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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue – appeal for new premises
    14 May 2021

    Can you help Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue find a permanent Base of Operations? You will have heard of the RNLI, Mountain Rescue and possibly Cave Rescue. Lowland Rescue forms part of the fourth element within the UK Search and Rescue family, covering all the areas between Hill and High Water. We are Berkshire Lowland Search and ...

  • Inclusion Training via Zoom
    13 May 2021

    This training provides some key demographic information for Reading when planning for needs and services and introduces how we can all all contribute to inclusion personally and in our organisations. If you are thinking about inclusion in your organisation, have started the journey or would like to know where to go next, this training can support ...

  • Learning Disabilities Annual Health Checks: Covid and beyond
    12 May 2021

    New video explaining about Annual Health Checks NHS Berkshire West CCG have issued a new video in which Dr Heather Howells, GP Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities for Berkshire West CCG, talks about the Learning Disabilities Annual Health Check. The second half of the 15-minute video has actors from Talkback and West Berkshire Mencap ...

  • Knife crime and wellbeing: the case for our communities – let’s talk
    12 May 2021

    Mental Health Awareness Week topic Knife crime and wellbeing: the case for our communities – let’s talk Please join the Zoom meeting via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7674792806? pwd=VEs1ckJLTCtkeisvN1RSL3h6b1g0Zz09 Alternatively use the codes to join: ID: 767 479 2806, Password: 689916 All are welcome.

  • Kooth resources in Mental Health Awareness Week
    12 May 2021

    Kooth is the online counselling service for young people in our area Kooth is an integral component of Berkshire West’s mental health provision offering digital counselling and emotional wellbeing service for young people and young adults. The service is delivered by XenZone and jointly comissioned by Berkshire West CCG, Wokingham LA, West Berkshire LA and Brighter ...

  • Beating burnout: practical advice from Clore Social Leadership in The Wellbeing Toolkit
    12 May 2021

    Clore Social Leadership have created a free Wellbeing Toolkit for leaders and their teams The practical and resourceful toolkit helps leaders break down the wellbeing challenges facing themselves and their teams and provides quick access to high quality resources to inspire and assist them. These resources can be used individually, or put together to form the ...

  • Charities and reserves – Third Sector explores the approach
    12 May 2021

    In a recent article, Third Sector magazine considers the charity sector’s approach to building and maintaining financial reserves (following the decision in the Kids Company High Court Trial and how this sits within charity law). In the article, Caron Bradshaw from Charity Finance Group shares the following, which could be useful for Trustees currently assessing ...

  • Updated HMRC guidance: claiming gift aid on waived refunds and loan repayments
    12 May 2021

    HMRC have amended their guidance on which donations qualify for Gift Aid. This now includes  waived refunds and loan waivers (which were previously excluded). There are certain requirements such as: there is a record of a formal waiver held by the charity all the other gift aid rules are met a gift aid declaration will need to be ...

  • Clore Leadership: free Zoom session for leaders on wellbeing and your team
    11 May 2021

    Clore Social Leadership are offering this practical and solution filled free Zoom session for leaders who want to look after the wellbeing of their team. Addressing the rise of ‘burnout’ among teams and packed with proven tips and tactics, this purposeful event will support any leader looking for guidance on ‘how’ to incorporate a responsive ...

  • Research project for adults with learning disabilities
    11 May 2021

    Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are now recruiting to this research project The Research and Development Department at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are working with the University of Warwick to conduct a research study about the psychological treatment of anxiety among people who are older than 18 years and who have mild or moderate learning ...

  • NHS Blood and Transplant: Plasma Donation Appeal
    11 May 2021

    Appeal for men between the ages of 17 and 66 to consider donating their blood plasma The NHS Blood and Transplant service needs your help. In April, we began collecting blood plasma from donations to make vital antibody-based medicines and we urgently need more people to make donations.  These medicines – called immunoglobulins will help thousands of ...

  • Sport in Mind launches self-help journal to address mental health issues
    11 May 2021

    For Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), leading mental health and sports charity Sport in Mind has launched a new self-help journal for people struggling with mental health issues Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign that helps educate and increase awareness about mental health issues and the fact that millions of people will struggle ...

  • Free advanced employability training – Survival Guide 2
    10 May 2021

    An intensive employment support programme for anyone thinking about returning to work, struggling to get a job or worried about their administration and IT skills. Survival Guide 2 will give you practical and emotional support, along with real work place experiences, team work activities and training in commonly used software apps. Places are limited and preference will ...

  • Berkshire Vision activities calendar for May 2021
    5 May 2021 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision’s May activities programme for people with sight loss across Berkshire Berkshire Vision support new referrals if you’re working with someone who would like to get involved. This month there are a combination of face to face and remote activities, including the ever-popular picnic and walks, along with rock climbing for the more adventurous. There are ...

  • Cyber security: how to keep your charity safe
    5 May 2021

    Why should we be thinking about cyber security? Charities of all sizes are increasingly more reliant on IT and this has increased further during the pandemic. Email, websites, video conferencing and social media all have a valuable place in our charities but without proper security measures they can also leave charities vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber ...

  • Meet Panda Phelan – Bounce Back 4 Kids Senior Support Worker
    5 May 2021

    Panda Phelan is the Senior Support Worker for Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) which supports families affected by domestic abuse, once the perpetrator of the abuse has left the family home. She writes a monthly BB4K Positive Newsletter which you can sign up for here. Tell us about BB4K and your role… BB4K is a therapeutic support service ...

  • Re-opening your premises session
    4 May 2021

    Does your charity have a building or premises and are you wondering how to approach re-opening your premises? RVA is hosting another re-opening your premises session via Zoom. We will cover: Governance update from our Advice Service Manager, Herjeet Randhawa on: government guidance, top tips for risk assessments, and best practice approach to Covid testing and vaccinations ...

  • What does Reading mean to you? Help the Students’ Union design a community mural – deadline 7 May 2021
    28 April 2021

    Reading University Students’ Union Community Mural A new exciting community mural will be placed outside of the RUSU building. Submissions are open to staff, students and people living in Reading. The artwork is based on one question: ‘What does Reading mean to you?’ You do not need to be a skilled artist or have artistic knowledge to ...

  • Health inequalities – how can we work together to reduce the differences in health between different groups of people?
    28 April 2021

    Public health partners across the area have asked the voluntary sector and the public to identify priorities for a new Health and Wellbeing strategy, to improve the health of our communities. The top priority identified across all areas is reducing the differences in health between different groups of people. Join us to discuss what this means ...

  • Reading Prince’s Trust Team programme – starts 10 May 2021
    28 April 2021

    Adviza and The London Irish Foundation are now recruiting young people for the successful Prince’s Trust Team programme, starting in Reading on Monday 10 May 2021. The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a course designed to re-engage young people aged 16–25 years: to help them gain confidence, develop a support network and build the skills ...

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