Here you can keep up with the latest from Reading’s 1000+ voluntary organisations and other voluntary sector news from around the area.

  • Reading Refugee Support Group’s 25th year celebration
    28 August 2019

    Reading Refugee Support Group are officially 25 years old, and we are celebrating! We would love you to save the date for our very special evening event on Monday 4 November at Reading Concert Hall. This promises to be an event to remember with stories, music, theatre and fashion, plus a real insight into the charity’s ...

  • Exciting News from Berkshire West Mental Health Support Team
    28 August 2019

    Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (BWCCG) and partner agencies West Berkshire Council, Brighter Futures for Children and Wokingham Borough Council are keen to inform you about an exciting trailblazer soon to be launched in participating schools across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Children and young people in one of the 54 trailblazer participating schools will now ...

  • Save the date for the RVA AGM – 17 October 2019
    22 August 2019

    Join Reading Voluntary Action for our 2019 AGM We’re sticking to our popular morning slot for this year’s AGM. Join us on Thursday 17 October 2019 for breakfast (supplied by Picnic) and networking from 9.30am, with the AGM taking place from 10am until 11.30am. Hear from RVA staff, trustees and volunteers about the work we’ve been ...

  • The RVA Office will be closed tomorrow – 23 August 2019
    22 August 2019

    The RVA Office will be closed tomorrow – Friday 23 August – due to staff sickness. We’ll be open again as normal on Tuesday 27 August 2019. In the meantime, you can email or browse volunteering opportunities here.  

  • Free online healthy eating advice from University of Reading’s nutritionists
    22 August 2019

    Free online healthy eating advice is being offered by nutritionists as part of a new trial being run by the University of Reading. The EatWellUK study is testing a new easy-to-use web app, which provides advice on how you can eat more healthily. Participating in this nutrition study involves using the eNutri web app ( to ...

  • The Real Business Club – free startup business workshops
    22 August 2019

    The Real Business Club are hosting a series of workshops that could help you kick-start your very own business! These workshops are approachable for all kinds of people who are considering starting up a business. Even if you’re a new business this could be a great workshop for you to help better your services or learn ...

  • Friendship volunteering survey
    22 August 2019

    At RVA, we often hear that it’s getting harder to attract new volunteers to take action on loneliness and social isolation in Reading. Demand is increasing for volunteers who represent the diversity of Reading and who are free at times when people need them. During August and September, RVA is conducting a survey of local voluntary ...

  • Take part in Trustees’ Week 2019 – share your trustee story!
    20 August 2019

    National Trustees’ Week is a dedicated week each year where charities up and down the country celebrate the role and contribution from volunteer trustees, who are one of the cornerstones of the voluntary sector. Trustees are unpaid volunteers who bring valuable skills, experience and passion for social action in our communities. In a nutshell, charities ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund – Climate Action Fund announced
    19 August 2019

    The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has announced that its newest fund will build a network of people and communities, well placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. The new £100 million fund is being launched as the level of concern over climate change continues to rise. The funded activities are expected to ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Activate Fund – round 2 opens on 14 October 2019
    19 August 2019

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are managing the Activate fund on behalf of the Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC). The aim of the fund is to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire. Organisations can apply for between £750 and £2000. Applying organisations must have an income of less ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Year 3 Categories announced
    19 August 2019

    Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the third year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Two pots of £20K and one pot of £30K are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes to run activities over 12 months, ...

  • Co-op Foundation #IWill Fund – Applications open until 20 September 2019
    16 August 2019

    Grants of up to £35,000 to help young people have a say in how community spaces are managed. They expect to make up to eight grants, available for one year. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to two years’ further funding, to build on their learning and focus on sustaining their impact. ‘Community ...

  • The Enterprise Bootcamp by Mapis
    14 August 2019

    Learn to start your own business Starting this September, Mapis CIC are offering a free 15-week intensive enterprise training programme designed for any budding entrepreneurs looking to start their own business. The programme will cover: Your idea Presentation skills Competition Target market Marketing strategy Finances Market analysis In week 15, all students will receive a bespoke business plan to fill out. The main skills ...

  • Spotlight on Reading Refugee Support Group in its 25th year
    14 August 2019

    In June we covered Reading Refugee Support Group receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This month, our Community Journalist, Oriela De Rossi, went to visit RRSG and take a more in-depth look at what receiving the award means to the organisation. Chief Executive, Nick Harborne, said: “Reading Refugee Support group was built on the backbone ...

  • How technology can help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation
    14 August 2019

    Many of us would probably agree that while TV, radio and online support do not provide The Answer to loneliness and social isolation, they can be a valuable part of a package of support for many people. Research by WaveLength The charity WaveLength gives radios, televisions, and tablet computers to people who are lonely and can’t afford ...

  • GSK Impact Awards open for application
    14 August 2019

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, ...

  • Have your say – RBC strategy consultations
    8 August 2019

    A reminder about some of the issues and strategies Reading Borough Council is currently consulting on – don’t miss the opportunity to have your say The Active Reading consultation is open until 14 August 2019. The Reading Transport Strategy consultation is open until 20 September 2019. The Homelessness Strategy consultation is open until 29 September 2019.    

  • Charity Bank Road to Growth – free event in Reading
    7 August 2019

    Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations in Reading to sign up for a free event on 8 October 2019. The Road to Growth event will be hosted at the Meadow Suite in the University of Reading (RG6 6BT) from 9 am to 12 noon and ...

  • BCF – new funding rounds and 1:1 surgeries
    6 August 2019 Berkshire Community Foundation Logo

    Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? Are you a small-medium sized charity or community group in Reading looking for funding for either a specific project or for core costs? In readiness for the upcoming rounds of funding, RVA is partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to offer 1:1 sessions (20 ...

  • Cultural Commissioning 2020 – open from September 2019
    6 August 2019

    RBC Cultural Commissioning team have some funding coming up for work with older people experiencing, or at risk of, loneliness and social isolation. It is part of the cultural commissioning programme currently run under the Reading, Place of Culture project, and it will go live in early September. They are looking for projects that will deliver ...

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