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  • The Earley Charity Covid-19 support – rolling deadline
    14 December 2020

    A small amount of the Earley Charity’s £40,000 Covid-19 Support fund is still available for grants of up to a maximum £2,000.  This small grants programme is to help organisations transition to new ways of working and support post-lockdown relaunch or other Covid-19 linked expenditure Who can apply? The Covid-19 Support Fund is aimed at local charities ...

  • Herjeet wins NAVCA’s Rising Star of the Year!
    9 December 2020

    NAVCA held their Heart of the Community Awards on 4 December, celebrating the vital work of local infrastructure – and we are delighted to say that RVA’s Advice Manager, Herjeet Randhawa, won the Rising Star Leadership Award! You can watch the video below to hear RVA’s nomination. Presenting the award, Vicky Browning, Chief Executive of ...

  • Nominate to Celebrate! The High Sheriff Awards
    9 December 2020

    Nominations for the High Sheriff’s Award 2020/2021 are now open You can nominate a Berkshire-based individual, charity, organisation, or community group that makes a real difference to the lives of others. This year has been dominated by the pandemic and the award categories reflect the focus on supporting the exceptional work done by so many to ...

  • Cold Weather Alert Level 2 – useful resources to share
    9 December 2020

    A level 2 cold weather alert was issued on Tuesday which lasts until 09:00 on Thursday 10 Dec in the South East. This means that temperatures are likely to drop to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable adults, particularly older people, those with long term conditions and those living in cold ...

  • Oxford Road stories project – deadline 8 January 2021
    9 December 2020

    Reading is one of 68 areas of England to receive a share of a £95 million government fund having secured High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) status for three conservation areas in the centre of the town. As a result, Reading will receive up to £806,500 for the implementation of a four-year programme agreed with ...

  • How to protect your charity from cyber attacks
    9 December 2020

    As we approach the holiday season, it is completely natural that staff and volunteers may be feeling tired and juggling end of year duties. It may be far from our minds, but it is also worth remembering that charities are still vulnerable to cyber attacks, especially at this time, and to be extra vigilant about ...

  • Kickstart your 2021 resolutions by exploring volunteering this January
    8 December 2020

    Has 2020 inspired you to do something new? Think volunteering might be a way of improving your sense of wellbeing? Looking at volunteering as a way of gaining or changing employment? Whatever your motivation the start of a new year can be a great time to turn those ideas into actions and this January RVA will be ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund – open again for applications to regular funding programmes
    7 December 2020

    After being paused due to the coronavirus crisis, the National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities, and Partnerships funding programmes are open for applications again. For the past months, the National Lottery Community Fund has been focussing on providing emergency funding for VCSE organisations in response to the coronavirus crisis. The Community Fund has now announced that ...

  • Reading Community Grants Projects
    2 December 2020

    Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is working with the 8 successful applicants to the Reading Community Grants programme Each received a share of the £10k funding that was made possible through a new partnership initiative with Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF). The purpose of the programme is to enable small community-based groups, mostly run entirely by volunteers, to ...

  • Local Authority Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) – applications open until 13 December 2020
    1 December 2020

    The following has been provided by Reading UK CIC and may be applicable to some charities, who fit the criteria. Please also refer to the link below from Charity Tax Group for further information.  On 31 October 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support for Local Authorities under national and Local Covid Alert Level ...

  • Guidance on managing youth sector activities and spaces during Covid-19
    1 December 2020

    The National Youth Agency (NYA), the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England, has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector ...

  • Friends of the Elderly Grants for older people in financial need
    30 November 2020

    Friends of the Elderly (FotE) provide grants of up to £400 to older people living on low incomes. Who can apply Older people who are: Resident in England and Wales Of/over state pension age In privately owned, privately rented, or social housing, but NOT in residential care or a nursing home Living on low incomes and with savings of less than ...

  • Survey – how older people use digital access to GP Surgeries
    26 November 2020

    ‘Mrs Harris the doctor will Zoom you now!’ The pandemic has accelerated the trend of GP practices using  ‘digital first’ modes of contact and access. But how are you coping? How are older people coping? South Reading Patient Voice is surveying people over 50 in Reading to ask how they find digital access to GP surgeries. They ...

  • Government guidance: local restriction tiers from 2 December 2020
    24 November 2020

    Article last updated on 27/11/2020  Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week, the government has published updated guidance on what the local restriction tiers will mean after national lockdown ends on 2 December. You can read the full guidance here. The exemptions for providing voluntary or charitable services will remain in all tiers but organisations should ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Awards – nominations open until 15 December 2020
    24 November 2020

    Nominate your Berkshire physical activity lockdown heroes This year Get Berkshire Active are awarding those who have had a positive impact in Berkshire during the Covid-19 pandemic. It could be an individual, or a club, organisation or school which is based in or benefits the residents of Berkshire. The criteria for this award are broad due to ...

  • Food waste collections for Reading residents – starting in February 2021
    24 November 2020

    Reading Borough Council is introducing a weekly food waste collection for residents in February 2021, as well as reducing the size of the general waste bins. The recycling team are keen to engage with as many community associations as possible. If you are able to help with distribution of information to residents of Reading they would ...

  • Didymus funding for social inclusion – rolling deadline
    23 November 2020

    Didymus seeks to help and encourage smaller charities who are working in the areas of social inclusion, education, the arts, equality and diversity and religious understanding. Their aim in all cases is to provide appropriate resources to these charities so that the people they are supporting may flourish. They are particularly committed to supporting those who ...

  • MHCLG Homelessness Winter Transformation Fund – deadline 2 December 2020
    23 November 2020

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced £2 million of transformation funding for the homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector to bring forward single room and Covid-19 secure accommodation this winter. The fund opened on 21 October 2020, and funding will be allocated by18 December 2020. Homeless Link with be distributing ...

  • Asda Foundation Feeding Communities Grant – deadline 6 December 2020
    23 November 2020

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Asda Foundation has created the Feeding Communities Grant scheme. Grants of up to £1,000 can contribute to meals which cost £4.00 or less for those in need in the run up to Christmas. This includes individuals, families, and meals at children’s healthy holiday clubs. Who can apply? Not-for-profit registered charities, registered ...

  • Energy vouchers available from Citizens Advice Reading – by referral
    23 November 2020

    Organisations in Berkshire who work with people who may be struggling with their energy bills, for all sorts of reasons – debts, loss of job, because they are vulnerable or elderly or living in cold homes  – can make a referral to Citizens Advice Reading for energy vouchers. Citizens Advice Reading is reaching out through Berkshire ...

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