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  • 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 ...

  • Covid-19 Homelessness response fund – closing date 28 September 2020
    25 August 2020

    Homelessness organisations affected directly by COVID-19 can now apply for funding of £5.5million in a second round of grants distributed by Homeless Link.  Who can apply? Applicants must be incorporated and have one of the following legal structures: Registered Charity Charitable Incorporated Organisation Community Benefit Society Community Interest Society (with asset lock) Individuals cannot apply Aside from this, the organisation must: Work directly with ...

  • RVA Social Prescribing Link Workers – closing date 14 September 2020
    25 August 2020

    An exciting opportunity to work in a small supportive team making a big difference to the lives of people in Reading Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is looking to recruit three Link Workers to provide social prescribing support for people in Tilehurst, Whitley and Reading Central. RVA and Age UK Berkshire have been delivering social prescribing in Reading ...

  • Guidance and tools to assist trustees with decision-making in a crisis
    25 August 2020

    If your charity is facing financial difficulties, here are a number of resources that can assist your board of trustees to make measured decisions as part of your overall risk management approach to providing services and ensuring that your charity remains solvent: NCVO and Bates Wells Solicitors free webinar recording: Decision-making in a crisis: collaboration and ...

  • Reading Covid-19 Outbreak Engagement Board
    24 August 2020

    Reading Borough Council has set up the Reading Covid-19 Outbreak Engagement Board to involve the public and partners in developing plans to prevent and manage a possible local Covid-19 outbreak. They want to work with local residents to support effective local action, including communication with anyone potentially affected by a local outbreak. 

  • Community Justice Fund – deadline 5pm 18 September 2020
    24 August 2020

    The Community Justice Fund is focused on the needs of specialist social welfare legal advice organisations. It aims to help these organisations be effective and sustainable in the face of responding to COVID-19.They will provide flexible support so that organisations can respond to these challenges in ways that they feel best meets their needs but ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation Covid Recovery Funding – deadline 5pm 11 September 2020
    24 August 2020

    Lloyds Foundation support charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1million who have a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support, with unrestricted funding and tailored support to develop. Who can apply? Only funds registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs) in England and Wales. Your group ...

  • Phoenix Fund – Core Funding for BAME led organisations – next deadline 2 September 2020
    21 August 2020

    This fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities, providing essential and emergency services, support, and education tailored to the BAME community. The maximum grant ...

  • Sharing Personal Data Training – 9 September 2020
    20 August 2020

    All organisations, including charities and community groups, have a responsibility to safeguard the personal data of service users, staff, volunteers, contractors and anyone whose personal data they collect or use in the delivery of their services. This 1 hour online course will cover: Data sharing and the law What does data sharing mean? What is the difference between ‘systematic’, ...

  • Barrow Cadbury Covid-19 Support Fund – reopen for applications
    20 August 2020

    Covid-19 support fund for the specialist migration sector Barrow Cadbury Trust has partnered with The National Lottery Community Fund to distribute COVID-19 emergency response funding to the migration charity sector in England. They have £5 million to distribute for work that will relieve hardship caused by the pandemic among refugees and migrants experiencing barriers to accessing ...

  • The Branding Project from the University of Reading – open for applications
    19 August 2020

    Are you a new charity looking to establish a brand identity but lacking the resources to do so? Or are you a not-for-profit in need of a brand refresh or re-positioning and would welcome some input from students at The University of Reading? Reading University will be holding a structured four-week ‘design-thinking brand jam’ with Part ...

  • Applying for funding and need help with preparing your accounts?
    19 August 2020

    Due to popular demand, RVA is arranging two financial training courses this autumn, which would be ideal for anyone who is in a treasurer position in a local charity or community group offering services in Reading: Basic Bookkeeping – 24 September, 10am – 12.30am Treasurer Training – 8 October, 10am – 12.30am Why should I attend? All charity and ...

  • HMRC update on VAT and digital advertising
    18 August 2020

    Does your charity use a digital advertising platform? Until recently, it was HMRC’s position that VAT should be charged on internet search browsing advertisements, and often this cost was passed on by the advertising agency to the customer charity. HMRC has recently changed its policy on digital advertising, which could result in significant VAT savings for ...

  • RBC Community Buildings Briefing
    18 August 2020

    The Facilities Team at Reading Borough Council are are hosting a briefing for those who manage or are responsible for community buildings, including Voluntary Sector organisations who currently run or manage a community building. (Please note that the session is not pitched at hirers). The session will cover an update on guidelines, the Council’s approach to ...

  • September Befriending Forum from Ready Friends
    17 August 2020

    Our quarterly Ready Friends Befriending Forums are for anyone in Reading taking action on loneliness and social isolation. Even during lockdown and this shaky period of ‘lockdown-easing’, hundreds of Reading’s voluntary and community groups have shone brightly, quickly moving their activities and support online and over the telephone to help the most vulnerable, who have been ...

  • Meet the RVA Team: Anna Chapman, School and Parent Engagement Officer
    13 August 2020

    Anna Chapman is the School and Parent Engagement Officer for RVA, supporting parents in Reading who are economically inactive towards and into training, courses, voluntary work and paid employment.  Anna joined the RVA team in February 2018 as part of the Stronger Together programme. Stronger Together ended in June 2020 and Anna has just started ...

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