Coronavirus and your community

The next few weeks and months will be challenging times everywhere. With many people likely to have to stay at home it will be time for local volunteers to help out. If you need information, are interested in helping in your community or know someone that needs extra help here are some useful sources of information – we will add to this list as necessary:- Continue reading Coronavirus and your community

The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live

The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live – a place where people in need of help can be connected with volunteers, organisations and services who can support them during the coronavirus outbreak. The number to call is 08081 894325 (free phone), the phone line is open 9:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. Members of the public can phone the hub if they have welfare needs which a family member or trusted friend cannot help them with. Continue reading The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live

Coronavirus contingency plans – does your organisation have a van or minibus that could be used?

In the event that front line Reading charities need extra support to deliver supplies during the coronavirus outbreak, RVA are compiling a list of organisations with vans or minibuses that might be used for this purpose. If your organisation might be able to help, please email details to info@rva.org.uk. Continue reading Coronavirus contingency plans – does your organisation have a van or minibus that could be used?

Become a ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassador

Are you proud of Reading and interested in helping welcome visitors to our town? Could you spare some time to provide information and directions to visitors as they arrive at Reading Station? Reading UK is looking for people who take pride in Reading and who can spare up to three hours a week to help run a mobile tourist information stand inside Reading Station. Continue reading Become a ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassador

Ethical Recruitment Charter launch on 12 March 2020

Ethical Reading, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, has developed a ‘gold standard’ for recruitment in our town. Based on the three pillars of Respect, Transparency, and Fairness, the Ethical Recruitment Charter provides support and advice to employers and a guarantee to customers and potential employees. The charter includes commitments to respect the law and regulations surrounding recruitment and treat job applicants with respect, to be transparent in all dealings with applicants and to treat applicants fairly and courteously. Continue reading Ethical Recruitment Charter launch on 12 March 2020

Reading Volunteer Awards 2020 – individual nominations now open!

Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Reading Volunteer Awards. The awards evening celebrates those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. Nominations can be made by those working or volunteering in local not-for-profit organisations, those who have benefited directly from the work of a volunteer, or members of the general public. Continue reading Reading Volunteer Awards 2020 – individual nominations now open!

Be part of Reading Community Lottery – register as a good cause in time for the public launch

There’s still time to register as a good cause in time for the public launch of Reading Community Lottery on 28 February 2020. Reading Community Lottery is a weekly online lottery. Funds raised go to good causes that benefit the communities in the area of Reading. 60p from every £1 ticket goes to local charities and good causes. Continue reading Be part of Reading Community Lottery – register as a good cause in time for the public launch

New £100k RBC fund to support small community groups

A New £100,000 fund to support small community groups in Reading deliver local projects is being proposed, as part of the Council’s new three year Medium Term Financial Plan. The details of the how the fund will operate are still being worked up, but the intention is that small community groups or organisations in the town which are delivering projects that benefit local communities, will be able to bid for a grant of up to £5,000 each. Continue reading New £100k RBC fund to support small community groups