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  • Help us understand more about loneliness: participate in our Focus Groups

    29 November 2017

    RVA are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading. Your participation in these focus groups will help RVA and local voluntary organisations in the community understand more about how to respond to the needs and wishes of people in Reading, and ultimately help to reduce social isolation and loneliness locally.

  • Community Safety Survey

    26 November 2017

    The purpose of this survey is to ask residents their views about issues such as crime and disorder, litter, parking, and anti-social behaviour amongst other local issues, to help identify priorities across Reading. The Safer Neighbourhood Forums are required to consult on priorities with a community safety focus every 2 years.

  • Are there any old lamp posts near you?

    25 November 2017

    Look at old pictures of street scenes in Reading and you will often see the familiar gas lamp on a silver painted cast iron column. In Reading these old columns were converted to electricity during the 20th century, and we are fortunate that some of them still survive today in the town’s older streets. The original gaslight columns were made by foundries in the town so are also an important part of our local history. Sadly the remaining cast iron lamp ...

  • Foster carers needed in Reading

    16 November 2017

    Reading Borough Council has made an urgent call for more foster carers, to keep Reading children living locally. RBC is asking for more people from all walks of life to explore the possibility of foster caring, so that children currently in care can enjoy the support, guidance and stability of a family life while continuing to live in Reading.

  • Join the RVA team in a new role – School and Parent Engagement

    15 November 2017

    Interested in joining RVA and becoming part of a small, supportive team, passionate about Reading and our communities? We are looking for a new team player to engage with parents, and support them to make the most of growing opportunities to return to education, training, employment or self-employment.

  • Get Berkshire Active Awards – get nominating!

    9 November 2017

    The 6th annual Get Berkshire Active Awards will take place on Friday 23 February 2018. The awards will recognise the people that have excelled in a sport or physical activity setting throughout the last year. The Get Berkshire Active Awards are a celebration of the people and organisations that promote, volunteer, work, support and take part in all types of sport and physical activity within Berkshire.

  • Tilehurst Together – creating local connections

    8 November 2017

    Tilehurst Together brings local people together to support each other, make new connections, and get involved in community life. The number of members has been growing steadily since the launch in June, with the group meeting fortnightly at St Mary Magdalene’s Hall to try various activities. On alternate weeks we have a fortnightly walking group. Meeting at Tilehurst Surgery, we go for a short and gentle walk, followed by a cuppa at the Tylers Rest.

  • Our Shared Futures – Reading City of Sanctuary event

    7 November 2017

    Calling all individuals, groups, clubs, and businesses interested in making Reading a welcoming and inclusive place for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants – we would love you to join us for our upcoming event. ‘Our shared Futures: from intentions to actions’ will take place at 12:15 on Monday 15 January 2018.

  • Refill Reading reducing coffee cup waste

    6 November 2017

    Refill Reading is a grassroots campaign started by Transition Town Reading. We are aiming to reduce the amount of disposable coffee cups going to landfill by encouraging people in our town to use reusable cups in cafes. This project is running in partnership with local cafes across Reading and has the support of Reading Borough Council.

  • Are you ready for GDPR in May 2018?

    2 November 2017

    This week, RVA hosted a workshop on data protection for charities with a specific focus on getting reading for the General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force in May 2018. Led by Kellie Peters of Databasix, the sold-out event made a potentially daunting subject more accessible for charities and small organisations.