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

  • New Big Lottery Fund – Help Through Crises
    22 July 2015

    The Big Lottery are looking to fund partnership projects that draw on the strengths and personal experiences of people facing hardship so that they can overcome immediate difficulties and be ready for opportunities and challenges ahead. “We are looking for projects that provide tailored support, advice and advocacy to enable people to address difficulties and be ...

  • Volunteer management training course: A Creative Approach
    22 July 2015

    This short training series of three half day workshops seeks to strengthen the skills and understanding of volunteer managers so that they become confident and competent in their role.

  • Volunteer research – be part of our focus group
    21 July 2015

    As part of our ongoing work to support and promote volunteering, we’d like to talk to people actively seeking a volunteer role as part of an informal focus group on 11 September 2015. Could you share your thoughts about What you are looking to gain What you are looking to give What you expect from a host organisation How you’ve ...

  • Using health data to support your funding bid
    17 July 2015

    At Reading’s Wellbeing Forum for the Voluntary Sector in June, it was suggested that Reading Voluntary Action could provide a resource bank of data sources to help organisations understand the needs of their communities. A good place to start – Reading Borough Council publishes ward profiles based on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, a useful source ...

  • Have Your Say – The Health Network
    16 July 2015

    Do you want to get involved in local health issues? The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) use an on-line public and patient forum, the Berkshire Health Network, to help run their consultations and surveys and to send emails regarding health news and local health meetings that you may wish to attend. You can sign up to ...

  • RBC proposes significant reduction in voluntary sector grants
    15 July 2015

    RBC are proposing to make significant changes to the amount of funding available for voluntary sector grants and its approach to funding from 2016. The RBC Policy Committee will consider these proposals and a time frame for consultation on Monday 20th July at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre. The papers can be found here under ...

  • RVA Team Out and About at Oxford Road Fun Day
    14 July 2015

    The sun was shining on the RVA stand when we took part in the Oxford Road Fun Day at Kensington Park on Saturday July 4. Those manning the stand included new recruit Kaleigh Pearse who has recently joined as a Community Development Intern. The 21-year-old is no stranger to volunteering, having recently put in a stint ...

  • Essential Reading for all Trustees – Charity Commission Guidance Updated
    14 July 2015

    The Charity Commission has updated its guidance, The Essential Trustee: What you need to know, what you need to do explaining what the regulator expects of charity trustees and outlining their responsibilities. It’s one of the most widely read pieces of Charity Commission guidance and the update has followed a recent consultation with trustees throughout the ...

  • Get Involved in Reading Year of Culture
    10 July 2015

    2016 is planned as Reading Year of Culture and will be developed around a series of monthly themes. January’s theme will be ‘Get fit for Culture’ to kick start the year of festivities. Subsequent themes include ‘Reading 2050’, ‘Food and Culture’ and ending with ‘Light up Reading’ in December.   January        Get Fit for Culture February     ...

  • The Joy of Singing with Mencap
    10 July 2015

    To the tune of Rocking All Over the World, the Reading Mencap Community Choir came in one by one and took to the stage. The enthusiasm and joy shone through while upbeat songs were mixed with slower ones like Fix You (Coldplay) and the classic Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley). Every song had one or more soloists, ...

  • Feeling Proud after an afternoon with Food4Families
    9 July 2015

    On a bright afternoon in late May a group of volunteers from Team Resourceful headed to the Food4families project at South Reading New Directions to help them develop their new Training Base. Commenting on their afternoon out Sam Mackay Team Leader said “We really enjoyed the  afternoon and working with the team at Food4Families. They are ...

  • Social Prescribing gets up and running
    7 July 2015

    Reading’s Social Prescribers have been working closely with Reading Walk-in Centre and  Tilehurst Surgery for the past month. In the first month we have received our first four referrals and hope to continue to increase the number of patients we work with over the coming months. Throughout July we will be promoting social prescribing at both surgeries ...

  • Come and Talk to Reading Samaritans
    6 July 2015

    Volunteers for the suicide prevention charity Samaritans are running an awareness raising campaign in Berkshire throughout July to encourage people to talk about whatever is bothering them. ‘Talk To Us’ aims to let people know that anyone can contact Samaritans, whoever they are, however they are feeling, and whatever life has done to them. They can ...

  • Has your volunteering opportunity been ‘archived’?
    6 July 2015

    Visitors to our site will notice quite a drop in the number of opportunities we have online over the last week or two, down to from 172 to around 120. We’ve reassured visitors in a separate article in our Monday morning newsletter and the homepage that there hasn’t been some great down-turn in the ...

  • Ninety percent of volunteers say they benefit personally from the experience
    3 July 2015

    Reading Voluntary Action is keen to find out what volunteers and potential volunteers have to say about their experiences locally and as well as conducting our own online survey, we are planning a special focus group session in September.  So watch this space for more information and an invitation to join the discussion. In the meantime ...

  • Innovation in Supporting Victims Conference
    3 July 2015

    The PCC for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, is holding a conference on 15 July in Oxford to showcase some of the innovative projects that have been funded locally in the Thames Valley from his victims funding. This will be our very first conference to share learning from victims commissioning and included on the agenda will be ...

  • One in five people prevented from volunteering because ‘no one calls them back’
    2 July 2015

    This was one of the results that came out of a recent survey by the Do-It Trust  – particularly unfortunate since other results highlighted the many significant benefits people gained if they had taken up a volunteering placement. Here at RVA we must admit, we do hear feedback from members of the pubic who visit us ...

  • Classroom and meeting space for hire
    2 July 2015

    Reading Community Learning Centre has moved to new lovely bright premises at 94 London Street and is offering classrooms and meeting spaces for hire in the evenings, at weekends and in the summer holidays. We have two classrooms on the 1st floor which are free in the evenings after 3:30 pm. Both classrooms are equipped with a smartboard ...

  • Secure weekday daytime parking space available
    2 July 2015

    We have a secure parking space available to rent Monday-Friday, 6.30am-6.30pm in Sidmouth Street close to Reading Town Centre. There is CCTV security, barrier access and security lighting. £85.00 per month Additional hours and weekends by negotiation Please make enquiries by email to

  • Cabinet Office launches £20 million Local Sustainability Fund
    29 June 2015

    The Cabinet Office has launched the Local Sustainability Fund that will provide grants to increase the sustainability of around 250 organisations working in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. The fund, delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will provide grants that will enable recipients to implement organisational changes and access professional advice that might ...

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