Food4Families is looking for volunteers to grow and distribute fresh produce

Over the past 10 years, Food4Families has created over 25 school and community food-growing gardens in Reading, involving thousands of people in growing fresh, healthy produce. As a result of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Food4Families has identified a need to increase local food growing to provide fresh food to vulnerable people in the community. Food4Families is looking for volunteers to make a difference by growing and distributing fresh produce. Continue reading Food4Families is looking for volunteers to grow and distribute fresh produce

Reading Digital Quilt Project

The Rising Sun Arts Centre is creating a digital quilt documenting the story of Reading during the Covid-19 pandemic. Join us and other people across Reading to chronicle this unique moment in history. Share your experience of lockdown by adding a patch to the quilt. Your ‘patch’ could be an image that means something to you, a drawing, a photograph, a collage, a piece of fabric a video, a memory. Continue reading Reading Digital Quilt Project

Reading Transport Strategy 2036 – Statutory Consultation

Transport matters to all of us. It connects us with our workplaces, schools, friends and families. It affects our health, the air we breathe and the streets where we live. It helps our economy to grow and our town to thrive, and it can make the environment around us clean and friendly or dirty and dangerous. Continue reading Reading Transport Strategy 2036 – Statutory Consultation

Young people and coronavirus – share our survey about lockdown life in Reading

Reading Voluntary Action and the University of Reading want to understand how coronavirus and living in lockdown has been affecting young people in Reading. We want to know how we can improve local services to meet the needs that are emerging as a result of Covid-19. Young people aged 11 to 19 are invited to take part in a survey to let us know about their views and experiences. Continue reading Young people and coronavirus – share our survey about lockdown life in Reading

Lockdown learning with the WEA

Since March, the WEA have moved quickly to move their courses on line. Over 700 tutors have now participated in a comprehensive training programme, and there are now over 500 courses up and running, including ESOL, Community Interpreting and a wide range of community learning courses which WEA are delivering free of charge this summer. In addition to formal courses the WEA has also extended their offer to include informal drop-in and taster sessions. Continue reading Lockdown learning with the WEA

RVA launches digital inclusion survey

The Get Online Reading project has now been going for over five years. In that time we have seen over 5000 visitors at 1200+ drop-in sessions where we help people to get online using a computer, smartphone or tablet. With the current Covid-19 situation it has been necessary to discontinue drop-in sessions. Since this is likely to continue for some months, we need to look at innovative ways to help Reading’s digitally excluded people. Continue reading RVA launches digital inclusion survey

#Coping guides for children, young people and families

#Coping is a new guide offering support to families struggling during the coronavirus lockdown. It has been produced by a group of leading local health and social care organisations and it signposts people to a range of information, and to groups in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire who are experts in dealing with mental health, anxiety, stress, self care, wellbeing and sleep issues. The guide is being distributed via schools, the NHS, local authorities, and voluntary and community organisations. Continue reading #Coping guides for children, young people and families

How to hold remote committee meetings

Over the last month, charities and community groups have adapted to holding trustee meetings remotely. This may be a new process for many charities, whose trustees would normally meet in person. The Charity Commission has therefore issued a timely reminder of its guidance CC48: Charities and Meetings to help trustees to review the requirements of a valid meeting. This is particularly important at the moment as many charities will be making very important decisions. Continue reading How to hold remote committee meetings

Do you need more volunteers? Team Reading is ready for action

There has been a fantastic response to the call for coronavirus response volunteers in Reading. Almost 2,000 people from across the town have registered to be part of Team Reading. Organisations who are currently registered with RVA can call upon this pool of volunteer support if you face increased demand for your vital services as a result of the outbreak. If you’d like to request support from Team Reading, please complete the new simplified form listed below. Continue reading Do you need more volunteers? Team Reading is ready for action

BCF coronavirus funding update – rolling funding round

Berkshire Community Foundation’s coronavirus support fund is open on a rolling basis. This means that applications received by 17:00 on a Wednesday are taken to the grants panel on the Friday each week. Successful groups will receive funding into their nominated account early the next week. Groups can apply for up to £5,000 under this fund. More details and eligibility requirements available online at www.berkshirecf.org. Continue reading BCF coronavirus funding update – rolling funding round