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  • Take part in Trustees Week 2019 – Share your Trustee Story!

    22 August 2019

    National Trustees’ Week is a dedicated week each year where charities around the country celebrate the contributions from volunteer trustees, who are one of the cornerstones of the voluntary sector. Anyone who has ever taken on this position will know that it is bitter-sweet, the role can be extremely rewarding, knowing you are part of a sector bringing crucial services to those most in need, but it can also be a challenging role where difficult decisions need to be made.

  • Business start-up workshops in Reading

    21 August 2019 Business start-up workshops in Reading

    Do you want to start your own successful business? Are you going self-employed? Are you are a great entrepreneur with an idea but worried about the ‘backroom’ stuff? These free and ever-popular workshops from the The Real Business Club which are back in Reading from 24 April 2018 could be just the thing for you. Book your place on the website at

  • Get Berkshire Active – Activate Fund

    20 August 2019 Get Berkshire Active – Activate Fund

    Get Berkshire Active are managing the Activate fund on behalf of the Sports Council Trust Company. The aim of the fund is to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire. Organisations with an income of less than £250,000, can apply for between £750 and £2000. For further details and application form see the website at

  • Friendship volunteering survey

    15 August 2019 Friendship volunteering survey

    At RVA, we often hear that it’s getting harder to attract new volunteers to take action on loneliness and social isolation in Reading. Demand is increasing for volunteers who represent the diversity of Reading and who are free at times when people need them. During August and September, RVA is conducting a survey of local voluntary and community groups with volunteers in roles such as befrienders, buddies and other one to one support roles.

  • How technology can help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation

    15 August 2019 How technology can help to alleviate loneliness and social isolation

    Many of us would probably agree that while TV, radio and online support do not provide The Answer to loneliness and social isolation, they can be a valuable part of a package of support for many people. The charity WaveLength gives radios, televisions, and tablet computers to people who are lonely and can’t afford to buy the devices themselves. They would like to get in touch with charities that might benefit from new pieces of technology.

  • 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.