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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.

  • 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: www.berkshirepublichealth.co.uk/information-centre/berkshire-covid-19-weekly-briefing      

  • 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 gov.uk 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 ...

  • The Fat Beehive Foundation – rolling applications
    28 October 2020

    The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities. Improving a charity’s digital presence can be transformational, but it’s really tough to secure funding in this area. Their aim is to help organisations carry out their work in a more efficient ...

  • Shop to let – 34 Coronation Square
    28 October 2020

    TO LET: Vacant shop at 34 Coronation Square, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3QN The property has a central front entrance with 2 display windows. There is a further private staff entrance at the rear of the property opening through to a service area and car park. Internally the property provides an open retail area, partitioned room, kitchenette, ...

  • Help the Homeless – next deadline 15 June 2021
    27 October 2020

    Help the Homeless is a relatively small charity providing grants to charities and voluntary organisations throughout the UK. Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homelesss people in rebuilding their lives and finding their way successfully back into society. Applications should be towards the funding of ‘capital’ projects. They are ...

  • Trustees’ Week 2020 – stories, webinars and Q&A to find out about becoming a trustee in Reading
    23 October 2020

    Trustees’ Week is an annual event that celebrates the role of volunteer trustees that takes place all over the country. This year it will be taking place virtually between 2 and 6 November 2020 and there’s plenty on offer for everyone! Trustees are volunteers who take on the ultimate legal, strategic and oversight responsibility for a ...

  • RVA Members’ Meeting and AGM 2020
    21 October 2020

    Are you ready for winter 2020? We would be delighted if you can join us for our Members’ Meeting and AGM – via Zoom, of course. We’ll be sharing RVA’s plans for the winter and hearing from members and partners about the support you need over the coming months. We look forward to welcoming you. Please register ...

  • Violence Reduction Hospital Navigators – applications to run scheme open until 23 October 2020
    21 October 2020

    The Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit are inviting applications from Reading-based organisations to receive £25,000 to design, implement and deliver a Hospital Navigators Scheme to reduce serious violence. The service will be based within the emergency department at Royal Berkshire Hospital. The age range of clients is not specified, however, the scheme aims to reach ...

  • Safeguarding Adults online training through RBC – various dates
    21 October 2020

    RBC have now introduced an online version of their Safeguarding Adults Level 1 training. Everyone working or volunteering with adults at risk (vulnerable adults) should attend this type of training. The above RBC training is also available to voluntary and community groups in Reading and free to attend. It is an accredited course but you must ...

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