Thinking about voluntary work?

Our volunteer advisers

Our town centre information shop and volunteering website www.rgneeds.me are the places to find out more about the vibrant world of volunteering in Reading.

Our personalised matching service can help you discover more about volunteering opportunities within the 200-plus organisations and groups that are registered with us. The website has all the functions you need to help you view the opportunities that fit with the criteria you set, whether you are browsing at home, on the move or in our shop.

The advisers who work with us 10am-4pm Monday to Thursday can help you with the search and matching process and in addition, can share their know-how about volunteering and about the organisations and type of work you are considering. They can help you think through what you can offer from your current competencies and what skills you could realistically expect to gain by volunteering in particular roles.

Just because the dictionary says volunteering is “freely choosing to give your time for the benefit of others, your community and environment” it doesn’t have to be a one way street. For the people involved, volunteering is also a chance to acquire new skills, build your confidence, meet new friends, gain a perspective on community issues in Reading, add to your CV, share your experience and skills, take action on a local issue or reach out and support disadvantaged people. It is an important part of RVA’s volunteering service to help volunteers and the organisations that use them to achieve mutual satisfaction and success.

What sort of thing can you do?

We have opportunities to match your interest and abilities

  • Administration
  • Advice / Information
  • Advocacy / Campaigning
  • Animal care
  • Arts / Entertainment
  • Befriending / Visiting
  • Catering
  • Community Development
  • Community Representative
  • Conservation / Restoration
  • Coordination / Projects
  • Counselling (qualified)
  • Design / Creative
  • DIY / Maintenance
  • Finance
  • First Aid / Emergency help
  • Fundraising
  • Gardening / Outdoor work
  • IT / Programming
  • Leading group activities
  • Learning support / Mentoring
  • Legal
  • Management / Business
  • Marketing / PR
  • Research / Policy
  • Reception / Meet and greet
  • Shop work / Retail
  • Social Media
  • Sports coaching
  • Stewarding
  • Support (other)
  • Teaching (qualified)
  • Training
  • Translation
  • Transport / Driving
  • Trustee / Committee roles

We have opportunities to match your availability

You can help with a one-off event

You can help for a few hours per week or month

You can work part or even full time on a project

We have opportunities that match your personal qualities

Whether you like to work solo, work in a team, like to lead, follow, like detail or the big picture, like lots of variety or prefer structure and a specific role.

What do volunteers say?

As soon as I included the fact that I ran my own community project on my CV, I started to get replies to my job applications.


“Volunteering means I feel I’m contributing towards a very worthwhile service for people who need support in their lives.” Ameena

“Volunteering does wonders for your mind, body and spirit. It’s a way to plug yourself in again and get charged up.” Dorothy

And the organisations they help?

We know that we couldn’t offer the quality of services we do, if it wasn’t for the work of our volunteers.

Director, Age Concern Reading

“We’ve had two new volunteers join us through you. This has made an incredibly positive impact on our provision.” Youth Worker, Chiltern Edge Youth Centre

“We provide talking newspapers containing local news to around 200 visually impaired people in Reading. Without volunteers our services wouldn’t exist.” Talking Newspapers for the Blind (volunteer)

Find out more

Check out our volunteering website www.rgneeds.me As well as a listing of all the volunteering opportunities you could go for, there’s lots of other information.

Newsletter and social media

Sign up for our weekly email digest of all the new voluntary opportunities and latest volunteering news straight to your inbox every monday morning. Sign up now!

You can also follow us on Twitter @rva_volunteer, and get notified of every new opportunity as soon as it is published.

Speak to an adviser

Drop into the Reading Voluntary Action information shop and speak to one of our advisers. The team is here to help 10am-4pm Monday to Thursday to walk you through the possibilities and share their experience and knowledge of the wide range of groups and charities who involve volunteers in their work.

Find us at Highbridge House, 16-18 Duke Street, Reading RG1 4RU

Reading Voluntary Action’s volunteer services are funded by Reading Borough Council