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  • Voluntary sector vaccine support helpline opens
    9 March 2021

    Reading voluntary organisations are working together to support people to access their vaccine as they become eligible RVA has opened a central helpline for carers, family, professionals and individuals in need of support: 0118 334 1091. Support includes: Responding to a GP letter or confirming an appointment. Registering with a GP if required. Safe and friendly transport to and from ...

  • Support U Needs You!
    9 March 2021

    Support U is a charity that offers support to members of the LGBTQ+ community in the Thames Valley We want to build on the services we offer to LGBTQ+ people of colour, BAME, and Refugee & Asylum Seekers. For this, we need your help! We would like to invite you to a virtual feedback session where we ...

  • Barchester’s Charitable Foundation – rolling funding
    8 March 2021

    The focus of the Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications are supported that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged. In particular they support: Older people 65+ Adults (18+) with a physical or learning disability Adults (18+) with mental health problems They are a unique charity that ...

  • Cameron Grants for Innovation in Mental Health
    8 March 2021

    The organisation offers small cash awards from the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust to support innovation in mental health The objectives of the Cameron Grant Memorial Trust (CGMT) are to raise awareness of suicide, to urge all who are suffering in silence to speak up and ask for help, and to support people, especially young people, who ...

  • Vaccinating carers across Berkshire West
    4 March 2021

    The vaccination programme in Berkshire West has been gathering pace and is delivered through: 12 GP-led centres 1 pharmacy 1 mass vaccination centre at the Madejski Stadium in Reading The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) have developed a priority list based on people’s risk of hospitalisation and death from Covid-19. Carers are included in group 6 for ...

  • Berkshire Vision – remote activities in March and employability programme
    3 March 2021 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision’s March activities programme for blind and partially sighted people across the county Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, the two face-to-face activities won’t be able to go ahead, but the remote programme will continue as planned, including hot chocolate tasting and pottery painting. Download the programme for March here. Employability programme Berkshire Vision’s employability programme, ‘Eyes on ...

  • Coronavirus testing for staff and volunteers – guidance from ACAS, ICO and DCMS
    2 March 2021

    Your organisation may already have staff and volunteers in key worker roles or you may be planning for reopening of services. Here are some resources that we have gathered to help you consider best practice and the law when considering coronavirus testing for staff and volunteers: ACAS has published this guidance on agreeing testing arrangements with ...

  • Mental health toolkit for practitioners working with families
    26 February 2021

    Mental health toolkit from the Troubled Families Programme The set of tools and resources below are being shared by DHSC, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England and MHCLG to local partners working with children, families and communities. (Information about the Brighter Futures for Children Mental Health Support Team, and online resources such as Kooth, can ...

  • Reading voluntary and community sector plan for recovery
    26 February 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 ...

  • NHS Blood and Transplant Covid-19 Plasma Donor Campaign
    25 February 2021

    NHS Blood and Transplant is currently leading an urgent programme to enable a planned UK trial that could produce a vital treatment to save more lives. This requires plasma donations from patients who have had Covid-19 and are now recovering. We welcome all donations but are seeking donations in particular from recovering male patients who are 18-65 ...

  • Berkshire Youth are recruiting for new Kickstart work placements – deadline 26 March 2021
    25 February 2021

    New scheme will give young people’s careers a kickstart Berkshire Youth are excited to announce that they are now recruiting for new Kickstart work placements. The deadline for applications is 26 March 2021. We know young people are struggling to find employment at the moment especially as certain sectors such as hospitality and retail have been particularly ...

  • Volunteers providing Nepali and Hindi translations at vaccine hub
    25 February 2021

    Dhan Bahadur Rana Magar, Jane Brener, Wendy Mentiply and Tek Bahadur Gurung (pictured above) are volunteers supporting the vaccination rollout at the Reading Central and Whitley Vaccination Hub. Dhan and Tek are with the Greater Reading Nepalese Community Association and have been welcoming people to the hub and providing Nepali and Hindi translations. Huge thanks to ...

  • Cold winter payments and support with energy costs
    24 February 2021

    A guide to support available for people struggling with fuel payments If you have any queries you can contact Reading’s WinterWatch Service, who work closely alongside Citizens Advice Reading. See below for some FAQs. I’m about to run out of energy on my pay as you go meter, what do I do? The resident will need to contact ...

  • Government roadmap to lifting lockdown – Spring 2021
    24 February 2021

    This article was last updated on 2/3/21 with updated resources in the ‘further support’ section. The government has published the ‘Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions will be lifted over time. A shorter summary is also contained at the start of ...

  • Get Berkshire Active – chair based exercise sessions
    24 February 2021

    Chair Based exercise classes are designed to help improve strength and balance from the comfort of your own chair while focusing on aiding muscles used in everyday activity – all performed at a pace that is suitable for the participant. Chair Based Exercise can be done at home and is easy to fit in to ...

  • Get ready for Census 2021!
    24 February 2021

    Households across Reading will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021 The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941. It will be the first time the ...

  • Would you be interested in supporting a School Streets scheme?
    23 February 2021 Women walking on road near school, boy on bike

    A school in East Reading is hoping to promote walking and cycling to school, and clean air for everyone, by starting a School Streets scheme. What are School Streets? A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. The restriction applies to school traffic ...

  • Risk to elderly and vulnerable people – lost Thames Water contractor ID cards
    22 February 2021

    Message shared on behalf of Thames Valley Police We have been informed by Thames Water that a number of ‘Contractor’ identification cards have been lost in transit. The cards have been deactivated so they cannot be used to gain access to any Thames Water sites but there is concern that they could be used for criminal activity ...

  • Meet Tina Farrow, manager and director of Dee Caf Community Cafe
    18 February 2021

    Tina Farrow is the manager and director of Dee Caf Community Cafe CIC. Tina has previously worked in prison education, including as curriculum leader at a young offender institution, and also runs a food education business, Tinkatots, offering cookery classes for children. She spoke to us about why she started Dee Caf and the community ...

  • Funded internships with the University of Reading
    18 February 2021

    Are you looking for support or a fresh perspective on a project? The Reading Internship Scheme supports organisations in connecting up with our undergraduates through 4, 6 and 8 week internships. We provide a 50% grant towards an intern’s salary for profit earning SMEs, and a 100% grant for charities and not for profits. You can work ...

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