    18 January 2019

    The MSE Charity gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. Grants of up to £7,500 are available for registered charities, CICs and other voluntary organisations. There are two rounds per year, four themes rotate through a two year cycle. Different themes will be more suitable for ...

  • Aging Well Partnership Funding – open until 18 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    Reading, Place of Culture has announced a £6,000 Ageing Well Pilot, on behalf of the Ageing Well Partnership. The pilot is part of the Reading, Place of Culture initiative and aims to address gaps in participation and social outcomes for older people. With cultural and creative engagement proving integral to the wellbeing of older people, the ...

  • DfE grants for holiday activities and food – open until 7 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    Early in 2018, the government announced a programme of work to explore how best to ensure more children from disadvantaged families benefit from enrichment activities and healthy meals during the school holidays. The Department of Education (DfE) is now inviting organisations to bid for grant funding to take on the role of testing the coordination of free ...

  • Greggs Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    The Greggs Local Community Projects Funding is open for applications until 28 February 2019. They are looking to fun projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. Please note that they do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work, ...

  • Free bite-sized training on Young Onset Dementia
    16 January 2019

    Members of the Reading Dementia Action Alliance, Banyan Care, are offering free bite-sized training sessions to those working within care. The first session will take place on Tuesday 12 February 2019 and the topic is Young Onset Dementia, an area of special interest and knowledge within Banyan through their work with the charity Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire). Through ...

  • Reading Libraries has two spaces for potential rental
    16 January 2019

    Reading Libraries has two spaces for potential rental An upstairs office space at Tilehurst library is available and our brand new office space at Battle library will be built in 2019. We are interested in hearing from any organisation that might be interested in a brand new, relatively small office in RG30/RG31 at low cost. We are using ...

  • Leaders needed for Amersham Road Kids’ Choice Youth Club
    16 January 2019

    A club which started out as a dream by two young people on the Amersham Road estate has become a reality with support from local residents. Beginning after the October half term in 2018, two sessions for different school years were offered on Monday evenings. The first week saw 13 attending the younger group and 4 attending the older ...

  • Time to Talk Day – 7 February 2019
    16 January 2019

    This year’s Time to Talk Day is on Thursday 7 February and is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking. Time To Change is a national initiative ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Funding – Stage 1 open until 25 February 2019
    16 January 2019

    Cultural Commissioning Year 2 is now open for Stage 1 applications until 25 February 2018. The funding streams are: Elderly Care: £15K for arts, culture and heritage programmes to work with older people, particularly those with long term conditions and in areas of higher deprivation; Cultural Short Breaks: £30K to extend the range of cultural breaks provided to ...

  • Free courses for charities from The Skills Network
    15 January 2019

    The Skills Network are offering a range of funded Level 2 Courses*. The courses are open to those working or volunteering in charities and community groups in the town, aged 19 or over and who have lived in the EU for the last three years. The online distance learning courses are all assessment based, submitted either ...

  • What does the NHS Long Term Plan mean for the voluntary sector?
    14 January 2019

    The long awaited NHS Long Term Plan was published last week. The document is 115 pages long (without appendices). This news article does not attempt to summarise the whole document. It highlights, from my perspective, some of the points that I think may be of particular interest to voluntary organisations supporting the health and wellbeing ...

  • Health and Wellbeing Board – Friday 18 January 2019
    14 January 2019

    The next meeting of Reading’s Health and Wellbeing Board is on Friday 18 January 2019. The meeting is in the Council Chamber and starts at 2pm. Members of the public are welcome to listen to the discussions. The agenda includes: A report summarising progress made in delivering the SEND Strategy since July 2018, and the steps that ...

  • Reducing local loneliness
    9 January 2019

    While there are many older people in Reading experiencing loneliness and social isolation, it’s important to remember that people of any age can be affected during their lifetime, particularly around significant life changes.   In 2018, a host of local and national reports highlighted specific groups of people most likely to experience loneliness and social isolation: widowed ...

  • Befriending Forum on 19 February 2019 – booking now open
    9 January 2019

    Following the success of the 2018 Let’s Make Reading Friendlier conference, RVA is pleased to announce the first Befriending Forum event of 2019, on Tuesday 19 February from 12.30 until 4.15pm at the third floor Community Hub in Reading Central Library. Lunch and networking at 12.30pm will be followed by: a presentation from The Jo Cox Foundation a ...

  • Funding available for youth violence intervention – until 29 January 2019
    9 January 2019

    The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley was recently successful in a bid for the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund. Having identified key elements of delivery from our bid, we are now seeking providers for very specific interventions. The bid for Thames Valley included a number of tiers of intervention, ...

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