Current projects

Connecting communities in Reading
  • Get Online Reading – A team of volunteers providing support for residents who need help accessing the internet and digital services.
  • Ready Friends – Exploring ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities.
  • Social Prescribing – Linking people up with activities or services in the community that they might benefit from. It’s about connecting people to non-medical sources of support.
  • Community Journalists – Investigating local issues, getting voices heard, and connecting communities. Community journalists contribute articles and features to the news section of our website and our weekly news digest.
Improving the lives of young people and families
  • One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership – RVA is part of this multi-agency partnership committed to delivering better outcomes for children, young people and families, and developing a local consensus on how to work together. Find free professional development resources here and subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.
  • The Parent Employment Wellbeing project (PEW) is for parents who are over the age of 16, not in employment, not furloughed and living in Reading. It offers free, clear, non-judgemental and confidential information, advice, guidance and support to help parents progress towards and into training, courses, voluntary work and employment.
  • Youth Partnership and Summer Youth Activities Programme – Developing partnerships with youth organisations and engaging young people to lead and steer projects, to build some exciting and sustainable projects including youth clubs, music and arts workshops, social clubs/events, and a range of initiatives around personal development.
  • Whitley Schools Partnership – Working with local schools, parents and guardians in Whitley to access voluntary sector activities and services for the benefit of their families and school community life.

  • Stronger Together – a Building Better Opportunities project, funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund – is now finished. It ran from 1 October 2017 until 30 June 2020. The project web pages are retained for reference. The project helped unemployed people aged 25 or older who need support to get into work, start a business, or just move closer towards these goals.
Supporting the voluntary sector to grow and thrive
  • RVA News – subscribe to our weekly newsletter for news, jobs, funding opportunities, events and training.
  • Community Building Network –Facilitating network meetings to enable groups managing community buildings to share information and experiences.
  • Trustee Network Providing support and information for trustees. Email to get involved.




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