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

  • 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 ...

  • Reading Dingley is “Outstanding”
    26 June 2015

    Please read our June 2015 newsletter to find out all that has been happening at the Dingley Centres. Stories include: the appointment of our first CEO; Reading Dingley again being rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted and the latest on our various fundraising events. More great news is that this academic year to date, 97% of our children ...

  • Central club building development – open meeting
    25 June 2015

    The steering group working on the development of the Central Building will be holding an open meeting for anyone interested in progress or getting involved. Central building open meeting Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 5.30pm . Third floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square.

  • Big Lottery Women and Children’s Initiative
    25 June 2015

    The women and girls initiative is a funding stream of up to £45 million which we will invest in services for women and girls. The overarching aim of this funding is empowering women and girls to take control of their lives. Only women and girls organisations will be eligible to apply. We are defining a women and ...

  • Final notice on Building Better Opportunities
    24 June 2015

    The Big Lottery are now receiving applications for stage one of the Building Better Opportunities fund with a deadline of 3rd August 2015. The following organisations are taking leads for the 3 priorities and are meeting with partner providers across Berkshire. Addressing Barriers to Work – Supporting Families ...

  • REMINDER – Adult Social Care Grants Re-shaping workshop 6th July
    24 June 2015

    Reading Borough Council is proposing to change its approach for Adult Social Care and Public Health grant funding from 2016. This is a final reminder of the workshop on 6th July, when you can hear more about the proposals. If you currently having funding through Adult Social Care or Public Health, it is important that you understand ...

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