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  • Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants – Rolling applications until end of December 2020
    2 October 2020

    Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme, which funds thousands of community projects every year.  The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.  During October, November and December 2020 the grant scheme will provide grants of £1,000 to support projects focused on local children and young people. Who can apply? Voluntary ...

  • Nominate yourself as a Governor for South Central Ambulance Service
    2 October 2020

    Governors play an important role in helping to shape and support the emergency and non-emergency services that South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) provides. The role of Governor is entirely voluntary but also demanding and rewarding; they have specific statutory duties to fulfil and the opportunity to be the crucial link between our communities and the Trust. ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund Leaders with lived experience – applications open until 13 October 2020
    2 October 2020

    This programme builds on the Leaders with Lived Experience Pilot Programme. And will award National Lottery funding to support lived experience leadership as we move through the Covid-19 crisis. Because of the impact of Covid-19, there is an opportunity to help lived experience to play a key role in shaping how communities move towards recovery and renewal. This ...

  • Berkshire Vision – how lockdown affected our members
    30 September 2020 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision have have produced a short episode of their podcast where members discuss how lockdown affected them Following the announcement of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 23, 2020, face-to-face support from all agencies was indefinitely suspended across Berkshire and social activities and opportunities to meet in person with individuals outside their own ...

  • New Global Refills zero waste shop opens
    30 September 2020

    Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is pleased to announce the opening of Global Refills, Reading town centre’s first zero waste shop. Global Refills comes as a response to their concern over the excess plastic being used during the Covid crisis, and its impact on the environment. The team at RISC has steadily been working to repurpose ...

  • What is the VCS Emergencies Partnership?
    30 September 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action is the Thames Valley liaison lead for the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership. This article is a guide to the partnership and how you can request support from it. What is the VCS Emergencies Partnership? The VCS Emergencies Partnership is made up of a range of organisations within the sector and co-chaired by ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund – open for applications until 30 October
    29 September 2020

    The Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus fund is now open for applications until 5pm on Friday 30 October Funds allocated to Berkshire through the National Emergencies Trust Appeal for Coronavirus, together with the support they have received for their Vital for Berkshire – Coronavirus Appeal, are available for grants to be allocated to local charities, community and ...

  • Covid-19 Government updates – what your charity or community group needs to know
    29 September 2020

    There have been a number of announcements from the government in the last week. Here is a summary of the key changes that may affect your charity or community group. The situation continues to evolve so please continue to check for updates or contact the Advice Service for specific advice if you are unsure. New legal ...

  • Disability Action Covid-19 Fund – applications open until 5 October
    29 September 2020

    Disability Action has launched a fund to support grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) across the UK, who have found it difficult to access funding and to respond to the COVID-19 needs of disabled people. The minimum that can be applied for is £1,000 and the maximum £25,000. Who can apply? Any DPO in the UK can apply ...

  • Hoarding training for volunteers – now fully booked
    29 September 2020

    This free online training is aimed at volunteers who may come across or support people that hoard. It has been funded by West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board. The 90-minute session will cover: What is hoarding? – mental health classification Dos and don’ts Myths and truths Language Tips and techniques Understanding traits and triggers Delegates will need to have access to a ...

  • NHS Test and Trace at youth sector venues
    24 September 2020

    Berkshire Youth have sent out a reminder that from 24 September, all youth sector venues are required by law to display a QR code linked to the NHS Test and Trace mobile app. Apply for your venues code here: https://buff.ly/2RRzf2b

  • Older People’s day – virtual event on 1 October 2020
    24 September 2020

    Live virtual coffee morning at 10:30 am 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Coronavirus and lockdown have sadly made it impossible for us to meet with you all to celebrate in person, but we are so excited to welcome you to our brand new online celebration event, being held on video calling ...

  • Reading Town Meal online – workshop line-up revealed
    24 September 2020

    Who’s getting excited?! Not long to go now until this year’s town meal on Saturday 3 October 2020, 11am until 4pm We are pleased to announce that RG2 radio will be broadcasting the event live from Reading College for everyone to tune into at 12pm–2.30pm Saturday 3 October. Don’t forget to sign up if you haven’t already ...

  • Safeguarding children – Berkshire West Thresholds Guidance
    24 September 2020

    At RVA, we strive to make certain our partners have the tools and training available to achieve their goals and meet the needs of residents across the town. All practitioners that work with children, young people and families are responsible for Safeguarding and Early Help. Both RVA and the local authority host safeguarding training for professionals to attend ...

  • Berkshire Better Health Fund 2020 – grants of £1,000 to £5,000 available
    16 September 2020

    Sport England are providing Get Berkshire Active (GBA) with funding through the Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) to distribute to community organisations who support the following priority groups to be active: people with disabilities people with long-term conditions BAME communities lower socio-economic groups. GBA want to utilise some of this funding to support health-specific projects and use the momentum of the ...

  • Census 2021 team looking for Community Advisers to work with the Pakistani community in Reading
    15 September 2020

    Community Advisers working with the Pakistani community in Reading The Census 2021 team are currently encouraging applications for the role of Community Advisers working with the Pakistani community in Reading. The role involves positively engaging with the Pakistani community to support and encourage everyone to complete their census questionnaire. Advisers need to speak Panjabi or Urdu ...

  • Introduction to the Outcomes Star for charities and community groups
    14 September 2020 Social Prescribing outcomes star showing improved situation for client

    An introduction to using the Outcomes Star, an evidence-based tool for supporting and measuring change – for the voluntary and community sector in Reading The Outcomes Star offers an holistic approach to supporting and measuring change in people’s lives. It is visual and user-friendly, enabling people using the tool to have strong ownership of the change ...

  • New government guidance: meeting others safely (social distancing)
    11 September 2020

    Following the announcement on 9 September, the government has now published new guidance on meeting others safely. This guidance covers: social distancing seeing friends and family Rules in other venues and activities From Monday 14 September, it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 people (unless you are ...

  • Charity Finances 101 – online self-paced course – reduced price offer
    10 September 2020

    Take control of your charity’s finances (even if you want to run a mile) Our training partner, Holy Brook Associates are launching a new self-paced online course for charity trustees who would like to take control of their finances and spread the learning over a period of time online. This course is a more general finance ...

  • Building a new stop smoking service for Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham
    9 September 2020

    Reading, West Berkshire, and Wokingham local authorities are working together to refresh the way residents access stop smoking support. Smoking causes 17% of all deaths in people aged 35 and over. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body causing lung cancer, respiratory disease, and heart disease as well as numerous cancers in other organs. If ...

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