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 Abuse of Postion for Sexual Purpose - a Thames Valley Police Professional Standards Training Event to raise awareness around the issue of a minority who seek to misuse their position whilst serving the public.  The training session is on Thursday 22nd October, 14.00 - 15.00 and will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.  To book a team's invite for the event please contact Sebastian.Wilson@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

ACEs & Trauma-Informed Practice (online workshop with Get Berkshire Active and Healthy Stadia - a 2 hour online training course that provide sports organisations with new insights into the profound effects of trauma, the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how participation in sport and physical activity can foster resilience and help people heal, recover and improve their social outcomes and long-term physical and mental health. Tuesday 24th November, 7.00 - 9.00pm. Contact: Matt Davies / matt.davies@getberkshireactive.org / 07912 178655

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) - wants to understand how they can better connect with young people and create opportunities to get involved that are rewarding, informative and fun.  Please complete the survey to guide the development of BBOWT's programming.

British Safety Council - detailed general return to work guidance across all sectors.  The framework should enable organisations to develop robust protocols  and arrangements, designed to manage the risk of COVID-19 within the workplace.

CAMHS – West Berkshire: If you’re concerned about the mental health of a child or young person, Berkshire CAMHS might be able to help. Visit their website for answers to frequently asked questions and contact details. The CAMHS website also has links to several other websites that might be of use.

Capture Everything - Sported have put together a guide to you to re-engage your existing participants, sind new ones and share you story with your wider community.  The guide can be downloaded here

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation - guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sports facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation.

COVID-19 and Youth Violence - understanding the impact of COVID-19 on our youth.

Detached Youth Work Guidance - this guidance sets out the basics of detached youth work and other non-building based forms of youth work, and locates them in the context of COVID-19.

Digital Youth Work - The Proud Trust have produced a set of documents for organisations to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Youth Work - UK Youth guide to delivering high quality digital youth work during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Emerging Minds – how can we best support children and young people with their worries.

Gangs and Exploitation - A youth work response to COVID-19.

Help for Families: A new team within West Berkshire Council for children, young people and families who are facing difficulties and who would like to access some additional services for help. For example: families needing additional support to care for children, or children or young people who are having problems at home, at school or elsewhere. Families can enquire directly, or ask for a member of the Pastoral Team to support them with this.  helpforfamilies@westberks.gov.uk 01635 503090.

Homeless Link: Preventing youth homelessness after COVID-19 - looks at the crisis of inequality and homelessness that young people in England are facing whilst considering the implications and fallout of COVID-19.

Hot Chocolate Trust - alternative youth work ideas.

Infrastructure survey - funders want to hear from organisations working with young people - how you can make sure you get the support you need.  The survey can be accesses here.

Inside Out Young People's Health and Wellbeing: A Response to COVID-19 - a National  Youth Agency publication which explores the impact of the pandemic on young people's health and the role of young people's services in support of vulnerable young people, in particular.

Koothhow COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of children and young people.

Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19 - guidance for the re-opening of youth services and activities.  Tools and practical information to support the reopening of youth sector activities across a variety of contexts and settings can be found here.

Mental Health Matters -  This nationally recognised qualification is suitable for anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge of mental health problems, the factors that cause mental ill-health and the ways that mental health problems be managed.  Gain a nationally recognised qualification -  Level 2 Certificate in the Awareness of Mental Health Problems.  Register your interest here.  Other courses available include Mental Health First Aid; Understanding Children and Young People's Mental  Health; Understanding Autism.

Mini Courseintro to Detached Youth Work duriing COVID-19.

#MoveWithUsBerkshire Campaign - statistics on the impact of the pandemic show the amazing benefits of physical activity on strengthening the immune system and improving physical and mental wellbeing.  If you are an organisation or club in Berkshire upload your sessions to the Activity Finder to make  your sessions visible to Berkshire residents.

