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  • The Woodward Charitable Trust – families and young people – next deadline 30 July 2021
    7 June 2021

    The Woodward Charitable Trust particularly looks to fund projects that help families and young people and that are aiming to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. They like projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve ...

  • The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund: Grants for disadvantaged young people – next deadline 19 November 2021
    7 June 2021

    The Weavers’ Company Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973. The Fund’s principal aim is to support people in trouble, particularly young offenders and ex-offenders, as well as other disadvantaged young people.  Preference is given to pump-priming new projects, especially those that are innovative and can serve as a model elsewhere. Projects which fulfil the funding ...

  • AB Charitable Trust – Migrants and Refugees – next deadline 31 July 2021
    7 June 2021

    The AB Charitable Trust is an independent grant-making organisation, founded in 1990 to champion human dignity and support marginalised and excluded groups. One of their priorities is to support charities working with migrants and refugees. The Trust recognises that charities offer a range of interventions to support people who are migrants, refugees and seeking asylum, while operating ...

  • Covid surge testing starts in Reading
    4 June 2021

    A Covid surge testing programme is underway for residents, workers and students over the age of 12 in the following postcode areas: RG1 3 RG1 5 RG1 6 RG1 7  Testing takes place from Monday 7 June until Sunday 20 June. There is currently no change to local restrictions in the light of this testing. You can still travel to work and school in the affected areas. Please continue to follow public health advice and national guidelines to minimise the spread ...

  • Smart Works Reading receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    2 June 2021

    Smart Works Reading, a women’s employment support organisation, has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Smart Works Reading tackles a root cause of poverty by helping disadvantaged women in the Thames Valley into work. Since the charity opened in 2015, it has ...

  • No5 Young People receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
    2 June 2021

    Congratulations to No5 Young People! No5’s dedicated volunteer counsellors, Young Ambassadors and Trustees have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. No5 provides free, confidential mental health support, counselling and preventative outreach for young people aged 11-25 who live, work or study in the ...

  • Looking for adults aged 65 and over to test our online food and drink questionnaire
    2 June 2021

    Nutritionists from the University of Reading are looking for adults aged 65 and over to use our online food and drink questionnaire, eNutri. Volunteers will be asked to record their diet using two different online food and drink questionnaires on multiple occasions within a 2-week period. You will not need to change your diet during ...

  • Help us provide a warm Reading welcome to the Tour de Thanks!
    27 May 2021

    As part of National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) Paul Reddish, our CEO at Volunteering Matters, is undertaking a 1,000km cycle thank you tour, from Edinburgh to London and many places in between, thanking lots of incredible Covid volunteers of all kinds with some special edition #PinYourThanks pins. We’ve called it the Tour de Thanks. Paul will be cycling ...

  • BBC Radio Berkshire ‘The Group Chat’ looking for panellists under 30
    27 May 2021

    An opportunity to take part in a BBC Radio Berkshire panel discussion on Friday evenings Alex West (@agwestie on Twitter) is hosting a new show on BBC Radio Berkshire, from 7–10pm on Friday evenings, aimed at young people aged 20–35. He is looking for Reading residents, aged under 30, to be part of a regularly rotating ...

  • Free suicide prevention training for faith-based organisations in Berkshire
    27 May 2021

    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 faith sector employees or volunteers in Berkshire. ‘Faith groups make an important contribution to improving health and wellbeing through their commitment to service, both with their own members and with ...

  • Seeking volunteers to support School Streets initiative at Wilson Road
    27 May 2021

    A School Street closes the road outside the school from traffic for up to 45 minutes, twice a day, during school term time only School Streets give children the chance to walk, cycle or scoot to school safely in the street of the school without danger from traffic. School Streets give children a chance to get ...

  • Journey Art workshops at Open Hand Open Space
    27 May 2021

    Open Hand Open Space (OHOS) are running a series of free Journey Art workshops in May and June, with the aim of bringing together the local community, local artists and Reading Refugee Support Group. The workshops will be led by OHOS artist Güler Ates, and will be a chance to explore the journey theme through printmaking, ...

  • Spotlight on The Woodland Improvement Team
    26 May 2021 Woodland Improvement Team volunteer stand in cleared area

    As part of a new collaboration between Reading Voluntary Action and the Caversham Bridge Newspaper, we recently shared this introduction to the Woodland Improvement Team with its readers.  We will be sharing further items shining a light on different volunteer lead projects in the coming months.  The Woodland Improvement Team are a volunteer group led by The ...

  • Become a ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassador
    26 May 2021

    Are you proud of Reading and interested in helping welcome visitors back to our town? Reading UK is recruiting a team of volunteer Welcome Ambassadors to support the re-opening of Reading’s economy. With leisure rail travel in the UK due to start up again in late June, Ambassadors will operate a mobile visitor information service ...

  • Grow your own community garden
    26 May 2021

    A practical course in developing and maintaining food-growing gardens in schools and communities This ‘train the trainer’ course will take place on Saturday 12 June, 10am to 4pm at Whitley GrowAllot, with a follow-up session one evening a few weeks later. £20 per place covers both sessions. Course contents Health and safety Tools Record keeping Planning activities Effective learning Resources Promoting social cohesion Promoting healthy ...

  • It’s Volunteers’ Week next week. Time to say #ThxRdgukVols
    26 May 2021

    Next week (1-7 June 2021) is national Volunteers’ Week A chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you Over the past year, volunteers have been at the forefront of the response to the Covid-19 crisis. Volunteers, both informally in their neighbourhoods and through formal organisations, have taken on countless tasks ...

  • Versus Arthritis BAME tackling inequalities fund – physical activity
    24 May 2021

    The funding will be targeted to help support people with long-term health conditions, Black, Asian minority ethnic groups and lower socio-economic groups. As well as supporting specific activities to increase availability of exercise opportunities in local communities, this fund will also support organisations and groups facing financial hardship due to the Covid crisis, with a ...

  • The Naturesave Trust grants – next funding window 1 September to 31 December 2021
    24 May 2021

    Grants are awarded for UK based environmental projects from between £500 and £5,000, covering nature conservation, renewable energy and help to create more sustainable communities. They endeavour to support small projects that make a big difference. Whilst they occasionally work with leading charities they prefer to assist community organisations and small charities. Who can apply? Charities, social enterprises and ...

  • Tesco Community Grants
    24 May 2021

    Tesco Community Grants helps to fund thousands of local projects across the country. Since 2016 the scheme has supported over 36,000 community groups with more than £85million in grants. The scheme aims to make a positive difference – because where communities thrive, business and colleagues thrive too. Tesco Community Grants is a rolling programme and open ...

  • Prince’s Trust Team Programme for 16-25 year olds
    21 May 2021

    The Prince’s Trust are running a course for 16-25 year olds who are not in full-time education or employment This is a 12-week personal development programme to help unemployed young people build confidence, meet new people, acquire new skills and gain a qualification. Students who complete the course can achieve a BTEC level 1 in Employment, ...

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