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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.

  • Prescription delivery scheme for vulnerable local people from Healthwatch Reading
    30 March 2020

    Healthwatch Reading have launched a Reading Prescription Delivery Scheme to ensure medicines can be delivered to isolated and vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis Their DBS-checked staff, assisted by vetted volunteers, will deliver to households if people are: in the 1.5m group of people who have received a text or letter from the NHS telling them to ...

  • Police Property Act – Covid-19 Response Funding – applications open until 20 April 2020
    30 March 2020

    To support voluntary and community organisations during the coronavirus pandemic, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable have opened this round of the Police and Property Act Fund early. From 30 March 2020, applications are being sought from organisations across the Thames Valley who are supporting our communities through this outbreak. The Fund, which ...

  • Unoccupied charity premises – contact your insurers or landlord
    26 March 2020

    In line with government guidelines, many of us are now working from home. If your charity or community group has a lease or owns a building, the premises will now most likely be unoccupied. If this is the case, then you should take the following steps to ensure that your building and contents insurance is ...

  • Reading Community Lottery – One Reading Coronavirus Community Response fund
    26 March 2020

    The first draw for Reading Community Lottery takes place this Saturday, 28 March 2020 There’s still time to buy tickets ahead of the first draw and support local good causes: www.readingcommunitylottery.co.uk/support/find-a-good-cause. For every £1 spent on a ticket, 50p goes to your chosen good cause, and 10p goes into a central pot to support Reading groups and ...

  • Live storytelling on ABC to Read’s new YouTube Channel
    26 March 2020 Live storytelling on ABC to Read's new YouTube Channel

    ABC to read have set up live storytelling so that children can listen to their volunteers read stories whilst they are not in a position to support children on a one-to-one basis in schools. They will be posting stories on social media and uploading them into a library on their website, in case parents would like ...

  • Free online courses to help carers of people with dementia cope during current restrictions
    26 March 2020

    Future Learn are offering free online courses for carers of people with dementia to help them cope during the current restrictions on social activities With the current coronavirus emergency situation and recent advice for people over 70, and those with serious health conditions to stop non-essential contact with others for 12 weeks, it is easy to ...

  • The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live
    26 March 2020

    The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live – a place where people in need of help can be connected with volunteers, organisations and services who can support them during the coronavirus outbreak. The number to call is 0808 1894325 (free phone). The phone line is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am ...

  • Round-up of Reading service updates during the coronavirus outbreak
    26 March 2020

    A round-up of service updates during the coronavirus outbreak Thursday 26 March 2020 The Ridgeline Trust have suspended horticultural therapy sessions at their garden until further notice. They are still available via email, admin@ridgelinetrust.org.uk, and will have updates on their website www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ridgelinetrust. ABC to read have set up live storytelling so that children can ...

  • Royal Berkshire Hospital’s coronavirus action plan
    25 March 2020

    The next stages in a major Covid-19 action plan aimed at ensuring local patients, staff and communities are guaranteed first-class health care and support have been outlined by hospital leaders today The far-reaching plan builds on work already in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and is aimed at reassuring people that everything possible ...

  • Arts Council England creates £160m emergency fund
    25 March 2020

    Arts Council England (ACE) has made £160m of emergency funding  available to organisations and individuals who will need it during the Covid-19 crisis. Round two applications are open until 21 August 2020. It has also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of funding. Its statement reads: “We will offer individuals and organisations working ...

  • Changes to the DBS service during the coronavirus pandemic
    25 March 2020

    The DBS service has temporarily changed its checking guidelines to enable organisations to continue to submit DBS applications during the coronavirus pandemic. It is important to remember that the rules regarding ‘regulated activity’, ‘work with adults’ and ‘work with children’ still apply. It is only the method for checking of evidence that has changed to ...

  • Governance, solvency, contracts and employment update – Bates Wells
    25 March 2020

    This morning Bates Wells Solicitors, in partnership with NCVO, hosted a very helpful webinar for charities on the impact of coronavirus. They have generously shared their slides, which can be found at the bottom of this article. What follows are the main points for trustees to consider. Governance and solvency The legal form of your charity will ...

  • Call for support – coronavirus response
    24 March 2020

    Over the past week RVA has been working with partners to coordinate support in response to the coronavirus crisis. There has been an overwhelming response from the community – people want to help and over 500 volunteers have registered – but we still face huge challenges and need your help. Thousands of people will be ...

  • Chartered Trading Standards Institute issues warning over COVID-19 ‘home-testing’ scams
    24 March 2020

    The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) is warning the public not to open their doors to bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The alert comes as part of CTSI’s ongoing advice to the public about scams and rogue practices relating to the spread of the disease. Suspicious callers are said ...

  • Stop Loan Sharks helpline service remains open
    24 March 2020

    The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for some people. The team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship. The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully ...

  • Coronavirus – guidance for trustee boards on governance and employment
    24 March 2020

    Financial support for Employers from the Government On Friday 20 March the Government announced new financial support for employers. Here is some preliminary guidance from the government and also some helpful updates from other sources: Government guidance: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Government guidance: Furloughed Workers Civil Society Guidance: Job Retention Scheme and employment FAQ’s due to Coronavirus UPDATED ACAS guidance ...

  • Coronavirus Response Volunteers ready for action
    24 March 2020

    People from across our town have answered the call to join the ranks of 1000s of existing volunteers and be part of Team Reading in response to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. Organisations who are currently registered with Reading Voluntary Action can call upon this ever-growing pool of volunteer support to help if they: Face increased ...

  • Safeguarding resources during the coronavirus pandemic
    23 March 2020

    Whether you’re wishing to train up new volunteers or adapting your services to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to continue delivering safe activities. To help you deliver training remotely to your staff and volunteers, we have collected some free and heavily subsidised online resources: Download SAFE CIC’s top tips for safeguarding during the coronavirus ...

  • Guidance for befriending services transitioning to ‘distance befriending’
    20 March 2020

    Befriending Networks are offering new guides for befriending schemes, who are currently transitioning to ‘distance befriending’ Distance befriending can describe any befriending relationship which can be conducted from a distance using some form of communication technology. A befriending match which is established through distance befriending means the two people involved, the service user and befriender, may ...

  • New funding available for local coronavirus action – deadline 25 March 2020
    20 March 2020

    If you are looking for funding sources to help tackle the current crisis,  Martin Lewis from Money Saving Expert, has set up a new fund. Local groups can apply for funding of between £5k and £20k.  Be quick – deadline for the fund is 25 March 2020. Martin Lewis says: “Examples could include foodbanks, charities engaged in ...

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