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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.

  • Learning Disabilities Service in Berkshire West – CCG seeks expressions of interest by 9 April 2021
    23 March 2021

    Berkshire West CCG is inviting expressions of interest to provide a service that works with people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. The CCG is seeking experienced providers that can deliver a service to engage and encourage people with learning disabilities aged 14 and upwards to participate in their ...

  • Do you need help with your census form?
    23 March 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be working with the Office for National Statistics and the Good Things Foundation to offer the Census Support Service for Reading during March and April. Every 10 years a complete census is taken of the current UK population, and this provides valuable information to help plan local services in the ...

  • Epilepsy Berkshire’s plans for Purple Day on Friday 26 March 2021
    23 March 2021

    Friday 26 March 2021 is Purple Day when epilepsy charities aim to increase awareness and knowledge of this condition Epilepsy Berkshire is a small charity, founded in 2017 to help foster a greater understanding of epilepsy locally, to support those living with epilepsy and to raise funds on their behalf. Six facts about epilepsy Around one in a ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Covid-19 Tackling Inequalities Fund – seeking organisations interested in applying
    22 March 2021

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are currently planning a third phase of Tackling Inequalities Funding and are seeking organisations that would be interested in applying. The Tackling Inequalities Fund exists to help reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity. Funding will enable community groups working with specific ...

  • RVA and partners awarded funding to boost social prescribing offer
    18 March 2021

    Wild Being – a project by RVA and partners – has been awarded £50k funding from the Thriving Communities Fund We are delighted to announce – on Social Prescribing Day 2021 – that RVA and partners will be delivering a project designed to help people of Reading to recover from Covid-19 through the power of social ...

  • Compass Recovery College prospectus for April to June 2021
    18 March 2021

    Compass Recovery College continues to run free mental health and wellbeing courses All their courses are co-produced; designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health challenges together with mental health professionals. Their aim is for everyone to feel listened to in a safe space, with the opportunity to connect with others. Everyone is welcome ...

  • Catalyst have Community Connector opportunities in Reading – paid work for young people through Kickstart
    18 March 2021

    Catalyst have created a ‘Kickstart in the Community’ project that offers young people paid work as ‘Community Connectors’ This is a new type of role within their Community Investment team that will help young people develop transferable skills, confidence and a local network. Working alongside Catalyst’s Community teams, Community Connectors will use their local knowledge to ...

  • RBC are recruiting for Shared Lives Carers
    18 March 2021

    Becoming a Shared Lives Carer is rewarding and can make a real difference for the people we support RBC are recruiting carers who can offer support and companionship to help a vulnerable adult reach their potential and lead a fulfilling life. Download the advert here. About the Shared Lives Scheme At the core of the Shared Lives Scheme ...

  • Join us to discuss emerging priorities and how we can work together – 24 March 2021
    18 March 2021

    RVA is hosting a series of workshops for the Reading voluntary sector to explore how we can together support our communities over the next year and beyond. The first workshop is on 24 March from 3.30pm to 5pm. Join us to hear presentations from partners reflecting on the priorities emerging from the Berkshire West Health and ...

  • Vaccination centre volunteers nominated for Berkshire High Sheriff award
    17 March 2021

    The Watlington House vaccination centre volunteers have been nominated for a Berkshire High Sheriff award! Congratulations to them and everyone nominated for the awards, which recognise outstanding service and contributions to the community throughout the last very difficult year. The full Berkshire-wide list of nominees can be found here. The winners will be announced at a virtual ...

  • Citizens Advice Reading wellbeing workshops
    17 March 2021

    Life can bring us lots of concerns and worries, especially at the moment Citizens Advice Reading are now offering wellbeing workshops. These are free one-off introductions to: understanding anxiety living with low moods and managing stress Currently they are all online, so you can attend in the comfort of your own home. They last one hour and are run by ...

  • Blog: transferring your aims for equality, diversity and inclusion into tangible actions
    17 March 2021

    In my last blog, I outlined some steps you could take on your journey to better Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in your organisation (you can read that here). As promised, I wanted to share some experiences of being on Step 6 of the journey at Reading Voluntary Action (RVA). We have been discussing our priorities ...

  • New phone number for victims of domestic abuse in Thames Valley
    16 March 2021

    Flag DV, a free legal advice group for domestic abuse victims, now has a dedicated phone line The number is 01635 015854. Flag DV provide a free appointment with a Family Law Solicitor to any victim of domestic abuse in the Thames Valley. All referrals come through the website, www.flagdv.org.uk, however, the lack of a phone line ...

  • Support U feedback session
    16 March 2021

    Join us for a discussion about LGBTQ+ support for People of Colour, BAME and Refugees and Asylum seekers We want to support these communities better and ensure that they are represented and heard. Join us for our online feedback session where we will talk about how Support U can achieve this. We want to hear what you ...

  • Localgiving Magic Little Grants – applications open until 31 October 2021
    15 March 2021

    The Magic Little Grants 2021 programme promises to be even bigger and better than ever. This gives grants of £500 to small charities and community groups thanks to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. Funding can go towards any of the below projects: Improving mental wellbeing Enabling community participation in the arts Preventing or reducing the impact ...

  • The voluntary sector and Covid-19 – monthly barometer survey by Nottingham Trent University
    10 March 2021

    The Centre for People, Work and Organisational Practice at the Nottingham Trent University have teamed up with NCVO and Sheffield Hallam University to conduct one of the largest UK-wide monthly surveys of the impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary sector. About the project The impact of Covid-19 has manifested throughout every corner of the UK voluntary, community ...

  • Get involved with Wokingham International Day
    10 March 2021

    Wokingham Town Council is looking to put together an event in Wokingham that celebrates cultural diversity – on a suitable and safe date in the future. They are looking to build relationships and create partnerships in this first instance. Gemma Cumming, Arts and Culture Officer said: There is a particular interest in ensuring we are celebrating the ...

  • ‘Green prescriptions’ – Age UK Berkshire and partners launch communal allotment
    10 March 2021 Age UK Berkshire

    Age UK Berkshire is partnering with local organisations to help boost the mental health of local people with anxiety and depression during the pandemic and beyond. Starting this spring, Age UK Berkshire will join forces with Involve Community Services, Twyford Parish Council and Twyford’s GP surgery to launch weekly gardening and growing sessions at the allotments ...

  • Mental Health First Aid – Becoming Champions
    10 March 2021

    Acre and partners intend to create a Community Wellbeing hub at their Oxford Road Community Centre base that will be accessible to the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) and other minority community groups in Reading. Acre has raised funds to provide training for up to 16 community representatives in Mental Health First Aid – becoming ...

  • Writing an inclusion statement for your organisation
    9 March 2021

    If you have started or are proceeding on your journey to improve inclusion within your organisation, you may have started thinking about writing a impact or position statement that states your intentions and reflects the values you would like your organisation to represent for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Here are some suggestions that may help: 1: ...

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