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  • Adviza seeking Delivery Partner for Prince’s Trust team programme
    21 July 2021

    Adviza is a Delivery Partner for The Prince’s Trust Team programme in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and has been delivering this Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funded service for young people since 2007.   The Prince’s Trust Team initiative is a 12-week personal development programme to help unemployed young people aged 16 – 25 years to build ...

  • Pop-up and play – free summer holiday activities for kids
    21 July 2021

    Join Nature Nurture and friends for a healthy, happy summer at four locations across Reading aimed at 5–13yr olds: Dee Park, Amersham Road, Southcote and Whitley… Mondays to Thursdays from 2 – 26 August, 11am to 3pm There will be loads of activities on offer encouraging your child to learn about nature, get active and stay healthy ...

  • NCVO guidance for charities following the lifting of restrictions
    20 July 2021

    Following on from this article,  a number of charities have been in touch with the RVA Advice Service looking for suggestions on how to navigate the lifting of lockdown in terms of keeping everyone safe. NCVO are in the process of updating their Coronavirus guidance for charities, but in the meantime, they have kindly shared the ...

  • Future investment in community support – RBC consultation open until 25 July 2021
    19 July 2021

    Reading Borough Council has launched a consultation on ‘future investment in community support’: Voluntary and community groups have until 25 July 2021 to give their views. You can complete an online form here. Contact Clare.Muir@reading.gov.uk (Policy and Voluntary Sector Manager at RBC) if you have any queries, would like to receive a hard copy of the consultation questionnaire ...

  • Sport England – Return to play grants – applications open until end of 2021
    19 July 2021

    This £15 million fund focuses on awards of up to £10,000 that support clubs and community groups respond to the challenges of returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic and getting people active for the first time after it This fund makes awards using National Lottery and government funding, of between £300 and £10,000 from a total pot ...

  • Schroder Charity Trust grants
    19 July 2021

    The Schroder Charity Trust is an independent grant-making family trust which supports a wide range of charitable activities. Who can apply Charities registered in the UK What they support The Schroder Charity Trust makes grants of up to £5,000 towards core and project costs to charities registered in the UK for work under the following categories: Arts, Culture and Heritage Education, Training and Employment Environment and ...

  • Starting Life Well Fund launched
    19 July 2021

    Get Berkshire Active is excited to announce the release of the Starting Life Well Fund, commissioned by Sport England. This fund is open to organisations looking to support young people aged 5-18 in becoming physically active. From a community centre looking to deliver physical activity in their youth sessions to grassroots sports clubs looking to ...

  • Street parties are back in September
    16 July 2021

    Great news for anyone planning to hold a street party this year – Reading Borough Council has confirmed that it will waive its road closure fees for any weekend in September 2021. So if you are planning to hold a small street party and can arrange it for September you can close your road and ...

  • Veg4Reading aims to double donated harvest this year!
    14 July 2021

    Veg4Reading was set up as an emergency response to the Coronavirus crisis last year and provided over 1 tonne of fresh fruit and veg that had been grown, collected and shared with hundreds of families and others badly affected by the crisis. But with many people still struggling on reduced incomes, basic food parcels continue ...

  • Updated Government Roadmap – Summer 2021
    14 July 2021

    This week the Government announced their updated Roadmap for Summer 2021 indicating that we may be moving to Step 4 from the 19 July 2021. Further announcements are still awaited. These will be shared when available but do continue to check the gov.uk website regularly. Many of the restrictions will be lifted (as detailed in the ...

  • Business Interruption Insurance – is your charity eligible to make a claim?
    14 July 2021

    Earlier in the year the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) successfully brought a test case in the Supreme Court in relation to business interruption insurance, meaning that there is a lot more clarity around when an organisation may be eligible to make a claim. If your voluntary or community group had to close for a period ...

  • Advance notice: formal bidding process of Caversham Court long leasehold disposal/short-term lease – opens 21 July until 17 September 2021
    13 July 2021

    This is advance notice to the voluntary and community sector that the formal bidding process through the open market and also through the third sector process for the Caversham Court long leasehold or short-term lease will open on 21 July. Local voluntary organisations are invited to submit their proposals by 12 noon on 17 September 2021. The ...

  • Health on the Move van
    7 July 2021

    Look out for the ‘Health on the Move’ van next week The van will be at the Oxford Road Community Centre on 15 and 16 July, from 12 – 6pm. There will be local healthcare professionals on board, ready to answer any questions about health. Everyone is welcome! You don’t need an appointment, and you don’t have to ...

  • Be part of Age UK Reading’s Happy Feet team
    7 July 2021

    Age UK Reading are looking for new people to join the team delivering their Happy Feet service Age UK Reading is a local charity working to help local people. They help older people live well for longer. As part of this they provide a Happy Feet toenail cutting service to people over the age of 50. Being ...

  • Vaccination programme open to all unvaccinated adults in Reading – extended until 9 July
    6 July 2021

    RBC’s extra vaccination programme is now open to all unvaccinated adults in Reading until 9 July Anyone in Reading who is 18 or over and has not had any doses of the vaccine can get their first dose at Reading Borough Council Civic Offices, Bridge Street RG1 2LU, until Friday, 9 July. The centre is open to all ...

  • RBC’s strategic plans for working with and commissioning services from the Voluntary and Community Sector – online presentation
    5 July 2021

    You are invited to attend a presentation about RBC’s strategic plans for working with and commissioning services from the Voluntary and Community Sector on Wednesday 14 July 2021 at 6pm. The session will cover: Partnership working through the Pandemic Review of the ongoing partnerships and relationships with the VCS Our approach to the Narrowing the Gap commissioning framework: Needs ...

  • Reading Threshold of Need – online briefing for staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families
    1 July 2021

    The Reading Threshold of Need briefing is aimed at anyone who works with children, young people and families in Reading. This includes paid staff and volunteers. It is suitable for those who might be new to their role and/or new to the Reading area and more experienced staff or volunteers who want to refresh their ...

  • Free PPE for voluntary sector organisations
    1 July 2021

    The Department of Health and Social Care is offering free PPE (personal protective equipment) for use by voluntary sector organisations. You can express your interest in this free PPE by completing this short form with a few details and then a representative of DHSC will contact you to arrange delivery. Please note that the details you ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation supports local reading catch-up
    1 July 2021

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) has awarded local reading charity ABC to Read a grant of £5,000 to address the education gap caused by Covid-19. This is in addition to numerous previous grants awarded by the Foundation in ongoing support of the charity. Addressing literacy in primary school aged children is essential to improving their future opportunities. ...

  • ‘A great story of Reading team work’ – Watlington House hub will close on 3 July having delivered over 31,000 vaccinations
    30 June 2021

    A unique collaboration between Reading Central and Whitley PCNs, Reading Voluntary Action and Watlington House The Garden Hall vaccine hub at Watlington House will close this Saturday, having delivered over 31,000 vaccinations and been supported by over 100 volunteers. Steve Hendry, RVA’s Volunteering Development Manager, who has been coordinating volunteer support for the hub, said: ‘We’ve ...

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