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  • 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 ...

  • One Stop – Community Partnership programme
    8 February 2021

    Groundwork is working with One Stop Stores to administer the One Stop Community Partnership programme This programme is designed to support groups who are working to tackle food poverty or supporting the elderly within the local community. One Stop shops will support local good causes offering a tailored approach for every local partnership which may include funding, ...

  • University of Reading launches Cuppa over Community
    4 February 2021

    Cuppa over Community is a brand-new pilot scheme aimed at providing the local community with a chance to have their voices heard in a meaningful, personal and informal way. The voices of the local community matter a lot to us and we want to take the time to listen to your perspectives and provide you ...

  • The SHARE checklist – tackling misinformation
    4 February 2021

    The government has launched a new website aimed at stopping the spread of false information It encourages people to use the SHARE checklist before liking, commenting or sharing content online, with the aim of stopping the spread of false and harmful information about medical advice, vaccines, and technology scares. Source: Rely on official sources for medical and ...

  • Treasurer Training
    3 February 2021

    Are you new to being a treasurer of a charity or community group in Reading, or considering taking on the role? If so, this training is for you. RVA can also help match you to a volunteer treasurer role if you are not yet volunteering in a role. Aims of the workshop To build an understanding ...

  • Meet Johanna Ardern, vaccine hub volunteer
    3 February 2021

    Johanna Ardern’s participation in the Parent Employment Wellbeing Project led to her volunteering at the central Reading vaccine hub. Here she reflects on what volunteering means to her. I contacted Anna at RVA when I read an email offering help and advice to parents who wanted to return to work. She has been fantastic! She has ...

  • Support and resources to help you deliver services safely online
    3 February 2021

    Is your organisation delivering online services or are you struggling with seeing how you might do this safely in view of specific needs of your service users, such as mental health needs? Many of us had to adapt quickly to the various lockdown restrictions, and you might be trying to balance: Maintaining much-needed service delivery during ...

  • Sight loss and eye health training
    2 February 2021 Berkshire Vision Logo

    Berkshire Vision are a local charity who offer vital practical support and activities to adults and children with visual impairment.   We are offering a training session on Sight Loss and Eye Health and this is now open to the general public.  This takes the form of an informative video by our trustee Jane Veys, who is ...

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