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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • 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 ...

  • RBC coronavirus advice in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu and Konkani
    9 September 2020 Coronavirus advice in Nepali

    In the interests of reaching as many residents as possible with important coronavirus safety messages, Reading Borough Council now have a webpage that brings together locally produced information and signposting to national resources in different languages: www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirus-translations They have created an easy-access version of the national coronavirus test and isolate messages with an infographic that is ...

  • Older People’s Day 2020 – call for submissions
    9 September 2020

    Older People’s Day unfortunately can’t take place in person at the Broad Street Mall this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions. However, we still think it is really important to commemorate the occasion. This year we are planning on making a video and a leaflet with messages from the organisations that would usually be there ...

  • Introduction to Measuring Social Impact – workshop
    9 September 2020

    Understanding our social impact is important for organisations and practitioners. It allows us to evidence value to funders and other stakeholders and, more importantly, to adapt and improve projects so that they have the best outcomes possible for all participants. Building on work undertaken as part of Reading, Place of Culture, we are offering an introduction ...

  • Changes to the social distancing rules from Monday 14 September 2020
    9 September 2020

    There have been announcements in the news this morning that the government intends to bring in tighter social distancing rules from Monday 14 September, restricting the number of people who can meet inside or outside to 6 individuals. As a charity you may be wondering if/how this will affect the running of your services. It is ...

  • Free safeguarding training from NCVO for managers or trustees
    9 September 2020

    NCVO is hosting a free 1 hour webinar on 17 September at 10.30am in partnership with Zurich to look at how organisations safeguard their own staff and volunteers.Find out more here. This training is open to everyone but as it will be exploring safeguarding from the perspective of looking after your staff and volunteers, it ...

  • Reading Town Meal 2020
    8 September 2020

    If you love food, enjoy spending time with family and want to learn about how you can eat more sustainably, then you will definitely want to join us for this year’s Reading annual celebration of locally grown and healthy food on Saturday 3 October. You can sign up now. We can enjoy the day together (albeit ...

  • The Earley Charity Covid-19 support – rolling applications
    7 September 2020

    The Earley Charity has set up a new small grants programme to help organisations transition to new ways of working and support post-lockdown relaunch or other Covid-19 linked expenditure. A fund of £40,000 is available for grants of up to a maximum £2,000. Who can apply? The Covid-19 Support Fund is aimed at local charities and community ...

  • Your Digital Family – host a community event
    7 September 2020

    Your Digital Family is a new online quiz event, helping families enjoy a more positive digital life. If you are affiliated to the Connection Coalition, you can receive training, tools and support to host this event in your community, plus £1,000 in funding for you to take part. What is Your Digital Family? Tech has become a vital part ...

  • One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership – guide to the Family Hub
    7 September 2020

    Who is the Family Hub for? Any lead professional with concerns about a family or young person at threshold 2a of the Berkshire West safeguarding guidance. What does the Family Hub do? The Family Hub is a service which is intended to provide support to professionals working with families whose needs do not meet threshold for statutory services ...

  • Become Mental Health Aware – two half-day training sessions on 5 and 6 October 2020 **full – new course dates coming soon**
    6 September 2020

    This online Mental Health Awareness course is open to anyone currently volunteering with a local group, involved in informal volunteering and/or community action in Reading or anyone considering taking on such a role. The course is offered free of charge. The two half-day course will run over Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October, 1-30-3:30pm, via Zoom, ...

  • The Fore RAFT Transition Fund – registration opens 21 September 2020
    3 September 2020

    Offers unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help fantastic small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world. Who can apply? They accept applications from registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies. They only provide grants to organisations with less than £500,000 ...

  • Autism Berkshire benefits advice workshops resume
    2 September 2020

    The autumn series of workshops, which will all run online from 10am to 1pm on Mondays, cover the same topics as the face-to-face sessions that we normally hold at our office in Reading. Places can now be booked, via the links on this page, for the following benefits advice workshops: September 28: For parents and carers of ...

  • The impact of Covid-19 on charity communications
    2 September 2020

    A report by CharityComms and Media Trust in April 2020, on the Impact of Covid-19 on Charity Communications, found that the top five comms challenges charities have are: supporting users who normally have access to face-to-face services producing digital content (for example, films, vlogs and infographics) moving services online digital fundraising and communicating with and engaging stakeholders. The report, based on ...

  • Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub are changing their name to TuVida
    2 September 2020

    You can read more about the name change, which comes into effect on 4 September 2020, in this letter to carers. You can also read more on the Tuvida website: www.tuvida.org/our-history.

  • 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 ...

  • Building Berkshire Together – have your say on creating a new hospital
    2 September 2020

    The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is beginning a major modernisation of its services and buildings involving the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds over the course of the next ten years. They want to work with local residents to create a new hospital, fit for the 21st century. They are calling this new ...

  • An update from the Veg4Reading project
    2 September 2020

    Food4Families set up the Veg4Reading project, growing fresh fruit and veg in our community gardens and allotments across Reading, to supplement the tinned and dry foods that community organisations and charities have been using to prepare hot meals and food boxes to the most vulnerable residents in Reading. We asked for volunteers in early June and ...

  • Treasurer Training for registered charities
    1 September 2020

    Are you new to being a treasurer of a registered charity in Reading, or considering taking on the role? If so, this training is for you. RVA can also help match you to a volunteer treasurer role if you are not yet volunteering in a role. Please note that if you are a smaller community ...

  • Diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias – walking the talk
    1 September 2020

    Following requests for training and guidance in this area, and in view of the Voice4Change and ACEVO Home Truths report, RVA has commissioned unconscious bias training for the Reading voluntary and community sector, focusing on race and ethnicity. In this interactive training session, you will have the opportunity to develop a shared understanding of key diversity ...

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