Volunteers’ Week 2016 – Round Up

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As Volunteers’ Week 2016 draws to a close we have put together a short round-up of what we got up to over the period in case you missed anything. We would like to thank all those organisations who supported our activities and everyone who stopped by to find out more about volunteering.


Eat Reading – On Friday 3 June we took to Broad Street as part of Eat Reading. Members of the team chatted to over 100 members of the public about their experience of social action and how they could get involved locally.

Ready Friends Afternoon Tea – On Tuesday 7 June we held our Ready Friends tea party. Members of our team and representatives from a number of organisations who run befriending schemes were on hand to talk about this type of volunteering over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

Trustee Matching and Volunteering Event at Green Park – On Thursday 9 June we joined representatives of organisations to spread the word about the important role trustees play in ensuring that Reading continues to benefit from a strong and vibrant voluntary sector.


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 Volunteer profiles

As part of our goal of highlighting the diversity of volunteering in Reading, we published four items exploring the work of five volunteers during the period. Click a photo to view the profiles.

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We think these were a real success and intend to publish more of them in the coming months. If you have a volunteer you would like to profile please contact steve.hendry@rva.org.uk to find out more.

Social media

Throughout the period we ran a campaign to encourage organisations that benefit from the efforts of volunteers to take to Twitter to thank them using the hashtag #ThxRdgVols. A number of organisations took the time to do this and we thank them for supporting the campaign. Of course, Volunteers’ Week isn’t the only time that we should be showing our appreciation for the difference our volunteers make! Please do continue to use the hashtag whenever you wish to thank your volunteers publicly, and we will continue to help you to promote volunteering.

In addition, Steve Hendry (RVA Volunteering Development Worker) broadcast a special Volunteers’ Week edition of our monthly slot on Blast 1386’s Community Matters show. The show included recordings of volunteer coordinators from a variety of local organisations giving thanks for the help of their volunteers.

Well that’s enough about what we’ve been up to – what about you? If you held an event during Volunteers’ Week that you would like others to know about, why not submit a news item for our website and newsletter? Simply complete our news form.