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  • Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund – deadline 30 June 2021
    19 April 2021

    The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funding available for groups that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending. The money available has come from the proceeds of crime taken from convicted loan sharks. The fund has 4 main objectives: Innovative – Community Engagement – Impact – Legacy. Who can apply? Funding ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation, Made by Sport, Clubs in Crisis Fund – deadline 24 May 2021
    19 April 2021

    The Clubs in Crisis fund is now open for grant applications Grants of up to £2,021 will be awarded to sports clubs or organisations working within the sport for development sector, which are able to demonstrate that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected them, either operationally or financially, and which require funding to save, resume or ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation – grant application tips for small charities
    19 April 2021

    Join Berkshire Community Foundation for their next Community Focus event, for smaller charities and community groups with annual incomes of up to £25,000. They will be focusing on the journey of a grant application: from the application process and what funders look for, to financial due diligence, monitoring and reporting, through to how to create compelling ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research Facilitator – closing date 5 May 2021
    14 April 2021

    This is an exciting opportunity to facilitate a local community participatory research project as part of a voluntary and statutory sector partnership. The role will support local researchers from minority ethnic communities in Reading to co-produce and carry out community research into widening health inequalities. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, inequalities in health, especially mental health, have ...

  • Small Groups Learn and Share Network
    13 April 2021

    Are you a volunteer-led small group that’s embedded in your community? Do you want to find out more about funding, governance, publicising your work and developing your group? Are you keen to network and share with other small groups in Reading? If yes, then you are warmly invited to join the Small Groups Learn and Share Network, ...

  • Alumni Lecture – Supporting the Vulnerable: Covid’s Social Impact
    13 April 2021

    Spring Online Alumni Lecture Series: Covid-19 – Stories from the Frontline Covid-19 has caused havoc and upheaval in ways no-one could have foreseen. In our spring online Alumni Lecture Series, we welcome University of Reading graduates from diverse backgrounds and industries to share their experiences and expertise on how the global pandemic has changed their sectors. Covid-19 ...

  • Have your say – RBC is reviewing how it allocates social housing
    13 April 2021

    Reading Borough Council is reviewing how it allocates social housing, and would like your thoughts on the proposed changes Their aims are to make the scheme fairer and easier to understand for the customers who use it, and to ensure they are creating thriving and well-balanced communities where residents want to live. They have defined these ...

  • Covid-19 home and workplace testing – register before 12 April
    6 April 2021

    The Government has announced that it will extend the free lateral flow testing to all employers, including home testing for those who cannot offer on-site testing. Whether an employer wants to set up on-site workplace testing, or offer tests for workers to take home (or a combination of the two), they must register on gov.uk by 12 ...

  • CCG seeks expressions of interests for services to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability
    1 April 2021

    NHS Berkshire West CCG’s vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability through increasing access to Annual Health Checks, information, advice and making reasonable adjustments to support people to live a full, meaningful and healthy lives. NHS Berkshire West CCG is seeking to achieve that vision by providing a service ...

  • ABC to Read offering online reading support
    31 March 2021

    With so much disruption to and uncertainty surrounding schooling during the coronavirus pandemic, the stability, focus, confidence and skills built through reading have unsurprisingly suffered for many local youngsters. Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read is pioneering a recovery, moving their life-changing one-to-one mentoring online to support the primary school children who have been identified ...

  • Healthwatch survey on contacting GP surgeries
    31 March 2021

    Do you, your staff, volunteers or clients find it hard to get through to their GP surgery? Healthwatch Reading have heard that some Reading people are having problems calling doctors’ surgeries to make appointments or get important questions answered so they are trying to find out if it’s a widespread problem. They have launched a public survey ...

  • Food4Families courses starting soon – Growing Healthy Conversations, Growing Careers
    29 March 2021

    Food4Families have new courses starting soon This article was updated on 14 April with new start dates in May for Growing Healthy Conversations. Growing Healthy Conversations – free eight week courses Practice your conversational English whilst learning gardening skills at our local community gardens small groups and socially distanced all equipment, tools, seeds etc provided travel costs can be refunded see flyer ...

  • Large quantity of free hand sanitizer available
    26 March 2021

    The National Business Response Network (NBRN) have let RVA know about a donation of pallets of hand sanitizers The ETA for the donation is in the next few weeks and they are looking for organisations to take anything between 10 – 40 pallets. Each bottle is 400ml of alcohol sanitizer (NOT pocket sized) They come in cardboard boxes ...

  • Additional Restrictions Grant: charitable rate relief/business support *Short deadline of 31 March 2021*
    26 March 2021

    Reading Borough Council are currently administering the Additional Restrictions Grant, a grant funding stream About the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) On 31 October 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support for Local Authorities under national and Local Covid Alert Level 3 restrictions. The support takes the form of a funding scheme in the financial year 2020-2021 ...

  • Growing up in Reading: Key findings from a report by RVA’s Youth Social Action Team
    24 March 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action has published the key findings from research into what it’s like to grow up in Reading The research was shaped and carried out by a Youth Social Action Team supported by RVA and the University of Reading Participation Lab. It was completed before the start of the pandemic, but the pandemic has made ...

  • Have your say: national consultations on women’s health, VAWG and Covid-status certification
    24 March 2021

    Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) – consultation open until 26 March 2021 Views are sought to help inform the development of the government’s next Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy. This call for evidence has been reopened to reflect the recent public discussion about Violence Against Women and Girls to provide an additional opportunity ...

  • Learning Disabilities Service in Berkshire West – CCG seeks expressions of interest by 9 April 2021
    23 March 2021

    Berkshire West CCG is inviting expressions of interest to provide a service that works with people with learning disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. The CCG is seeking experienced providers that can deliver a service to engage and encourage people with learning disabilities aged 14 and upwards to participate in their ...

  • Do you need help with your census form?
    23 March 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to be working with the Office for National Statistics and the Good Things Foundation to offer the Census Support Service for Reading during March and April. Every 10 years a complete census is taken of the current UK population, and this provides valuable information to help plan local services in the ...

  • Epilepsy Berkshire’s plans for Purple Day on Friday 26 March 2021
    23 March 2021

    Friday 26 March 2021 is Purple Day when epilepsy charities aim to increase awareness and knowledge of this condition Epilepsy Berkshire is a small charity, founded in 2017 to help foster a greater understanding of epilepsy locally, to support those living with epilepsy and to raise funds on their behalf. Six facts about epilepsy Around one in a ...

  • The 7Stars Foundation, project grant funding – applications will open from 1 June 2021
    22 March 2021

    The 7stars Foundation supports the most challenged young people in the United Kingdom They assist forgotten young people aged 16 years and under, lacking opportunity, to achieve their potential. The funding looks to support those challenged by abuse, addiction, those who are young carers, and those without a safe place to call home. Project grants of ...

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