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  • Journey Art workshops at Open Hand Open Space
    27 May 2021

    Open Hand Open Space (OHOS) are running a series of free Journey Art workshops in May and June, with the aim of bringing together the local community, local artists and Reading Refugee Support Group. The workshops will be led by OHOS artist Güler Ates, and will be a chance to explore the journey theme through printmaking, ...

  • Spotlight on The Woodland Improvement Team
    26 May 2021 Woodland Improvement Team volunteer stand in cleared area

    As part of a new collaboration between Reading Voluntary Action and the Caversham Bridge Newspaper, we recently shared this introduction to the Woodland Improvement Team with its readers.  We will be sharing further items shining a light on different volunteer lead projects in the coming months.  The Woodland Improvement Team are a volunteer group led by The ...

  • Become a ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassador
    26 May 2021

    Are you proud of Reading and interested in helping welcome visitors back to our town? Reading UK is recruiting a team of volunteer Welcome Ambassadors to support the re-opening of Reading’s economy. With leisure rail travel in the UK due to start up again in late June, Ambassadors will operate a mobile visitor information service ...

  • Grow your own community garden
    26 May 2021

    A practical course in developing and maintaining food-growing gardens in schools and communities This ‘train the trainer’ course will take place on Saturday 12 June, 10am to 4pm at Whitley GrowAllot, with a follow-up session one evening a few weeks later. £20 per place covers both sessions. Course contents Health and safety Tools Record keeping Planning activities Effective learning Resources Promoting social cohesion Promoting healthy ...

  • It’s Volunteers’ Week next week. Time to say #ThxRdgukVols
    26 May 2021

    Next week (1-7 June 2021) is national Volunteers’ Week A chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you Over the past year, volunteers have been at the forefront of the response to the Covid-19 crisis. Volunteers, both informally in their neighbourhoods and through formal organisations, have taken on countless tasks ...

  • Versus Arthritis BAME tackling inequalities fund – physical activity
    24 May 2021

    The funding will be targeted to help support people with long-term health conditions, Black, Asian minority ethnic groups and lower socio-economic groups. As well as supporting specific activities to increase availability of exercise opportunities in local communities, this fund will also support organisations and groups facing financial hardship due to the Covid crisis, with a ...

  • The Naturesave Trust grants – next funding window 1 September to 31 December 2021
    24 May 2021

    Grants are awarded for UK based environmental projects from between £500 and £5,000, covering nature conservation, renewable energy and help to create more sustainable communities. They endeavour to support small projects that make a big difference. Whilst they occasionally work with leading charities they prefer to assist community organisations and small charities. Who can apply? Charities, social enterprises and ...

  • Tesco Community Grants
    24 May 2021

    Tesco Community Grants helps to fund thousands of local projects across the country. Since 2016 the scheme has supported over 36,000 community groups with more than £85million in grants. The scheme aims to make a positive difference – because where communities thrive, business and colleagues thrive too. Tesco Community Grants is a rolling programme and open ...

  • Prince’s Trust Team Programme for 16-25 year olds
    21 May 2021

    The Prince’s Trust are running a course for 16-25 year olds who are not in full-time education or employment This is a 12-week personal development programme to help unemployed young people build confidence, meet new people, acquire new skills and gain a qualification. Students who complete the course can achieve a BTEC level 1 in Employment, ...

  • Berkshire West Musculoskeletal consulation event
    21 May 2021

    Please note new dates for consultations, to engage as many local voluntary sector organisations and service users as possible: two online events via Teams on Tuesday 22 June from 4pm-6pm and Thursday 24 June from 10am-12pm. Take part in this consultation seeking to improve patient pathways and journeys to improved health Are you an organisation that works ...

  • Fragments: Online Premiere of Refugee Theatre
    20 May 2021

    Join Reading Refugee Support Group online for an evening of raw, funny and original theatre, written and performed by a team of talented refugees. Fragments is a moving series of filmed theatre pieces, each telling a different story written and performed by asylum seekers and refugees living in Berkshire. The six short films cover are an ...

  • We Rise: Black Lives Still Matter
    20 May 2021

    In light of the one-year anniversary of the Black Lives Matter movement that was propelled into the spotlight due to the untimely passing of George Floyd, the ỌMA Foundation has created an event to answer the reoccurring question, what’s next for the BLM movement? Let’s continue the conversation! Join the ỌMA Foundation for an inspiring, interactive ...

  • Holiday Activity Fund Reading – Brighter Futures for Children seeks providers
    18 May 2021

    The Department for Education (DfE) is providing funding to local authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to disadvantaged children during the 2021 Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. More information about the scheme can be found here: Holiday activities and food programme 2021 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) Brighter Futures for Children is ...

  • Dementia Action Week 2021 #CureTheCareSystem
    18 May 2021

    Dementia Action Week is underway with activities open to anyone across Berkshire How organisations can support Dementia Action Week (DAW) – a checklist from The Alzheimer’s Society Help us call on the Government to provide quality social care, that is free and easy to access, no matter where you live. Sign and share the petition here. Encourage your members ...

  • Tom Holmes becomes Berkshire Youth charity ambassador
    18 May 2021

    Berkshire Youth are delighted to announce that popular 21-year-old Reading Football Club defender, Tom Holmes, is their new Charity Ambassador. The youth charity is certain that Tom Holmes will be a fantastic Charity Ambassador, helping to raise awareness of their important work with local young people. Tom brings with him heaps of enthusiasm and a ...

  • British Islamic Gardens AGM
    18 May 2021

    British Islamic Gardens (BIG) is a not-for-profit organisation based in Reading, Berkshire. Run solely by volunteers, we are creating garden spaces around mosques that grow in harmony with the environment, encouraging community cohesion without compromising on sustainability. Please join us in a uniting communities initiative celebrating the gardening journey, at British Islamic Garden’s online Annual ...

  • Food4Families Growing Careers – new courses starting in June
    18 May 2021

    Growing Careers – free 6 week courses starting in June Practical, hands-on introduction to what your could be doing if you got a job in horticulture. 1.5 hour sessions, based outdoors in local Reading community gardens seed sowing and propagation plant care soil health garden maintenance sustainable growing techniques see flyer below for dates, times and locations  

  • The Weller Centre wins award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community
    18 May 2021

    Congratulations to The Weller Centre! The Weller Centre won Outstanding Contribution to the Community at the recent Thames Valley Business and Community Awards. Sarah Timmins DeGregory, RVA Development Officer, said: It’s fantastic that The Weller Centre is recognised for their tireless efforts on the Amersham Road Estate and for residents across Caversham. During, before and after lockdown, ...

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Youth Fund
    17 May 2021

    The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood. Core funding grants up to £90,000 over three years Rolling application cycle – no deadline Through the Covid-19 crisis the Foundation have been made increasingly aware that inequality plays out in ways that connect and ...

  • Aviva Community Fund
    17 May 2021

    Building stronger, more resilient communities across the UK: that’s what Aviva are striving towards, and it’s how they want to continue to help small charities and community causes. Aviva have learnt that the causes that make the biggest impact are those that are given the opportunity to test innovative ideas and explore new sustainable strategies without ...

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