A brief guide to our volunteering services

Author's position
RVA Volunteerring Development Worker
Article date
26 May 2016
Primary interest

In the last year we published 390 opportunities for people to volunteer, ranging from befriending someone feeling isolated to playing badminton to help improve someone’s mental wellbeing. Whether through our rgneeds.me web portal, our Central Library base or out and about in the community, we are passionate about helping potential volunteers find roles that allow them to satisfy their own motivations whilst making a difference to our community.

Volunteering for all

 We believe that there is a volunteering role for all who want to get involved, and a role to inspire those who just don’t know it yet. We are constantly exploring ways to make volunteering in our community an inspiring and accessible option for all. One way in which we are achieving this is via our RVA Youth Programme. Working with our local partners, our team develop time bound, flexible and goal specific volunteering projects for 16-24 year olds.  Below is a quote from Mayah who successfully completed a project with Reading Mencap last year. You can read more about Mayah’s RVA Youth Experience HERE


Mayah Bentley-Holder


“In a way I feel I have matured. The project has allowed me to gain some real experience, for example planning and budgeting, whilst using my skills to deliver something real.”



Ready Friends – A brand new RVA Initiative

Ready Friends WT background

We are always seeking new ways to help organisations find the volunteers they need.

Ready Friends wants to reduce social isolation in Reading – for older people, families, and those with long-term health conditions or disabilities – by encouraging more people to volunteer for one of the existing befriending services.

Ready Friends is hosting befriending forums where organisations can network and share ideas, and events for volunteers interested in finding out more about befriending.


Praise for RVA’s Volunteering Service

“A great service with helpful staff and volunteers ready to help you whenever needed
Alice Doran (Berkshire Credit Union)

“I appreciated all the support and advice I received from RVA while recruiting” 
Sarah Hunneman (Reading Borough Council)

“RVA is our central source of volunteers for Reading. It’s vital for our promotional work”
Sam Ward (Parents and Children Together)

“RVA always does a great job. Makes my job of recruiting volunteers much easier”
Leslee Hopper (Reading International Solidarity Centre)

“The 4 volunteers who came forward had never been to a Town meal so just came across the advert on RVA and were interested so you obviously have a big reach!”
Sharon Fitton (Food4Families)


To find out more and keep up to date with the work that RVA is doing to help volunteering flourish in our community please sign up to our regular news updates or contact our Volunteering Development Worker Steve Hendry