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  • Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants
    18 February 2019

    Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of the Tesco local community grant scheme. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote. Three community projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund one-to-one funding surgery on 14 March 2019
    18 February 2019

    Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? The National Lottery Community Fund funding officer for Reading will be offering one-to-one sessions for Reading voluntary and community groups, on Thursday 14 March 2019 at the RVA offices on the Third Floor of Central Library. At your one-to-one, you will have the have the ...

  • Is your charity ready for the new financial year/tax year?
    12 February 2019

    RVA are hosting a further treasurer training in April 2019, in collaboration with Rachel Eden from Holybrook Associates, to help treasurers get to grips with their role. This training is suitable for new treasurers, those interested in finding out more, or existing treasurers who would like a reminder of their role and responsibilities. The training aims to build confidence ...

  • Opportunity for charities to become registered advisors on EU settlement
    12 February 2019

    The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) have announced an opportunity for charities to become registered advisors to EU Citizens on UK Settlement. This new scheme allows charities to register at Level 1 in a streamlined process that takes 4 to 6 weeks. The scheme is aimed at smaller, community-based charities and other organisations, including ...

  • Thinking of holding a street party? Free road closures available this summer
    12 February 2019

    To ensure that everybody enjoys celebrating their Big Lunch, this year the council is giving you the opportunity to hold a street party on one of three weekends in the summer: 1-2 June, 22-23 June or 6-7 July. Residents that would like to close their road for a party will be able to do so ...

  • Courier fraud in Reading – advice from Thames Valley Police
    6 February 2019

    Elderly and vulnerable residents in Reading Police Area have been targeted by courier fraudsters. Courier fraudsters phone and trick victims into handing over their bank cards and associated PIN (number) to a courier that arrives at their home. Thames Valley Police is calling on friends and family to help tackle the problem by talking to elderly ...

  • John Sykes Foundation looking to give a helping hand to those in need
    6 February 2019

    Do you know someone in need of financial support? Or do you need a helping hand yourself? If so, the John Sykes Foundation wants to hear from you.   The John Sykes Foundation has been distributing grants to help people and families in need since 2014. Their aim is to support individuals from all walks of life ...

  • Prevention and Early Intervention – learning from the Safeguarding Conference
    5 February 2019 Prevention and Early Intervention - learning from the Safeguarding Conference

    Prevention and Early Intervention was the theme for the Annual Joint Safeguarding Conference,  jointly hosted by Berkshire West Local Safeguarding Children Boards and West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board, which took place on 30 January 2019. Three members of the RVA team attended: Sarah Morland, Sarah Timmins DeGregory and Charlotte Netherton-Sinclair. Here are some of ...

  • Let BCF know your views on the current funding climate
    4 February 2019

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) want to know what you think about the current funding climate for third sector organisations. BCF distributes grants, provides advice and raises the profile of local charities and community groups addressing identified need across Berkshire. They want to make sure they understand what fundraising is like on the ground for the groups ...

  • Training services from Citizens Advice Reading
    4 February 2019

    You probably know of the help and information provided by Citizens Advice Reading throughout the Reading area, but are you aware of their professional training services? Over the past ten years, Citizens Advice Reading have become a trusted and established training provider, offering courses to a wide range of organisations both at their training facility in ...

  • Reading Dispensary Trust – grants available
    4 February 2019

    Reading Dispensary Trust makes monthly grants for equipment and services not available through statutory sources, to those suffering from physical and mental illness, living within a seven mile radius of the centre of Reading. Applications are only accepted from organisations/agencies on behalf of their clients. Grants have been given for many items including white goods, furniture, ...

  • Reading Internship Scheme 2019
    31 January 2019

    The University of Reading have launched their Reading Internship Scheme for 2019. Now in its fifth year, the scheme aims to ensure that students are getting meaningful work experience and are able to apply and develop transferable business skills. The University are looking for host organisations that are looking to grow their talent pipeline by offering a ...

  • Free masterclass on good practice in befriending
    30 January 2019

    Befriending Networks are providing three free masterclasses on Good Practice in Befriending this spring. These events are open to members and non-members of Befriending Networks, thanks to funding from the Building Connections Fund. When are they happening? Leeds on 6 March 2019 London on 12 March 2019 Leicester on 13 March 2019 Who should attend? Anyone involved with commissioning, delivering or supporting a ...

  • Adult Social Care and Health Strategy Consultation – open until 31 March 2019
    29 January 2019

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on their priorities for Adult Social Care over the next three years and is looking for feedback from community partners and residents. You can download the draft strategy, Supporting Our Future, from the RBC website and complete the online survey or post in your comments. Reading Borough Council says: We have developed ...

  • Social Action Stories: Stepping Forward
    23 January 2019

    In our latest story of social action in Reading, Community Journalist Simone Illger interviews Sarah Snow, founding trustee of Stepping Forward.  Stepping Forward works to facilitate and accelerate access to essential services, information, resources and life opportunities so that all people affected by disability can live a full life. All of their trustees have a child ...

  • Brighter Futures for Children Market Place
    23 January 2019

    On Tuesday 22 January, thirty-one organisations from across Reading’s voluntary sector attended the Town Hall to showcase their services to a range of social workers and other staff from Brighter Futures for Children. Most were children and young people’s groups, although there was representation from a variety of community sectors, all delivering essential local projects ...

  • People’s Postcode Trust – open until 20 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    The next round of People’s Postcode Trust funding will open on 6 February 2019. Projects should be related to the following themes: Poverty prevention Human rights Combating discrimination You can find examples of previous funded projects here. Who can apply Registered charities can apply for a grant of between £500 and £20,000. Constituted groups (unregistered) and community interest companies can apply for grants ...

  • Raising the Next Generation funding – open until 1 March 2019
    18 January 2019

    The MSE Charity gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. The next funding round entitled ‘Raising the Next Generation’ opens for applications on 4 February  and is open until 1 March 2019. Grants will support projects focusing on building financial capability skills through schools-based work or work with migrants, lone parents, ...

  • Aging Well Partnership Funding – open until 18 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    Reading, Place of Culture has announced a £6,000 Ageing Well Pilot, on behalf of the Ageing Well Partnership. The pilot is part of the Reading, Place of Culture initiative and aims to address gaps in participation and social outcomes for older people. With cultural and creative engagement proving integral to the wellbeing of older people, the ...

  • DfE grants for holiday activities and food – open until 7 February 2019
    18 January 2019

    Early in 2018, the government announced a programme of work to explore how best to ensure more children from disadvantaged families benefit from enrichment activities and healthy meals during the school holidays. The Department of Education (DfE) is now inviting organisations to bid for grant funding to take on the role of testing the coordination of free ...

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