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

  • Volunteer Coordinators’ Network – Sign up now for the July meeting
    29 June 2016

    Our next Volunteer Coordinators’ Network (VCN) meeting takes place on 19 July 10am-12pm. The VCN, facilitated by RVA, is an opportunity for peers to come together to discuss the challenges involved in coordinating volunteers and to share experience. We will also be sharing RVA plans for the coming months, including: Developments in the way we communicate with potential ...

  • Police and Crime Plan Consultation
    24 June 2016

    Your Views – Policing and Crime The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is consulting on the views of the public on policing and crime in their local area. The results of the survey will be used to help inform the next 5 year Police and Crime Plan Take part in the survey

  • Social Prescribing – Moira’s story
    23 June 2016

    Social Prescribing  is about connecting patients to non-medical sources of support to help improve their wellbeing. We can spend time with a patient to understand the activities or services that they might benefit from, and link them up with voluntary organisations and community groups that offer the support they are looking for. Reading Voluntary Action is ...

  • Ready Friends Afternoon Tea serves up information on befriending
    21 June 2016

    Advice and information was offered alongside tea and cake at an event held to promote volunteer befriending earlier this month. The drop-in event, which took place on Tuesday 7 June at Reading Central Library, was organised by the Ready Friends project. For members of the public who may be interested in becoming a befriender, it was ...

  • Befriending Forum
    18 June 2016

    Reading Voluntary Action and Age UK Reading warmly invite you to an information-sharing and networking event about befriending. This event is aimed at organisations from Reading and the surrounding areas that run befriending schemes, work to reduce social isolation, or are just interested in finding out more about befriending. 10.00: Arrival and coffee 10.10: The future of ...

  • BBC Children in Need grants for organisations helping disadvantaged children and young people.
    16 June 2016

    BBC Children in Need have announced September deadlines for their grant programmes for groups supporting disadvantaged children and young people: Small Grants Programme Not for profit organisations such as such schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants ...

  • Could you be an RVA Advice Worker?
    15 June 2016

    We are looking for an individual with strong and demonstrable belief in the value of the voluntary sector with the knowledge and skills to take lead responsibility in RVA for providing charities and voluntary groups with advice, information and training on legal and technical aspects of running an organisation. The successful applicant is likely to have ...

  • Free webinar on pensions auto-enrolment
    14 June 2016

    Staging dates are fast approaching where every employer will have to automatically enrol certain employees in a pension and make contributions towards it. It’s a big deal for a lot of small employers and not everyone has all the information so it’s important to get up to speed. NCVO are hosting a webiner aimed at small ...

  • National Diversity Awards – Reading Refocus needs your vote!
    14 June 2016

    James Pyle and Reading Refocus have been nominated for the 2016 National Diversity Awards. Vote now to help get national recognition for a local charity! The ceremony celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across the UK. The awards aim to recognise nominees in their respective fields of ...

  • New fundraising guidance for trustees published by the Charity Commission
    13 June 2016

    The Charity Commission has published new guidance for charity trustees about fundraising from the public. The guidance sets out 6 key principles to help trustees comply with their legal duties when overseeing their charity’s fundraising, and also includes a checklist for trustees to evaluate their charity’s performance against the legal requirements and good practice recommendations ...

  • Reading Your Way on the move!
    13 June 2016

    Reading Your Way is moving from their Oxford Road premises and will be closed from Monday 13th to  Friday 17th June during the relocation. They re-open on Monday 20th June at: 1A Rupert Square, Reading, RG1 3HE New telephone number: 01189 660240 They will be offering a new programme of activities for members. Watch this space for more information. Your ...

  • Volunteers’ Week 2016 – Round Up
    12 June 2016

    As Volunteers’ Week 2016 draws to a close we have put together a short round-up of what we got up to over the period in case you missed anything. We would like to thank all those organisations who supported our activities and everyone who stopped by to find out more about volunteering. Events Eat Reading – ...

  • Being a trustee brings “huge satisfaction”
    8 June 2016

    Sarah Del Tufo is currently Chair of Trustees at the Reading Community Learning Centre and has extensive experience of trusteeship. Sarah has held a variety of roles as a trustee for a number of charities since the 1970s, both in Reading and elsewhere. When asked why she joined the trustee board of the Reading Community Learning ...

  • Community Assets Matter training
    8 June 2016

    Building on many years of experience, this training package has been developed to address the need for guidance, support and advice on the management of community buildings. The 2-day course is supported by a resource handbook, addressing the range of legal and technical aspects of asset management and signposting to further more detailed information and support, ...

  • RBC community buildings transition fund deadline extended
    8 June 2016

    Reading Borough Council have agreed that a small fund be made available for local groups that have a responsibility for managing a building in Reading to support capacity building and sustainability. The fund has been under subscribed and the deadline for applications has been extended to 20 June. Funding available The sum of £20,000 in 2016/17 and ...

  • Cultural Event
    6 June 2016

    As part of Refugee Week, Reading City of Sanctuary is sponsoring this free event. Come and experience different foods, games, drinks, music and arts Come and learn about different cultures Come and have a wonderful time For further information email

  • Let’s Talk Health and Social Care in Reading
    6 June 2016

    Join the Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups and Reading Borough Council to learn about, and discuss, plans for services this year. Hear about proposed changes to GP practices and give us your views. Hear how we plan to work together to support older people. Tell us about issues that concern you. To register, email or book via Eventbrite

  • What’s it like to be a trustee?
    1 June 2016

    Nelson Walters, currently Treasurer of Reading Mencap and No5 Youth Counselling and Information Service, speaks about his experience of being a treasurer and a new trustee. After about a year of retirement, Nelson had realised that he missed the challenge of the business environment, when one day he saw an RVA desk in the library. He ...

  • Kids Company – the lessons for charity trustees in Reading and the help available
    1 June 2016

    Was it a one-off? Could it happen here? How would we tell?  These are some of the questions local trustees have been asking since the news of the collapse of Kids Company hit the headlines. Investigations into the failures that led to the closure of Kids Company last year provide a number of lessons.  The report ...

  • How RVA will be spreading the word during Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June)
    31 May 2016

    As part of national Volunteers’ Week 2016 (1-12 June), we will be spreading the word about volunteering to make sure those inspired by the national promotion have ready access to opportunities to get involved here in Reading. We will be out and about throughout the period: 3 June – Eat Reading Festival @ Broad Street (10am-7pm) – ...

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