Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Berkshire West Musculoskeletal consulation event
    21 May 2021

    Please note new dates for consultations, to engage as many local voluntary sector organisations and service users as possible: two online events via Teams on Tuesday 22 June from 4pm-6pm and Thursday 24 June from 10am-12pm. Take part in this consultation seeking to improve patient pathways and journeys to improved health Are you an organisation that works ...

  • Fragments: Online Premiere of Refugee Theatre
    20 May 2021

    Join Reading Refugee Support Group online for an evening of raw, funny and original theatre, written and performed by a team of talented refugees. Fragments is a moving series of filmed theatre pieces, each telling a different story written and performed by asylum seekers and refugees living in Berkshire. The six short films cover are an ...

  • We Rise: Black Lives Still Matter
    20 May 2021

    In light of the one-year anniversary of the Black Lives Matter movement that was propelled into the spotlight due to the untimely passing of George Floyd, the ỌMA Foundation has created an event to answer the reoccurring question, what’s next for the BLM movement? Let’s continue the conversation! Join the ỌMA Foundation for an inspiring, interactive ...

  • Holiday Activity Fund Reading – Brighter Futures for Children seeks providers
    18 May 2021

    The Department for Education (DfE) is providing funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children during the 2021 Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. More information about the scheme can be found here: Holiday activities and food programme 2021 – GOV.UK ( Brighter Futures for Children is ...

  • Dementia Action Week 2021 #CureTheCareSystem
    18 May 2021

    Dementia Action Week is underway with activities open to anyone across Berkshire How organisations can support Dementia Action Week (DAW) – a checklist from The Alzheimer’s Society Help us call on the Government to provide quality social care, that is free and easy to access, no matter where you live. Sign and share the petition here. Encourage your members ...

  • Tom Holmes becomes Berkshire Youth charity ambassador
    18 May 2021

    Berkshire Youth are delighted to announce that popular 21-year-old Reading Football Club defender, Tom Holmes, is their new Charity Ambassador. The youth charity is certain that Tom Holmes will be a fantastic Charity Ambassador, helping to raise awareness of their important work with local young people. Tom brings with him heaps of enthusiasm and a ...

  • British Islamic Gardens AGM
    18 May 2021

    British Islamic Gardens (BIG) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Reading, Berkshire. Run solely by volunteers, we are creating garden spaces around mosques that grow in harmony with the environment, encouraging community cohesion without compromising on sustainability. Please join us in a uniting communities initiative celebrating the gardening journey, at British Islamic Garden’s online Annual ...

  • Food4Families Growing Careers – new courses starting in June
    18 May 2021

    Growing Careers – free 6 week courses starting in June Practical, hands-on introduction to what your could be doing if you got a job in horticulture. 1.5 hour sessions, based outdoors in local Reading community gardens seed sowing and propagation plant care soil health garden maintenance sustainable growing techniques see flyer below for dates, times and locations  

  • The Weller Centre wins award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community
    18 May 2021

    Congratulations to The Weller Centre! The Weller Centre won Outstanding Contribution to the Community at the recent Thames Valley Business and Community Awards. Sarah Timmins DeGregory, RVA Development Officer, said: It’s fantastic that The Weller Centre is recognised for their tireless efforts on the Amersham Road Estate and for residents across Caversham. During, before and after lockdown, ...

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Youth Fund
    17 May 2021

    The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. Core funding grants up to £90,000 over three years Rolling application cycle – no deadline Through the Covid-19 crisis the Foundation have been made increasingly aware that inequality plays out in ways that connect and ...

  • Aviva Community Fund
    17 May 2021

    Building stronger, more resilient communities across the UK: that’s what Aviva are striving towards, and it’s how they want to continue to help small charities and community causes. Aviva have learnt that the causes that make the biggest impact are those that are given the opportunity to test innovative ideas and explore new sustainable strategies without ...

  • Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue – appeal for new premises
    14 May 2021

    Can you help Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue find a permanent Base of Operations? You will have heard of the RNLI, Mountain Rescue and possibly Cave Rescue. Lowland Rescue forms part of the fourth element within the UK Search and Rescue family, covering all the areas between Hill and High Water. We are Berkshire Lowland Search and ...

  • Inclusion Training via Zoom
    13 May 2021

    This training provides some key demographic information for Reading when planning for needs and services and introduces how we can all all contribute to inclusion personally and in our organisations. If you are thinking about inclusion in your organisation, have started the journey or would like to know where to go next, this training can support ...

  • Learning Disabilities Annual Health Checks: Covid and beyond
    12 May 2021

    New video explaining about Annual Health Checks NHS Berkshire West CCG have issued a new video in which Dr Heather Howells, GP Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities for Berkshire West CCG, talks about the Learning Disabilities Annual Health Check. The second half of the 15-minute video has actors from Talkback and West Berkshire Mencap ...

  • Knife crime and wellbeing: the case for our communities – let’s talk
    12 May 2021

    Mental Health Awareness Week topic Knife crime and wellbeing: the case for our communities – let’s talk Please join the Zoom meeting via this link: pwd=VEs1ckJLTCtkeisvN1RSL3h6b1g0Zz09 Alternatively use the codes to join: ID: 767 479 2806, Password: 689916 All are welcome.

  • Kooth resources in Mental Health Awareness Week
    12 May 2021

    Kooth is the online counselling service for young people in our area Kooth is an integral component of Berkshire West’s mental health provision offering digital counselling and emotional wellbeing service for young people and young adults. The service is delivered by XenZone and jointly comissioned by Berkshire West CCG, Wokingham LA, West Berkshire LA and Brighter ...

  • Beating burnout: practical advice from Clore Social Leadership in The Wellbeing Toolkit
    12 May 2021

    Clore Social Leadership have created a free Wellbeing Toolkit for leaders and their teams The practical and resourceful toolkit helps leaders break down the wellbeing challenges facing themselves and their teams and provides quick access to high quality resources to inspire and assist them. These resources can be used individually, or put together to form the ...

  • Charities and reserves – Third Sector explores the approach
    12 May 2021

    In a recent article, Third Sector magazine considers the charity sector’s approach to building and maintaining financial reserves (following the decision in the Kids Company High Court Trial and how this sits within charity law). In the article, Caron Bradshaw from Charity Finance Group shares the following, which could be useful for Trustees currently assessing ...

  • Updated HMRC guidance: claiming gift aid on waived refunds and loan repayments
    12 May 2021

    HMRC have amended their guidance on which donations qualify for Gift Aid. This now includes  waived refunds and loan waivers (which were previously excluded). There are certain requirements such as: there is a record of a formal waiver held by the charity all the other gift aid rules are met a gift aid declaration will need to be ...

  • Clore Leadership: free Zoom session for leaders on wellbeing and your team
    11 May 2021

    Clore Social Leadership are offering this practical and solution filled free Zoom session for leaders who want to look after the wellbeing of their team. Addressing the rise of ‘burnout’ among teams and packed with proven tips and tactics, this purposeful event will support any leader looking for guidance on ‘how’ to incorporate a responsive ...

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