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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.

  • Warning about Covid-19 text message scams
    6 January 2021

    There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. The NHS will never ask for banking information. The scam has been reported ...

  • National lockdown January 2021: what charities need to know
    6 January 2021

    This article was updated on 14 January to include: NCVO updated Coronavirus Guidance which gives specific guidance and resources on involving volunteers and supporting beneficiaries in the lockdown (see section on risk assessments below) Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021 of the third national lockdown, we have gathered some guidance and resources for ...

  • Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives grant programme
    4 January 2021

    The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. They support established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work. Grants ...

  • B&Q community re-use scheme
    4 January 2021

    DIY stores B&Q operate a community re-use scheme through all its branches in the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the community and the environment. The types of material includes: Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets Plastic plant ...

  • Covid-19 vaccination roll out in Berkshire West
    4 January 2021

    Health teams from across Berkshire West have started the successful roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination with hundreds of local people receiving their jabs in the last two weeks before Christmas. To date it’s been delivered at six sites across our area, with more starting early in the new year. The first group of people to ...

  • Office space available
    4 January 2021

    Attractive and light office space available in business park in Caversham Dimensions: 7.2 metres x 2.89 metres. Suitable for 5+ people working at their own desks comfortably, with space for a meeting table, shelving, storage, etc. Option of empty or partially furnished. Some parking outside and plenty of parking available free for 2 hrs in local streets for ...

  • BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme – funding for individuals, rolling funding
    21 December 2020

    The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items ...

  • Season’s Greetings from RVA
    16 December 2020

    At the end of this extraordinary year, we want to say thank you Thank you to the charities and community groups of Reading for adapting and keeping their services running, for adhering to the ever-changing government guidelines and keeping their staff, volunteers and service users safe. Thank you to the groups that have kept going, doing the ...

  • Nominate a local hero for a Census 2021 Purple Plaque
    16 December 2020

    Do you know someone in your area who is a community hero? To mark Census 2021 in March next year, a competition has launched to find the nation’s unsung community heroes. Twenty-two people across England and Wales, one for each census that has taken place, will have their community spirit and efforts commemorated with a unique ...

  • Taking action on loneliness and isolation this winter
    15 December 2020

    A short video by Ready Friends about taking action on loneliness and isolation this winter – and beyond https://youtu.be/lQf5tECfO_A This video aims to promote simple ways we can connect with others, including people we don’t (yet) know, as we go about our daily lives. A wave, a chat, a smile (or smiley eyes, if you’re wearing a ...

  • Call for befriendees aged 18 to 24 to take part in research project
    15 December 2020

    Warda Zeeshan, a Master’s student at the University of Birmingham, is looking for people aged 18 to 24 with experience as a befriendee, to take part in her research exploring the role of befriending services in tackling loneliness and social isolation in young adults. Read more about the study in Warda’s letter to potential participants ...

  • New Reading Family Carers Card – produced by Reading Mencap
    15 December 2020

    Reading Mencap have produced the Reading Family Carers Card It’s available to carers for free and identifies someone as a family carer in order to help shorten the time they might have to spend queueing for a shop, a pharmacy or even a health appointment. It is supported by Reading Borough Council. Many people are family carers ...

  • Compass Recovery College – new prospectus and schedule for 2021
    15 December 2020

    Compass Recovery College continues to run free mental health and wellbeing courses Mental health courses: designed to help us understand mental health challenges and teach skills for self-management. Lunch and learn wellbeing courses: designed to improve wellbeing and fit in a lunchbreak too. Creative courses: to explore our creative side through a variety of different art forms. Social Sessions: ...

  • The Earley Charity Covid-19 support – rolling deadline
    14 December 2020

    A small amount of the Earley Charity’s £40,000 Covid-19 Support fund is still available for grants of up to a maximum £2,000.  This small grants programme is to help organisations transition to new ways of working and support post-lockdown relaunch or other Covid-19 linked expenditure Who can apply? The Covid-19 Support Fund is aimed at local charities ...

  • Herjeet wins NAVCA’s Rising Star of the Year!
    9 December 2020

    NAVCA held their Heart of the Community Awards on 4 December, celebrating the vital work of local infrastructure – and we are delighted to say that RVA’s Advice Manager, Herjeet Randhawa, won the Rising Star Leadership Award! You can watch the video below to hear RVA’s nomination. Presenting the award, Vicky Browning, Chief Executive of ...

  • Nominate to Celebrate! The High Sheriff Awards
    9 December 2020

    Nominations for the High Sheriff’s Award 2020/2021 are now open You can nominate a Berkshire-based individual, charity, organisation, or community group that makes a real difference to the lives of others. This year has been dominated by the pandemic and the award categories reflect the focus on supporting the exceptional work done by so many to ...

  • Cold Weather Alert Level 2 – useful resources to share
    9 December 2020

    A level 2 cold weather alert was issued on Tuesday which lasts until 09:00 on Thursday 10 Dec in the South East. This means that temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people, those with long term conditions and those living in cold ...

  • Oxford Road stories project – deadline 8 January 2021
    9 December 2020

    Reading is one of 68 areas of England to receive a share of a £95 million government fund having secured High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) status for three conservation areas in the centre of the town. As a result, Reading will receive up to £806,500 for the implementation of a four-year programme agreed with ...

  • How to protect your charity from cyber attacks
    9 December 2020

    As we approach the holiday season, it is completely natural that staff and volunteers may be feeling tired and juggling end of year duties. It may be far from our minds, but it is also worth remembering that charities are still vulnerable to cyber attacks, especially at this time, and to be extra vigilant about ...

  • Kickstart your 2021 resolutions by exploring volunteering this January
    8 December 2020

    Has 2020 inspired you to do something new? Think volunteering might be a way of improving your sense of wellbeing? Looking at volunteering as a way of gaining or changing employment? Whatever your motivation the start of a new year can be a great time to turn those ideas into actions and this January RVA will be ...

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