Meet our CEO
- Chief Executive0118 937 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel’s role is to provide vision and leadership so that RVA can build the capacity of the local VCS and strengthen its voice; to promote the role and value of the sector to the public and to key agencies and partnerships which influence the life of the local community; to support the Board of Trustees in carrying out its governance responsibilities and ensure the organisation has the resources necessary to carry out these functions.
Meet our other staff
- School and Parent Engagement Officer0118 937 email@example.com
Anna’s role is part funded by the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund as part of the Stronger Together partnership which brings together 13 organisations in Reading and West Berkshire to help people in deprived areas to find opportunities. She engages economically inactive parents in Reading, with the aim of supporting them to progress towards and into training, voluntary work, work-experience placements and employment.
- Volunteering Development Manager 0118 937 firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve works with groups big and small to help them develop volunteering roles, establish best practice in volunteer management and influence policy around volunteering. This includes developing and managing new initiatives, such as Team Reading, to help increase the number of volunteers coming forward and open up opportunities for those who face barriers to getting involved . Steve also works to promote volunteering to the public, helping potential volunteers find the roles that are right for them.
- Social Prescriber01189 372 email@example.com
Amber is one of the Social Prescribers working on the Social Prescribing project. The service aims to link individuals with activities and services in the community, to offer non-medical support and to help reduce isolation.
- Information and Communication Officer0118 937 firstname.lastname@example.org
Demelza uses her research, writing and editing skills to support and promote RVA projects. She develops content for the website and social media, and creates a wide range of publicity materials and resources for the RVA team. Demelza has worked in the community and not-for-profit sector since completing her PhD in nineteenth-century literature and philosophy at the University of Exeter in 2013, having previously worked in marketing and publishing. She joined RVA part-time in 2016.
- Partnership Manager0118 937 email@example.com
Sarah supports local charities to promote their services to commissioners, to measure their impact and develop partnerships. She works closely with statutory agencies to identify opportunities for closer working with voluntary organisations to achieve the best outcomes for Reading’s communities.
- Social Prescribing Coordinator01189 372 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz coordinates and ensures the smooth running of the Social Prescribing service delivered by RVA in partnership with Age UK Berkshire. She supports the people referred and the Social Prescribers, ensuring ongoing contact and database maintenance.
- Development Worker: Digital Inclusion0118 937 email@example.com
David runs the Get Online Reading project, which uses a team of volunteers to promote digital inclusion around the town and help local people make better use of the internet. The Get Online team is based at Reading Central Library and does outreach sessions at other libraries and community venues around Reading. David also co-developed the RVA website.
- Youth Project Coordinatorcharlotte.firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte works with a variety of youth organisations, developing partnerships with the purpose of creating an exciting and sustainable youth offer in Reading. Charlotte focuses on reducing loneliness and isolation amongst young people, as well as increasing provision for Reading’s most vulnerable youth. She engages groups of young people to lead and help shape new projects.
- Advice Worker0118 937 email@example.com
Herjeet oversees the Advice Service at RVA, advising voluntary and community groups on the legal and technical issues of running a charity or voluntary sector organisation, such as charity law, company law, employment law, contract law, health and safety, data protection, safeguarding etc. She also oversees the Safe and Sound Quality Award, and delivers and organises training for the sector.
- Ready Friends Coordinator01189 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhiannon’s Ready Friends project is part funded by The Earley Charity and looks at ways to increase the number of people who are active in communities around Reading by improving communication and ensuring people know how and where they can get involved in social groups, community events, sports, volunteering and democracy.
- Development Officer: School Involvementsarah.email@example.com
Sarah supports parents and guardians in South Reading to access voluntary sector activities and services, for the benefit of their families and school community life. Working in partnership with Family Support Workers, she creates linkages with existing and new organisations, the school and its parents, to better utilise social supports and strengthen community cohesion.