23 April 2014
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Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)
Highbridge House
16-18 Duke St
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Reading Voluntary Action (RVA)

Voluntary organisationlast updated: 15 April 2014

Primary interest: Voluntary sector
Activity: Support
Primary beneficiaries: --
Area of activity: Reading-wide

Telephone: 0118 957 4123
Email: info@rva.org.uk
Web site: www.rva.org.uk

Reading Voluntary Action promotes strength within Reading's voluntary and community sector (VCS) by providing information, access to resources, volunteer recruitment and training to people who work in or with charities, community groups and voluntary organisations. We support voluntary sector representation on cross sector partnership initiatives in Reading.

Our specialist advice for VCS organisations is provided individually and in networks, face-to-face, by telephone and email, or via themed meetings, training and seminars. We publish a variety of useful online resources, plus news and information through a range of channels.

Reading Voluntary Action is the host agency for Healthwatch Reading which enables voluntary organisations and the local community to influence how health and social care services are provided.

Download RVA's latest Full Accounts and Annual Report or our summary with key highlights

Charity number: 1045782
Company registration number: 2982252
Legal name: --
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) needs 10 volunteers, can you help?

Advice Service

Telephone: 0118 957 4123
Email: advice@rva.org.uk

Address as above

We offer free help with the legalities and technicalities of running or starting a charity or voluntary organisation in Reading. We have knowledgeable and experienced staff and a range of useful resources available.

The main focus of the work is to help organisations meet their legal requirements, function effectively and strengthen their ability to achieve a sustainable funding base. The subject areas covered are diverse and include:

* Governing documents and registration
* Complying with charity and company law
* Employment matters
* Organisation policies and procedures
* Governance
* Property matters
* Project planning and development
* Securing resources.

Advice is given individually or by way of training or facilitation. A community development approach is adopted to ensure services and support reach those groups struggling with significant or new community needs. RVA nurtures and supports the development of new projects and initiatives to meet those new needs.

Groups wishing to request advice about securing resources should start by completing RVA's fundability healthcheck which will give us important information towards providing the appropriate form of support.

Recent user feedback:

"I would thoroughly recommend the RVA to anyone who is thinking of establishing a voluntary group in Reading. Our organisation has benefitted significantly from the information and advice we have received since starting our group in September."
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Information and volunteering shop

Telephone: 0118 9023 910
Email: hello@rva.org.uk
Web site: www.rgneeds.me

Address as above

Come on inAdvisers at work

We provide a public facing volunteer recruitment and advice service through our website and town centre shop, both for individuals and for our new team challenge service

The website provides full online searchability of all the best and latest volunteering opportunities in Reading, plus links to regional and national volunteering sites.

Our team of advisers can help visitors to our shop with tips about finding opportunities which build on the volunteer's experience or interests, including how they might contribute to development of a fuller CV.

They can also provide information about neighbourhood groups and charities and the services they offer, as well as providing a link to the expert advice and support available from Reading Voluntary Action for the voluntary and community sector.

See who you might meet from RVA's volunteer adviser team here

Opening times

Monday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Meeting room hire

Telephone: 0118 902 3910
Email: info@rva.org.uk
Web site: rghub.org.uk

Address as above

We have a range of flexible meeting rooms available suitable for parties between 2-12 depending on set-up.

Facilities available include:

* Self-serve refreshments
* catered refreshments by arrangement
* large screen displays
* wifi

Standard rates start at just 10 per hour with discounts available to Highbridge House & RVA members.

Bookings can be made here

Please phone or email us if you wish to discuss your particular requirements.

Need something bigger? Take a look at our space hire options.

Opening times

Monday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm

RVA Directory

Email: rva@rvadirectory.org.uk
Web site: rvadirectory.org.uk

Address as above

A comprehensive online service that gives local voluntary and community sector groups the potential of their own micro-site, with details of their service, their news and events.

The search functions on the site mean that members of the community, potential service users, supporters and stakeholders can use their individual criteria to find out what the voluntary sector has to offer them, when and where.

The directory is also regularly updated by the Reading Voluntary Action team with news of our own work, the services we offer and with other news of relevance to the local voluntary sector.

News and events are automatically included in our instant Twitter stream when they are added to the site.

Services for Volunteer Involving Organisations

Telephone: 0118 957 4123
Email: vioservices@rva.org.uk

Address as above

www.rgneeds.me volunteertask matching

RVA's service for volunteer involving organisations (VIOs) encourages and supports volunteering in the Reading area by:

* Providing a specialist online matching service featuring comprehensive details of volunteering opportunities for individuals and the organisations who are offering them, plus our new team challenge service
* Sharing expertise on developing volunteering roles, managing and working with volunteers.
* Organising or signposting relevant training opportunities for VIOs and their existing volunteers.
* Promoting volunteering to employers and their staff as part of corporate social responsibility and personal development.

VIOs who use our recruitment service gain access to thousands of volunteers through our volunteering website at www.rgneeds.me and at our town centre shop manned by trained host advisers.

Volunteers can also be informed of your needs via our weekly newsletter and our instant Twitter stream.


Mr Richard Corbett - Director
Richard's role is to provide vision and leadership so that RVA can build the capacity of the local VCS and strengthen its voice; to promote the role and value of the sector to the public and to key agencies and partnerships which influence the life of the local community; to support the Board of Trustees in carrying out its governance responsibilities and ensure the organisation has the resources necessary to carry out these functions.

