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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Small Groups Learn and Share Network
    13 April 2021

    Are you a volunteer-led small group that’s embedded in your community? Do you want to find out more about funding, governance, publicising your work and developing your group? Are you keen to network and share with other small groups in Reading? If yes, then you are warmly invited to join the Small Groups Learn and Share Network, ...

  • Alumni Lecture – Supporting the Vulnerable: Covid’s Social Impact
    13 April 2021

    Spring Online Alumni Lecture Series: Covid-19 – Stories from the Frontline Covid-19 has caused havoc and upheaval in ways no-one could have foreseen. In our spring online Alumni Lecture Series, we welcome University of Reading graduates from diverse backgrounds and industries to share their experiences and expertise on how the global pandemic has changed their sectors. Covid-19 ...

  • Have your say – RBC is reviewing how it allocates social housing
    13 April 2021

    Reading Borough Council is reviewing how it allocates social housing, and would like your thoughts on the proposed changes Their aims are to make the scheme fairer and easier to understand for the customers who use it, and to ensure they are creating thriving and well-balanced communities where residents want to live. They have defined these ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation Give a Child a Chance – deadline 10 May 2021
    12 April 2021

    Grants will be made to individual children and groups that work with children up to and including the age of 18 (and up to the age of 25 with Special Educational Needs (SEN)). The fund aims to help children: With physical or learning disabilities. Psychological and behavioural disorders. Living a disadvantaged life e.g. with a life-limiting illness. Suffering from ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation Funds for Older People – deadline 10 May 2021
    12 April 2021

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) manages a number of funds which aim to support projects tackling issues affecting older people, such as isolation, disability or disadvantage. Grants will be awarded to groups, projects and programmes that: Improve health and wellbeing. Improve access to facilities, advice and training. Overcome problems such as illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty. Grants up ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation Vital for Berkshire Coronavirus Fund – deadline 10 May 2021
    12 April 2021

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) will be allocating funds to local charities, community and voluntary groups impacted by and working to help people affected by the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in Berkshire. Their aims are: To help organisations respond to immediate needs, for instance, supporting those suffering hardship as a result of restrictions to normal activity and their ...

  • Covid-19 home and workplace testing – register before 12 April
    6 April 2021

    The Government has announced that it will extend the free lateral flow testing to all employers, including home testing for those who cannot offer on-site testing. Whether an employer wants to set up on-site workplace testing, or offer tests for workers to take home (or a combination of the two), they must register on gov.uk by 12 ...

  • CCG seeks expressions of interests for services to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability
    1 April 2021

    NHS Berkshire West CCG’s vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability through increasing access to Annual Health Checks, information, advice and making reasonable adjustments to support people to live a full, meaningful and healthy lives. NHS Berkshire West CCG is seeking to achieve that vision by providing a service ...

  • ABC to Read offering online reading support
    31 March 2021

    With so much disruption to and uncertainty surrounding schooling during the coronavirus pandemic, the stability, focus, confidence and skills built through reading have unsurprisingly suffered for many local youngsters. Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read is pioneering a recovery, moving their life-changing one-to-one mentoring online to support the primary school children who have been identified ...

  • Healthwatch survey on contacting GP surgeries
    31 March 2021

    Do you, your staff, volunteers or clients find it hard to get through to their GP surgery? Healthwatch Reading have heard that some Reading people are having problems calling doctors’ surgeries to make appointments or get important questions answered so they are trying to find out if it’s a widespread problem. They have launched a public survey ...

  • Food4Families courses starting soon – Growing Healthy Conversations, Growing Careers
    29 March 2021

    Food4Families have new courses starting soon This article was updated on 14 April with new start dates in May for Growing Healthy Conversations. Growing Healthy Conversations – free eight week courses Practice your conversational English whilst learning gardening skills at our local community gardens small groups and socially distanced all equipment, tools, seeds etc provided travel costs can be refunded see flyer ...

  • Large quantity of free hand sanitizer available
    26 March 2021

    The National Business Response Network (NBRN) have let RVA know about a donation of pallets of hand sanitizers The ETA for the donation is in the next few weeks and they are looking for organisations to take anything between 10 – 40 pallets. Each bottle is 400ml of alcohol sanitizer (NOT pocket sized) They come in cardboard boxes ...

  • Additional Restrictions Grant: charitable rate relief/business support *Short deadline of 31 March 2021*
    26 March 2021

    Reading Borough Council are currently administering the Additional Restrictions Grant, a grant funding stream About the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) On 31 October 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support for Local Authorities under national and Local Covid Alert Level 3 restrictions. The support takes the form of a funding scheme in the financial year 2020-2021 ...

  • Growing up in Reading: Key findings from a report by RVA’s Youth Social Action Team
    24 March 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action has published the key findings from research into what it’s like to grow up in Reading The research was shaped and carried out by a Youth Social Action Team supported by RVA and the University of Reading Participation Lab. It was completed before the start of the pandemic, but the pandemic has made ...

  • Have your say: national consultations on women’s health, VAWG and Covid-status certification
    24 March 2021

    Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) – consultation open until 26 March 2021 Views are sought to help inform the development of the government’s next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. This call for evidence has been reopened to reflect the recent public discussion about Violence Against Women and Girls to provide an additional opportunity ...

  • Learning Disabilities Service in Berkshire West – CCG seeks expressions of interest by 9 April 2021
    23 March 2021

    Berkshire West CCG is inviting expressions of interest to provide a service that works with people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. The CCG is seeking experienced providers that can deliver a service to engage and encourage people with learning disabilities aged 14 and upwards to participate in their ...

  • Do you need help with your census form?
    23 March 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be working with the Office for National Statistics and the Good Things Foundation to offer the Census Support Service for Reading during March and April. Every 10 years a complete census is taken of the current UK population, and this provides valuable information to help plan local services in the ...

  • Epilepsy Berkshire’s plans for Purple Day on Friday 26 March 2021
    23 March 2021

    Friday 26 March 2021 is Purple Day when epilepsy charities aim to increase awareness and knowledge of this condition Epilepsy Berkshire is a small charity, founded in 2017 to help foster a greater understanding of epilepsy locally, to support those living with epilepsy and to raise funds on their behalf. Six facts about epilepsy Around one in a ...

  • The 7Stars Foundation, project grant funding – next deadline 30 April 2021
    22 March 2021

    The 7stars Foundation supports the most challenged young people in the United Kingdom They assist forgotten young people aged 16 years and under, lacking opportunity, to achieve their potential. The funding looks to support those challenged by abuse, addiction, those who are young carers, and those without a safe place to call home. Project grants of ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Covid-19 Tackling Inequalities Fund – seeking organisations interested in applying
    22 March 2021

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are currently planning a third phase of Tackling Inequalities Funding and are seeking organisations that would be interested in applying. The Tackling Inequalities Fund exists to help reduce the negative impact of coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity. Funding will enable community groups working with specific ...

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