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  • National Lottery Local Connections fund – grants for small groups to reduce loneliness – deadline 6 August 2021
    21 June 2021

    The National Lottery Local Connections Fund is offering small grants for grassroots charities and community groups to tackle loneliness and help build social connections. The funding is aimed at bringing people together in safe and secure ways, making people aware of what services are available to reduce loneliness and to build lasting connections. Grants of between £300 ...

  • Blog: celebrate your successes and use these as building blocks for further development
    18 June 2021

    In my last blog, I shared some experiences of being on Step 6 of the journey to better Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Reading Voluntary Action. Step 6 is about identifying your priorities so that actions can be put in place to create real, effective, everlasting change. It also mentioned how important it is ...

  • Free employment advice webinar for female job seekers from Smart Works Reading and PepsiCo
    18 June 2021

    Award-winning charity Smart Works Reading has partnered with major local employer PepsiCo to run a free employment advice webinar for female job seekers. The pandemic’s disproportionally negative effect on women’s livelihoods has shown that Smart Works Reading is needed now more than ever. Women are more likely to be in more vulnerable, lower paid jobs while ...

  • Targeted vaccine programme for unvaccinated adults in Reading surge test postcodes
    16 June 2021

    In response to an increase in Covid-19 infections and cases of the Delta variant in Reading, the Council and the NHS are boosting the local vaccination programme with a targeted vaccination clinic at the Reading Borough Council Civic Offices from Thursday 17 June to Sunday 27 June. People who have not received a vaccine are more likely ...

  • Government pauses at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap – what your charity or community groups needs to know
    16 June 2021

    This week the government announced that they would be pausing at Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap to the lifting of the coronavirus restrictions due to the increase of the Delta variant. This means that Step 3 coronavirus restrictions remain in place. You can read more here: Covid-19 Coronavirus Restrictions, what you can and ...

  • Social Prescribing to improve access to healthcare for migrants
    16 June 2021

    Doctors of the World UK, a medical charity, has launched a new resource for Social Prescribing Link Workers and other frontline workers to support their migrant patients’ access to healthcare. The resource, commissioned and supported by the Mayor of London, outlines 9 practical steps and information to recognise and address healthcare barriers for migrants. Helen Murphy from ...

  • Food in vulnerable communities – the role of community groups during the Covid crisis
    16 June 2021

    The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP) is a grouping of national and local organisations working together to help coordinate the response of the voluntary and community sector to the Covid crisis. (RVA is the Thames Valley liaison lead for the VCSEP – read more here). The VCSEP has commissioned research into the role of ...

  • RBC has launched two pots of funding to support community and voluntary groups – both close on 25 July 2021
    15 June 2021

    Small Grants Fund 2021/22 RBC’s £100k Small Grants Fund 2021/22 is available for voluntary and community groups to apply for funding for community-led activities that tackle poverty and support mental wellbeing. The Small Grants fund is aimed at activities that increase people’s skills, confidence, and independence; help build relationships and self-help. This could be through: Play, sport/ physical ...

  • Free ACAS webinar on small scale redundancies and RVA employment support for charities
    14 June 2021

    ACAS is hosting two free webinars for employers on good practice in relation to handling small scale redundancies, which may be a helpful tool for any charities that are currently considering a restructure. This webinar for employers covers the major elements of a redundancy process, the related laws and good practice. It includes: redundancy costs risks and potential ...

  • Small Charity Week – free webinars, training and learning
    14 June 2021

    It’s annual Small Charity Week (SCW) and an opportunity for small charities everywhere to celebrate their impact. SCW is an initiative that the Foundation for Social Improvement (the FSI) started over 12 years ago to put a spotlight on the amazing work of small charities. There are a number of free webinars and learning opportunities ...

  • Covid surge testing in Reading – translated letters to residents
    14 June 2021

    With Covid surge testing underway in RG1 3, RG1 5, RG1 6, RG1 7 until Sunday 20 June, RBC have provided translated letters to residents in: Arabic Bengali Gujarati Hindi Mandarin Nepali Polish Punjabi Romanian Turkish Urdu You can download the letters from the RBC website here (scroll to the bottom of the page).  

  • Sky And Ground: Online Screening + Q&A Panel
    11 June 2021

    This Refugee Week, join us online to watch the incredible Sky And Ground, followed by a Q&A Panel with Special Guests Sky and Ground tells the incredible story of one Syrian family risking everything to travel 3,000 miles in search of safety. The stunning documentary has been selected for numerous Film Festivals and nominated for multiple ...

  • Call Out for Odds On – a new online performance by Dante or Die
    10 June 2021

    Do you have experience of gambling harms or know someone who does? Get involved in the creation of a new online performance designed to spread awareness on gambling harm. Theatre Company Dante or Die is looking for community groups and individuals with experience of gambling harms in Salford, Reading and Medway to contribute to the creation of ...

  • Celebrating Windrush Day 2021 in Reading
    9 June 2021

    The Reading Windrush Steering Group is pleased to announce that it has been successful for a third year running in receiving a grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to deliver events and activities to celebrate Windrush Day on 22 June 2021. The Windrush Steering Group consists of representatives from the Alliance ...

  • Public Rights of Way consultation – open until 24 July 2021
    9 June 2021

    Reading Borough Council (RBC) are encouraging residents to have their say on how they currently use Reading’s Public Rights of Way Network, in a bid to provide a better experience for its users and encourage active travel. What is a Public Right of Way? Public Rights of Way are rights across land accessible by the public, which ...

  • A warm Reading welcome given to the riders of the Tour de Thanks
    9 June 2021

    A group of fantastic volunteers were on hand to welcome the riders of the Tour de Thanks as it rolled into Reading on Sunday 6 June, coinciding with this year’s Volunteers’ Week celebrations. The volunteers, part of the Reading Voluntary Action and Greater Reading Nepalese Community Association team supporting the Central and Whitely vaccination hub, received ...

  • Trustee Training with RVA via Zoom
    9 June 2021

    Following our well attended session in March, we’re holding another online Trustee Training session. These sessions have been adapted to take place via Zoom but you will still have the opportunity to interact with fellow trustees in the sector. Why attend trustee training? Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s ...

  • Reading Town Meal
    8 June 2021

    The biggest ‘picnic in the park’ returns to Reading (Covid permitting) It brings together food, music, community stalls, workshops and local producers. It’s a fantastic celebration of local food sustainability. You can be part of this by volunteering or growing produce (see details on our website) Or just come along to enjoy food prepared and served by ...

  • Volunteering and civic/citizenship training
    8 June 2021

    A training event on volunteering and civic/citizenship hosted by ‘We Men’, a men’s group supported by ACRE The session focuses on the importance of volunteering and the skills involved. It will also involve the importance of citizens contributing back into the communities and knowing their rights and entitlement as individuals. This session is aimed at men, ...

  • Domestic abuse and the impact of historical trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
    8 June 2021

    It’s widely acknowledged that events in childhood make up a significant part of who we are; from being the launchpad to future success, to developing healthy or unhealthy coping strategies. This event, hosted by the Thames Valley Partnership and offered on behalf of the Thames Valley Domestic Abuse Steering Group, will look at how childhood experiences, ...

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