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  • Royal Berkshire Hospital’s coronavirus action plan

    25 March 2020Royal 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.

  • Free online courses to help carers

    24 March 2020Free online courses to help carers

    With the current coronavirus emergency situation and recent advice for people over 70, and those with serious health conditions to stop non-essential contact with others for 12 weeks, it is easy to see how carers of people living with dementia and their families may become socially isolated. FutureLearn are offering free online courses for carers of people with dementia which may be a valuable resource in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the community.

  • 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 2020Service updates – Thursday 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 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 2020Coronavirus 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

  • Become a ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassador

    10 March 2020Become a ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassador

    Are you proud of Reading and interested in helping welcome visitors to our town? Could you spare some time to provide information and directions to visitors as they arrive at Reading Station? Reading UK is looking for people who take pride in Reading and who can spare up to three hours a week to help run a mobile tourist information stand inside Reading Station.

  • Ethical Recruitment Charter launch on 12 March 2020

    27 February 2020Ethical Recruitment Charter launch on 12 March 2020

    Ethical Reading, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, has developed a ‘gold standard’ for recruitment in our town. Based on the three pillars of Respect, Transparency, and Fairness, the Ethical Recruitment Charter provides support and advice to employers and a guarantee to customers and potential employees. The charter includes commitments to respect the law and regulations surrounding recruitment and treat job applicants with respect, to be transparent in all dealings with applicants and to treat applicants fairly and courteously.

  • Nominations for Reading Cultural Awards 2020 open

    26 February 2020

    Nominations are now open for the 2020 Reading Cultural Awards. Following a hugely successful third year in 2019, Reading UK is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2020 Awards. The Reading Cultural Awards celebrate the best of Reading’s arts, culture and heritage as nominated by members of the public and the arts community. There are 13 categories including favourite Reading performance, best venue, organisation of the year, and new for 2020, Best School.

  • Reading Volunteer Awards 2020 – individual nominations now open!

    20 February 2020Reading Volunteer Awards 2020 – individual nominations now open!

    Reading Voluntary Action is delighted to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Reading Volunteer Awards. The awards evening celebrates those in our community who volunteer their time, talents and skills for the benefit of our town. Nominations can be made by those working or volunteering in local not-for-profit organisations, those who have benefited directly from the work of a volunteer, or members of the general public.