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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.

  • Basic bookkeeping for small community groups
    1 September 2020

    Are you involved on the committee of a small community group and need help making sure you are keeping your records correctly? Your group may even be applying for funding at the moment and you have been asked to prepare an up to date set of accounts, which you need some understanding about. If so, ...

  • Reading Legal Walk
    1 September 2020

    The Reading Legal Walk is a sponsored 10km walk which raises funds for frontline free legal advice services in Reading and the Thames Valley. Due to social distancing measures, this year the walk will start and end at the bandstand in Forbury Gardens where social distancing will be easy. In addition to walkers walking the route, ...

  • Yapp Charitable Trust – rolling deadline
    31 August 2020

    Make grants for running costs and not capital expenditure to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Who can apply? They only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally established for a minimum of 3 years. Newly registered charities may apply but the organisation must have appointed a management ...

  • Independent Age Grants Funds – round 4 closes 9am 18 September 2020
    30 August 2020

    A £2m pot from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus. Who can apply? Registered or exempt charity Have a minimum of two years’ published charity accounts Have at least 3 Trustees Have an annual income of less than £1 Million (averaged over 3 years) The work you are ...

  • Community Buildings Briefing from RBC Facilities Team
    27 August 2020

    Reading Borough Council Facilities Team recently held an online briefing for those who are responsible for or manage community buildings, including voluntary organisations who manage buildings. The session covered an update on government guidance, the Council’s approach to re-opening community buildings and guidance around risk assessments. If you were unable to attend or would like to ...

  • Looking for rewarding work? RVA has opened recruitment for four new posts
    26 August 2020

    Looking for rewarding work? RVA has opened recruitment for four new posts that may be of interest Inclusion Development Worker – closing date 21 September Help us further the following aims: To ensure RVA is an inclusive charity that reflects the diversity of Reading in the shaping of our staff team, volunteers, trustees and how we work. To support ...

  • 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 ...

  • Asda Foundation Getting Schools Back on Track – applications deadline 15 November 2020
    26 August 2020

    The Getting Schools Back on Track grant has been designed to help ease the pressures that have been placed on all families during the pandemic. Getting children back to school in September is a priority not only for learning needs but to also enable parents to go back to work.  Who can apply? To be eligible to ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre reopens on 14 September 2020
    26 August 2020

    Reading Community Learning Centre are delighted to be reopening from Monday 14 September If you are interested in joining our programme, please call Petra Robinson for more information and to book an appointment on 07923 138681. We offer courses mainly for women including: English conversation Reading and Writing Sewing IT for Beginners Looking good, feeling good and English for Work For more information ...

  • Theatre Reopening Fund – applications rolling throughout 2020
    26 August 2020

    Grants of up to £5,000 to help not-for-profit theatres across the UK to make Covid-19-related adaptations and prepare for reopening. Who can apply? To be eligible you must: own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 5 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. demonstrate that you run a regular theatre programme ...

  • 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 ...

  • Covid-19 Homelessness response fund – closing date 28 September 2020
    25 August 2020

    Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19 can now apply for funding of £5.5million in a second round of grants distributed by Homeless Link.  Who can apply? Applicants must be incorporated and have one of the following legal structures: Registered Charity Charitable Incorporated Organisation Community Benefit Society Community Interest Society (with asset lock) Individuals cannot apply Aside from this, the organisation must: Work directly with ...

  • 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 ...

  • Guidance and tools to assist trustees with decision-making in a crisis
    25 August 2020

    If your charity is facing financial difficulties, here are a number of resources that can assist your board of trustees to make measured decisions as part of your overall risk management approach to providing services and ensuring that your charity remains solvent: NCVO and Bates Wells Solicitors free webinar recording: Decision-making in a crisis: collaboration and ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund Covid-19 Funding
    24 August 2020

    Government allocation of funding has closed for now, but your organisation can still apply for NLCF grants that are focussing on the impact of Covid. They are reviewing the situation on an on-going basis and will share any updates or developments on their website. There are two funding streams – under £10,000 and above £10,000 Who ...

  • Reading Covid-19 Outbreak Engagement Board
    24 August 2020

    Reading Borough Council has set up the Reading Covid-19 Outbreak Engagement Board to involve the public and partners in developing plans to prevent and manage a possible local Covid-19 outbreak. They want to work with local residents to support effective local action, including communication with anyone potentially affected by a local outbreak. 

  • Community Justice Fund – deadline 5pm 18 September 2020
    24 August 2020

    The Community Justice Fund is focused on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations. It aims to help these organisations be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19.They will provide flexible support so that organisations can respond to these challenges in ways that they feel best meets their needs but ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation Covid Recovery Funding – deadline 5pm 11 September 2020
    24 August 2020

    Lloyds Foundation support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1million who have a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support, with unrestricted funding and tailored support to develop. Who can apply? Only funds registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) in England and Wales. Your group ...

  • Phoenix Fund – Core Funding for BAME led organisations – next deadline 2 September 2020
    21 August 2020

    This fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community. The maximum grant ...

  • Sharing Personal Data Training – 9 September 2020
    20 August 2020

    All organisations, including charities and community groups, have a responsibility to safeguard the personal data of service users, staff, volunteers, contractors and anyone whose personal data they collect or use in the delivery of their services. This 1 hour online course will cover: Data sharing and the law What does data sharing mean? What is the difference between ‘systematic’, ...

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