Events

  • Tue
    22
    Sep
    2020
    11:00 - 13:00Online via Zoom

    The Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting provides a space for those who oversee the work of volunteers to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role. It is an opportunity to share best practise and to learn from the rich experiences of colleagues working across our diverse sector.

    Volunteering has been at the forefront of the response to the Covid-19 outbreak with volunteers taking on key roles in delivering community initiatives to mitigate the impact of the outbreak. This has seen existing organisations delivering new services as well as transforming existing ones. It has also seen new forms of social action take shape to address community needs.

    Volunteering has probably never been more prominent and we have a unique opportunity to help turn those mobilised in the face of an international crisis into the regular core of the volunteering workforce for years to come. We also know that many of those who have come forward during the crises may be feeling demotivated having been underutilised up to this point.

    This first VCN to be held since the outbreak is designed to provide an opportunity for us to come together to take stock of the way volunteering has changed in the past few months, draw out any lessons to be learned and to look forward to the challenges and opportunities in involving volunteers in our work in the months and years to come.

    Please register via the button below and further details and joining instructions will be sent in due course.

    Register Here

  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2020
    10:00 - 11:30Online via Zoom

    Please join us on 24 September 2020 for our AGM, where we’ll discuss the successes and challenges of the last 12 months, and how we see the next 12 progressing.

    We welcome you all, in order to receive the meeting invite please call 0118 956 0050 or contact admin@home-start-reading.org.uk.

    We look forward to (virtually) seeing you there.

  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2020
    12:50 - 14:30Online via Zoom

    Our quarterly Ready Friends Befriending Forums are for anyone in Reading taking action on loneliness and social isolation.

    Even during lockdown and this shaky period of ‘lockdown-easing’, hundreds of Reading’s voluntary and community groups have shone brightly, quickly moving their activities and support online and over the telephone to help the most vulnerable, who have been isolated and often lonely. But, what if you don’t speak English, or read in your own language – or you can’t use the internet?

    At this Befriending Forum, we will hear from Reading Community Learning Centre and other local groups supporting people who speak other languages and we’ll identify the challenges and opportunities for improving access for everyone in Reading to the amazing variety of community support and activity.

    Please join us on Zoom at 13:00 on Thursday September 24.

    Please book on eventbrite using the link below, where you will also find the Zoom link and guidance for using Zoom: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ready-friends-befriending-forum-tickets-116570153467