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  • Reading Community Energy Society – Community Grants 2021–22
    28 April 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to partner with Reading Community Energy Society in their 2021–22 Community Grants scheme. RVA will be promoting and managing the scheme on behalf of Reading Community Energy Society which aims to accelerate the uptake of community-owned renewable energy in Reading and the surrounding area. Reading Community Energy Society comprises members from ...

  • Start your own business workshops aimed at residents in Reading and greater Reading area
    28 April 2021

    Who could benefit from these workshops and 1-2-1s? We know that some people have lost or are going to loose their job. Some are going to be on reduced hours. These workshops would help anyone considering what starting a business or self employment/sub-contract work would mean, people who might be considering: Working for themselves – being self ...

  • Volunteering Survey 2021 – please share with your volunteers and those you support
    28 April 2021

    Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the work of volunteers has been at the forefront of the response. People from all walks of life have been involved in a wide range of volunteering to help out in their neighbourhood, in the town and beyond. We also know that, for some, the regular volunteering you were involved with has been ...

  • Covid-19 vaccination equality survey
    27 April 2021

    NHS Berkshire West CCG want to better understand the motivators for people considering the Covid-19 vaccine To gain insights into people’s views and preferred communications channels, they are conducting a piece of insights research to help shape their future health services and communications. They have created a simple online survey that takes roughly five minutes to complete. In ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation – BAME funding for racial equity
    26 April 2021

    Lloyds Bank Foundation support charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. They offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change. More than half of your ...

  • ‘It has allowed me to do something positive, to be a tiny part of recovering our freedom to live’ Our vaccine hub volunteers reflect
    21 April 2021

    These are just a few of the moving reflections from volunteers about what it has meant to them to be part of the vaccine rollout. We’ll be sharing more over the coming weeks.  

  • HR best practice: supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan
    21 April 2021

    If your charity is considering how to best support staff and volunteers who might be observing Ramadan at this time, read on for a legal update on HR best practice. This has been adapted from legal updates courtesy of Sandy Adirondack (full credits at the end): What is Ramadan? Ramadan is a month-long Muslim observance which this ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation – grant application tips for small charities
    19 April 2021

    Join Berkshire Community Foundation for their next Community Focus event, for smaller charities and community groups with annual incomes of up to £25,000. They will be focusing on the journey of a grant application: from the application process and what funders look for, to financial due diligence, monitoring and reporting, through to how to create compelling ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research Facilitator – closing date 5 May 2021
    14 April 2021

    This is an exciting opportunity to facilitate a local community participatory research project as part of a voluntary and statutory sector partnership. The role will support local researchers from minority ethnic communities in Reading to co-produce and carry out community research into widening health inequalities. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, inequalities in health, especially mental health, have ...

  • Small Groups Learn and Share Network
    13 April 2021

    Are you a volunteer-led small group that’s embedded in your community? Do you want to find out more about funding, governance, publicising your work and developing your group? Are you keen to network and share with other small groups in Reading? If yes, then you are warmly invited to join the Small Groups Learn and Share Network, ...

  • Alumni Lecture – Supporting the Vulnerable: Covid’s Social Impact
    13 April 2021

    Spring Online Alumni Lecture Series: Covid-19 – Stories from the Frontline Covid-19 has caused havoc and upheaval in ways no-one could have foreseen. In our spring online Alumni Lecture Series, we welcome University of Reading graduates from diverse backgrounds and industries to share their experiences and expertise on how the global pandemic has changed their sectors. Covid-19 ...

  • Have your say – RBC is reviewing how it allocates social housing
    13 April 2021

    Reading Borough Council is reviewing how it allocates social housing, and would like your thoughts on the proposed changes Their aims are to make the scheme fairer and easier to understand for the customers who use it, and to ensure they are creating thriving and well-balanced communities where residents want to live. They have defined these ...

  • Covid-19 home and workplace testing – register before 12 April
    6 April 2021

    The Government has announced that it will extend the free lateral flow testing to all employers, including home testing for those who cannot offer on-site testing. Whether an employer wants to set up on-site workplace testing, or offer tests for workers to take home (or a combination of the two), they must register on gov.uk by 12 ...

  • CCG seeks expressions of interests for services to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability
    1 April 2021

    NHS Berkshire West CCG’s vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability through increasing access to Annual Health Checks, information, advice and making reasonable adjustments to support people to live a full, meaningful and healthy lives. NHS Berkshire West CCG is seeking to achieve that vision by providing a service ...

  • ABC to Read offering online reading support
    31 March 2021

    With so much disruption to and uncertainty surrounding schooling during the coronavirus pandemic, the stability, focus, confidence and skills built through reading have unsurprisingly suffered for many local youngsters. Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read is pioneering a recovery, moving their life-changing one-to-one mentoring online to support the primary school children who have been identified ...

  • Healthwatch survey on contacting GP surgeries
    31 March 2021

    Do you, your staff, volunteers or clients find it hard to get through to their GP surgery? Healthwatch Reading have heard that some Reading people are having problems calling doctors’ surgeries to make appointments or get important questions answered so they are trying to find out if it’s a widespread problem. They have launched a public survey ...

  • Food4Families courses starting soon – Growing Healthy Conversations, Growing Careers
    29 March 2021

    Food4Families have new courses starting soon This article was updated on 14 April with new start dates in May for Growing Healthy Conversations. Growing Healthy Conversations – free eight week courses Practice your conversational English whilst learning gardening skills at our local community gardens small groups and socially distanced all equipment, tools, seeds etc provided travel costs can be refunded see flyer ...

  • Large quantity of free hand sanitizer available
    26 March 2021

    The National Business Response Network (NBRN) have let RVA know about a donation of pallets of hand sanitizers The ETA for the donation is in the next few weeks and they are looking for organisations to take anything between 10 – 40 pallets. Each bottle is 400ml of alcohol sanitizer (NOT pocket sized) They come in cardboard boxes ...

  • Growing up in Reading: Key findings from a report by RVA’s Youth Social Action Team
    24 March 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action has published the key findings from research into what it’s like to grow up in Reading The research was shaped and carried out by a Youth Social Action Team supported by RVA and the University of Reading Participation Lab. It was completed before the start of the pandemic, but the pandemic has made ...

  • Have your say: national consultations on women’s health, VAWG and Covid-status certification
    24 March 2021

    Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) – consultation open until 26 March 2021 Views are sought to help inform the development of the government’s next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. This call for evidence has been reopened to reflect the recent public discussion about Violence Against Women and Girls to provide an additional opportunity ...

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