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  • Get Berkshire Active Inclusion Forum
    3 May 2022

    Following a successful Inclusion Forum in March 2022, a lot has happened since! Our partners expressed an interest in meeting face-to-face to support further collaboration. GBA are inviting you to join our next forum, this is an opportunity for those working across Berkshire to come together, listen to presentations/keynote speakers on disability and long-term health conditions, ...

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 – resources for young people
    29 April 2022

    This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will run from 9–15 May and the theme is the impact of loneliness and how we can tackle it. Recent research by the Mental Health Foundation has found many people have increasingly been suffering from feelings of isolation and loneliness and this can affect people of all ages. The campaign will ...

  • No5 Young People launches #5KinMay challenge!
    29 April 2022

    After the success of their 2021 campaign, No5 is back with their #5KinMay 2022 challenge No5 provides free and confidential counselling and mental health supporting for young people aged 11–25 who live, work or study in the ‘RG’ postcode area, and during last year’s lockdowns No5’s Young Ambassadors devised the #5KinMay challenge to help support people ...

  • Safe spaces for young people in the community
    29 April 2022

    The Safe Places and Signposting working group is looking at how it can set up and run safe places and activities, like youth clubs, for young people in Reading, utilising spaces within our communities. This work has been set up in response to the rising knife crime incidents locally in recent years and the feeling ...

  • Overcoming the barriers to participation – what stops people taking part in nature-based activities?
    29 April 2022

    Overcoming the barriers to participation – what stops people taking part in nature-based activities? On Wednesday 27 April, Reading Green Wellbeing Network (RGWN) hosted an event at MERL to share answers to this question and work out how to overcome barriers to participation in Reading. RGWN is a network of local community gardens, horticultural therapy groups and ...

  • Dementia Awareness Day – 10 May 2022
    29 April 2022

    In collaboration with Reading Borough Council, The Caversham Golf Club, Caversham PCN, and Reading Voluntary Action, Warren & District Residents Association will be supporting: A Dementia Awareness Day at Maple Durham Pavilion and Playing Fields Tuesday 10 May 2022, 1pm–6pm (information stalls will close approx. 4pm) Everyone is welcome! Please drop in, take part in singing workshops; seated exercise, ...

  • Windrush Compensation Workshop – 14 May 2022
    29 April 2022

    Workshop to promote the Home Office Windrush Documentation and Compensation schemes to help anyone who arrived in the UK before 1989 and is settled here to obtain the correct documentation to live and work in the UK and or to obtain UK citizenship. If you have suffered loss as a result of the Home Office hostile ...

  • The Former Horticultural Project Site, Bulmershe Allotments, RG6 1ET – application deadline 22 June 2022
    27 April 2022

    Expressions of interest are sought from third sector groups for use of The Former Horticultural Project Site, Bulmershe Allotments, RG6 1ET The Premises Comprising approximately 0.60 acres (0.24 hectares) of land restricted for allotment or horticultural based use for the benefit of the wider community. The land currently provides a mixture of hard standing, unkept vegetation and a ...

  • GDPR data handling and sharing training session – 26 May 2022
    19 April 2022

    2pm – 4pm Overview of session The GDPR expects organisations to keep their teams up to date with best practice for compliance with the regulations. Keeping the GDPR front of mind is essential and made even more relevant as changes take place to ways of working, communication and technology. This session is ideal as a ‘refresher’ or part ...

  • Making Every Contact Count: free training in Berkshire West
    14 April 2022

    Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that uses the millions of day-to-day interactions that we have with people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. It supports the delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information, enabling individuals to engage in conversations ...

  • Grow Wild Funding for Young People – deadline 25 April 2022
    14 April 2022

    Grow Wild is offering small grants for young people (aged 14 to 25 years) in the UK to deliver a creative project that celebrates UK native plants and fungi in exciting and engaging ways, and shares why UK native plants and/or fungi are so special. The project and funding are provided by Grow Wild, a national ...

  • Farmers’ Market seeks group to cook breakfasts
    13 April 2022

    Thames Valley Farmers’ Market Co-operative is keen to find a community group that would be willing to cook hot breakfasts at Reading Farmers’ Market as a regular fundraiser. The stall would be free of charge, they would waive the annual fee and they would also be willing to pay for a Level 2 food hygiene ...

  • Summer Internship Scheme is open for applications
    13 April 2022

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is seeking motivated young people from ethnic backgrounds that are currently under-represented within the workforce, to take part in the Chairman’s Internship Scheme. As RBFRS continues to work towards an inclusive culture of equality and diversity, the Service wants to encourage people who may not have considered a career ...

  • Updates from the RVA Advice Service
    8 April 2022

    Annual Returns 2022 The Annual Return for 2022 is expected to be launched at the end of April. Charities that can file early are recommended to do so. More information at www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-a-charity-annual-return GDPR training There will be a GDPR data handling and sharing online training session on 26 May 2022 – read more here. Charities Act 2022 Read more in ...

  • Charities Act 2022
    8 April 2022

    Late last month, the Charities Act 2022 received Royal Assent, and passed into law The provisions make it more straightforward for charities to change their governing documents, grant more flexibility in using ‘permanent endowment funds’, allow greater flexibility around the advice needed when selling land, and allow trustees to be paid for goods provided to a ...

  • Charity Commission guidance on responding to the crisis in Ukraine
    8 April 2022

    In light of the current political and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, charities may seek to extend their services to those who are affected by the war, whether that is sponsoring refugees or providing humanitarian aid on the ground in Ukraine. It is important for charities to continue to act in line with their ‘purpose’ when ...

  • Community Participatory Action Research showcase
    8 April 2022

    A showcase event for the Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) project took place at MERL on Monday 4 April 2022 CPAR is a local partnership project investigating the impact of Covid-19 on health inequalities. The partnership between Reading Borough Council (RBC), Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC), Reading Voluntary Action (RVA), the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial ...

  • The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023 – nominations open
    8 April 2022

    The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. A list of past winners in Berkshire can be found here. The ...

  • Magic Little Grants – deadline 31 October 2022
    7 April 2022

    Localgiving is the UK’s leading independent non-profit online fundraising platform for charities and community groups. They are incredibly excited to announce that Magic Little Grants 2022 is going to be even bigger and better than ever before. This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply for grants to deliver projects across Great Britain ...

  • Homes for Ukraine Scheme
    7 April 2022

    The first UK government-funded scheme linking sponsors with Ukrainian refugees has been launched. Phase One of the scheme opened for applications on 18 March 2022. The guidance is currently limited, but the main points of the Homes for Ukraine scheme are: ‘sponsors’ may offer a room in their own house or a separate house; the accommodation must ...

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