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  • Universal Safeguarding Children Training
    4 August 2020

    Do your staff or volunteers need to update their safeguarding training? Brighter Futures for Children are offering virtual Universal Safeguarding Children training. This can also be accessed by voluntary and community groups in Reading and replaces their face to face sessions. Who should attend: Any staff or volunteer who delivers services to children and young people, including ...

  • Universal Safeguarding Children Training
    4 August 2020

    Do your staff or volunteers need to update their safeguarding training? Brighter Futures for Children are offering virtual Universal Safeguarding Children training. This can also be accessed by voluntary and community groups in Reading and replaces their face to face sessions. Who should attend: Any staff or volunteer who delivers services to children and young people, including ...

  • Veg4Reading – sharing the local community harvest
    3 August 2020

    A project in Reading to share fresh vegetables and fruit with hundreds of families and others badly affected by the fallout from the coronavirus crisis has made its first deliveries from their ‘home-grown’ harvest last week Basic food parcels have been a lifeline for many people in Reading who have found their incomes suddenly drop or ...

  • Community groups – have your say on Berkshire West health and wellbeing strategy – deadline 7 August 2020
    3 August 2020

    A Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is being developed for Berkshire West. This will be a 10- year strategy and will set the direction for council and health services over this time period. West Berkshire Council are keen to hear from vulnerable and hard to reach groups in order to gain a broad idea of what ...

  • Covid-19 Emergency Funding via NLCF – still time to apply by 17 August
    31 July 2020

    Back in May the government launched its Coronavirus funding for charities, some of which has been distributed through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) This funding will now close for applications on 17 August at 12 noon. All applications received before this date will continued to be assessed, so there is still time to apply if ...

  • Covid-19 Community-led Organisations Recovery Scheme
    30 July 2020

    The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme will offer grants up to £100,000 to community organisations in England who are facing financial difficulties caused by Covid-19. They are prioritising: Multi purpose organisations BAME led or BAME supporting organisations Funding may be used to: help people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; provide services and ...

  • ESFA Community Training Grants available – applications open until 24 August 2020
    29 July 2020

    Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Community Training Grants, which are available to apply for on a rolling basis, are grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects that will support unemployed and economically inactive people on their journey towards paid employment. In light of the economic impact of the pandemic, funding such as this, ...

  • Free topical Zoom talks with the Directory of Social Change
    29 July 2020

    The Directory of Social Change (DSC) are hosting a series FREE of Zoom talks on a range of very topical subjects in August. These sessions may be of interest to charity trustees and managers.  Please register directly with DSC through the links below. Racism: Not in our sector? 12 Aug, 5-6pm Campaigns such as #CharitySoWhite have challenged the ...

  • Celebrating Volunteering – Share your volunteering stories with us!
    29 July 2020

    As many of you will know the Covid-19 outbreak forced us to postpone this year’s Reading Volunteer Awards scheduled to have taken place in June. Whilst we don’t know if, when and in what form the Awards will take place we do know that volunteers have been at the forefront of the community response to ...

  • Reading Family Aid launch Summer Toy Project
    28 July 2020

    Article updated on 22 July with further instructions on the donation process – see below Most children have been away from school for many, many weeks and parents are running out of things for them to do. For many disadvantaged families in Reading this has been particularly stressful and it isn’t likely to improve soon. In ...

  • Handling Personal Data Training – 5 Aug
    23 July 2020

    Time: 1pm – 2pm 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. What this course will cover This 1 hour online course will explain the basics of data protection, ...

  • How to support staff wellbeing during coronavirus
    22 July 2020

    If your charity or community group is thinking about how the impact of coronavirus is affecting your staff and volunteers, NCVO’s mental health and wellbeing group has written a useful blog on supporting staff wellbeing during coronavirus and looks at the following themes: Compassionate leadership Understanding how employees are affected and offering sources of support Creating new ways ...

  • Utulivu Annual Conference 2020
    22 July 2020

    All are invited to join the Utulivu Annual Conference 2020 Theme: The Empowered 21st Century Woman and Man Through Covid-19. Download a leaflet here. Further information Phone:  or 01189 510 279 Email: info@utulivu.co.uk or info@acre-reading.org Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7674792806?pwd=N1pKRFZram9MNnhrdkRNNmFjVVAxdz09 Meeting ID: 767 479 2806, passcode: 2804

  • Find out about the work of Trust House Reading
    22 July 2020

    Trust House Reading provides specialist support to women, men and children living in Thames Valley who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse either recently or in the past. They also support friends and families of survivors. Read on to find out more about their work, including their confidential helpline. Tell us about the work ...

  • GSK Impact Awards 2021– core funding and free training for health charities – applications open until 24 September 2020
    21 July 2020

    Charities are facing significant challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, while continuing to provide vital services to keep people healthy and connected. This year, more than ever, The King’s Fund are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards. Winning organisations will receive core funding of up ...

  • The benefits of volunteering in retirement – by Brian Walker, RVA volunteer
    16 July 2020

    Brian Walker is a longstanding admin volunteer for RVA and has also helped with the Get Online Reading project Brian was already carrying out his volunteering remotely when lockdown started, so was perfectly placed to carry on supporting the RVA team. If you have ever submitted a form via the RVA website, chances are it is ...

  • ABC To Read defies lockdown to report improvement in children’s reading confidence
    16 July 2020

    Despite lockdown completely transforming children’s schooling, local charity ABC to Read have announced outstanding results in their most recent annual report, with 98% of the local Berkshire children who benefit from a one-to-one ABC to Read mentor improving in their reading confidence. The report also highlights that 98% of the youngsters working with them have ...

  • Kooth: new online counselling service for young people in our area
    16 July 2020

    Berkshire West CCG, Wokingham LA, West Berkshire LA and Brighter Futures for Children have jointly commissioned the online counselling service Kooth, a service delivered by XenZone. Kooth will now be an integral component of Berkshire West’s mental health provision offering digital counselling and emotional wellbeing service for young people and young adults. For a brief video ...

  • Digital skills for the Covid-19 economy: free Microsoft training via LinkedIn
    16 July 2020

    Microsoft has launched an initiative to provide free training to provide 25 million people with the digital skills required in the Covid-19 economy. The worldwide project provides free access to content in LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn and the GitHub Learning Lab. Training is offered in 10 areas, ranging from software developer to digital marketer or graphic designer ...

  • Health Equalities Annual Conference 2020
    16 July 2020

    Join ACRE, Utulivu Women, Women with Vision and other grassroot communities in West Berkshire, with the support of Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, in the communities’ annual conference. This year’s theme is Potentializing the Communities Assets In Filling The Gaps For Sustainable Equity(All for our wellbeing). Please join to share and hear how we can collectively work ...

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