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  • Digital skills for the Covid-19 economy: free Microsoft training via LinkedIn

    16 July 2020Digital skills for the Covid-19 economy: free Microsoft training via LinkedIn

    Microsoft has launched an initiative to provide free training to provide 25 million people with the digital skills required in the Covid-19 economy. The worldwide project provides free access to content in LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn and the GitHub Learning Lab. Training is offered in 10 areas, ranging from software developer to digital marketer or graphic designer to financial analyst. In addition, Microsoft is offering courses in soft skills, such as critical thinking and persuading others, and collaboration.

  • Service update from the Royal Berkshire Hospital

    28 June 2020Service update from the Royal Berkshire Hospital

    The Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire Hospital today put out a message to patients to reassure them it’s safe to attend for appointments and vital to keep the dates set for any planned surgery. The move comes after clinicians at the hospital reported low numbers of people turning up for allotted clinic slots or operations that were put on hold during Covid-19.

  • Reading Community Grants scheme launched

    28 June 2020Reading Community Grants scheme launched

    Reading Voluntary Action is pleased to announce this new funding for small community groups in Reading, who are embedded in and providing grass roots support to their communities. We have received £10,000 from Berkshire Community Foundation to distribute in this way and qualifying groups can apply for up to £2,000 each.

  • Government guidance: Easing of restrictions from 4 July

    25 June 2020Government guidance: Easing of restrictions from 4 July

    Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the government’s plan to continue to ease the restrictions around social distancing. If you are planning on re-opening your services then please ensure you complete a full risk assessment and consider the implications on all involved with the organisations, and in particular those who are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.

  • Berkshire Vital Signs survey 2020

    18 June 2020Berkshire Vital Signs survey 2020

    Berkshire is home to just over 911,000 people. Access to safe, healthy environments in which we live, learn, work and play can powerfully affect lifelong wellbeing. But we know that in Berkshire not everyone can participate equally and Vital Signs has reported growing concern about child poverty, pressure on carers, mental health and homelessness. In 2020 we have the additional challenge of Covid-19.

  • Food4Families is looking for volunteers to grow and distribute fresh produce

    12 June 2020Food4Families 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.

  • Reading Digital Quilt Project

    11 June 2020Reading 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.

  • Reading Transport Strategy 2036 – Statutory Consultation

    29 May 2020Reading 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.

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

    28 May 2020Young 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.

  • Lockdown learning with the WEA

    27 May 2020Lockdown 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.