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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.

  • Adapting your services online – for charities and community groups
    9 June 2020

    In the second of our series of interactive Zoom sessions, we will be looking at how your charity or community group might adapt/continue to adapt your services to deliver these online due to the current restrictions on meeting in person. This session would be useful for Trustees or Managers of charities or community groups in ...

  • In support of George Floyd and Justice for Black Lives
    5 June 2020

    Alliance for Cohesion for Racial Equality (ACRE), Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG) and Reading City of Sanctuary (RCoS) are today standing side by side to support Justice for Black Lives and to stand by the family and friends of George Floyd. We also stand with families everywhere grieving for loved ones who lost their lives ...

  • Meet the RVA team: Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, Ready Friends Coordinator
    5 June 2020

    For the third profile in our meet the team series, we speak to Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, who coordinates RVA’s Ready Friends project. Rhiannon’s role is about increasing the number of people who are active in communities around Reading by making sure that people know how they can get involved in social groups, community events, sports, volunteering ...

  • Food4Families is looking for volunteers to grow and distribute fresh produce
    5 June 2020

    Over the past 10 years, Food4Families has created over 25 school and community food-growing gardens in Reading, involving thousands of people in growing fresh, healthy produce. As a result of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Food4Families has identified a need to increase local food growing to provide fresh food to vulnerable people in the ...

  • June Befriending Forum – on Zoom
    4 June 2020

    Local mental health support for people facing loneliness and social isolation during Covid19 James Momoh (lead for Talking Therapies at Berkshire Healthcare-BHFT) and Laura Davis (Equality & Inclusion manager at Berkshire Healthcare-BFHT) will be joining us to update on local NHS mental  health services and are keen for feedback from groups whose clients may have used them recently.  This ...

  • Cleaning regimes, PPE, and supporting the NHS: how ReadiBus have adapted their services in response to the coronavirus crisis
    3 June 2020

    The ReadiBus service has remained available for those who have needed to travel throughout the coronavirus outbreak In the first two months of the national lockdown, ReadiBus provided over 1,000 essential journeys – for shopping, GP appointments, ongoing treatments, hospital appointments, school and respite – and made over 600 telephone welfare calls to users of the ...

  • Rgneeds.me Volunteering Matching Service Relaunch
    3 June 2020

    As many of you will be aware, Reading Voluntary Action has been supporting the local coronavirus response in a number of ways, including by supporting the recruitment of volunteers to support new and adapted services. We suspended our regular volunteer matching service at the end of March in order to focus on the response. I’m pleased ...

  • Helpful hints for donating items to charity
    2 June 2020

    If you’ve been thinking of spending some time clearing out a garage or loft, having a big tidy up or finally sorting through that cupboard of accumulated ‘stuff’, you may have been wondering if any of these items would still be suitable for use by others. There are many charities in Reading that will accept ...

  • RBC Discretionary Grant Fund – applications open until 15 June
    2 June 2020

    Following the government announcement last month, RBC have now launched their Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund Scheme. The deadline for applying is 15 June. Who can apply The scheme is open to small businesses, including charities, who have fixed property costs (rent or mortgage) and if all of the following can be evidenced: you are in receipt of ...

  • Autism Berkshire launches online benefits advice workshops
    1 June 2020

    To help autistic adults and parents and carers of autistic children and young people understand their entitlement to benefits and how to make an application while the coronavirus outbreak continues, Autism Berkshire is moving its free benefits advice workshops online. The Understanding Your Benefits Rights workshops will cover the same topics as the face-to-face sessions that ...

  • Employment update: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, free webinar, and SSP
    1 June 2020

    On Friday 29 May the Chancellor announced the next steps to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). More details are expected from the government on 12 June, in the meantime, here are some key points and dates to note from the announcement: CJRS will close to new applicants from 30 June, with the last three-week furloughs ...

  • RBC small grants to the voluntary sector – next phase of funding open until 30 June 2020
    1 June 2020

    Reading Borough Council has allocated £100k for small grants to the voluntary sector to assist their response and support to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Previous applications have totalled almost 30K and they are now encouraging groups to apply for the remaining £70K. RBC is inviting applications for funding that supports the infrastructure and/or additional ...

  • Young people and coronavirus – share our survey about lockdown life in Reading
    27 May 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action and the University of Reading want to understand how coronavirus and living in lockdown has been affecting young people in Reading. We want to know how we can improve local services to meet the needs that are emerging as a result of Covid-19. Young people aged 11 to 19 are invited to ...

  • Lockdown learning with the WEA
    27 May 2020

    Since March, the WEA have moved quickly to move our courses on line. Over 700 tutors have now participated in our comprehensive training programme, and we now have over 500 courses up and running, including ESOL, Community Interpreting and a wide range of community learning courses which we are delivering free of charge this summer. ...

  • Free online comedy project for people over 70
    27 May 2020

    Build your computer confidence and laugh and socialise with your peers! Reading’s StrikeUp Theatre is looking for people aged 70 and over who are feeling cut off from their neighbours, friends and family and would enjoy the opportunity to meet new people in a relaxed, playful environment. They are working in association with Age UK Berkshire ...

  • Celebrating Ready Friends Toolkit’s 1st birthday with 3 new pages
    27 May 2020

    The Ready Friends Toolkit is now one year old – how time flies! Thank you to everyone who has helped to get the toolkit out into communities over the past 12 months and to  people facing loneliness and social isolation. It is now more relevant than ever. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve added three ...

  • Online bereavement training for schools
    26 May 2020

    Winston’s Wish, the childhood bereavement charity, has created four free e-learning courses for those in contact with bereaved children. These online training courses will help you understand how grief affects a child or young person and how you can help them cope with their grief. The courses are designed for schools, but would be useful ...

  • Thanks for completing the survey, here’s what we’re doing next…
    22 May 2020

    Thanks to everyone who completed our recent survey for trustees and managers of Reading’s charities and community groups. It was really helpful to hear from you and to get a good understanding of what support is needed in the town so that we can help to provide that through the Advice Service. What we learnt The main ...

  • Governance and planning for charities and community groups
    22 May 2020

    Are you a trustee or manager of a charity or community group in Reading? Following on from our recent survey to Reading’s groups, we are launching a series of online, interactive sessions to help you with running your charity during the pandemic. The first session will look at Governance and Planning and cover: The role of ...

  • Government unlocks further funds to help charities and social enterprises
    21 May 2020

    The government announced yesterday that a further £150 million will be unlocked from dormant accounts to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak. The funding will support urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to ...

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