• Thu
    11:00 - 13:00The Weller Centre

    110 Amersham Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 5NA

    All voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers with little or no paid staff, it is important that volunteers receive basic safeguarding training.

    RVA are hosting this mini workshop, which has been designed with volunteers of community groups in mind.

    By the end of the course volunteers will be able to:
    -Describe circumstances that can make adults vulnerable to abuse
    -Recognise possible indicators of abuse
    -Respond in line with the safeguarding procedures if abuse is found or suspected
    -Report and record appropriately
    -Recognise your duty of care to safeguard adults
    -Understand the importance of professional boundaries and the consequences of breach

    The course is free but please register at to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, please cancel within 5 working days to enable someone else to attend.

  • Thu
    10:00 - 13:00Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Whether you are a new organisation, have recently grown, changed committee members or are in the process of change this practical session will help you understand and improve your budgeting process. This will be useful to trustees, including chairs and treasurers as well as Chief Execs. The session highlights the key roles in setting and benefiting from a sound budget.

    Aims of the workshop:
    -To build understanding of the importance of budgeting
    -To build confidence and ability to build a budget
    -To leave the workshop having started the work to ensure a sound budget for the coming financial year.

    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:
    -Understand the basis on which budgets may be built
    -Understand how to identify fixed and variable costs
    -Be able to create a flexible budget
    -Consider the impact of uncertainty, risk and contingencies
    -Be able to explain their budget to key stakeholders.

    The workshop will be open to up to 8 delegates. Post-course support is available, with each organisation entitled to up to one hour’s email support to follow up issues covered on the course.

    The training is at our reduced rate of £40. There are a limited number of FREE places for RNN members using the usual promotional code - please contact us at if you need this code.

    Please register at

  • Tue
    14:00 - 17:00Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    The purpose of this session is to prepare a group of volunteer focus group facilitators to run focus groups so we can gain a greater understanding into how people experience loneliness. The information will help us work with local voluntary sector organisations to meet the needs of residents in Reading who are lonely and socially isolated.

    If you would like to take part as a volunteer focus group facilitator then the training is free. If you are interested in the training but do not want to help out with the focus groups, we can keep you on a waiting list and offer spaces that are available closer to the time.

    The training will cover
    -What is a focus group and what can it be used for?
    -Structure of focus groups
    -Types of questions
    -Creating an environment that encourages people to speak
    -Flexibility and structure – when to stick to plan and when to deviate
    -Set up and administration of your focus group

    The training is targeted at people who are used to working with groups and leading group activity and we will ask participants to demonstrate a level of experience before offering a place on the training.

    Please email to express interest in the workshop.