Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Covid-19 Behaviour insight survey – open until 23 November 2020
    18 November 2020

    Survey open until 23 November 2020 The Public Health and Wellbeing Team at Reading Borough Council are working to understand how they can communicate key Covid-19 messages in an engaging, motivating and mobilising way with people living in Berkshire, and have launched a survey to do this which will be live until Sunday 23 November 2020. Follow ...

  • What’s on at Compass Recovery College – November and December 2020
    18 November 2020

    Compass Recovery College offers free courses, workshops and activities to help improve your mental health and wellbeing. We welcome adults (18 years+) with lived experience of mental illness or life challenges, along with friends, family and carers. Courses in November How to Beat the Winter Blues (4 sessions). Starting Friday 27  November, 12.00pm -1.00pm via Zoom. Being Creative ...

  • Updated government guidance for organisations who involve volunteers
    17 November 2020

    The government has now published guidance specifically for charities and voluntary organisations to better understand how they can safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic. This guidance is in addition to the guidance issued about the national restrictions, as summarised in our earlier article here. The following is a summary of the guidance and key ...

  • Why language matters when talking about race and diversity
    17 November 2020

    Azra Raja is working on an inclusion framework for the voluntary sector in Reading, to help managers and trustees consider equality, diversity and inclusion in their own organisations. Here is a link to Azra’s introductory article if you missed it the first time round. Please contact Azra by emailing if you have any questions ...

  • UK Youth Fund Covid Relief – deadline 25 November 2020
    16 November 2020

    Grants are available for small organisations in England that support young people and have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. The funding is intended to prevent closures of youth organisations as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and to support the adaptations needed to ensure high quality ...

  • How to ensure your events have a long-term impact – webinar
    13 November 2020

    Spirit of 2012 and InFocus’ Moment to Movement research collates ideas and best practice for creating lasting legacies for events whether they are in-person or online. Join their webinar on Wednesday 18 November at 2pm to find out about their learning and get practical advice for turning the energy of a single event into wider ...

  • Carers’ Rights Day
    13 November 2020

    Caring for Your Future our online events on Thursday 26 November and Friday 27 2020 Adult carers, young carers and families are all welcome to join us! Thursday 26 November: virtual sessions Marie Quinn from M2M Solicitor’s will be discussing the following topics: 11.00 – 11.30am: Employment rights, including flexible working and reasonable adjustments. 11.30 – 12.00pm: Housing Benefit, including ...

  • In a role that involves supporting people facing financial stress?
    13 November 2020

    Learn to have a conversation that could save a life Buckinghamshire Mind, on behalf of Health Education England, is offering free virtual Suicide First Aid training to public sector, community or charity employees or volunteers in Berkshire who regularly work with people facing financial stress. Most people thinking of suicide never get an opportunity to have an ...

  • Dance to Health: the falls prevention dance programme
    13 November 2020

    Dance to Health’s online sessions are now available to over 55s all over the country Dance to Health is run by the charity and social enterprise Aesop who work to help the arts address health and social issues. About the falls prevention programme Dance to Health is an established falls-prevention dance programme that combines verified strength and balance exercises ...

  • Making Every Contact Count – free online training
    11 November 2020

    Making every contact count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day-to-day interactions that organisations, community groups and the voluntary sector and individuals have with other people to encourage changes in behaviour that have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and communities. Free online sessions are open ...

  • Reading Mencap winter service offer
    11 November 2020

    Download this to leaflet to read about the Reading Mencap winter 2020–21 service offer.

  • Veg4Reading update
    11 November 2020

    The Veg4Reading project started in June 2020 in response to the number of residents needing additional food parcels or hot meals in order to get by. The project has recruited 71 volunteers to date, who have been working at four Food4families sites, Whitley GrowAllot, Southcote GrowAllot, Lavender Place and Katesgrove Community Allotment, to extend the ...

  • Reading Rotary Virtual Santa Run 2020
    11 November 2020

    The Seventh Reading Rotary Santa Run is now open for entries Due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus it will not be possible for us to all run together. Participants will complete a safe Virtual Run at any time either in the park, around town, up and down their stairs, or even on a treadmill, between ...

  • CJRS extended to March 2021 and further economic support
    10 November 2020

    Last week the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended to March 2021 as a result of the further lockdown, which will come as a welcome relief to some. Furloughed employees will receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Business premises forced ...

  • Winter services from health and social care teams across Berkshire West
    9 November 2020

    Health and social care teams across Berkshire West have joined forces to ensure an effective, efficient and coordinated response to the challenges winter will put on services. Hospital clinicians and staff, GPs, mental health organisations, ambulance teams and local councils have drawn up a comprehensive plan to make sure services are working well together and ...

  • Discover Kooth webinars this week
    9 November 2020

    Kooth available to young people 11-18 in Berkshire West area Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for young people.  It is a safe, secure and anonymous means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. It also offer other support, such as ...

  • One Reading Children and Young People’s Conference 2020 – workshops and dates announced
    9 November 2020

    This year’s One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership conference will take place online from 30 November to 7 December 2020 What is the theme? Trauma-informed Reading: realise, recognise, resist, respond. Who is the conference for? This is a free conference for practitioners, managers and senior leaders working with families. This includes the voluntary and community sector, Brighter Futures for Children, ...

  • HMRC webinars for employers on 9 and 10 November: employee travel and working from home
    6 November 2020

    HMRC’s live webinars explain how to treat the most common expenses and benefits provided to employees in your payroll. You can ask questions throughout the webinars using the on-screen text box. Expenses and benefits for employers – employee travel, Mon 9 Nov 9.45am – 10.45am Join this webinar to find out about travel and subsistence payments and ...

  • Berkshire weekly Covid-19 briefings
    4 November 2020

    Public Health for Berkshire are producing a weekly briefing to share the latest local Covid-19 information with a wider audience. It includes: Current information and surveillance Key messages from the Strategic Director of Public Health for Berkshire and the six local authorities Download the briefings here:      

  • Covid-19 Psychological First Aid for front line staff and volunteers
    4 November 2020

    As we move into lockdown 2, staff and volunteers working in frontline positions at charities may need additional support in order to support others, who are struggling with the emotional impact. Future Learn in partnership with Public Health England has developed this online course on Covid-19 Psychological First Aid, which you, your volunteers and staff ...

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