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

  • Reading Bicycle Kitchen Opens in Jacksons!
    5 June 2014

    Reading Bicycle Kitchen, a new bike-maintenance initiative designed to get more Reading residents cycling, has announced that it will be taking over the iconic Jackson’s building in the town centre.

  • Healthwatch Reading is 1 – Time to reflect
    4 June 2014

    Healthwatch Reading reached its first birthday in April this year. We are keen now to reflect on the past year and gather some feedback from members of the voluntary and community sector to support our development in to our second year.

  • Out and about with RBFRS for Volunteers’ Week
    4 June 2014

    The joint forces of RBFRS and RVA were out on Broad Street central Reading on 3 June promoting Volunteers’ Week, with the work of the Fire & Rescue’s own volunteers John and Marie in evidence as they told people how to get the best home fire safety advice.

  • Last call for Family Matters training
    4 June 2014

    If any of your team works with the family or child of an offender, or may need to in future, don’t miss the chance to take part in this training being jointly delivered by Sarah Holland of Probation and Lucy Drake of RBC Children’s Service on Thursday 12 June. Take up has been disappointingly slow for ...

  • New CEO for RVA
    4 June 2014

    We are very pleased to announce that Rachel Spencer has been appointed as RVA’s new CEO. An RVA Adviser for the last eight years, Rachel has extensive experience of managing and developing charities and voluntary organisations. Particularly focusing on supporting the work of trustees, Rachel has encouraged many to work in partnership and has played a ...

  • VW30 – The sun shone in Broad Street for day 3 of Volunteers’ Week
    3 June 2014

    A good day on Broad Street central Reading for the RBFRS / RVA combined team, promoting volunteering and fire safety to the passing public.

  • VW30 stop press! – We got the Queen’s Award!
    2 June 2014

    It’s official today – ABC to read have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the brilliant work our volunteers do helping children find their way in the world of reading.

  • Police Property Fund – grant applications invited
    2 June 2014

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has announced this year’s round of grants from the Police Property Fund. The fund is created from the proceeds of sale of goods recovered by the police that cannot be returned to their original owner, and all awards from the fund must be for charitable purposes

  • Have you heard about Your Options Berkshire?
    2 June 2014

    Do you know about how local voluntary organisations are helping to improve people’s health? You may be a GP or community nurse looking for extra support for a patient. You might be looking for particular support for yourself or a family member. You may work for a voluntary organisation that can demonstrate the health benefits of ...

  • VW30 – Volunteers’ Week 2014 is here!
    1 June 2014 Volunteer week logo

    The 30th national Volunteers’ Week is upon us and Reading Voluntary Action is publishing a bumper edition of our Volunteering e-newsletter thanks to all the great organisations looking to provide lots of new opportunities for volunteers to purse their interests and make a difference. This edition also includes VW30 news items from lots of local organisations ...

  • VW30 – families get by with a little help from their volunteer friends
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Home-Start Reading helps local families going through difficult times, whether because of bereavement, illness or disability of the child or the parent, post-natal depression, family breakdown, loneliness and isolation, or stress in coping with a number of young children. The committed and caring volunteers, who all have parenting experience and have been through Home-Start’s training programme, ...

  • VW30 – Singing for the brain in Calcot
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Amongst the local services of the Alzheimer’s Society is Calcot Singing for the Brain. The sessions are supported by volunteers and use music and singing to bring people with dementia and their carers together in a friendly, safe and stimulating environment. Music and song are known to trigger old preserved memories as well as improving ...

  • VW30 – Volunteers aren’t just a number at RRSG
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Reading Refugee Support Group is 20 years old this year, having been formed by volunteers to meet emerging needs in our town in 1994. The enquiries that RRSG deals with are complex and take on average 2 hours of volunteer time, just to get a proper picture of the situation. Currently 10 volunteer caseworkers, speaking 12 ...

  • VW30 – Face-to-face with our Volunteers
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Even though RVA runs a great online volunteering portal, the personal touch is still invaluable when what’s needed is a face-to-face discussion about the possibilities. Visitors to RVA are looking for a ‘sounding board’, someone who’s a volunteer themselves and can boost their confidence about taking the plunge. The advisers have lots of local knowledge and ...

  • VW30 – Volunteering from Advocacy to Zumba
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Age UK Berkshire is fortunate to have the support of around 200 volunteers who help the organisation in a variety of ways. From Advocacy to Zumba, our volunteers are the life blood of the charity and we could not exist without them. Our youngest volunteer is 18 and our most senior supporter is 89, who ...

  • VW30 – Volunteers spread the word about fire prevention
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Our Berkshire-wide volunteering programme offers a range of ways for volunteers to get involved with our work in community safety and fire prevention. Roles are varied but include: • Providing fire safety advice and information • Promoting the free Home Fire Safety Check service • Driving the RBFRS outreach vehicle • Conducting client satisfaction surveys Whatever role they have, volunteers provide ...

  • VW30 – Volunteers enriching people’s lives – and their own!
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    ENRYCH Berkshire works with people who have a physical disability to bring colour, purpose and an added dimension to their lives through engaging in activities with a volunteer, social events and meeting each other. A totally blind lady wanted someone to go shopping with her and be her mirror when she tried on clothes. When Enrych ...

  • VW30 – Children do well with ABC volunteers
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Thanks to all the hard work and dedication from volunteers, staff and trustees, the charity will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, coinciding with the 30th birthday of Volunteers’ Week. To quote one local head-teacher: “ABC to read people make their reading time with the children personal, fun, interactive and interesting. The children love going ...

  • VW30 – Did you know our volunteers do craft?
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Launchpad Reading has over 50 volunteers providing everything from counselling and mentoring to IT and fundraising. But did you know they also do craft?? Every Tuesday dedicated volunteers Diane and Pam run a Knitting and Craft Workshop, much enjoyed by clients looking to regain confidence and learn new skills. “Keeps me occupied and I get to ...

  • VW30 – Volunteers are the key to our success
    30 May 2014 Volunteer week logo

    Reading Sea Cadets is part of the UK’s oldest nautical youth charity and the Unit is run entirely by volunteers. The volunteers bring enthusiasm and a range of skills, whether they want to help train cadets or apply their business skills to help run the Management Team that supports the Unit. Efforts from all volunteers, no ...

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