• Wed
    09:30 - 12:30Online

    RVA is delighted to be co-hosting a free online Members’ Assembly with NCVO. This event is aimed at staff and trustees from NCVO members in and around Reading. Non-member organisations in the area are also welcome. Join us to:

    • Hear the latest on public policy and other current issues facing the sector, and how NCVO is working on these
    • Meet and network with other voluntary organisations in Reading and the surrounding area
    • Share best practice, experiences and ideas.

    There will be two short presentations, followed by opportunities for discussion.

    Rebalancing the relationship
    In 2018, NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation launched a project to address competition and collaboration, particularly between organisations of different sizes delivering public services. The findings from this project and considerations for practice are laid out within the Rebalancing the Relationship report. By building awareness and highlighting good practice, this report aims to encourage organisations to work in a more collaborative way. At our Members’ Assembly we will explore the findings of the Rebalancing the Relationship report with voluntary organisations in Reading and the surrounding area.
    Co-producing local knowledge to achieve change

    Reading Voluntary Action and local voluntary and community sector organisations currently work with the University of Reading’s Participation Lab on community-led research into a range of issues, including the impact of covid-19 on health inequalities, the experience of growing up in Reading and how Reading town centre can be made more inclusive. Dr Sally Lloyd-Evans, Leader of the Participation Lab and Public Engagement with Community Research Fellow, joins us to discuss the benefits of co-producing local knowledge to achieve change in any community and locality.

    Book your free place for this online event via the NCVO website here.

  • Thu
    18:00 - 20:30Reading Borough Council Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU

    The Equalities Alliance in partnership with Reading University Student’s Community Champions are hosting a conference on the theme “Do Black Lives Matter?”

    The UK Government commissioned a report in response to BLM concerns which surmised “There was anecdotal evidence of racism, there was no proof there was “institutional racism” in Britain” – Chair, Commission on Race & Ethnic Disparities

    Join the debate on Thursday 21 October in Reading Borough Council Chamber. Spaces are limited to 50 but event will be broadcast live. Details to follow.

    Registration: To express interest please email

    Download a poster for this event here

  • Tue
    17:15 - 19:45Reading Voluntary Action

    Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s not always easy to get all the information you require to be sure you are carrying out your role as effectively as possible. This training will help give you an overview of what’s expected of trustees as well as providing a networking opportunity with your fellow trustees from the area.

    Outcomes of this training are:

    • To better understand your role and legal responsibilities as a trustee
    • To understand how this role fits with other roles in the charity
    • To understand your reporting responsibilities
    • To know where to go for help and support
    • To feel confident in being an active member of your Board/Committee and helping to achieve your charities purposes!

    To achieve this we will cover:

    • Introduction: ‘Trustee’, ‘Charity’ and legal structures
    • Trustee roles and responsibilities: 6 Main Legal Duties
    • Policies and Procedures: Which ones? Why do they matter?
    • Accounting & Reporting – the essentials
    • Essential resources and links to help you on your way (Tools)

    The training is suitable for new and existing trustees. In some small community groups you may refer to yourselves as the Committee. If you have overall responsibility for your community group, then this course is for you.

    Places are limited to a maximum of 4 people from one organisation to ensure you have the opportunity to interact with trustees from other organisations too. If you wish to book more than 4 places please contact us in advance. We hold these sessions quarterly.

    Our intention is to hold this training in person as detailed, but if circumstances prevent this we may look to hold the session online instead. There will be an option during booking to indicate if you would be able to attend an online session, and full refunds or transfer to future courses will be provided if not.

    Please book online at The cost is £10. Refreshments are provided.

    Contact details
    Phone: 01189 372273

  • Tue
    19:00 - 21:00Argyle Community Centre

    Argyle Road, Reading, RG1 7YL

    Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) is a national charity aiming to bring communities together to make them safer. Join us for a community engagement conversation to celebrate good work and address social needs.

    This is an opportunity for local people and voluntary organisations to come together. Local organisations can feature their work. There will be round table discussions to come up with new ways of working together.

    Everyone welcome. Come and meet others to celebrate your community.

    Free tickets from

  • Thu
    12:30 - 16:30Community Place

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    The theme of this event will be announced shortly, but it will include:

    • News and service updates
    • Community need alerts
    • Plenty of networking opportunities

    The event is for anyone from local communities, groups and organisations interested in helping reduce loneliness and social isolation in Reading.

    Free event, but please register using the link below to confirm your place: