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

  • Reading Mencap winter service offer
    11 November 2020

    Download this to leaflet to read about the Reading Mencap winter 2020–21 service offer.

  • Veg4Reading update
    11 November 2020

    The Veg4Reading project started in June 2020 in response to the number of residents needing additional food parcels or hot meals in order to get by. The project has recruited 71 volunteers to date, who have been working at four Food4families sites, Whitley GrowAllot, Southcote GrowAllot, Lavender Place and Katesgrove Community Allotment, to extend the ...

  • Reading Rotary Virtual Santa Run 2020
    11 November 2020

    The Seventh Reading Rotary Santa Run is now open for entries Due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus it will not be possible for us to all run together. Participants will complete a safe Virtual Run at any time either in the park, around town, up and down their stairs, or even on a treadmill, between ...

  • CJRS extended to March 2021 and further economic support
    10 November 2020

    Last week the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended to March 2021 as a result of the further lockdown, which will come as a welcome relief to some. Furloughed employees will receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Business premises forced ...

  • The MSE Charity, Raising the Next Generation – deadline 26th February 2021
    9 November 2020

    The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups deliver financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money. Who they fund They prefer to fund small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution for example registered Charities, CICs, Credit Unions, excluding statutory organisations. ...

  • Leeds Building Society Foundation – next deadline 3 May 2021
    9 November 2020

    Since 1999 the Foundation has donated more than £2,000,000 to 3,000 local projects and good causes across the UK, which support those who are disadvantaged or in vulnerable circumstances. Who can apply? UK registered charities with a turnover of less than £1million. What are the funding priorities? The Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those ...

  • Winter services from health and social care teams across Berkshire West
    9 November 2020

    Health and social care teams across Berkshire West have joined forces to ensure an effective, efficient and coordinated response to the challenges winter will put on services. Hospital clinicians and staff, GPs, mental health organisations, ambulance teams and local councils have drawn up a comprehensive plan to make sure services are working well together and ...

  • Discover Kooth webinars this week
    9 November 2020

    Kooth available to young people 11-18 in Berkshire West area Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for young people.  It is a safe, secure and anonymous means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. It also offer other support, such as ...

  • One Reading Children and Young People’s Conference 2020 – workshops and dates announced
    9 November 2020

    This year’s One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership conference will take place online from 30 November to 7 December 2020 What is the theme? Trauma-informed Reading: realise, recognise, resist, respond. Who is the conference for? This is a free conference for practitioners, managers and senior leaders working with families. This includes the voluntary and community sector, Brighter Futures for Children, ...

  • HMRC webinars for employers on 9 and 10 November: employee travel and working from home
    6 November 2020

    HMRC’s live webinars explain how to treat the most common expenses and benefits provided to employees in your payroll. You can ask questions throughout the webinars using the on-screen text box. Expenses and benefits for employers – employee travel, Mon 9 Nov 9.45am – 10.45am Join this webinar to find out about travel and subsistence payments and ...

  • Berkshire weekly Covid-19 briefings
    4 November 2020

    Public Health for Berkshire are producing a weekly briefing to share the latest local Covid-19 information with a wider audience. It includes: Current information and surveillance Key messages from the Strategic Director of Public Health for Berkshire and the six local authorities Download the briefings here:      

  • Covid-19 Psychological First Aid for front line staff and volunteers
    4 November 2020

    As we move into lockdown 2, staff and volunteers working in frontline positions at charities may need additional support in order to support others, who are struggling with the emotional impact. Future Learn in partnership with Public Health England has developed this online course on Covid-19 Psychological First Aid, which you, your volunteers and staff ...

  • RVA launches expanded Social Prescribing service
    4 November 2020

    RVA is extending its existing Social Prescribing service to work with Primary Care Networks across Reading This month RVA welcomes four new Social Prescribing Link Workers: Sharon Fitton, Louise Keane, Helen Murphy and Charlotte Netherton-Sinclair. They join longstanding Social Prescribers Amber Holdway and Sarah Martin, and Social Prescribing Coordinator Liz Morrison at RVA, and Age UK ...

  • Youth Futures Foundation – rolling deadline
    4 November 2020

    Youth Futures Foundation are offering development and impact grants. Their rolling grants programme is designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven ...

  • Trustee Training with RVA via Zoom
    4 November 2020

    We are pleased to say that our popular trustee training is back! We have adapted the session to an online Zoom version and you’ll still get the chance to interact and meet other trustees in the sector. Why attend trustee training? Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely ...

  • New Charity Commission 5-minute guides for trustees
    3 November 2020

    The Charity Commission have launched their new 5-minute guides as part of Trustees’ Week 2020. These are designed as simple, easy to understand guides, designed to help trustees run their charities in line with the law. The new guides cover five key aspects of charity governance – a ‘core syllabus’ covering the basics that the regulator ...

  • Diversifying your trustee board
    2 November 2020

    Diversifying your trustee board is an important way to reflect your work, ambitions and the community your organisation serves. Taken on Trust reports that research undertaken by the Charity Commission found: Only 8% of trustees are non-white compared with 14% of the UK population. 7 out of 10 trustees are men and the median age is 61 ...

  • Meet Azra Raja – RVA’s new Inclusion Development Worker
    2 November 2020

    RVA is delighted to welcome Azra Raja to the team as Inclusion Development Worker. Azra has previously worked as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school setting, working with children, parents and families from different backgrounds in Reading, as well as training staff in equality, equity, inclusion and diversity. She is looking forward to developing this ...

  • How do the new national restrictions apply to charities?
    2 November 2020

    Article last updated on 4 November 2020 and now superseded by this article published on 17 November 2020, containing more updated government guidance for volunteer involving organisations. Please continue to check for updates.  If you are a charity manager or trustee you may be facing the task of looking at your services following the announcements this ...

  • CJRS Furlough scheme extended until December 2020
    2 November 2020

    The government announced the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) at the weekend. Bates Wells Solicitors have helpfully provided a summary of the main points here: Flexible furloughing is allowed, as well as full-time furloughing. The Job Support Scheme has been postponed until the CJRS ends. Neither the employer nor the employee needs to have previously ...

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