Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 900+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Safeguarding Adults – a great turnout
    12 September 2017

    Nearly 40 people attended “Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business” on Monday 11 September.  Volunteers, staff and interested individuals learned more about who is at risk, the range of abuse and neglect issues and how to raise concerns. We heard from: Natalie Madden, Business Manager for the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB).  The Board brings together ...

  • Remember a charity in your will: “You are really giving a lifeline and your legacy will live on for a long long time”
    11 September 2017

    As part of Remember A Charity Week 2017 our intern Stephanie has been exploring the impact that legacy giving can have on charities within our local community. As part of her work she had the opportunity to speak to Samantha Harper at the Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre to find out more about the condition, ...

  • Support by and for autistic people in Reading
    6 September 2017

    AutAngel is an autistic-run group which helps autistic adults to live more fulfilling lives. They have recently received more funding to re-start the successful peer support groups and post-identification programme that they piloted in Reading last year. They have also started a new gardening group which meets weekly to plan an allotment and grow and harvest ...

  • Fire Marshal Training – for Voluntary and Community Groups – 26 Oct 2017
    6 September 2017

    RVA is collaborating with Redkite Training to provide a half-day Fire Marshal training session for Reading-based voluntary and community groups and charities. This training is a key element of good Health and Safety practices and will ensure that you are able to keep your service users, members, volunteers and staff safe in the event of ...

  • Safeguarding for Volunteers – 23 Nov 2017
    6 September 2017

    All voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers with little or no paid staff, it is important that volunteers receive basic safeguarding training. RVA are hosting this mini workshop, which has been designed ...

  • New ACRE opening hours
    5 September 2017

    Opening hours for the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality (ACRE) offices have changed. Until further notice the office hours are: Monday           9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday           9:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday         9:00 am – 5:00 pm. At other times you can call on 0118 951 0279 and ...

  • Police Property Act Fund open for applications
    1 September 2017

    A new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund has been announced. The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned ...

  • Rose Centre – it’s finally here
    31 August 2017

    Reading Rose Centre is opening a monthly drop-in for women from FGM practising communities. The drop-in opens on Friday 1st September 2017, and thereafter every first Friday morning of every month from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  There will be workshops, 1:1 sessions with a doctor, informal peer support, arts and crafts.  The sessions will provide opportunities to ...

  • Get Ready for the 2017 Aviva Fund
    24 August 2017

     The 2017 Aviva Community Fund opens for project submissions on 12 September, with more chances to win than ever before.  The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding from £1,000 up to £25,000 for an important cause in your community. To apply go to All you have to do is enter a project for your community ...

  • Community Buildings Forum
    23 August 2017

    Booking now open for our next Community Buildings Forum. Come along to find out what available space there is in Reading for your group and its activities.

  • Co-location opportunity in West Reading and Tilehurst
    23 August 2017

    Reading Libraries are interested in hearing from groups who might require space in the West Reading-Tilehurst area. Our sites at Battle Library (420 Oxford Road – RG30 1EE) and Tilehurst Library (School Road – RG31 5AS) have office space we could potentially offer at low cost (and possibly no cost), subject to your organisation being on ...

  • Take Part in Reading Libraries Fun Palace
    23 August 2017

      We are looking for local groups and organisations to take part and share their skills and interests in our first Fun Palace on Saturday 7 October. Events will be happening across each of our libraries and we are looking for groups to help us make it a success and put on lots of fun free ...

  • Community Buildings Forum
    21 August 2017

    Is your group looking for a more ‘permanent’ home or have you thought about raising extra income through renting out space in your building to another local voluntary group? RVA are hosting another Community Buildings Forum for Reading-based groups with updates on available space.

  • BCF Symposium 2017
    18 August 2017

    BCF (Berkshire Community Foundation) invite you to attend their annual BCF Symposium to be held on 22 September 2017, from 9.30am to 3.00pm at Green Park in Reading.

  • Data Protection – Getting your group ready for GDPR!
    16 August 2017

    Everything you need to know about the new Data Protection regulations that will affect all charities, community and voluntary groups.

  • Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business – find out more
    16 August 2017

    Safeguarding adults is everybody’s business This includes staff and volunteers working in health agencies, police, social care and charities as well as people who might be concerned about neighbours, friends and family members. Come along on  Monday September 11th to find out more about: Who are adults at risk What is meant by abuse and neglect How you can raise ...

  • BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund
    15 August 2017

    BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund is accepting applications from across the UK. Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK. BBC Children in Need are ...

  • Social Isolation and Loneliness in Reading: Full Report
    15 August 2017

    Throughout March and April, 437 people filled out a questionnaire so we could understand more about loneliness and social isolation in Reading. The report will help to inform local organisations how they can respond to these issues. The survey has highlighted who is most likely to be experiencing loneliness and social isolation, how it impacts on different ...

  • Funding opportunity – Active Communities now open!
    9 August 2017

    Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over ...

  • Has your charity benefited from a legacy donation? Let us tell your story
    9 August 2017

    As part of Remember a Charity Week 2017 (11-17 September) we are seeking to tell the tales of local organisations who have benefited from a legacy donation. Working alongside local solicitors Rowberry Morris, we would like to encourage more people to remember local charities when they come to make decisions about who they would like to ...

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