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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.

  • Seeking to understand – watch the video from the Trauma-Informed Reading Conference
    28 January 2021

    The Trauma-Informed Reading Conference took place between 30 November and 7 December 2020, reaching 142 professionals across workshops, Q&A sessions and other learning and sharing opportunities. Free professional development materials from the conference, including the video below, will be added to the trauma-informed working page of the One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership resources. Seeking to ...

  • Snow day at the vaccine hub
    27 January 2021

    The snow on Sunday 23 January presented challenging conditions for the Reading Central and Whitley Vaccination Hub. Volunteers from the charity Re:Act were on standby to help, through the VCS Emergencies Partnership, but weren’t needed in the end. With grit, brooms and spades, RVA volunteers were able to keep the area clear and run the ...

  • Updated guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – furlough and caring responsibilities
    27 January 2021

    HMRC has updated its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to confirm that employees may be furloughed if they are unable to work or are working reduced hours because of caring responsibilities which have arisen as a result of covid-19.  The amended guidance states that caring responsibilities include caring for: children who are at home ...

  • Peace of Mind Matters project – Citizens Advice Reading
    26 January 2021

    The Peace of Mind Matters project at Citizens Advice is a new service which can help support with advice and guidance after the death of a loved one. It can advise on practicalities such as: who can make arrangements after a death who to inform after a death information on what happens after someone dies information on organ donation obtaining ...

  • New Directions College – your partner in your learning journey
    22 January 2021

    Lockdown doesn’t mean you have to put your dreams on hold. You can continue to learn new skills with our fantastic range of online courses. We also have a range of free courses to improve your employment prospects. New Directions College can help kickstart your learning journey through a range of courses in English, Maths, ESOL, ...

  • Women’s Voices 2021 – apply for place at Media Trust event by 9am on 25 January
    21 January 2021

    If your charity supports women, girls or those who identify as female, and is looking to reach new audiences, develop a campaign or raise awareness about your cause, then Media Trust invite you to apply for a place at Women’s Voices 2021, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Join them virtually on Monday 8 March 2021 ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research – apply for funded training
    21 January 2021

    Applications are open until 12 noon on 16 February 2021 Health Education England South East and Public Health England South East are offering a programme of training and mentoring to develop community-based researchers. The programme will involve training up community researchers to undertake a piece of work to understand the issues and inequalities impacting black and ...

  • Start your own business workshops by The Real Business Club
    20 January 2021

    We know that some people have lost or are going to loose jobs. Some are going to be on reduced hours. These workshops would help anyone considering what it would mean to start a full time or part time business. They are suitable for people who may be thinking about: working for themselves – being self ...

  • Free coaching offer for Reading’s trustees and managers
    20 January 2021

    Are you a charity trustee or manager? We know Covid has thrown up many challenges for those running charities. Coaching is an opportunity to explore your own blocks to help you achieve the best for your charity at this time. We are pleased to say we have partnered with Coaching Reading to offer free Coaching ...

  • No5 Young People celebrates fifty years and seeks your stories
    18 January 2021

    No5 opened its doors to children and young people on 18 January 1971 at 5 Sackville Street in Reading There have been many changes over the years to their mental health services, training and counselling, but local young people’s voices remain at the heart of everything they do. Their vision of a world that doesn’t stigmatise ...

  • Berkshire Youth Hubs – virtual and telephone-based support platform
    18 January 2021

    After a successful pilot across West Berkshire, and responding to best meet the needs of the local community, Berkshire Youth are delighted to announce the next evolution of the West Berkshire Youth Hub. Their award-winning hub has now been extended across the whole of Berkshire. They hope that the renamed ‘Berkshire Youth Hubs’ will prove ...

  • Formal bidding process now open for Cemetery Arch long leasehold disposal – until 19 March 2021
    13 January 2021

    The formal bidding process through the open market and also through the third sector process has now commenced for the Cemetery Arch building. Local voluntary organisations are invited to submit their proposals by 12 noon on 19 March 2021. The application process Applications and accompanying documents should be sent to: Committee Administration, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, ...

  • Winter mental health support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities
    12 January 2021

    Seven voluntary and community organisations are to share a £20,000 NHS England grant aimed at supporting the mental health of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and Refugee communities (BAMER) over the winter. Berkshire West CCG secured the funding and has worked closely with key partners to devise the best ways of allocating the money. ...

  • Trustee Training with RVA via Zoom
    12 January 2021

    Following our well attended session in December, we’re holding another online Trustee Training session. These sessions have been adapted to take place via Zoom but you will still have the opportunity to interact with fellow trustees in the sector. Why attend trustee training? Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s ...

  • Designated Safeguarding Officer training – for charities and community groups
    11 January 2021

    Introduction As part of the overall safeguarding for you organisation it is good practice for charities and voluntary groups to have a person in the organisation who acts as the lead on safeguarding concerns. This person is often referred to as the Designated Safeguarding Officer or Designated Person, and is responsible for handling safeguarding concerns raised by ...

  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice funding, next deadline 31 August 2021
    11 January 2021

    The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is committed to the creation of a world that guarantees equal treatment for all people They believe that human rights play a vital role in protecting the most vulnerable and in turn benefit the whole of society. They feel there is a need to grow public support and empathy for the ...

  • Charity Commission updates: holding trustee meetings and AGMs
    11 January 2021

    The Charity Commission has updated its guidance for charities as a result of lockdown 3 as follows: Trustees should hold their trustee meetings online or via telephone, where possible during lockdown. AGMs can continue to be held online (the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 has been extended until 30 March 2020). For more details on how to ...

  • Public Focus Group to discuss health and wellbeing services for the community
    11 January 2021

    You are invited to join up to 15-20 people to provide your feedback on 11 potential new priority areas under consideration for the new Health and Well-being Strategy for Berkshire. These include good mental health, physical activity, helping families with young children, support for people around smoking, alcohol and substance misuse, building strong communities and ...

  • Blog: journey to better equality, diversity and inclusion in your organisation
    6 January 2021

    Lots of us want to do better when it comes to diversity, equality and inclusion in our sector. Why? We know this is an area that can improve in the third sector and with global events and the pandemic further highlighting long-standing inequalities in 2020, the time for action is now. At Reading Voluntary Action ...

  • Funding: practical tips and step-by-step guides from NCVO
    6 January 2021

    NCVO have just launched their new funding guidance section on their website which is ideal for smaller community groups and charities looking for step-by-step guides on raising money for their activities. The guidance includes the following sections: Funding and income planning, with a really useful planner you can download. All about grants: from getting ready to apply ...

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