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  • Get Berkshire Active Awards – nominations open until 15 December 2020
    24 November 2020

    Nominate your Berkshire physical activity lockdown heroes This year Get Berkshire Active are awarding those who have had a positive impact in Berkshire during the Covid-19 pandemic. It could be an individual, or a club, organisation or school which is based in or benefits the residents of Berkshire. The criteria for this award are broad due to ...

  • Food waste collections for Reading residents – starting in February 2021
    24 November 2020

    Reading Borough Council is introducing a weekly food waste collection for residents in February 2021, as well as reducing the size of the general waste bins. The recycling team are keen to engage with as many community associations as possible. If you are able to help with distribution of information to residents of Reading they would ...

  • Didymus funding for social inclusion – rolling deadline
    23 November 2020

    Didymus seeks to help and encourage smaller charities who are working in the areas of social inclusion, education, the arts, equality and diversity and religious understanding. Their aim in all cases is to provide appropriate resources to these charities so that the people they are supporting may flourish. They are particularly committed to supporting those who ...

  • MHCLG Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund – deadline 2 December 2020
    23 November 2020

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced £2 million of transformation funding for the homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector to bring forward single room and Covid-19 secure accommodation this winter. The fund opened on 21 October 2020, and funding will be allocated by18 December 2020. Homeless Link with be distributing ...

  • Asda Foundation Feeding Communities Grant – deadline 6 December 2020
    23 November 2020

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Asda Foundation has created the Feeding Communities Grant scheme. Grants of up to £1,000 can contribute to meals which cost £4.00 or less for those in need in the run up to Christmas. This includes individuals, families, and meals at children’s healthy holiday clubs. Who can apply? Not-for-profit registered charities, registered ...

  • Energy vouchers available from Citizens Advice Reading – by referral
    23 November 2020

    Organisations in Berkshire who work with people who may be struggling with their energy bills, for all sorts of reasons – debts, loss of job, because they are vulnerable or elderly or living in cold homes  – can make a referral to Citizens Advice Reading for energy vouchers. Citizens Advice Reading is reaching out through Berkshire ...

  • Befriending Forum
    23 November 2020

    Join us on Zoom for the next quarterly Ready Friends Befriending Forum on 3 December from 1pm. As well as a great networking opportunity for Reading’s local community groups and organisations, you’ll find out about recent local and national developments that can help us take action on loneliness and social isolation. The Psychology of Loneliness Ready Friends is ...

  • Winter Wellbeing for Volunteers
    23 November 2020

    This is a FREE 4 week course starting on Tuesday 24th for all volunteers supporting lonely and vulnerable people through this winter crisis.   In a friendly and relaxed group learn: What makes winter such a difficult time for people Practical ideas for looking after your own wellbeing and managing stress Ideas and suggestions for boosting other people’s mood and wellbeing Click ...

  • Parenting Special Children AGM
    20 November 2020

    Join Parenting Special Children for their AGM on 3 December, 7pm-8.30pm We are delighted to celebrate the services that the charity has provided, especially during this challenging year. It is also an opportunity to meet the trustees and the PSC Team. We would love you to join us. Read more and book you place here.  

  • Charities supporting gift giving for children this holiday season
    18 November 2020

    This article was updated on 18 November with details from The Salvation Army The winter holidays are fast approaching, and with this second lockdown affecting livelihoods and incomes, families will undoubtedly be anxious about providing for their children. There are a handful of charities in and around Reading able to support gift giving this year. Below ...

  • Covid-19 Behaviour insight survey – open until 23 November 2020
    18 November 2020

    Survey open until 23 November 2020 The Public Health and Wellbeing Team at Reading Borough Council are working to understand how they can communicate key Covid-19 messages in an engaging, motivating and mobilising way with people living in Berkshire, and have launched a survey to do this which will be live until Sunday 23 November 2020. Follow ...

  • What’s on at Compass Recovery College – November and December 2020
    18 November 2020

    Compass Recovery College offers free courses, workshops and activities to help improve your mental health and wellbeing. We welcome adults (18 years+) with lived experience of mental illness or life challenges, along with friends, family and carers. Courses in November How to Beat the Winter Blues (4 sessions). Starting Friday 27  November, 12.00pm -1.00pm via Zoom. Being Creative ...

  • Updated government guidance for organisations who involve volunteers
    17 November 2020

    The government has now published guidance specifically for charities and voluntary organisations to better understand how they can safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. This guidance is in addition to the guidance issued about the national restrictions, as summarised in our earlier article here. The following is a summary of the guidance and key ...

  • 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 ...

  • UK Youth Fund Covid Relief – deadline 25 November 2020
    16 November 2020

    Grants are available for small organisations in England that support young people and have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is intended to prevent closures of youth organisations as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and to support the adaptations needed to ensure high quality ...

  • How to ensure your events have a long-term impact – webinar
    13 November 2020

    Spirit of 2012 and InFocus’ Moment to Movement research collates ideas and best practice for creating lasting legacies for events whether they are in-person or online. Join their webinar on Wednesday 18 November at 2pm to find out about their learning and get practical advice for turning the energy of a single event into wider ...

  • Carers’ Rights Day
    13 November 2020

    Caring for Your Future our online events on Thursday 26 November and Friday 27 2020 Adult carers, young carers and families are all welcome to join us! Thursday 26 November: virtual sessions Marie Quinn from M2M Solicitor’s will be discussing the following topics: 11.00 – 11.30am: Employment rights, including flexible working and reasonable adjustments. 11.30 – 12.00pm: Housing Benefit, including ...

  • In a role that involves supporting people facing financial stress?
    13 November 2020

    Learn to have a conversation that could save a life Buckinghamshire Mind, on behalf of Health Education England, is offering free virtual Suicide First Aid training to public sector, community or charity employees or volunteers in Berkshire who regularly work with people facing financial stress. Most people thinking of suicide never get an opportunity to have an ...

  • Dance to Health: the falls prevention dance programme
    13 November 2020

    Dance to Health’s online sessions are now available to over 55s all over the country Dance to Health is run by the charity and social enterprise Aesop who work to help the arts address health and social issues. About the falls prevention programme Dance to Health is an established falls-prevention dance programme that combines verified strength and balance exercises ...

  • Making Every Contact Count – free online training
    11 November 2020

    Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations, community groups and the voluntary sector and individuals have with other people to encourage changes in behaviour that have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and communities. Free online sessions are open ...

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