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

  • New year, new opportunities
    3 January 2018

    A very happy new year from the RVA team! If one of your new year’s resolutions is to give a little time to a local charity, then take a look at the many volunteering opportunities advertised on RVA’s website. If you’re looking to connect more with your local community, then sign up for our big event on ...

  • Carers Information Sessions in January and February
    3 January 2018 Alzheimer's Society

    Are you supporting a friend or loved one with dementia? Would you like more information on different aspects of dementia? The Alzheimer’s Society is organising two information sessions for people who care for someone with dementia. Both sessions are in Reading and will take place on Thursday 25 January 2018, from 10.30 to 12.30 Tuesday 20 February 2018, from ...

  • Apply for support from local law firm – closing date 16 March 2018
    3 January 2018

    Law firm Blandy & Blandy LLP, which has offices in Reading and Henley-on-Thames, is seeking two new local charities to ‘adopt’ from 2018. The firm is currently supporting Twyford-based Daisy’s Dream and Reading Samaritans, having previously supported charities including Younger People with Dementia, Camp Mohawk, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Berkshire Vision. Fundraising activities have included raffles ...

  • 6 highlights of 2017 from RVA
    20 December 2017

    6. Tilehurst Together Launched in June, Tilehurst Together brings local people together to support each other, make new connections, and get involved in community life. There are now nearly 30 people who take part in fortnightly sessions and walks. One participant told us: ‘This scheme is wonderful – just what we need in society today – ...

  • Season’s Greetings from RVA
    20 December 2017

    Season’s Greetings from everyone at RVA! We will close at 2pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and open again at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018. As we look forward to working together in 2018, take a look at our highlights of 2017.    

  • Have your say – Local Healthwatch for Reading and Wokingham
    20 December 2017

    Reading Borough Council are seeking views from people who use health and social care services, to understand the likely impact of commissioning a single Local Healthwatch for Reading and Wokingham. The consultation is being conducted by Reading Borough Council on behalf of both councils involved and will run from Tuesday 19 December 2017 to Tuesday 6 ...

  • Working Together for Health and Wellbeing
    19 December 2017

    At the recent Wellbeing Forum, Seona Douglas, the new Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council, outlined why we need to work together to address some of the challenges to the health and wellbeing of people in Reading. Seona reminded us that health inequalities in Reading are real and widening: Reading’s poorest communities ...

  • Reading Your Way – Christmas Opening Hours
    19 December 2017

    Reading Your Way, 1a Rupert Square, Reading, RG1 3HE. Tel: 0118 9660240 Christmas opening times Monday 18 December: 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday 19 December: 9 am – 5 pm Wednesday 20 December: 9 am – 5 pm Thursday 21 December: 9 am – 5 pm Friday 22 December: 9 am – 5 pm Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December: CLOSED Wednesday ...

  • Let’s Make Reading Friendlier – Conference
    13 December 2017

    February 21 2018 will see a big event at Reading Town Hall, exploring ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities. The focus of the conference will be on taking action to create change at both a personal and organisational level.  Workshop themes will include ‘it’s everyone’s business’, ‘loneliness as a public health ...

  • Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation
    6 December 2017

    Have your say on the proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme. Reading Borough Council continues to face the challenge of the most difficult budget position in its history. Demand for key Council services – like caring for vulnerable adults and children – is rising at a time of unprecedented and sustained cuts in funding ...

  • Oxford Road Champions to End Loneliness Workshop: New Date!
    6 December 2017

    The Oxford Road Champions to End Loneliness workshop has been rescheduled for Thursday 18 January 2018, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. Join us at Battle Library to find out how to become a Champion to End Loneliness for Reading. Anyone can be a champion, helping to end loneliness in a wide range of ways: find out ...

  • ‘SIRs’? What are they and should you be reporting them?
    5 December 2017

    The Charity Commission has recently updated its guidance on Serious Incident Reports (SIRs) and when to report these. So what are they, and when exactly should a charity report incidents? Reporting This area usually fills charity managers and trustees with dread but it is important to understand when you have a duty to report, as failure to ...

  • Approval for Charitable Companies to convert to CIO
    4 December 2017

    The long awaited approval for Charitable Companies to convert to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) has finally arrived. Read on to find out when your charitable company can start the process of transferring over.

  • Your chance to comment on the Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan
    30 November 2017

    Reading Borough Council is now consulting on the Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan until 26 January 2018. We are in the process of producing a new Local Plan to replace existing development plan documents, and to plan for development in Reading up to 2036.  Once adopted, the Local Plan will be the main document that informs how ...

  • Workshop Postponed: Oxford Road Champions to End Loneliness
    29 November 2017

    The Oxford Road Champions to End Loneliness workshop which was due to take place at Battle Library tomorrow – 30 November 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – has been postponed due to the organiser’s ongoing jury service. Everyone who registered for the workshop will receive an email soon to tell them about the new ...

  • Accessing Local Mental Health Services – event on 30 November
    29 November 2017

    Have your say about how to access local Mental Health Services in the future. Local Clinical Commissioning Groups would like to hear your opinion at an event in Wokingham on Thursday 30 November 2017. Refreshments will be provided and tickets can be obtained by emailing Event details: Date: 30 November 2017 Time: 2 pm – 4 pm Location: ...

  • Join the RVA team in a new role – School and Parent Engagement
    29 November 2017

      Interested in joining RVA and becoming part of a small, supportive team, passionate about Reading and our communities? We are looking for a new team player to engage with parents, and support them to make the most of growing opportunities to return to education, training, employment or self-employment. The role will involve building strong relationships with ...

  • Wellbeing Forum – speakers announced
    27 November 2017

    Do join us for the next Wellbeing Forum for the voluntary and community sector on Wednesday 6th December (9:30am for 10:00am start) at RISC We have a great programme of speakers including: Seona Douglas, Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council.  Seona will talk about why we need to work together to improve ...

  • Help us understand more about loneliness: participate in our Focus Groups
    24 November 2017

    We are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading. We are interested in hearing from a wide range of people and we understand from research we have carried out that certain situations make it more likely that someone may be affected by loneliness. Your participation in these focus ...

  • Data Protection and GDPR – further Workshops available
    22 November 2017

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

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