Getting started

Neighbours getting together
Do you want to make a difference in your local community?

Whether you want to start a neighbourhood group, organise a fun day, set up a community allotment or hold a mini arts festival, this simple guidance will explain how to set up a voluntary organisation and make a start. There are a few rules you need to be aware of but it doesn’t have to be difficult and we are here to help you all the way.

The information listed will provide the essential things you need to know and actions to take for your organisation to get off the ground.

So are you ready to get started? Visit the RVA website resource pages for loads of useful information to get you going.

The information provided on the RVA website is for guidance purposes only – please seek specialist advice if you have a particular issue to resolve. If you need any further help please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at or the specialists at Reading Voluntary Action on 0118 937 2273 or email