We also have a range of online resources to complement our services available at:
RVA's regular email digests will keep you up-to-date with latest news, information and events affecting the voluntary and community sector.
You can also follow us on Twitter:
We offer free help with the legalities and technicalities of running or starting a charity or voluntary organisation in Reading. We have knowledgeable and experienced staff and a range of useful resources available.
The main focus of the work is to help organisations meet their legal requirements, function effectively and strengthen their ability to achieve a sustainable funding base. The subject areas covered are diverse and include:
Advice is given individually or by way of training or facilitation. A community development approach is adopted to ensure services and support reach those groups struggling with significant or new community needs. RVA nurtures and supports the development of new projects and initiatives to meet those new needs.
Groups wishing to request advice about securing resources should start by completing RVA's fundability healthcheck which will give us important information towards providing the appropriate form of support.
Recent user feedback:
"I would thoroughly recommend the RVA to anyone who is thinking of establishing a voluntary group in Reading. Our organisation has benefitted significantly from the information and advice we have received since starting our group in September." Children on the Autistic Spectrum Young People's Project (CATSYPP)
0118 957 4123
Advice ServiceHighbridge House 16-18 Duke StReadingRG1 4RU
We provide a public facing volunteer recruitment and advice service through our website and town centre shop, both for individuals and for our new team challenge service
The website provides full online searchability of all the best and latest volunteering opportunities in Reading, plus links to regional and national volunteering sites.
Our team of advisers can help visitors to our shop with tips about finding opportunities which build on the volunteer's experience or interests, including how they might contribute to development of a fuller CV.
They can also provide information about neighbourhood groups and charities and the services they offer, as well as providing a link to the expert advice and support available from Reading Voluntary Action for the voluntary and community sector.
See who you might meet from RVA's volunteer adviser team here
0118 9023 910
Information and volunteering shopHighbridge House 16-18 Duke StReadingRG1 4RU
Monday 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 10am to 4pm
Thursday 10am to 4pm
We have a range of flexible meeting rooms available suitable for parties between 2-12 depending on set-up.
Facilities available include:
Standard rates start at just £10 per hour with discounts available to Highbridge House & RVA members.
Bookings can be made here
Please phone or email us if you wish to discuss your particular requirements.
Need something bigger? Take a look at our space hire options.
0118 902 3910
Meeting room hireHighbridge House 16-18 Duke StReadingRG1 4RU
Monday 9am to 6pm
Tuesday 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 9am to 6pm
Thursday 9am to 6pm
Friday 9am to 6pm
A comprehensive online service that gives local voluntary and community sector groups the potential of their own micro-site, with details of their service, their news and events.
The search functions on the site mean that members of the community, potential service users, supporters and stakeholders can use their individual criteria to find out what the voluntary sector has to offer them, when and where.
The directory is also regularly updated by the Reading Voluntary Action team with news of our own work, the services we offer and with other news of relevance to the local voluntary sector.
News and events are automatically included in our instant Twitter stream when they are added to the site.
RVA DirectoryHighbridge House 16-18 Duke StReadingRG1 4RU
RVA's service for volunteer involving organisations (VIOs) encourages and supports volunteering in the Reading area by:
VIOs who use our recruitment service gain access to thousands of volunteers through our volunteering website at www.rgneeds.me and at our town centre shop manned by trained host advisers.
Volunteers can also be informed of your needs via our weekly newsletter and our instant Twitter stream.
0118 957 4123
Services for Volunteer Involving OrganisationsHighbridge House 16-18 Duke StReadingRG1 4RU