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  • Reading Threshold of Need – online briefing for staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families
    1 July 2021

    The Reading Threshold of Need briefing is aimed at anyone who works with children, young people and families in Reading. This includes paid staff and volunteers. It is suitable for those who might be new to their role and/or new to the Reading area and more experienced staff or volunteers who want to refresh their ...

  • Free PPE for voluntary sector organisations
    1 July 2021

    The Department of Health and Social Care is offering free PPE (personal protective equipment) for use by voluntary sector organisations. You can express your interest in this free PPE by completing this short form with a few details and then a representative of DHSC will contact you to arrange delivery. Please note that the details you ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation supports local reading catch-up
    1 July 2021

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) has awarded local reading charity ABC to Read a grant of £5,000 to address the education gap caused by Covid-19. This is in addition to numerous previous grants awarded by the Foundation in ongoing support of the charity. Addressing literacy in primary school aged children is essential to improving their future opportunities. ...

  • ‘A great story of Reading team work’ – Watlington House hub will close on 3 July having delivered over 31,000 vaccinations
    30 June 2021

    A unique collaboration between Reading Central and Whitley PCNs, Reading Voluntary Action and Watlington House The Garden Hall vaccine hub at Watlington House will close this Saturday, having delivered over 31,000 vaccinations and been supported by over 100 volunteers. Steve Hendry, RVA’s Volunteering Development Manager, who has been coordinating volunteer support for the hub, said: ‘We’ve ...

  • VCSE Alliance Launch Meeting for BOB ICS
    30 June 2021

    This meeting aims to bring together community partners from the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector to build a formal alliance of organisations working towards health and care outcomes. The event will inform and develop the framework of how we collaborate as VCSE organisations strategically at a regional level, and how we integrate and embed ...

  • Social Prescribing Forum and Wild Being Launch
    28 June 2021

    Please join us to find out about the Wild Being Partnership and Social Prescribing Network in Reading We had planned to welcome you into the fabulous café and open space at MERL but due to ongoing restrictions we will now be meeting via Zoom. This event is for anyone who wants to find out about Social ...

  • It’s all ‘zoom’ to us – how Talkback has adapted its CAMEO service
    25 June 2021

    Over the last year, many of us struggled to find our way through lockdowns, social distancing and wearing masks. We all found it hard. Autistic people and those with learning disabilities have also found it challenging. Some of the reasons behind these difficulties are not as they appear. Changes to routines, sudden alterations, paused services, relying ...

  • Thames Valley Cancer Alliance launches new website
    23 June 2021

    Thames Valley Cancer Alliance brings together cancer leaders, commissioners, service providers, people affected by cancer and third sector organisations to take a whole population approach to improving cancer services across our geography. They have launched a new website: www.thamesvalleycanceralliance.nhs.uk. Ruth Wilcockson, Managing Director of the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance, said the aim of the website is ...

  • Public consultation opens for the Berkshire West Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021–2030
    23 June 2021

    Residents of Reading are being invited to review the draft Berkshire West Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2021–2030 The draft strategy aims to drive positive change to tackle the underlying causes of poor health and wellbeing across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham (the three local authorities within the Berkshire West Integrated Care Partnership). The draft strategy incorporates ...

  • Emergency broadcast alert test in Reading on 29 June 2021
    23 June 2021

    The UK government is introducing an emergency alert system system using mobile phones. In the event of a flood or nuclear accident etc, the government and emergency services would have the ability to send a push message to mobile phones in a geographic area using cell broadcasting towers (i.e. not through phone networks) to warn the public about ...

  • Citizens Advice Reading and ReadiFood campaign to highlight food poverty – #EatFor20
    22 June 2021

    Take part in #EatFor20 from 17 to 23 July 2021 A new joint campaign from Citizens Advice Reading and ReadiFood is asking people to live on £20 for a week this summer, in order to highlight the need for continuing the £20 Covid-related uplift to Universal Credit (UC). Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the £20 a week ...

  • Moving Communities webinar: skills for setting up physical activity sessions
    22 June 2021

    This online workshop will give attendees increased confidence and skills to organise and deliver community-based projects to be more active. During the session, delivered by Get Berkshire Active, you will learn all you need to know about setting up and safely running new, or existing, physical activity sessions post lockdown for your community or local ...

  • Local group trips with Readibus help build confidence post-lockdown
    22 June 2021

    As the weather improves, your community group may be thinking about how to encourage members and clients to re-engage in your activities. At the moment, there are lots of outdoor options, but many of the people you usually work with may be worried about venturing out. Have you thought about putting on short (hour-long) visits to ...

  • Garfield Weston Foundation Grants
    21 June 2021

    The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK. The Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest and therefore supports a wide range of charitable activity in the following categories: Arts, Education, Youth, Health, Museums and Heritage, Community, Environment, Faith, Welfare. The ...

  • Asda Foundation: Bringing Communities Back Together Fund – phase 2 applications open until 1 November 2021*Closed
    21 June 2021

    The Asda Foundation supports small, grass roots organisations in several ways throughout the year. Working with Asda’s Community Champions in store, they are able to work with a range of organisations and groups on a variety of local community projects. As social distancing measures begin to ease within the UK, this new grant focuses on reuniting ...

  • Blog: celebrate your successes and use these as building blocks for further development
    18 June 2021

    In my last blog, I shared some experiences of being on Step 6 of the journey to better Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Reading Voluntary Action. Step 6 is about identifying your priorities so that actions can be put in place to create real, effective, everlasting change. It also mentioned how important it is ...

  • Free employment advice webinar for female job seekers from Smart Works Reading and PepsiCo
    18 June 2021

    Award-winning charity Smart Works Reading has partnered with major local employer PepsiCo to run a free employment advice webinar for female job seekers. The pandemic’s disproportionally negative effect on women’s livelihoods has shown that Smart Works Reading is needed now more than ever. Women are more likely to be in more vulnerable, lower paid jobs while ...

  • Targeted vaccine programme for unvaccinated adults in Reading surge test postcodes
    16 June 2021

    In response to an increase in Covid-19 infections and cases of the Delta variant in Reading, the Council and the NHS are boosting the local vaccination programme with a targeted vaccination clinic at the Reading Borough Council Civic Offices from Thursday 17 June to Sunday 27 June. People who have not received a vaccine are more likely ...

  • Government pauses at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap – what your charity or community groups needs to know
    16 June 2021

    This week the government announced that they would be pausing at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap to the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions due to the increase of the Delta variant. This means that Step 3 coronavirus restrictions remain in place. You can read more here: Covid-19 Coronavirus Restrictions, what you can and ...

  • Social Prescribing to improve access to healthcare for migrants
    16 June 2021

    Doctors of the World UK, a medical charity, has launched a new resource for Social Prescribing Link Workers and other frontline workers to support their migrant patients’ access to healthcare. The resource, commissioned and supported by the Mayor of London, outlines 9 practical steps and information to recognise and address healthcare barriers for migrants. Helen Murphy from ...

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