Passionate about community? Join RVA’s Social Action Mentors

Author's position
Advice Worker
Article date
5 June 2018
Primary interest
Voluntary sector
Social Action MentorsAre you passionate about a cause in Reading? Do have links to a particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee? Volunteer with RVA as a Social Action Mentor.
Social Action Mentors can:
  • Receive free governance training from RVA.
  • Put this into practice by mentoring a grassroots community group in good governance.
  • Access resources and guidance from the RVA Advice Worker.
  • Be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading.
  • Carry our clearly-defined projects.
  • Claim reasonable travel expenses.
Why we’re recruiting volunteer Social Action Mentors at RVA

RVA champions and strengthens the local voluntary sector in Reading. We currently support over 900 groups from small unincorporated community groups to larger charities. Most of the community groups in Reading operate on limited resources while serving Reading’s most vulnerable individuals. RVA recognises that good governance is key to a voluntary group’s ability to deliver their services effectively, and supports groups to develop this for themselves.

To increase our reach, RVA is recruiting Social Action Mentors to volunteer in the community, providing information and signposting grassroots community groups to help them develop good governance. Social Action Mentors will volunteer under the guidance and support of the RVA Advice Worker for clearly defined projects with community groups.

The role in brief

Social Action Mentors will mentor a local community group to help the group achieve agreed actions in good governance. Activities will vary but may typically involve drafting procedures, helping with funding applications,  attending and supporting at AGMs, and signposting groups to RVA for resources and training. Please note this is not an ‘advice giving’ role but a mentoring role to support groups to access agreed resources that are available through RVA to improve their capacity.

Find out more

To find out more and apply contact Herjeet on 0118 9372273 or email herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk.