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  • Covid-19 Vaccination: online information session and Q&A
    18 January 2022

    Find out about the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination and the support available to access vaccines in Reading Hear from Dr Deepak Ravindran, Clinical lead in Pain Medicine and Clinical Lead for Berkshire Long Covid Integrated Service and Ida Osei, Pharmacist and Vaccinator. Find out about support to access vaccines in Reading. Question and answer session. This information session is ...

  • Save money on your bills – Broad Street Mall, 25–26 January
    18 January 2022

    Are you worried about your energy and utility bills? Come and see Citizens Advice at Broad Street Mall – look for our stall. One of our specialist advisers can take a look at your existing bills and advise you on how you could save money – if you would like help please bring your recent bills with ...

  • Funder Presentations – revised date 3 February 2022 and another funder announced
    17 January 2022

    Please note that this date has been moved. The new date is Thursday 3 February, 10am – 11.30am. As part of RVA’s regular funding events, we are partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation, the National Lottery Community Fund and Reading Borough Council to offer funder presentations to Reading voluntary and community groups on Thursday 3 February 2022. ...

  • Independent Chair Safeguarding Adults Board, Berkshire West – closing date 3 February 2022
    12 January 2022

    Berkshire West is a diverse area seeking to recruit an independent chair for its Safeguarding Adults Board The chair will be accountable to three local authority areas (Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire) – West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board (WBSAB) and its statutory partners, promoting the work at a strategic level by influencing inter-agency development to ...

  • Council consults on next year’s budget
    10 January 2022

    Reading Borough Council is consulting on its budget for the financial year 2022/23 We are inviting input from people who live and work in Reading, partners, local businesses, and people who come into Reading to use our services. The consultation is open from 21 December 2021 to 14 January 2022. Council leader Jason Brock said: It has been ...

  • Walk-in vaccinations resume at Broad Street Mall
    10 January 2022

    Broad Street Mall vaccination centre, Reading The vaccination centre in Broad Street Mall re-opened for walk-in Covid-19 vaccinations on 10 January 2022. The site, located where the old New Look shop used to be inside Broad Street Mall, is open from 9am to 7pm every day (check the NHS website for the most up-to-date information). The walk-in ...

  • Free Sight Loss training
    7 January 2022

    Berkshire Vision offer a training session on Sight Loss and Eye Health, which is now open to the general public. This takes the form of an informative video by our Trustee Jane Veys, an Optometrist, and an opportunity for any comments afterwards. The training lasts approximately 45 minutes and is free. Book onto one of our ...

  • BCF Jubilee Fund, Let’s Create – deadline 10am on 10 February 2022
    4 January 2022

    The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support voluntary and community groups to develop new creative and cultural activities as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022. The fund has been created by Arts Council England (ACE) with funds from the National Lottery. Who can apply? The fund is open to voluntary and community organisations ...

  • The Volant Charitable Trust Covid-19 Response Fund – deadline on 31 July 2022
    4 January 2022

    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 ...

  • Co-op community fridge fund- deadline on 1 February 2022
    4 January 2022

    Introduction: Co-op is working in partnership with Hubbub to offer funding to local groups for 100 Community Fridges across the UK. A community fridge is a space where everyone can share surplus food, including donations from local food businesses, producers, households and gardens. Hubbub want to help local groups run Community Fridges that are safe, inclusive and financially ...

  • DHSC Suicide Prevention Fund-deadline at 5pm on 16 January 2022
    4 January 2022

    Introduction: The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has made available a £4 million Suicide Prevention Fund to support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that work to prevent suicide. the funding, applied for on a competitive basis. The funding is only available to support the delivery of suicide prevention activities in England. Background and ...

  • Wellbeing walk training with Dementia Adventure
    22 December 2021

    Dementia Adventure, Reading Voluntary Action and The Caversham teamed up to organise, plan and run a wellbeing walk training event as part of the Thriving Communities Project.   Based on his experience of sensory walks and outdoor experiences with those living with dementia, Gordon Malcolm from Dementia Adventure proved to participants that wellbeing walks are of benefit ...

  • RVA Social Prescribing Link Worker – closing date 7 February 2022
    22 December 2021

    Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is looking for a part-time Social Prescribing Link Worker RVA has been delivering social prescribing in Reading for more than 5 years. Social prescribing enables people to take action to improve or sustain their quality of life based on what matters to them and their individual strengths. The Social Prescribers connect people ...

  • Season’s Greetings from RVA
    22 December 2021

    Season’s Greetings from the RVA team At the end of another tough year, our thanks as ever to the amazing voluntary and community sector in Reading. RVA is closed from 25 December until 4 January 2022. This week out vaccine support helpline remains open and we have one more Get Online session, with support for booking vaccination ...

  • Do you have healthcare equipment you no longer need?
    20 December 2021

    Due to Covid-19, Reading Borough Council and its equipment provider (NRS Healthcare) are in a critical position in relation to equipment available for service users. Please see the attached flyer explaining the situation and what action service users can take. At present there is an urgent need for beds, mattresses, hoists and commodes. If you have ...

  • Small Mental Health Grants for Community Groups – deadline approaching
    16 December 2021

    Compass Recovery College is pleased to announce small grants for voluntary groups in Reading, who are embedded in and providing grass roots support to their communities. They are offering 3 grants of £1000 each. The aim of this funding is to support mental health and wellbeing in vulnerable groups in Reading, by enabling local voluntary ...

  • ABC to Read calls on schools to return volunteers to the classroom
    16 December 2021

    Berkshire reading charity ABC to Read is calling on local schools to allow volunteers to return to the classroom following the interruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic. Only 70% of the schools that previously used ABC to Read mentors to support children struggling with their reading have reinstated those volunteers, despite government guidelines clearly stating that such ...

  • Community Consultation for Quality of Life: can you help?
    15 December 2021

    At the University of Reading’s school of architecture we are involved in a research project called Community Consultation for Quality of Life (CCQoL). The aim of the project is to review approaches to community consultation across England , Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and to provide space for people to have a say in the ...

  • Compass Recovery College courses for January–April 2022
    15 December 2021

    Compass Recovery College has published its prospectus and course schedule for January to April 2022 Next term sees the college continuing to offer both online and in person health and wellbeing workshops which are free and open to everyone. You can register quickly and easily and find further information on the Compass Recovery College website. If you ...

  • Vaccination support during December 2021
    14 December 2021

    Do your community/service users need support and reassurance to access the Covid 19 vaccine? Just over 50,000 people in Reading have yet to have their first dose. Scientific data shows that vaccines are our best protection from the dangerous effects of Covid-19, even as new variants emerge. Covid Information and Question and Answer Session – Online ...

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