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  • Feminist Review Trust grants – next deadline 30 April 2021
    22 February 2021

    The Feminist Review Trust supports projects that transform the lives of women. In 2020 and 2021 they will particularly welcome applications from non-OECD countries that focus on campaigning and activism in the following areas: Lesbian and transgender rights Violence against women and girls Disabled women and girls Refugee women and girls What will be funded Hard to fund projects: Some types of ...

  • BBC Children in Need – Small Grants – deadline 12 April 2021
    22 February 2021

    The Small Grants programmes are for not-for-profit organisations applying for grants of up to £10,000 per year and for up to three years. They only fund organisations who can tell them why they are best placed to deliver their work. This means applicants must be able to tell them about: Their well-established links with young people The ...

  • Risk to elderly and vulnerable people – lost Thames Water contractor ID cards
    22 February 2021

    Message shared on behalf of Thames Valley Police We have been informed by Thames Water that a number of ‘Contractor’ identification cards have been lost in transit. The cards have been deactivated so they cannot be used to gain access to any Thames Water sites but there is concern that they could be used for criminal activity ...

  • Meet Tina Farrow, manager and director of Dee Caf Community Cafe
    18 February 2021

    Tina Farrow is the manager and director of Dee Caf Community Cafe CIC. Tina has previously worked in prison education, including as curriculum leader at a young offender institution, and also runs a food education business, Tinkatots, offering cookery classes for children. She spoke to us about why she started Dee Caf and the community ...

  • Funded internships with the University of Reading
    18 February 2021

    Are you looking for support or a fresh perspective on a project? The Reading Internship Scheme supports organisations in connecting up with our undergraduates through 4, 6 and 8 week internships. We provide a 50% grant towards an intern’s salary for profit earning SMEs, and a 100% grant for charities and not for profits. You can work ...

  • Covid-19 community testing open to voluntary sector staff and volunteers in Reading
    17 February 2021

    Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it Local community testing began at South Reading Leisure Centre on 10 February and at Rivermead Leisure Centre on 15 February – to stop the spread of the virus in Reading. Rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests use a mouth ...

  • PinkNews Awards – nominate by 29 March 2021
    17 February 2021

    The annual PinkNews Awards aims to recognise the incredible contributions of those who campaign for LGBT+ equality worldwide, whilst celebrating moments of unprecedented LGBT+ achievement. Each year, the community comes together to highlight the work of businesses, organisations and individuals across the globe. The 2021 PinkNews Awards will take place in November. Nominations are now ...

  • Updated shielding guidance and reviewing your risk assessments
    17 February 2021

    The government has updated its shielding guidance to expand the list of those who are on the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) list. There are now three ways that an individual may be identified as CEV: They have one or more of the conditions listed here. Their clinician or GP has added them to the Shielded Patient List because, ...

  • RVA Social Prescribing Link Workers – closing date 15 March 2021
    17 February 2021

    An exciting opportunity to work in a small supportive team making a big difference to the lives of people in Reading Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is looking to recruit additional Social Prescribing Link Workers to provide social prescribing support for people in South and West Reading. RVA and Age UK Berkshire have been delivering social prescribing in ...

  • Business Interruption Insurance – guidance from the FCA
    16 February 2021

    Following the landmark decision from the Supreme Court on 15 January 2021 in the test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the FCA has now helpfully published some guidance and FAQs to help organisations to better understand if they may be able to make a claim under their insurance cover for business interruption ...

  • Healthwatch Q&A session on Covid vaccines
    16 February 2021

    Join an online Q&A session about Covid vaccines on Monday 22 February, hosted by Healthwatch Reading and ACRE Put queries to local nurse Kim Frewin and local pharmacist Ida Osei. Book a place by emailing info@healthwatchreading.co.uk or calling 07786 476 257.

  • The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund – deadline 31 July 2021
    15 February 2021

    The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. They cannot cover costs already incurred ...

  • The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Future funding – next deadline 31 August 2021
    15 February 2021

    The overall focus for this programme is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm. They will support a range of actions to achieve these aims, recognising this might include defending current policies, frameworks and regulations. The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust wishes to prioritise support for charitable work on ...

  • Covid-19 community testing programme for essential workers and volunteers
    11 February 2021

    RBC are inviting staff and volunteers to take part in the Reading community testing programme Around one in three people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and can spread the virus without realising it. The community testing programme involves testing people who have no symptoms to find more people who are infected and might spread the ...

  • Autism advice and wellbeing courses and workshops from Autism Berkshire
    10 February 2021

    Autism Berkshire has a series of free courses and workshops coming up before Easter, which are open to Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire residents These include a series of special workshops, run in conjunction with Acre’s Alafia service, to support the mental health and wellbeing of families with autistic children in the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic ...

  • How ABC to Read is supporting children with their reading during the Covid-19 pandemic
    10 February 2021

    With school closures, a lot of ABC to Read’s volunteers paused their usual face-to-face support in primary schools Our mission to help children access good literacy skills continues and there has never been a more important time for our work so we have adapted our support to offering virtual reading sessions so that we can still ...

  • Youth counselling in Berkshire West – CCG seek to re-commission service offer
    10 February 2021

    Berkshire West CCG wishes to continue to fund face to face youth counselling for the next 3 years, starting April 2021, to complement the recently commissioned digital offer as local access and choice in provision is important to maintain. We have £90,000 available per year. The CCG requires three separate offers set up within the 3 ...

  • Have your say on the Berkshire West Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy
    9 February 2021

    The consultation closing date has been extended to 5pm on 28 February 2021 Berkshire West Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy public engagement group need your help Please raise awareness of the opportunity for the public to have their say in the development of the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Berkshire West. Please share the survey below ...

  • Over 50? Had a positive Covid test with symptoms? Researchers need your help
    9 February 2021

    People aged over 50 who have had a positive Covid test and are showing symptoms of the virus are being sought for research into helping them get better quickly. Over 50s with certain underlying health conditions and all over 65s with suspected Covid-19 can apply to take part in the University of Oxford study at ...

  • The Ironmongers’ Company grants – deadline 31 July 2021
    8 February 2021

    The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. Who can apply? Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria: For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged. Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation ...

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