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Black History Month returns to Reading this October, with a packed programme of special events coordinated by the council working with voluntary groups and organisations from across Reading. Reading can look forward to a wide range of community celebrations, theatre, poetry, music, dance, exhibitions, film and talks throughout the month for all to enjoy.
Would you like to help organise a lively and vibrant festival in East Reading? Come and join us.
Citizens Advice Reading are being funded to deliver a service for the next three years to support clients at risk of homelessness by helping them prevent eviction and increase their financial capability to prevent future crises. They are looking for an additional two part-time caseworkers to join the existing team to deliver this service. The caseworkers will support clients in taking steps to prevent homelessness, achieve financial stability and improve their financial literacy and digital skills.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have developed ‘Fundraising Fundamentals‘, a free fundraising tool to help small charities and groups to develop a fundraising strategy. Many more small community groups in Reading are now working towards Safe and Sound, a good governance award for Reading’s charities. Check out the website at http://rva.org.uk/safe-and-sound or contact Herjeet on 01189 372273 for more information about how you might get started.
RVA’s summer intern Catherine McClane has produced a report on youth isolation and loneliness in Reading. Catherine spent the summer talking to young people and stakeholder organisations, to investigate the causes and impacts of loneliness for 11 to 25 year olds living in the town. Catherine’s report was inspired by national research into the prevalence of loneliness among young people, as well as RVA’s 2017 report on Loneliness and Social Isolation in Reading.
Grants of up to £10k are available to support Berkshire. Charities and groups are being invited to apply for funds by local granting charity Berkshire Community Foundation. Seven funds are now receiving applications which cover a huge range of issues and projects in Berkshire. The money will support people of all ages struggling with disadvantage. Applications are open now until October. To apply, visit the website at www.berkshirecf.org.
Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 23 October 2018. The aim is to reach out to small community groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. Reading Lions will be distributing small grants of up to £500 each. If you are involved in a local community project here in Reading or are a small local charity then this could be your opportunity to obtain one of the grants.
Support U now offer rooms for hire at their Reading hub on 15 Castle Street (RG1 7SB), available rooms are a Reception room for 20 people, a Conference room for 8 people and 2 Counselling rooms for 2-3 people. See the Support U website at www.supportu.org.uk for the availability of each of the rooms. If you require longer terms, please contact Support U directly by phone on 01183 219111 or email at email@example.com.
Registered charities are required to keep their information up to date with the Charity Commission. One way of doing this is by completing an ‘Annual Return’. The Charity Commission has extended the questions for the 2018 Annual Returns and for more information see the article at www.gov.uk/government from the Charity Commission for details on the changes to the Annual Return.
New Directions is enrolling now for part-time adult education courses starting in September. Courses are run in accessible, friendly venues and community settings across Reading at a range of times in the day and are taught by high quality, experienced and supportive tutors. To enrol or find out more you can go to the website at www.newdirectionsreading.ac.uk or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.