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  • Libraries and Social Prescribing Innovation – Thriving Communities webinar 22 February 2022
    18 February 2022

    This webinar aims to show you some of the innovations in literary and library social prescribing practice that have been happening in 2021/22. Discover the work of Thriving Communities Funded projects Active Luton and Culture Coventry, and the approach they are taking with their social prescribing and libraries service provision. Sue Ball MBE of Staffordshire Libraries ...

  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – new resources
    18 February 2022

    The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have launched a number of new resources Growing together toolkit and podcast discussing racism and mental health in schools To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, their schools team have created a Growing together toolkit which celebrates diversity in all its forms and they have also launched a new podcast ...

  • University of Reading Internship Scheme open for applications
    18 February 2022

    Are you a non-profit organisation looking to hire a high-quality student intern? Then the Reading Internship Scheme (RIS) might be for you! The University of Reading’s flagship RIS programme connects you to our undergraduate students through 4–8 fully-funded internships. It is an opportunity aimed at providing value both for you as an employer and for our ...

  • Getting on Board: Trustee Training – 16 March 2022 and other dates
    16 February 2022

    Getting on Board is offering affordable onboarding induction training for newly appointed trustees on various dates in 2022. Sessions will take place online and they are offered at a very affordable rate of £10 per session. Details of the session from Getting on Board In this one hour session, we’ll take you through your trustee duties in ...

  • Time to Flex: embracing flexible working – report by ACEVO and NCVO
    16 February 2022

    Flexible working practices are fundamental to the future of work within charities, helping us deliver more for the people and communities we support, says a new report from ACEVO, NCVO and Starfish Search. Time to Flex draws on conversations with colleagues across the voluntary sector and explores the various benefits and barriers to embracing flexible working. ...

  • Carers and Safeguarding briefing note – free webinar 1 March 2022
    16 February 2022

    This free Zoom webinar from the Local Government Association (LGA) will launch a new briefing note for people working with carers. The briefing note has been developed in co-production with carers and practitioners, with the aim of producing a document for practice which is useful, concise and accessible but, most importantly, which reflects and respects ...

  • Review of the Accessible Information Standard – respond by 28 February 2022
    16 February 2022

    2022 Review of the Accessible Information Standard A review of the Accessible Information Standard (AIS) is running until March 2022. NECS are working with NHS England and Improvement to carry out the review. The AIS Review will undertake a detailed examination of the Standard building on the findings from previous reviews and working with a wide ...

  • Community Gardens Award – deadline 28 February 2022
    16 February 2022

    In 2011 the National Garden Scheme set up an award scheme in memory of Elspeth Thompson, the much-loved garden writer and journalist who died in 2010. National Garden Scheme Community Gardens Award provides funding to amateur gardeners from community groups in England and Wales to create a garden or similar project (such as an allotment) ...

  • Windrush Day Grant Scheme – deadline 18 March 2022
    16 February 2022

    The Windrush Day Grant Scheme is led by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). National Windrush Day and this scheme forms a part of the government’s commitment to level up opportunity across diverse communities, help build greater trust in public services, improve outcomes for everyone and forge a greater sense of belonging. The ...

  • Employment law: changes to statutory rates of pay from 1 April 2022
    15 February 2022

    If your charity employs individuals, please consider and prepare for changes to statutory rates of pay that will come into effect from 1 April 2022: Increase in National Minimum Wage – summary from ACAS Increase in other statutory entitlements, such as Statutory Sick Pay, Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption pay – rates and thresholds from HMRC for 2022/2023 Increase ...

  • Employment law: upcoming changes to right to work checks
    15 February 2022

    The Government has announced changes to employer right to work checks, which will come into effect from 6 April 2022. In particular there is a move to online evidence for employees who are relying on a Biometric Residence Card (BRC), Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or a Frontier Worker Permit (FWP). If your charity employs individuals, please ...

  • The Tudor Trust – deadline 31 March 2022
    15 February 2022

    The Tudor Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust, which fund a wide range of organisations working to support positive change in people’s lives and in their communities around the UK. The primary focus is core funding, as they want to fund in a way which contributes to the health and strength of organisations. Who can ...

  • PCC Community Fund – deadline 4 March 2022
    9 February 2022

    The Community Fund supports voluntary and community groups assisting both the PCC and Thames Valley Police in helping to prevent crime and keep communities safe. Money for the scheme comes from the Community Fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable, and is created from the proceeds from the sale of ...

  • Holiday Activity and Food Programme – open for submissions from providers until 5pm, 18 February 2022
    9 February 2022

    Now that the Christmas holidays and the 2021 HAF provision have concluded, Brighter Futures for Children are looking towards their Easter and 2022 offer. We have £75k in the HAF budget to fund holiday activities over the Easter holiday. We are working on our plans for the Easter break and are inviting organisations to submit ...

  • Social Enterprise Support Fund – Round 2 deadline 24 March 2022
    9 February 2022

    The Social Enterprise Support Fund provides essential financial support to help social enterprises in England to rebuild and grow their income from trading, following the impact of Covid-19. It is established in partnership by The National Lottery Community Fund and five social enterprise support agencies. Who is eligible to apply? To be eligible for this fund, the ...

  • Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity – grant round closes 25 February 2022
    9 February 2022

    The MSE Charity is dedicated to supporting UK voluntary groups deliver financial life skills, which make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave & manage their money. The February 2022 grant round is targeting and supporting groups who will provide and enable those living with long term challenges to become more financially capable. What ...

  • Free street party workshops
    9 February 2022

    Street parties are a fun and safe way for people to meet their neighbours, especially for those who rarely get out, and it’s not as difficult or expensive as you may think to put one on in your neighbourhood. Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is delivering a series of free online workshops for anyone interested in running ...

  • Reading Community Energy Society Community Grants
    7 February 2022

    The Reading Community Energy Society (RCES) Community Grants Fund is open for applications Reading Community Energy Society comprises members from the local community, Reading Council and Energy 4 All, all of whom are passionate about increasing the amount of renewable energy in Reading. An important strand of their work is their Community Grants Programme. As a ...

  • Woodward Charitable Trust – deadline 29 July 2022
    3 February 2022

    Introduction: The Woodward Charitable Trust makes grants to support the core costs of small charities. The Trustees particularly look to fund projects that help families and young people and that are aiming to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. Who is eligible to apply? They are looking for organisations which aim to achieve a positive impact in ...

  • Food for Life Get Togethers – small grants deadline 22 February 2022
    2 February 2022

    Food for Life Get Togethers are regular community activities that connect people from all ages and backgrounds through food. Using funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, the Soil Association is offering small grants for activities taking place within Plant and Share Month. Who can apply? The grant is open to not-for-profit groups and settings. If you want ...

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