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  • Kickstart Scheme – New Directions College is the local gateway provider
    16 October 2020

    New Directions College, part of Reading Borough Council, in partnership with Reading UK CIC, are acting as a Gateway Provider for the Kickstart Scheme. If you are an employer looking to offer a job placement through the Kickstart Scheme, you can register your interest here. Charities can also apply. As a Gateway provider, New Directions will ...

  • Covid-19: infection rates in Reading continue to rise fast
    16 October 2020 Covid-19: infection rates in Reading continue to rise fast

    As Covid-19 infection rates in Reading continue to rise fast, Reading Borough Council are sharing a message from David Munday, Reading’s dedicated Public Health Consultant, helping ensure we have the best possible local response to the Covid pandemic. In this video, David outlines the latest Covid data from Reading, and explains how to stay safe, including ...

  • Become Mental Health Aware – two half-day training sessions on 30 November and 1 December 2020 Via Zoom **fully booked**
    15 October 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 30 November and Tuesday 1 December, 1-30-4pm, via ...

  • Free Cookery Course Online
    14 October 2020

    We can’t meet face-to-face yet, but we can still get together to cook some healthy, delicious, quick and easy recipes online 6 sessions beginning Wednesday 4 November, 10.30am-12.30pm. You need to download the Zoom app onto the device you’re going to use and have an email address. Step 1: book yourself a place by emailing michele@risc.org.uk or ringing 0118 9586692. Step ...

  • From the Jobseeker’s Perspective
    14 October 2020

    Are you job-hunting? Do you know someone who is? Join Connect Reading for an opportunity to hear others share experiences and resources. The pandemic has had a huge impact on many people’s employment status. From the Jobseeker’s Perspective is an event for those looking for work and those supporting jobseekers. We’ll hear from Connect Reading members with ...

  • Key updated government guidance this week – what your charity needs to know
    14 October 2020

    This week the government announced the new local Covid alert levels. You can read a summary here. Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area. This information is also relevant to charities and community groups in managing services. The ...

  • Photocopier available for free to local group
    14 October 2020

    NIS have a photocopier going spare that they would be happy to donate to a local voluntary group The copier is a Canon black/white only, A4/A3 office size printer/copier/scanner – it is in good working order with a spare toner. It is similar to the one pictured above. You will need to be able to collect the ...

  • Free mediation and conflict resolution Q&A session
    14 October 2020

    The Small Charities Coalition (SCC) is hosting a free Q&A session tomorrow (15 October) between 3-4pm online on the topic of mediation and conflict resolution in relation to employment situations. The session will be run by a HR consultant in partnership with SCC and the 1 hour session will include: Formal conflict resolution processes – grievance ...

  • Job Retention Bonus
    13 October 2020

    If your charity is considering applying for the Job Retention Bonus (JRB), do take a look at the  fourth Treasury direction and HMRC guidance, which we have summarised below. How much can employers apply for and for what periods? Employers will be able to apply for the £1,000 JRB in respect of eligible employees between 15 February and 31 ...

  • Postcode Recovery Fund – Applications open until 30 October 2020
    13 October 2020

    The Postcode Recovery Fund has been created to support charities to develop innovative solutions that address the many issues affecting people as society recovers from the effects of the pandemic. Funding is available for projects that addresses a systemic societal issue related to the pandemic and charities can apply for a grant between £500,000 and ...

  • Roger Williams 1943-2020
    13 October 2020

    We are sad to hear of the passing of one of Reading’s great community champions. Roger Williams was a well-loved figure in Reading’s voluntary sector, and a tireless campaigner for tenant participation and neighbourhood involvement. Roger’s energy and willingness to help always seemed to be boundless, at times even when he was unwell, and we have ...

  • Covid-19 data dashboard from Public Health Berkshire
    12 October 2020

    Public Health Berkshire have created a dashboard with the latest Covid-19 data in our area The dashboard shows daily news cases, total cases, weekly new deaths and total deaths for each local authority area in Berkshire. Go the dashboard About Public Health Berkshire The public health team works across the county of Berkshire, serving Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, Windsor and ...

  • Meet the RVA team – William Westwood, Services Administrator
    12 October 2020

    What is your role at RVA? I’ve been with RVA for just over a year now as the Services Administrator. My role involves a wide range of administrative responsibilities designed to help the rest of the RVA team deliver the services we provide. I’m the stubby legs whirring away frantically under the surface to help keep the elegant ...

  • RBC consultation on draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document
    7 October 2020

    Reading Borough Council has published a draft Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for consultation – the deadline for responding is 5pm on Friday 13 November 2020. The Affordable Housing SPD provides detailed guidance on how the Council will secure contributions towards affordable housing from new developments. It gives detail on meeting policies H3 (Affordable Housing) ...

  • No5 Young Ambassadors report – the impact of Covid-19 on local young people
    7 October 2020

    The impact of Covid-19 on mental health as told by young people Following many reports from national organisations about the impact of Covid-19 on young people No5 wanted to give our Young Ambassadors the opportunity to share their experiences of the pandemic and how the lockdown impacted their lives, relationships and their mental health. Carly Newman, Operations ...

  • Office space to let near RBH
    7 October 2020

    Office space available to let by the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RG1 5LR) Approx. 221.4 sq ft (comfortably seats 3 with social distancing). Includes weekly clean, gas, electric, water and bins. Shared use of kitchen, toilets and two meeting rooms. Kitchen includes fridge, freezer, cooker, oven, dishwasher and 2 microwaves. Parking available. For office use only. £550 pcm. Please contact laura.mitchell@berkshirevision.org.uk if you ...

  • We can still help you get online!
    6 October 2020

    As you would imagine, things have changed a lot for the Get Online project this year. It seems like a very long time since we had our last chance to offer one-to-one support sessions at libraries and community venues, and at the moment we don’t know when we’ll be able to return. However, we’re still open ...

  • Free ‘Thank You’ cards for volunteers taking action on loneliness
    6 October 2020

    As part of 2020’s National Befriending Week (1-7 November), RVA’s Ready Friends project is offering local community groups packs of up to 20 specially-designed Thank You cards for groups to then send to individual volunteers.   More volunteers than ever before have helped in many, many ways to support people facing loneliness and social isolation – especially ...

  • Experiences of Early Help Services in Reading – family survey
    2 October 2020

    The One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership are taking part in a national survey looking at Early Help services in Reading. ‘Early Help’ means support or services to help early in the life of a child and/or in the life of a difficulty. The One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership Board would like to ...

  • Nominate yourself as a Governor for South Central Ambulance Service
    2 October 2020

    Governors play an important role in helping to shape and support the emergency and non-emergency services that South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) provides. The role of Governor is entirely voluntary but also demanding and rewarding; they have specific statutory duties to fulfil and the opportunity to be the crucial link between our communities and the Trust. ...

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