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  • Project500 – More women, better coaching
    9 June 2022

    Created in partnership with 7 Active Partnerships, Project500 is a campaign to address the imbalance in the number of male to female coaches, leaders and volunteers creating a more diverse workforce to drive the growth of female participation in sport. Get Berkshire Active, alongside our Berkshire Project500 Champions Angela, Morgan and Anisha, have a vision to ...

  • Berkshire Vision – Calendar for June
    9 June 2022 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Here is Berkshire Vision’s calendar for June, alongside the regular events, this month includes the return of fishing, a visit to the new biscuit exhibition and a clay workshop. As with the previous calendars, there’s no need to be computer literate or have access to the internet as there’s the option to dial in from any ...

  • A Vision for Volunteering in Reading
    8 June 2022

    The last two years have seen significant changes in the landscape of volunteering across the UK In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, volunteers have been mobilised in unprecedented numbers to take on novel tasks. The experience here in Reading has been no different, with thousands of individuals coming forward to volunteer in a host of different ...

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund – Grants for Heritage – Deadline on 11 August 2022
    2 June 2022

    Introduction: Heritage can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. National Lottery Grants for Heritage fund a broad range of projects that connect people and communities to the national, regional, and local heritage of the UK. National Lottery Grants for Heritage is an open programme for all types ...

  • Asda Foundation: Empowering Local Communities Grant – Round 2 May – August 2022 is now open
    1 June 2022

    Asda’s charity, Asda Foundation, is committed to supporting local communities through grant giving and they believe it takes a whole community working together to improve people’s lives. Empowering Local Communities is a new Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities that contribute towards transforming communities and improving lives. As the ...

  • Asda Foundation U18 Better Starts Grants – Round 2 May-August 2022 is now open
    1 June 2022

    Asda’s charity, the Asda Foundation, is committed to supporting projects and groups in your community that are most important to those who live there. Following the pandemic, they believe that groups supporting under 18s are particularly in need of our support. This grant will help give children the best start in life, tackling poverty, inclusion, and ...

  • Refugee Support Scheme from GLL – 3 Month Free Membership
    23 May 2022

    Greenwich Leisure Limited is offering a free 3 month membership scheme open to all refugees who have sought asylum in the UK. This scheme will run at all GLL leisure Centres and offers free Better Health Centre membership or lesson and course (if available) membership for a fixed 3 month period from the join date.  The ...

  • Applications invited to the Reading Community Energy Society Grants Fund
    23 May 2022

    Community groups and charities are again invited to apply for the next round of Reading Community Energy Society Grants funding.   Projects can include installations of energy-saving lights through environmental awareness projects. One grant was recently awarded to fund a vegetable growing project at Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre in Emmer Green. The school used the grant ...

  • Pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinics in Reading
    19 May 2022

    Look out for pop-up vaccination clinics at the following times/locations: Reading Golders Health Expo Day – Wesley Methodist Church, RG1 4BW Tuesday 19 July 2022, 10am to 4pm Southcote Community Hub – Coronation Square, RG30 3QP Tuesday 26 July 2022, 11am to 6pm The Weller Centre – 110 Amersham Road, RG4 5NA Wednesday 27 July 2022, 10am to 4pm The Meeting Point ...

  • Co-op Local Community Fund – Deadline on 29 May 2022
    18 May 2022

    The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference. Co-op members have raised over £85m for nearly 30,000 local projects since Co-op started the fund in 2016. They give preference to projects run by small, local organisations that make a real difference to people in ...

  • Do you have a vision impairment that can’t be corrected with glasses? RNIB wants to hear from you!
    15 May 2022

    Help improve the lives of vision impaired people in the UK by taking part in our telephone survey and helping us understand what life is like living with a vision impairment. To register your interest, call 0800 009 6066 for free, or follow this link: https://forms.office.com/r/bR2pvbZXTK All surveys are kept anonymous and confidential. Royal National Institute of Blind People ...

  • RBC Small Grants Fund 2022/23 – round 1 deadline 20 June 2022
    11 May 2022

    Reading Borough Council has opened Round 1 of its Small Grants Fund 2022/23. £100k is available for community-led activities that support inclusion and connectivity for the most marginalised groups and most vulnerable adults and children in our communities. This could be activities that: break down barriers of prejudice, discrimination, language, culture raise awareness, understanding and empathy; engender hope ...

  • Fink Street Food and No5 team up – Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
    10 May 2022

    No5 Young People and FINK Street Food have joined forces to help tackle mental health stigma FINK’s mission is to blow the mental health conversation wide open and encourage their customers to be more conscious of their own mental wellbeing by creating epic food experiences. Directly supporting No5’s work by donating 50% of their profits to local ...

  • Compass Reading supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
    10 May 2022

    This week, we’re talking about Loneliness. Let’s explore the experience of loneliness, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.  Everyone is welcome to join us. Coffee and Chat An opportunity to meet people, have a coffee and chat at The Biscuit Factory, Reading on Tuesday May 10, ...

  • Sport in Mind supports Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
    10 May 2022

    And as you may know, it is Mental Health Awareness Week from 9-15 May 2022, with this year’s theme of ‘loneliness’. To help build connections & combat loneliness we’re delivering & supporting a number of events that week. Get in touch to find out more about our special events. Please click here for our May Timetable ...

  • Sport in Mind launches new taster session for Mental Health Action Week 2022
    9 May 2022

    As part of Mental Health Awareness Week in May we’re very excited to be hosting an Adult Women’s Football Taster Session!   It’s a chance for local women to join a really fun, relaxed and safe & supportive session, to enjoy a kick around and meet others within the Sport in Mind family! What: Adult Women’s Football Taster ...

  • The7stars foundation grants – deadline 31 July 2022
    5 May 2022

    The7stars foundation, established by the7stars, supports the most challenged young people in the United Kingdom. Assisting forgotten young people aged 16 years and under, lacking opportunity, to achieve their potential. Grants are available to support young people challenged by abuse and addiction, those who are young carers, and those who are homeless or without a safe ...

  • Reading Mencap holds double Jubilee celebration
    4 May 2022

    Reading Mencap is holding an extra special double celebration in June to mark both Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and its 60-year Diamond Anniversary. Founded in 1962, the charity which supports people with learning disabilities and their families, has been awarded £3,765 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Berkshire Community Foundation. The ...

  • Resilient Communities Fund – Central Southern England – deadline 1 June 2022
    4 May 2022

    The 2022 Resilient Communities Fund is now open for applications. This year’s fund is worth £1 million and will focus on responding to emergency events, in particular improving the resilience of vulnerable members of the community. SSEN has established this fund to support communities in their power distribution network area to improve local resilience. This ...

  • Loneliness: the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week
    3 May 2022

    Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 (9-15 May) Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago and each year they set the theme, organise and host ...

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