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

  • West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board briefing
    2 February 2022

    The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board meets four times a year and discusses how agencies should work together to keep adults at risk of abuse or neglect safe in Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. You can download the latest briefing note below: Making a referral – Reading Borough Council’s Safeguarding Advice Line Reading’s Adult Social Care ...

  • Inclusive Activity Programme Workshop
    2 February 2022

    Get Berkshire Active are delivering an Inclusive Activity Programme workshop on Sunday 20 February Activity Alliance believe that inclusive coaching is just good coaching. The Inclusive Activity Programme (IAP) is a unique development opportunity for sports coaches, community leaders and health and care professionals. Learn about the key principles of delivering inclusive activities and how to ...

  • Free webinar for charity leaders on Problem-Tree Analysis and Theory of Change, 8 February 2022
    1 February 2022

    The Cranfield Trust are offering a free introductory webinar on Problem Tree Analysis and the Theory of Change to charity trustees, managers and leaders. Below is some information on the webinar and you can book directly with the Cranfield Trust through the link at the bottom of the page. Information about this webinar We all face problems ...

  • Tesco Little Helps – deadline 6 February 2022
    1 February 2022

    Tesco is banishing Blue Monday, traditionally known as the most depressing day of the year, by launching a campaign to give 60 charities and community projects a £300k boost. Over the next three weeks, they are calling for applications from groups across the UK that would benefit from a £5000 grant to help them to make ...

  • Looking for a challenge? Home-Start Reading are seeking runners for this year’s Reading Half Marathon
    31 January 2022

    Could you run for Home-Start Reading? Home-Start Reading support local families through difficult times, to help parents give their children the best possible start in life. Last year six people ran Reading Half Marathon for them, raising just over £2,000. A lot of families are really struggling at the moment, so they would love to raise more ...

  • Side by Side: A peer learning programme
    26 January 2022

    How can we nurture and sustain community activity, without controlling and constraining it? How do we build a positive Covid legacy and resist the pull back to old ways?   Side by Side is a peer learning programme for anyone looking to connect with others who share a belief in the power of strong community relationships. Together, ...

  • We’re Right Here – the campaign for community power
    26 January 2022

    We believe people should have the power to shape the places where they live.   During Covid, we woke up to the power of community. But it’s not new. People like you have long been working together to support each other, create good local jobs and improve your areas, and by doing so, helping to tackle some ...

  • Youth Loneliness Network workshop
    26 January 2022

    The next Connection Coalition youth loneliness network will be on Wednesday 2 March, 15:00-16:30pm.   Picking up one of the key themes from the first panel in December, we will be discussing engaging and involving young people in the conversation on youth loneliness. We are hoping to co-facilitate this session with young people and those who are ...

  • Vaccinations and your staff and volunteers
    25 January 2022

    This article has been prepared for voluntary and community organisations offering services in Reading, and it is accurate at the date of publication. Please continue to check gov.uk for updates as the situation continues to evolve. The government and NHS have published new guidance that certain health and social care workers must have the Covid-19 vaccination ...

  • Free live online business course by Rebel Business School
    25 January 2022

    Do you have clients who want to set up their own business but have been put off by traditional business plans and start-up loans? The Rebel Business School have partnered with Reading UK CIC and other Berkshire councils to offer a free live online course that helps people from all backgrounds and situations to become equipped ...

  • Reading Covid Support Fund – deadline 5pm on 4 March 2022
    25 January 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 ...

  • Free voluntary sector workshops by Compass Recovery College
    25 January 2022

    Compass Recovery College are continuing their free voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing training this March These workshops are open access to staff, volunteers and befrienders alike. The goal of this free training is to boost voluntary sector mental health and wellbeing knowledge and help those supporting others to take control of their own mental wellbeing. We ...

  • Have your say: Berkshire area pharmacy survey
    25 January 2022

    Healthy Dialogues have been commissioned to work in the Berkshire area to understand how you use your local pharmacy. This includes what you use it for, how often do you use your local pharmacy, how far is it for you to get to, is there anything you wish to see within your pharmacy that you ...

  • ABC to Read launches climate change competition
    24 January 2022

    Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read is launching a competition to encourage local youngsters to engage with climate change while inspiring and challenging their inner literary critic. The competition, open to all children and primary schools across Berkshire, invites children to read a book about climate change and create a review to tell others why they ...

  • The new Reading Volunteer Connect platform has arrived
    24 January 2022

    We are pleased to announce that the new volunteer matching platform for Reading, Reading Volunteer Connect, is now live. The new platform will introduce a wide range of new functionality allowing organisations to have more control over the volunteering opportunities advertised via Reading Voluntary Action and streamline volunteer engagement. Organisations can register for an account HERE. You ...

  • Reducing Parental Conflict workshops – feedback and new sessions
    21 January 2022

    Over 50 of you from across the children, young people and families workforce have now completed one of the Reducing Parental Conflict workshops delivered by Communicate for a Change and Parenting Special Children. Participants have included Nurses, Social Workers, Family Workers, designated safeguarding leads, SENCOs, Health Visitors, Youth Workers, Childminders, Head Teachers and Team Managers. We’ve ...

  • Have you completed the Reading Threshold of Need Briefing yet?
    21 January 2022

    The Reading Threshold of Need is a document published by the Berkshire West Safeguarding Partnership that sets out children and young people’s levels of need, including risk and protective factors and the appropriate responses and routes into services. The threshold document is for all staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families – ...

  • Meet Tanya Spiers, Family Support Worker for Dingley’s Promise
    21 January 2022

    Tanya Spiers is the Family Support Worker for Dingley’s Promise in Reading. Dingley’s Promise was established in 1983 and became a registered charity in 1988. It was originally set up by parents of children with additional needs and disabilities that wanted more than just medical interventions for their children. Now there are three Dingley’s Promise ...

  • New online workshops from The Real Business Club
    19 January 2022

    The Real Business Club are running new interactive online workshops to help businesses grow The workshops start in March 2022 and are free to business owners, no matter what kind of business they run. They offer clear and practical advice on best marketing routes and guidance on planning a strategy, and are run by business experts. Feedback ...

  • A young people’s report on their long-term wellbeing needs post-pandemic – from No5 Young People
    19 January 2022

    Safe spaces, support, confidentiality and community – findings from new report on young people’s needs A local snapshot of the voices of young people, reflective of the national picture about mental health, early intervention, and knife crime, has been published in a report by No5 Young People. The report summarises the work of No5’s ‘Restart Youth!’ ...

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