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  • Social Prescribing Day 2022
    10 March 2022

    ‘I am really happy to know you and your support, you make me feel better. Thank you for being there for me’ RVA’s Social Prescribing service links people aged 16 and over to the activities and support offered by Reading’s voluntary and community groups, empowering people to improve their health and wellbeing. On Social Prescribing Day 2022, ...

  • Free Easter Holiday Art Wellbeing Workshops for 13–18 year olds
    10 March 2022

    No5 will be running a series of free art workshops during the Easter Half Term for young people aged 13–18! There are 10 spaces available for the 4 workshop series which will be delivered face to face over two weeks and young people will be guided by Carla, a local artist, to create a mural using ...

  • Children and Young People Mental Wellbeing Project 2022
    10 March 2022

    RBC, in partnership with Artswork, are commissioning arts and cultural activities to improve wellbeing for children and young people up to age 25 from June to December 2022. They are currently seeking expressions of interest. They are looking for three organisations that could work with young people to design wellbeing activities that embed arts and culture. ...

  • Historic England Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories- Deadline on 23 May 2022
    8 March 2022

    Historic England has announced its Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories which will fund community-led and people-focused projects that aim to further the nation’s collective understanding of the past. The Everyday Heritage Grants of up to £25,000 will fund projects that aim to celebrate the built or historic environment of working class communities. These grants ...

  • Emergency First Aid at Work (Level 3 Award) training
    3 March 2022

    This is an accredited course and is the basic requirement for nominated first aiders working within small or low risk working environments. It is essential that there is at least one member of staff with this qualification present for the duration of any youth club session or activity. We also recommend that all regular volunteers/staff attend ...

  • Support for Ukraine – what you can do
    3 March 2022

    How charities and civil society can support Ukraine NCVO have published a blog on the devastating and urgent situation in Ukraine and what charities and civil society can do to help. Read it here: How charities and civil society can support Ukraine. Disasters Emergency Committee: Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal The Disasters Emergency Committee brings together 15 leading UK aid ...

  • Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service consultation – open until 28 March 2022
    3 March 2022

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking people to consider how their fire and rescue service responds to emergencies across the County as part of a public consultation. The consultation will run until Monday, 28 March 2022 (running for 10 weeks in total) and focuses on how they respond to Automatic Fire Alarms in lower-risk, ...

  • Design a poster for Berkshire Archaeological Society
    3 March 2022

    Berkshire Archaeological Society Poster Competition The invitation is to design a poster that inspires and informs and shows your enthusiasm and interest for the archaeology of Berkshire. A selection of the entries will also be displayed by the Society at its events and meetings and used in its publicity material. The deadline is 30 April 2022. A ...

  • Free places for 8-16 year olds to join RABBLE Young Company
    3 March 2022

    RABBLE Theatre are a local theatre company which delivers high-quality professional theatre and provides an extensive range of outreach and educational work to young people and the community. RABBLE runs a Young Company for young people aged 8-16, which takes place every Saturday morning, term time. Our Young Company provides young people with the opportunity to: Engage ...

  • The UK Youth Fund: Thriving Minds – deadline 20 March 2022
    2 March 2022

    UK Youth and Julia and Hans Rausing are working in partnership to offer funding to youth organisations seeking to be better equipped to respond to and support young people’s mental health in their communities. Who can apply? To be eligible to apply your organisation must: Be based and operate in the UK, and have been operational for at ...

  • Thames Water x Backyard Nature Microgrants – deadline 8 March 2022
    1 March 2022

    Thames Water has launched a new community fund to support grassroots action in partnership with nature campaign This fund particularly is aimed at those supporting families in areas of high deprivation to reduce the barriers around spending time outside in nature. There is £12k funding available for community projects in areas serviced by Thames Water. What are ...

  • Reminder: Reading Covid Support Fund – deadline 5pm on 4 March 2022
    28 February 2022

    Reading Borough Council has allocated £220k for grants to the voluntary and community sector for the year 2021/22 from the ‘Reading Covid Support Fund’. The funding is available to support the infrastructure and/or additional capacity needed by voluntary and community organisations to expand existing services, deliver services in a different way or to develop new ...

  • Could your organisation support Reading residents disproportionately affected by health inequalities? Funding announcement from RBC soon
    23 February 2022

    Update on 9 March 2022:  Reading Health Champions and Vaccine Fund – deadline 1 April 2022 Could your organisation support Reading residents disproportionately affected by health inequalities? Reading Borough Council will shortly be allocating 50k for grants to the voluntary and community sector to be used by July 2022, from funding received from the Department for Levelling ...

  • Your Place Our Place urban room – programme for March 2022 announced
    23 February 2022

    What is Your Place Our Place? Your Place Our Place is one of the first pilots of the Community Consultation for Quality of Life (CCQOL) project. It involves community consultation through activities at an Urban Room and a digital mapping tool. What is an urban room? Urban rooms are spaces in towns and cities which offer local communities ...

  • Masonic Charitable Foundation: Children and Young People grants
    23 February 2022

    The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for freemasons, their families and the wider community. This programme is open to national and local charities helping disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the challenges they face. The grants support disadvantaged and vulnerable children aged 0-18 and ...

  • Masonic Charitable Foundation: Later life inclusion grants
    23 February 2022

    The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for freemasons, their families and the wider community. The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to local and national charities that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life. The grants support socially isolated and ...

  • LGBT+ Futures Equity Fund – deadline 30 October 2022
    20 February 2022

    Consortium and its Community Collaborators, working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, are delighted to announce the launch of the LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund. £465,000 is available through small grants to LGBT+ groups and organisations. Consortium has been working with diverse, intersectional and targeted LGBT+ voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations over the last ...

  • Help to review the SEND Local Offer
    18 February 2022

    The Family Information Service and SEND Local Offer need your help! They are looking for parent carers who can spare a little time to help review the SEND Local Offer. Reading Families Forum, parent carers, Family Information Service/SEND Local Offer, and other services supporting SEND meet up online every 2 months to review and look at sections ...

  • The Social Prescribing Show – 4 March 2022
    18 February 2022

    An event by the National Academy for Social Prescribing Celebrate the hard work of the social prescribing workforce and the invaluable positive impact that social prescribing is having across our communities. There will be a fantastic range of speakers and performances, showcasing different aspects of social prescribing. This event celebrates and champions social prescribing, bringing together expert ...

  • The role of social prescribing in addressing health inequalities – Thriving Communities webinar 7 March 2022
    18 February 2022

    Our health is closely bound with social and economic aspects of our lives: from where we are born, live and work, to our educational opportunities, income and influence. These social factors lead to inequalities in health and wellbeing across different people and communities, both in access to healthcare, and in the opportunities we have to ...

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