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

  • Berkshire Credit Union contact points
    30 April 2015

    Berkshire Credit Union (previously known as Community Savings & Loans) has moved from 58 London Street to 62 Portman Road. The Credit Union is making itself more accessible by having pop up stalls or ‘contact points’ within libraries and community centres throughout Reading.  It means instead of people having to come to Portman Road to access ...

  • Making referrals for young people who need mentor support
    30 April 2015

    Lucky Break Mentoring Adviza is looking for referrals for young people who are unemployed or at risk of being so, and need mentor support to work towards accessing education, training or employment. We have many volunteer mentors who are trained and eager to get started but need young people to work with. Mentors can support young people develop ...

  • Summer Events at University of Reading
    30 April 2015

    The University has a rich cultural heritage and their campuses are alive with activity all year round. Each summer the University becomes a hive of activity, showcasing the best in arts, music, museums, film and theatre, showcasing the talented students and staff from across the institution. Following are highlights of some the events: Norma Wilkinson Lecture: ...

  • Celebrating difference at Diversity Day
    30 April 2015

    Communities from across Reading came together for a vibrant family friendly celebration of difference at ACRE’s Diversity Day. Visitors enjoyed a wide ranging programme with performers, dance, music and inspiring guest speakers throughout the day. There were also, children’s activities, face painting, charity and information stalls and more. The event, held at Reading University, was organised ...

  • Volunteers needed for new project with young people with special needs
    28 April 2015

    Seeking Inspirational volunteers to help young people with special needs. Adviza is a charity that works with young people aged 13 – 19 to help them overcome barriers and achieve their true potential. We are developing a project to provide work tasters and/or work experience placements for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our ...

  • Get ready for Volunteers’ Week 2015
    27 April 2015

    The first week of June as ever is national Volunteers’ Week – a chance to celebrate and publicise the contribution volunteers make to your organisation and the community of Reading, as well as to attract new people. Reading Voluntary Action is keen to hear about your plans and publicise them to our drop-in visitors, our e-newsletter ...

  • Green Community Fund for Reading: Deadline 8 May!
    21 April 2015

    Olswang’s Green Seed Fund is giving overall £34.2 (£3k per project) to creative environmental projects that have big social benefits and are based in Reading or Camden (where Olswang have their UK offices). Feel free to have a look at last  year’s winners here. If you have won or applied before and are operating in these areas, ...

  • Work experience for young people with special needs
    20 April 2015

    If you are a volunteer who has a particular interest in working with young people with special needs we want to hear from you. Adviza have been really fortunate to receive funding for a DFE project to engage with employers to provide work tasters and/or work experience placements for young people with special educations needs and ...

  • Student Community Awards nominations
    20 April 2015

    The University’s Student Community Awards scheme aims to recognise the individual efforts of students who help others in the local community. The awards are for those students who give up their spare time on their own initiative, by providing support to others, by making a contribution to community life, or for acts of kindness or good neighbourliness. The award has ...

  • The Reading Trustee Network is back!
    17 April 2015

    The Trustee Network is making a comeback! This will be your chance as a trustee to share information and experiences amongst your fellow trustees in Reading. The events will take place quarterly, focussing on different topics each time. Reading’s voluntary sector could not function without the hard work of its trustees and the huge amount of ...

  • Volunteering Drop-ins at Reading Library
    17 April 2015

    Our RVA volunteer advisers have been running drop-ins at the library on Thursday mornings for some time and this has now been extended to Tuesday afternoons. It’s been going really well with lots of visitors and from 27 April our whole service will have moved across to the Library. Between now and then, best give us ...

  • Grant fund launches to protect vulnerable people
    17 April 2015

    The Police Property Act Fund was launched today. The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, which includes seizures from criminals. This year ...

  • Essential Financial Training for Treasurers, Trustees and Managers
    14 April 2015

    Keeping your finances in order may not be the most glamorous or exciting aspect to running a voluntary organisation, but it can be make or break for whether you thrive, just survive or nose dive! Our two training sessions coming up are targeted to meet the needs of various people in an organisation to enable you ...

  • Annual Walking Forum
    14 April 2015

    All walkers are invited to attend Reading’s Walking Forum on Friday 24th April.  It will be an opportunity to: hear about the Reading Walks Programme learn about volunteer walk leader training and how to set up walking clubs input ideas and suggestions for the Walks Programme Free hot drinks, pastries and biscuits for all!

  • Bitesize topic for 21 April – Trustee reporting requirements
    13 April 2015

    The next topic in our Training Bites series of lunchtime sessions combines a discussion on an increasingly important topic with a chance to visit the new Elevate Hub on Floor 3 or Reading Central Library, RVA’s soon-to-be home. Read more here

  • Volunteer Coordinators’ Network 22 April – venue
    13 April 2015

    The next Volunteer Coordinators’ Network Meeting will take place at RVA’s soon-to-be-home on the 3rd Floor of Reading’s Central Library as part of the new Elevate Hub. Take a look at more event details here for a rough agenda and format of the meting, which runs 10.30-12.30ish. Just drop a line to if you ...

  • Safeguarding your independence in the election period
    8 April 2015

    With the election approaching it is important to make sure your activities do not fall foul of electoral law and Charity Commission guidance. Whilst it is entirely acceptable for charities to have a policy position on a particular issue or campaign for a particular law, where this aligns with the policy of a particular party, ...

  • Reading Town Meal: Stallholders welcome!
    7 April 2015

    We are currently planning the next Reading Town Meal, to be held on Saturday 3rd October 2015 and are seeking stall holders. The event is the biggest “picnic in the park” that Reading has ever seen and will return to Forbury Gardens on Saturday 3 October 2015 and the local community is invited to get involved ...

  • Grant funding – Domestic Violence Victims with Complex and/or Specialist Needs
    7 April 2015

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting bids for county-based pilot projects, which will subsequently receive grant funding for a period of 18 months, to support victims of domestic violence with complex and/or specialist needs. The invitation is for either single bidders or consortia to provide support across the following areas:- * Oxfordshire (maximum funding – ...

  • RVA is on the Move
    1 April 2015

    Reading Voluntary Action is moving to be a part of an exciting new initiative Elevate Reading. The Elevate Reading Hub @the library, supported by the Elevateme website, is the place for 16-24 year olds in Reading to get help, advice and support on employment, work experience, volunteering and mentoring. The Elevate Hub @the library and Rachel Spencer ...

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