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  • NHS Blood and Transplant: Plasma Donation Appeal
    11 May 2021

    Appeal for men between the ages of 17 and 66 to consider donating their blood plasma The NHS Blood and Transplant service needs your help. In April, we began collecting blood plasma from donations to make vital antibody-based medicines and we urgently need more people to make donations.  These medicines – called immunoglobulins will help thousands of ...

  • Sport in Mind launches self-help journal to address mental health issues
    11 May 2021

    For Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), leading mental health and sports charity Sport in Mind has launched a new self-help journal for people struggling with mental health issues Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign that helps educate and increase awareness about mental health issues and the fact that millions of people will struggle ...

  • Arnold Clark Community Fund – deadline 31 May 2021
    10 May 2021

    The Arnold Clark Community Fund is now open to all UK registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is also open to community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and social enterprises. Applications will be granted on a weekly basis with 500 applications granted per month. If ...

  • Solace – The Empowering Women Fund – round one application deadline 28 May 2021
    10 May 2021

    The Empowering Women Fund is a Tampon Tax funded grant scheme, led by Solace Women’s Aid. It will provide funding to support small women’s groups and organisations to develop innovative ways of empowering women in their local area and build the capacity of small organisations. The fund is divided into two strands and grants can run for ...

  • NSUN Side by Side Fund – deadline 31 May 2021
    10 May 2021

    The Fund will award grants of up to £500 to peer support, mutual aid or self-help groups in England and Wales to connect remotely, prepare to move their activities to face-to-face, or make their group more sustainable. The peer support, mutual aid or self-help group must benefit people or communities who live with mental ill-health, trauma and distress. In this ...

  • Free advanced employability training – Survival Guide 2
    10 May 2021

    An intensive employment support programme for anyone thinking about returning to work, struggling to get a job or worried about their administration and IT skills. Survival Guide 2 will give you practical and emotional support, along with real work place experiences, team work activities and training in commonly used software apps. Places are limited and preference will ...

  • Berkshire Vision activities calendar for May 2021
    5 May 2021 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision’s May activities programme for people with sight loss across Berkshire Berkshire Vision support new referrals if you’re working with someone who would like to get involved. This month there are a combination of face to face and remote activities, including the ever-popular picnic and walks, along with rock climbing for the more adventurous. There are ...

  • Cyber security: how to keep your charity safe
    5 May 2021

    Why should we be thinking about cyber security? Charities of all sizes are increasingly more reliant on IT and this has increased further during the pandemic. Email, websites, video conferencing and social media all have a valuable place in our charities but without proper security measures they can also leave charities vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber ...

  • Meet Panda Phelan – Bounce Back 4 Kids Senior Support Worker
    5 May 2021

    Panda Phelan is the Senior Support Worker for Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) which supports families affected by domestic abuse, once the perpetrator of the abuse has left the family home. She writes a monthly BB4K Positive Newsletter which you can sign up for here. Tell us about BB4K and your role… BB4K is a therapeutic support service ...

  • Re-opening your premises session
    4 May 2021

    Does your charity have a building or premises and are you wondering how to approach re-opening your premises? RVA is hosting another re-opening your premises session via Zoom. We will cover: Governance update from our Advice Service Manager, Herjeet Randhawa on: government guidance, top tips for risk assessments, and best practice approach to Covid testing and vaccinations ...

  • What does Reading mean to you? Help the Students’ Union design a community mural – deadline 7 May 2021
    28 April 2021

    Reading University Students’ Union Community Mural A new exciting community mural will be placed outside of the RUSU building. Submissions are open to staff, students and people living in Reading. The artwork is based on one question: ‘What does Reading mean to you?’ You do not need to be a skilled artist or have artistic knowledge to ...

  • Health inequalities – how can we work together to reduce the differences in health between different groups of people?
    28 April 2021

    Public health partners across the area have asked the voluntary sector and the public to identify priorities for a new Health and Wellbeing strategy, to improve the health of our communities. The top priority identified across all areas is reducing the differences in health between different groups of people. Join us to discuss what this means ...

  • Reading Prince’s Trust Team programme – starts 10 May 2021
    28 April 2021

    Adviza and The London Irish Foundation are now recruiting young people for the successful Prince’s Trust Team programme, starting in Reading on Monday 10 May 2021. The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a course designed to re-engage young people aged 16–25 years: to help them gain confidence, develop a support network and build the skills ...

  • Reading Community Energy Society – Community Grants 2021–22
    28 April 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to partner with Reading Community Energy Society in their 2021–22 Community Grants scheme. RVA will be promoting and managing the scheme on behalf of Reading Community Energy Society which aims to accelerate the uptake of community-owned renewable energy in Reading and the surrounding area. Reading Community Energy Society comprises members from ...

  • Start your own business workshops aimed at residents in Reading and greater Reading area
    28 April 2021

    Who could benefit from these workshops and 1-2-1s? We know that some people have lost or are going to loose their job. Some are going to be on reduced hours. These workshops would help anyone considering what starting a business or self employment/sub-contract work would mean, people who might be considering: Working for themselves – being self ...

  • Volunteering Survey 2021 – please share with your volunteers and those you support
    28 April 2021

    Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the work of volunteers has been at the forefront of the response. People from all walks of life have been involved in a wide range of volunteering to help out in their neighbourhood, in the town and beyond. We also know that, for some, the regular volunteering you were involved with has been ...

  • Covid-19 vaccination equality survey
    27 April 2021

    NHS Berkshire West CCG want to better understand the motivators for people considering the Covid-19 vaccine To gain insights into people’s views and preferred communications channels, they are conducting a piece of insights research to help shape their future health services and communications. They have created a simple online survey that takes roughly five minutes to complete. In ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation – BAME funding for racial equity
    26 April 2021

    Lloyds Bank Foundation support charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. They offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change. More than half of your ...

  • ‘It has allowed me to do something positive, to be a tiny part of recovering our freedom to live’ Our vaccine hub volunteers reflect
    21 April 2021

    These are just a few of the moving reflections from volunteers about what it has meant to them to be part of the vaccine rollout. We’ll be sharing more over the coming weeks.  

  • HR best practice: supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan
    21 April 2021

    If your charity is considering how to best support staff and volunteers who might be observing Ramadan at this time, read on for a legal update on HR best practice. This has been adapted from legal updates courtesy of Sandy Adirondack (full credits at the end): What is Ramadan? Ramadan is a month-long Muslim observance which this ...

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