News

Our news is collected from our network of members, and is updated regularly. We also present information and articles from other sources that might be relevant to your kind of group.

  • Coronavirus and your community

    27 March 2020 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:-

  • ABC to Read goes online

    27 March 2020 ABC to Read goes online

    ABC to Read are now reading stories on their Youtube channel, and their stories will also be available on Facebook, Twitter and their website www.abctoread.org.

  • Service updates – Thursday 26 March 2020

    26 March 2020

    A round-up of service updates during the coronavirus outbreak (26 March 2020) – The Ridgeline Trust have suspended horticultural therapy sessions at their garden until further notice. They are still available via email (admin@ridgelinetrust.org.uk) and will have updates on their website www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ridgelinetrust.

  • The One Reading Community Hub action line is now live

    26 March 2020 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.

  • Royal Berkshire Hospital’s coronavirus action plan

    25 March 2020 Royal Berkshire Hospital’s coronavirus action plan

    The next stages in a major Covid-19 action plan aimed at ensuring local patients, staff and communities are guaranteed first-class health care and support have been outlined by hospital leaders. The far-reaching plan builds on work already in place at the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and is aimed at reassuring people that everything possible is being done to make sure they are kept safe and well during the current Covid-19 outbreak. There are four main strands to the plan: -To reduce ...

  • Service updates – Thursday 24 March 2020

    24 March 2020

    A round-up of service updates during the coronavirus outbreak (24 March 2020)- re3 – Recycling Centres in Bracknell and Reading are now closed -The Indian Community Centre is now closed until 22 April, but will continue to review the situation. They will be keeping in touch with service users by telephone -Reading Refugee Support group have suspended all activities until further notice -Sadaka is offering a takeaway service outside the Fairview Community Centre, from 11:30 till 12:15 on Saturdays…

  • Coronavirus Response Volunteers ready for action

    24 March 2020

    People from across our town have answered the call to join the ranks of 1000s of existing volunteers and be part of Team Reading in response to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak. Organisations who are currently registered with Reading Voluntary Action can call upon this ever-growing pool of volunteer support to help if they face increased demand on their vital services as a result of the outbreak, are delivering new services in response to the outbreak or…

  • Service updates – Thursday 19 March 2020

    19 March 2020

    A round-up of service updates during the coronavirus outbreak – 19 March 2020:- RAB (Reading Association for the Blind) has suspended all clubs and outings and is not currently offering home visits or face-to-face appointments. Their outreach and support team are providing a telephone advice, support and signposting service. Their activities team are working to set up telephone befriending and scheduled group chats for club members…

  • Coronavirus – updated guidance for groups and charities

    19 March 2020

    Both NCVO and ACAS have updated their guidance recently, which contains really helpful information for organisations managing their services, volunteers and staff through the Coronavirus. If your organisation needs advice or support contact RVA Advice Service at advice@rva.org.uk. They are continuing to offer advice service remotely through email, telephone and Google Hangouts Meet.

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

    11 March 2020 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.