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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.

  • Covid-19 Psychological First Aid for front line staff and volunteers
    4 November 2020

    As we move into lockdown 2, staff and volunteers working in frontline positions at charities may need additional support in order to support others, who are struggling with the emotional impact. Future Learn in partnership with Public Health England has developed this online course on Covid-19 Psychological First Aid, which you, your volunteers and staff ...

  • RVA launches expanded Social Prescribing service
    4 November 2020

    RVA is extending its existing Social Prescribing service to work with Primary Care Networks across Reading This month RVA welcomes four new Social Prescribing Link Workers: Sharon Fitton, Louise Keane, Helen Murphy and Charlotte Netherton-Sinclair. They join longstanding Social Prescribers Amber Holdway and Sarah Martin, and Social Prescribing Coordinator Liz Morrison at RVA, and Age UK ...

  • Youth Futures Foundation – rolling deadline
    4 November 2020

    Youth Futures Foundation are offering development and impact grants. Their rolling grants programme is designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven ...

  • Trustee Training with RVA via Zoom
    4 November 2020

    We are pleased to say that our popular trustee training is back! We have adapted the session to an online Zoom version and you’ll still get the chance to interact and meet other trustees in the sector. Why attend trustee training? Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely ...

  • New Charity Commission 5-minute guides for trustees
    3 November 2020

    The Charity Commission have launched their new 5-minute guides as part of Trustees’ Week 2020. These are designed as simple, easy to understand guides, designed to help trustees run their charities in line with the law. The new guides cover five key aspects of charity governance – a ‘core syllabus’ covering the basics that the regulator ...

  • Diversifying your trustee board
    2 November 2020

    Diversifying your trustee board is an important way to reflect your work, ambitions and the community your organisation serves. Taken on Trust reports that research undertaken by the Charity Commission found: Only 8% of trustees are non-white compared with 14% of the UK population. 7 out of 10 trustees are men and the median age is 61 ...

  • Meet Azra Raja – RVA’s new Inclusion Development Worker
    2 November 2020

    RVA is delighted to welcome Azra Raja to the team as Inclusion Development Worker. Azra has previously worked as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school setting, working with children, parents and families from different backgrounds in Reading, as well as training staff in equality, equity, inclusion and diversity. She is looking forward to developing this ...

  • How do the new national restrictions apply to charities?
    2 November 2020

    Article last updated on 4 November 2020 and now superseded by this article published on 17 November 2020, containing more updated government guidance for volunteer involving organisations. Please continue to check gov.uk for updates.  If you are a charity manager or trustee you may be facing the task of looking at your services following the announcements this ...

  • CJRS Furlough scheme extended until December 2020
    2 November 2020

    The government announced the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) at the weekend. Bates Wells Solicitors have helpfully provided a summary of the main points here: Flexible furloughing is allowed, as well as full-time furloughing. The Job Support Scheme has been postponed until the CJRS ends. Neither the employer nor the employee needs to have previously ...

  • The Fat Beehive Foundation – rolling applications
    28 October 2020

    The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities. Improving a charity’s digital presence can be transformational, but it’s really tough to secure funding in this area. Their aim is to help organisations carry out their work in a more efficient ...

  • Shop to let – 34 Coronation Square
    28 October 2020

    TO LET: Vacant shop at 34 Coronation Square, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3QN The property has a central front entrance with 2 display windows. There is a further private staff entrance at the rear of the property opening through to a service area and car park. Internally the property provides an open retail area, partitioned room, kitchenette, ...

  • Help the Homeless – capital grants – next deadline 15 December 2021
    27 October 2020

    Help the Homeless is a relatively small charity providing grants to charities and voluntary organisations throughout the UK. Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homelesss people in rebuilding their lives and finding their way successfully back into society. Applications should be towards the funding of ‘capital’ projects. They are ...

  • Trustees’ Week 2020 – stories, webinars and Q&A to find out about becoming a trustee in Reading
    23 October 2020

    Trustees’ Week is an annual event that celebrates the role of volunteer trustees that takes place all over the country. This year it will be taking place virtually between 2 and 6 November 2020 and there’s plenty on offer for everyone! Trustees are volunteers who take on the ultimate legal, strategic and oversight responsibility for a ...

  • RVA Members’ Meeting and AGM 2020
    21 October 2020

    Are you ready for winter 2020? We would be delighted if you can join us for our Members’ Meeting and AGM – via Zoom, of course. We’ll be sharing RVA’s plans for the winter and hearing from members and partners about the support you need over the coming months. We look forward to welcoming you. Please register ...

  • Violence Reduction Hospital Navigators – applications to run scheme open until 23 October 2020
    21 October 2020

    The Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit are inviting applications from Reading-based organisations to receive £25,000 to design, implement and deliver a Hospital Navigators Scheme to reduce serious violence. The service will be based within the emergency department at Royal Berkshire Hospital. The age range of clients is not specified, however, the scheme aims to reach ...

  • Safeguarding Adults online training through RBC – various dates
    21 October 2020

    RBC have now introduced an online version of their Safeguarding Adults Level 1 training. Everyone working or volunteering with adults at risk (vulnerable adults) should attend this type of training. The above RBC training is also available to voluntary and community groups in Reading and free to attend. It is an accredited course but you must ...

  • Reading Refugee Support Group AGM
    21 October 2020

    Dear members, service users, volunteers, supporters, donors and staff members You are warmly invited to attend our short formal AGM meeting and updates on our projects. There will be a formal meeting, followed by a service user testimony and addresses from RRSG patron Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading, and the High Sheriff of Berkshire, Mary Riall. We particularly ...

  • E-learning Bookkeeping training – learn at your own pace
    20 October 2020

    Are you a volunteer for a small community group in Reading wanting to learn the basics of bookkeeping? If so, we are pleased to say that our training partner, Holybrook Associates, are able to offer an online e-learning option where you can learn at your own pace, through videos and resources. If you are not yet ...

  • Charities Aid Foundation Resilience Fund – applications open until 10 November 2020
    20 October 2020

    The Charites Aid Foundation (CAF) has launched a £20 million fund aimed at both registered and unregistered charitable organisations, including community interest companies and social enterprises, with an income of between £50,000 and £10 million and who were established on or before 31 August 2019. What are the funding priorities? The fund aims to help a number ...

  • Universal Safeguarding Children e-learning refresher training
    19 October 2020

    The Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership and Brighter Futures for Children are offering an online free refresher e-learning on Universal Safeguarding Children. This e-learning is designed for anyone who comes into contact with children and young people, including staff and volunteers in the voluntary and community sector. This course can be used as an introduction or ...

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