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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Become Mental Health Aware – two half-day training sessions on 5 and 6 October 2020 **full – new course dates coming soon**
    6 September 2020

    This online Mental Health Awareness course is open to anyone currently volunteering with a local group, involved in informal volunteering and/or community action in Reading or anyone considering taking on such a role. The course is offered free of charge. The two half-day course will run over Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October, 1-30-3:30pm, via Zoom, ...

  • The Fore RAFT Transition Fund – registration opens 21 September 2020
    3 September 2020

    Offers unrestricted grants of up to £15,000 to help fantastic small charities and social enterprises plan for the longer term and gain a stronger footing in a post-coronavirus world. Who can apply? They accept applications from registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies. They only provide grants to organisations with less than £500,000 ...

  • Autism Berkshire benefits advice workshops resume
    2 September 2020

    The autumn series of workshops, which will all run online from 10am to 1pm on Mondays, cover the same topics as the face-to-face sessions that we normally hold at our office in Reading. Places can now be booked, via the links on this page, for the following benefits advice workshops: September 28: For parents and carers of ...

  • The impact of Covid-19 on charity communications
    2 September 2020

    A report by CharityComms and Media Trust in April 2020, on the Impact of Covid-19 on Charity Communications, found that the top five comms challenges charities have are: supporting users who normally have access to face-to-face services producing digital content (for example, films, vlogs and infographics) moving services online digital fundraising and communicating with and engaging stakeholders. The report, based on ...

  • Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub are changing their name to TuVida
    2 September 2020

    You can read more about the name change, which comes into effect on 4 September 2020, in this letter to carers. You can also read more on the Tuvida website: www.tuvida.org/our-history.

  • New process maps from ACAS to help you navigate workplace changes
    2 September 2020

    As the country is slowly easing out of lockdown, many organisations are cautiously and gradually returning to the workplace or planning to do so. If you are a charity or voluntary group that employs individuals, then the trustees are employers in law. For help with mapping out a process and ensuring the board thinks through ...

  • Building Berkshire Together – have your say on creating a new hospital
    2 September 2020

    The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is beginning a major modernisation of its services and buildings involving the investment of hundreds of millions of pounds over the course of the next ten years. They want to work with local residents to create a new hospital, fit for the 21st century. They are calling this new ...

  • An update from the Veg4Reading project
    2 September 2020

    Food4Families set up the Veg4Reading project, growing fresh fruit and veg in our community gardens and allotments across Reading, to supplement the tinned and dry foods that community organisations and charities have been using to prepare hot meals and food boxes to the most vulnerable residents in Reading. We asked for volunteers in early June and ...

  • Treasurer Training for registered charities
    1 September 2020

    Are you new to being a treasurer of a registered charity in Reading, or considering taking on the role? If so, this training is for you. RVA can also help match you to a volunteer treasurer role if you are not yet volunteering in a role. Please note that if you are a smaller community ...

  • Diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias – walking the talk
    1 September 2020

    Following requests for training and guidance in this area, and in view of the Voice4Change and ACEVO Home Truths report, RVA has commissioned unconscious bias training for the Reading voluntary and community sector, focusing on race and ethnicity. In this interactive training session, you will have the opportunity to develop a shared understanding of key diversity ...

  • Basic bookkeeping for small community groups
    1 September 2020

    Are you involved on the committee of a small community group and need help making sure you are keeping your records correctly? Your group may even be applying for funding at the moment and you have been asked to prepare an up to date set of accounts, which you need some understanding about. If so, ...

  • Reading Legal Walk
    1 September 2020

    The Reading Legal Walk is a sponsored 10km walk which raises funds for frontline free legal advice services in Reading and the Thames Valley. Due to social distancing measures, this year the walk will start and end at the bandstand in Forbury Gardens where social distancing will be easy. In addition to walkers walking the route, ...

  • Yapp Charitable Trust – rolling deadline
    31 August 2020

    Make grants for running costs and not capital expenditure to small registered charities in England and Wales to help sustain their existing work. Who can apply? They only offer grants to registered charities that have been formally established for a minimum of 3 years. Newly registered charities may apply but the organisation must have appointed a management ...

  • Independent Age Grants Funds – round 4 closes 9am 18 September 2020
    30 August 2020

    A £2m pot from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus. Who can apply? Registered or exempt charity Have a minimum of two years’ published charity accounts Have at least 3 Trustees Have an annual income of less than £1 Million (averaged over 3 years) The work you are ...

  • Community Buildings Briefing from RBC Facilities Team
    27 August 2020

    Reading Borough Council Facilities Team recently held an online briefing for those who are responsible for or manage community buildings, including voluntary organisations who manage buildings. The session covered an update on government guidance, the Council’s approach to re-opening community buildings and guidance around risk assessments. If you were unable to attend or would like to ...

  • Looking for rewarding work? RVA has opened recruitment for four new posts
    26 August 2020

    Looking for rewarding work? RVA has opened recruitment for four new posts that may be of interest Inclusion Development Worker – closing date 21 September Help us further the following aims: To ensure RVA is an inclusive charity that reflects the diversity of Reading in the shaping of our staff team, volunteers, trustees and how we work. To support ...

  • Research into the impact of Covid-19 on Punjabi communities
    26 August 2020

      Research has shown that communities racialised as Black and minority ethnic (BAME) have experienced Covid-19 and lock-down distinctly differently from their counterparts racialised as white, with BAME groups more likely to die from Covid-19 once diagnosed and reporting higher levels of mental distress. Taraki – a team of grassroots groups and activists with academic and lived ...

  • Asda Foundation Getting Schools Back on Track – applications deadline 15 November 2020
    26 August 2020

    The Getting Schools Back on Track grant has been designed to help ease the pressures that have been placed on all families during the pandemic. Getting children back to school in September is a priority not only for learning needs but to also enable parents to go back to work.  Who can apply? To be eligible to ...

  • Reading Community Learning Centre reopens on 14 September 2020
    26 August 2020

    Reading Community Learning Centre are delighted to be reopening from Monday 14 September If you are interested in joining our programme, please call Petra Robinson for more information and to book an appointment on 07923 138681. We offer courses mainly for women including: English conversation Reading and Writing Sewing IT for Beginners Looking good, feeling good and English for Work For more information ...

  • RVA Inclusion Development Worker – closing date 21 September 2020
    26 August 2020

    An exciting opportunity to work with Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and local charities to ensure we reflect the diversity of Reading and are able to build a genuinely inclusive voluntary sector. We are looking for someone with excellent communication, planning and organisational skills, and a good understanding of current issues relating to equality and diversity. You ...

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