National Youth Agency - NYA Guidance remains at Amber level, despite the government announcements made in the House of Commons on 22nd Sept.  Please read the NYA guidance document to make sure you are meeting the requirements for the Amber readiness level.  

National Youth Agency - a youth work response to COVID-19: July 2020.

National Youth Workers Catch Up - from cups of tea and peer discussion to advice and time the National Youth Agency is  here to support you.

Newman University - a range of YouTube videos with youth workers about how they have adapted their youth services during lockdown.

NSPCC Learning - has produced guidance around Coronavirus: safeguarding and child protection.

NSPCC Learning - resources about writing and updating safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures; making sure your staff are safe and volunteers are safe to work with children; supporting children and families; recognising and responding to abuse; and carrying out online activities and events.

NSPCC Learning - guidance to help recruit safely whilst observing social distancing guidance.

Online Youth Work - guidance for moving services online.

Online Youth Work - safety guidelines.

Our plan to rebuild: The Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy - The government's roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crises has been recently updated.

Outside is Open - a checklist to help you think about what you need to consider before getting going.

Playing Out - make your street a place to play.

Project Closure - essential closure checklist.

Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - Department of Education guidance.

Safeguarding young people during the COVID-19 pandemic - a guide for designated leads in voluntary youth organisations.

SCREENAGERS - guidance for digital youth work.

Sector Finances - update and advice.

Skills Builder - universal framework shows how to build essential skills at every stage of life, available free.

Staying Connected - communication update.

Team Sports - Government guidance on how team sports can resume.

'The State of Child Poverty 20' - Buttle UK has published a unique insight into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic inside the homes of some of the most vulnerable families in the UK,

Thinkuknow - an online resource to raise awareness of  online child abuse and exploitation.

UK Youth - check out their upcoming events.

Working safely during coronavirus - Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities.

Working with Single Parent Families - Do's and Don'ts when supporting young single parents

Young people in lockdown - a report by The Prince's Trust and YouGov explores how young people's anxiety increases as fears for future employment prospects mount.

Young Citizens - free 1 hour CPD certified online training course.  This course is an introduction for teachers and other adults working with young people and children to use social action to improve community spaces.  Fro more information and to join the course please email click here.

Youth Sector data standardThe Centre for Youth Impact is part of a group of funders, commissioners and infrastructure bodies who are all supporting a UK-wide initiative.  The aim is to build a simple process to gather consistent data, generate shared insight across the youth sector as a whole, and reduce the number of surveys by making more use of this shared source of information. To make this a reality, they need as many organisations to take part.  Please fill in the form here it will take 15-20 minutes.

Youth Work Support - advice, guidance, support and tools for youth workers, young people and organisations.

Youth Worker Wellbeing - UK Youth webinar  which aims to equip youth workers with skills and tips to support their own wellbeing.



Blume - up to 16 hours free support from experienced Charity Accountants, HR professionals, Fundraisers, Copywriters and Office Administrators to help with the consequences of Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Community Support Fund - aimed at small and medium-sized charities and administered by the National Lottery is open for applications.

Empowering Young PeopleThe NCLF has launched a larger amount of funding (between £10,001 - and £500,000) for projects that work with young people (between the ages of 8-25) that face and overcome challenges that they are presented with.  Application deadline: Open

Fat Beehive Foundation - grants are available to small UK registered charities for building websites, digital products and improving digital presence that enables them to carry out their work in a more effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.  Application deadline: Open

Grants Online - a complete list of emergency funds for COVID-19.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust - grants are available to large charitable groups and organisations for projects that educate young people in rural areas and rleive of poverty in rural areas.

Summer Play Schemes - grants of up to £1500 are available to voluntary and community groups to  help run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children.

Tampon Tax Fund - supports projects in violence against women and girls, young women's mental health and well-being, and general programmes.

Volant Charitable Trust - COVID-19 Response Fund - grants are available to UK charities that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been affected by the COVID-19.  Application deadline 31st Dec.