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Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Rights and Justice funding, next deadline 31 August 2021
    11 January 2021

    The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is committed to the creation of a world that guarantees equal treatment for all people They believe that human rights play a vital role in protecting the most vulnerable and in turn benefit the whole of society. They feel there is a need to grow public support and empathy for the ...

  • Charity Commission updates: holding trustee meetings and AGMs
    11 January 2021

    The Charity Commission has updated its guidance for charities as a result of lockdown 3 as follows: Trustees should hold their trustee meetings online or via telephone, where possible during lockdown. AGMs can continue to be held online (the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 has been extended until 30 March 2020). For more details on how to ...

  • Public Focus Group to discuss health and wellbeing services for the community
    11 January 2021

    You are invited to join up to 15-20 people to provide your feedback on 11 potential new priority areas under consideration for the new Health and Well-being Strategy for Berkshire. These include good mental health, physical activity, helping families with young children, support for people around smoking, alcohol and substance misuse, building strong communities and ...

  • Blog: journey to better equality, diversity and inclusion in your organisation
    6 January 2021

    Lots of us want to do better when it comes to diversity, equality and inclusion in our sector. Why? We know this is an area that can improve in the third sector and with global events and the pandemic further highlighting long-standing inequalities in 2020, the time for action is now. At Reading Voluntary Action ...

  • Funding: practical tips and step-by-step guides from NCVO
    6 January 2021

    NCVO have just launched their new funding guidance section on their website which is ideal for smaller community groups and charities looking for step-by-step guides on raising money for their activities. The guidance includes the following sections: Funding and income planning, with a really useful planner you can download. All about grants: from getting ready to apply ...

  • Warning about Covid-19 text message scams
    6 January 2021

    There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. The NHS will never ask for banking information. The scam has been reported ...

  • National lockdown January 2021: what charities need to know
    6 January 2021

    This article was updated on 14 January to include: NCVO updated Coronavirus Guidance which gives specific guidance and resources on involving volunteers and supporting beneficiaries in the lockdown (see section on risk assessments below) Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021 of the third national lockdown, we have gathered some guidance and resources for ...

  • Henry Smith Charity – Improving Lives grant programme
    4 January 2021

    The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. They support established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries. They are looking for services which can demonstrate a track record of success, and evidence the effectiveness of the work. Grants ...

  • B&Q community re-use scheme
    4 January 2021

    DIY stores B&Q operate a community re-use scheme through all its branches in the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the community and the environment. The types of material includes: Wood, including off cuts and single use pallets Plastic plant ...

  • Voice4Change Windrush Funding – phase 2 applications will open on 1 April 2021
    4 January 2021

    Voice4Change England (V4CE) are pleased to announce the Windrush Community Fund. This fund is open to community and grassroots groups and organisations to bid for financial assistance from a £500,000 fund to help ensure that community groups can give support to those of the Windrush generation who may have faced difficulties in demonstrating their status or who may ...

  • Covid-19 vaccination roll out in Berkshire West
    4 January 2021

    Health teams from across Berkshire West have started the successful roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination with hundreds of local people receiving their jabs in the last two weeks before Christmas. To date it’s been delivered at six sites across our area, with more starting early in the new year. The first group of people to ...

  • Office space available
    4 January 2021

    Attractive and light office space available in business park in Caversham Dimensions: 7.2 metres x 2.89 metres. Suitable for 5+ people working at their own desks comfortably, with space for a meeting table, shelving, storage, etc. Option of empty or partially furnished. Some parking outside and plenty of parking available free for 2 hrs in local streets for ...

  • Wolfson Foundation funding for charities working with older people – open to new applications from 14th May 2021
    21 December 2020

    The Wolfson Foundation support organisations which provide care and services for older people, particularly if they have a neurodegenerative condition or are isolated. Grants are awarded towards new buildings, refurbishment work and equipment. Who can apply? The organisation should meet all of the following criteria: be a registered charity or equivalent be registered with the relevant regulatory authority, where ...

  • BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials programme – funding for individuals, rolling funding
    21 December 2020

    The BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items ...

  • Season’s Greetings from RVA
    16 December 2020

    At the end of this extraordinary year, we want to say thank you Thank you to the charities and community groups of Reading for adapting and keeping their services running, for adhering to the ever-changing government guidelines and keeping their staff, volunteers and service users safe. Thank you to the groups that have kept going, doing the ...

  • Nominate a local hero for a Census 2021 Purple Plaque
    16 December 2020

    Do you know someone in your area who is a community hero? To mark Census 2021 in March next year, a competition has launched to find the nation’s unsung community heroes. Twenty-two people across England and Wales, one for each census that has taken place, will have their community spirit and efforts commemorated with a unique ...

  • Taking action on loneliness and isolation this winter
    15 December 2020

    A short video by Ready Friends about taking action on loneliness and isolation this winter – and beyond https://youtu.be/lQf5tECfO_A This video aims to promote simple ways we can connect with others, including people we don’t (yet) know, as we go about our daily lives. A wave, a chat, a smile (or smiley eyes, if you’re wearing a ...

  • Call for befriendees aged 18 to 24 to take part in research project
    15 December 2020

    Warda Zeeshan, a Master’s student at the University of Birmingham, is looking for people aged 18 to 24 with experience as a befriendee, to take part in her research exploring the role of befriending services in tackling loneliness and social isolation in young adults. Read more about the study in Warda’s letter to potential participants ...

  • New Reading Family Carers Card – produced by Reading Mencap
    15 December 2020

    Reading Mencap have produced the Reading Family Carers Card It’s available to carers for free and identifies someone as a family carer in order to help shorten the time they might have to spend queueing for a shop, a pharmacy or even a health appointment. It is supported by Reading Borough Council. Many people are family carers ...

  • Compass Recovery College – new prospectus and schedule for 2021
    15 December 2020

    Compass Recovery College continues to run free mental health and wellbeing courses Mental health courses: designed to help us understand mental health challenges and teach skills for self-management. Lunch and learn wellbeing courses: designed to improve wellbeing and fit in a lunchbreak too. Creative courses: to explore our creative side through a variety of different art forms. Social Sessions: ...

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