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

  • 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 ...

  • DEFRA coronavirus food charity grants – open until 6 July 2020
    21 May 2020

    The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced a £3.45 million Coronavirus Food Charities Grant Fund to help front-line food aid charities continue their work in providing food to vulnerable people during the current coronavirus crisis. If you run a front-line not-for-profit or charity that provides food, you may be eligible to ...

  • Meet the RVA Team – Herjeet Randhawa, Advice Worker
    21 May 2020

    Continuing our new series, in which we ask members of the Reading Voluntary Action team to tell us about their work, and reflect on how things have changed over the last few weeks. This week we meet Herjeet Randhawa who has been RVA’s Advice Worker for 4 years, supporting trustees and managers of Reading’s voluntary ...

  • NLCF Coronavirus Community Support Fund – open from Friday 22 May
    21 May 2020

    The Government’s new Coronavirus Community Support Fund will open on Friday 22 May at 10am. This is part of the funding announced by the Chancellor back in April. The £200 million funding pot will be administered through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and decisions will be made by a joint panel of NLCF and DCMS ...

  • Student Community Champions
    20 May 2020

    YUoR Community Champions is a new student volunteer scheme from the University of Reading, which matches student volunteers to local community organisations in Berkshire. Student volunteers will remotely support community organisations with their technical, digital or admin needs. For example, volunteers can: assist with online meeting platforms such as Skype and Zoom; write blogs and marketing material; help ...

  • RVA launches digital inclusion survey
    20 May 2020

    The Get Online Reading project has now been going for over five years. In that time we have seen over 5000 visitors at 1200+ drop-in sessions where we help people to get online using a computer, smartphone or tablet. With the current Covid-19 situation it has been necessary to discontinue drop-in sessions. Since this is likely ...

  • How to create a community business – RISC webinar on 2 June 2020
    20 May 2020

    Zoom webinar with Michael Beavan from Our Community Enterprise CIC and Martin Large from Oakbrook Community Farm Community businesses make places better. The profits they make deliver a positive local impact, and they are accountable to the community for their actions. Does Reading need more community businesses? And should RISC become one of them? Join our webinar ...

  • Reading’s Local Transport Strategy – online Q&As on 26 May 2020
    20 May 2020

    Reading Borough Council will host a live online question and answer session at 6pm on Tuesday 26 May, as part of an ongoing consultation on its new Local Transport Strategy (LTS). Residents, businesses and organisations across Reading who hold an interest in the future of transport in the town and who have an opinion on how ...

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