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  • BCF – new funding rounds and 1:1 surgeries

    8 August 2019

    Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? Are you a small-medium sized charity or community group in Reading looking for funding for either a specific project or for core costs? In readiness for the upcoming rounds of funding, RVA is partnering with Berkshire Community Foundation to offer 1:1 sessions to Reading voluntary and community groups on Thursday 5 September 2019 at the RVA offices, Third Floor, Reading Central Library.

  • Reading Adopt Your Street scheme

    1 August 2019 Reading Adopt Your Street scheme

    The Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS) programme enables companies, individuals, community groups and organisations, such as schools and youth groups to select a street, open space, footpath, park or shopping area to keep tidy through regular clean-ups. Get your friends, family and neighbours involved and make your street or local area one to be proud of.

  • Reading Public Transport Consultation

    31 July 2019 Reading Public Transport Consultation

    Whether its traffic, parking, school traffic, air quality or cycle infrastructure, transport is consistently Reading’s biggest talking point. With one of the UK’s fastest growing economies, Reading is home to a large number of local, national and international companies. It is the major centre for employment, leisure and education in the Thames Valley region. Demand for new homes has never been higher. While welcoming this success, it places a real strain on the town’s roads and transport infrastructure.

  • Reading Town Meal crowdfunder campaign

    25 July 2019 Reading Town Meal crowdfunder campaign

    Reading Town Meal is a vibrant, community-driven event unique to Reading, which has become an annual occasion at Forbury Gardens. They have just launched their Crowdfunder campaign with the target of raising around £2,000 for this year’s Town Meal and to secure the future of the community event. Reading Town Meal celebrates and promotes home-grown and healthy, sustainable local food. It provides a space where Reading’s ‘sustainability’ groups come together, showcasing their work to audiences they otherwise cannot reach.

  • Disadvantaged communities: consultation on reviewing health and social care policies

    24 July 2019 Disadvantaged communities: consultation on reviewing health and social care policies

    The Department of Health and Social Care is currently inviting 250-word responses to the question: Which health and social care policies should be reviewed to improve the health of people living in poorer communities, or excluded groups? You can give your response online at The question forms part of a wider consultation on Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, which seeks views on proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England.

  • RVA Services Administrator role – closing date 7 August 2019

    18 July 2019

    Reading Voluntary Action are looking for a Services Administrator who will manage the processes required to support RVA’s services, staff and board, ensuring that systems are being operated consistently throughout the organisation. The purpose of the role is to provide administrative support services to ensure smooth running of the charity. For more information please contact Rachel Spencer by phone on 01189 372273 or email at

  • Have your say on sport and leisure: Active Reading consultation now open

    18 July 2019 Have your say on sport and leisure: Active Reading consultation now open

    The council is conscious that one of the most important things it can do is help people lead more active and healthy lives. We know there are many residents who regularly enjoy participating in sports and being active, whether it’s a regular swim, taking part in team sports or simply a weekly walk around your local park. Regular exercise helps keep people healthier and happier.

  • Summer holiday clubs at Reading Salvation Army

    17 July 2019 Summer holiday clubs at Reading Salvation Army

    Reading Central Salvation Army are running two free clubs for young people this summer. ‘Splash!’ A summer holiday club for children aged 5 to 12 years on Wednesday 28 August to Friday 30 August and ‘Make Lunch’ aimed at primary school children every Monday and Thursday from the 25 July to 2 September. To sign up for either club, please contact Matthew Stone, Community Development Manager by email at or phone on 0118 958 3019.

  • Free resources for charity leaders from Clore Social Leadership

    16 July 2019

    Clore Social Leadership has developed some free resources for those in leadership positions in the voluntary and community sector to help address leadership challenges. These tools are referred to as the ‘Backpack’ and contain the most impactful leadership tools they have gathered in the past 10 years of running leadership programmes. You can access the free resources on the website at

  • Wild about Reading – 9-day programme celebrating nature across Reading

    11 July 2019 Wild about Reading – 9-day programme celebrating nature across Reading

    Wild about Reading is a town-wide event to showcase and celebrate the many organisations, groups and individuals that preserve and conserve different aspects of our beautiful town. There will be free activities every day from Saturday 27 July to Sunday 4 August 2019. Find out more about the exciting range of events on the “Wild about Reading” website at