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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.

  • Free online comedy project for people over 70
    27 May 2020

    Build your computer confidence and laugh and socialise with your peers! Reading’s StrikeUp Theatre is looking for people aged 70 and over who are feeling cut off from their neighbours, friends and family and would enjoy the opportunity to meet new people in a relaxed, playful environment. They are working in association with Age UK Berkshire ...

  • Celebrating Ready Friends Toolkit’s 1st birthday with 3 new pages
    27 May 2020

    The Ready Friends Toolkit is now one year old – how time flies! Thank you to everyone who has helped to get the toolkit out into communities over the past 12 months and to  people facing loneliness and social isolation. It is now more relevant than ever. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve added three ...

  • Online bereavement training for schools
    26 May 2020

    Winston’s Wish, the childhood bereavement charity, has created four free e-learning courses for those in contact with bereaved children. These online training courses will help you understand how grief affects a child or young person and how you can help them cope with their grief. The courses are designed for schools, but would be useful ...

  • Thanks for completing the survey, here’s what we’re doing next…
    22 May 2020

    Thanks to everyone who completed our recent survey for trustees and managers of Reading’s charities and community groups. It was really helpful to hear from you and to get a good understanding of what support is needed in the town so that we can help to provide that through the Advice Service. What we learnt The main ...

  • Governance and planning for charities and community groups
    22 May 2020

    Are you a trustee or manager of a charity or community group in Reading? Following on from our recent survey to Reading’s groups, we are launching a series of online, interactive sessions to help you with running your charity during the pandemic. The first session will look at Governance and Planning and cover: The role of ...

  • Government unlocks further funds to help charities and social enterprises
    21 May 2020

    The government announced yesterday that a further £150 million will be unlocked from dormant accounts to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak. The funding will support urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to ...

  • DEFRA coronavirus food charity grants – open until 6 July 2020
    21 May 2020

    The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced a £3.45 million Coronavirus Food Charities Grant Fund to help front-line food aid charities continue their work in providing food to vulnerable people during the current coronavirus crisis. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to ...

  • Meet the RVA Team – Herjeet Randhawa, Advice Worker
    21 May 2020

    Continuing our new series, in which we ask members of the Reading Voluntary Action team to tell us about their work, and reflect on how things have changed over the last few weeks. This week we meet Herjeet Randhawa who has been RVA’s Advice Worker for 4 years, supporting trustees and managers of Reading’s voluntary ...

  • NLCF Coronavirus Community Support Fund – open from Friday 22 May
    21 May 2020

    The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open on Friday 22 May at 10am. This is part of the funding announced by the Chancellor back in April. The £200 million funding pot will be administered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and decisions will be made by a joint panel of NLCF and DCMS ...

  • Student Community Champions
    20 May 2020

    YUoR Community Champions is a new student volunteer scheme from the University of Reading, which matches student volunteers to local community organisations in Berkshire. Student volunteers will remotely support community organisations with their technical, digital or admin needs. For example, volunteers can: assist with online meeting platforms such as Skype and Zoom; write blogs and marketing material; help ...

  • RVA launches digital inclusion survey
    20 May 2020

    The Get Online Reading project has now been going for over five years. In that time we have seen over 5000 visitors at 1200+ drop-in sessions where we help people to get online using a computer, smartphone or tablet. With the current Covid-19 situation it has been necessary to discontinue drop-in sessions. Since this is likely ...

  • How to create a community business – RISC webinar on 2 June 2020
    20 May 2020

    Zoom webinar with Michael Beavan from Our Community Enterprise CIC and Martin Large from Oakbrook Community Farm Community businesses make places better. The profits they make deliver a positive local impact, and they are accountable to the community for their actions. Does Reading need more community businesses? And should RISC become one of them? Join our webinar ...

  • Reading’s Local Transport Strategy – online Q&As on 26 May 2020
    20 May 2020

    Reading Borough Council will host a live online question and answer session at 6pm on Tuesday 26 May, as part of an ongoing consultation on its new Local Transport Strategy (LTS). Residents, businesses and organisations across Reading who hold an interest in the future of transport in the town and who have an opinion on how ...

  • The Co-op Foundation #IWill Fund – bereavement peer support
    19 May 2020

    Co-op Foundation has launched the latest round of its #iwill Fund They are offering grants of up to £10,000 to help young people support each other during bereavement. They expect to make about five grants to successful applicants from across the UK. Funding is for one year and successful organisations will be able to apply for additional grants in ...

  • Resources to help organisations plan for the road ahead
    19 May 2020

    We have taken a closer look at the government’s recovery strategy and this article highlights some key things for your organisation to think about when planning your services for the coming months and links to some useful resources to help you assess risk. A phased recovery The government’s recovery strategy includes a phased approach to returning to life ...

  • New mental health support for young people in Reading
    19 May 2020

    No5 Young People is providing two new ways for young people to talk about their mental health worries and receive help during this difficult time. One is driven by their young ambassadors who have volunteered to answer mental health-related questions via video and the other is a new helpline offering support from a qualified counsellor. New ...

  • Applications now open for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
    14 May 2020

    HM Treasury has announced that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened on 13 May: those eligible will receive government grant worth up to £7,500 money expected to be in bank accounts by 25 May, or within six days of a completed claim. Individuals are eligible if their business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus, they traded in ...

  • Government extends Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until 31 October
    14 May 2020

    Earlier this week the Chancellor announced the extension of the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October 2020. Rishi Sunak announced that: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October. Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500. New flexibility will be introduced from August ...

  • Webinar workshops by Parenting Special Children
    13 May 2020

    Parenting Special Children are offering regular workshops on a variety of topics related to the wellbeing and care of children and young people with difficult early life experiences. These are delivered by in-house practitioners as well as visiting guest speakers, at a very low cost for parents and carers. Upcoming webinars Creating a ‘new normal’: Managing attachments ...

  • ESFA Community Training Grants – Rolling until end of 2020
    13 May 2020

    Grants of £5,000 – £20,000 are available for projects in the Thames Valley Berkshire area that help people improve their employment prospects by either moving them into employment or by establishing a route towards employment. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), and European Social Fund (ESF) are co-financing the grant scheme to help projects which ...

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