Astrid - Volunteering Adviser / Community Journalist
Astrid joined the volunteer team in October 2012. She relishes the idea of helping people find the volunteering opportunity that is right for them. As well as working as an adviser, she is also the volunteer lead for the RVA Community Journalist team.

Niall - Volunteering & Information Adviser
Having joined the volunteer team in November 2012, Niall has taken on a number of data processing and analysis projects whilst providing a friendly welcome to those visiting our information shop.

Simon - Volunteering & Information Adviser
Simon joined the team in November 2013. He is keen to promote the wide range of services that RVA offers the local voluntary and community sector and in particular the opportunities available for people of all ages and experience to get involved.

Tayo Awe - Trustee
Tayo is a Prince2 registered Project Manager, experienced in project management, change management and business process management, both in IT and business environments. She is passionate about volunteering and serving the community and hopes to bring to bear on her work with RVA her interest in evolving technologies.

Brian - Volunteering & Information Adviser
An established member of our adviser team since summer 2010, Brian is particularly interested in volunteering as a route to employment and personal development.

Peter Brierley - Trustee
Peter is part of the Neighbourhoods and Communities team for a national Housing Association, specialising in Community Development. A firm believer in the core notion of community development, he is also passionate about volunteering and hopes his enthusiasm will be an asset to RVA and its aims to support Reading's voluntary sector.

Hazel Broad - Deputy Director
Hazel leads RVA's IT and communications work, including the development of our volunteering portal RGneeds.me as well as our other online channels. She oversees the workplan of our Information Hub and has a strategic role in the promotion and development of volunteering. Hazel is a deputy to the Local Strategic Partnership, a VCS representative on the Think Family Group and the Older People's Partnership, focusing particularly on promoting the sector's wide-ranging service delivery expertise.

Carol - Volunteering & Information Adviser
Part of our adviser team since 2008, Carol is an experienced volunteering adviser and has a strong knowledge of local voluntary organisations and the services they provide.

Kate Forster - Trustee
Kate brings to RVA's Board of Trustees a broad variety of HR experience in a range of organisational settings and sizes in both the public and private sector.

Robert Foster - Trustee
Robert has worked as a solicitor in the charity field for many years and has worked with a number of local organisations in the charity and wider social enterprise field. Robert has also been personally involved in charities as a charity trustee, through his church and in mentoring for Arts & Business.

Mrs Annette Haworth - Chair
Annette Chairs RVA Board meetings and manages the Director on behalf of the Board. Taking overall responsibility for RVA's strategy and monitoring of delivery. Previously Annette managed the Information Services Directorate at Reading University. She has been chair, trustee and board member of several education, health and IT-related organisations and is currently a trustee-volunteer for AACT, a charity supporting people with communications disabilities.

Steve Hendry - Hub Project Manager
Steve's role involves managing the new home of RVA, Highbridge House. As well as the office, meeting room and training facilities on offer Steve also oversees the public and community space which are an integral part of the building.

Gloria Jack - Trustee
Gloria is a Registered General Nurse and has worked at The Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for over 35 years. Over many years she has served the community in various capacities (eg OSCAR, RCRE, COHSE) and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to the board of RVA.

Lillian King - Trustee
Lillian joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 and as one of our Volunteer Adviser Team has a wealth of knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector.

Lillian - Volunteering & Information Adviser
Lillian joined us in 2010 and has a wealth of knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector built up through her involvement with RVA and prior to that with various other local community projects.

Katherine Markova - Treasurer
Katherine is a qualified chartered accountant. By profession she is a corporate tax advisor working for a global professional services firm. Her interests outside of work include cycling, theatre, music and reading.

Rachel Miller - Development Officer: Community Involvement
Rachel's work looks at ways to increase the number of people who are active in communities around Reading by improving communication and ensuring people know how and where they can get involved in social groups, community events, sports, volunteering and democracy. She supports organisations to work together to increase participation in a range of activities. This post is funded by the Transforming Local Infrastructure project.

Sarah Morland - Business Ready Coordinator
As part of the Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) programme, Sarah will undertake an assessment with groups who want to access support with improving their 'business readiness' for bidding to new sources of funding.

Karen Morton - Trustee
Karen is an experienced leader, manager, chair, facilitator, consultant and trainer, with a background in charity management and development.

Jim Murdoch - Office Manager
Jim manages the administration of Reading Voluntary Action. In this role he ensures that RVA's financial reporting systems, payments and accounts are maintained. He also ensures all governance aspects of the organisation are kept up to date as Company Secretary.

David Neale - Development Officer
David has been working on increasing local participation around Reading, through Reading Neighbourhood Network. He is also running a project to help small charities and voluntary organisations develop a web presence and is supporting the advice team.

Saeeka - Volunteering & Information Adviser
Having joined the adviser team in 2011, Saeeka provides a warm welcome to all of our visitors and provides helpful guidance for them to find the information they need.

Nick Silk - Trustee
Nick brings a wealth of experience from the world of business having specialised in marketing, communications and branding. He also has a broad range of interests ranging from rugby to gardening.

Rachel Spencer - Advice Manager
Rachel advises voluntary and community groups on legal and technical issues e.g. employment law, health and safety, data protection, charity law, etc. She also organises affordable local training on these issues.


Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) in partnership with Connect Reading
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) in partnership with Healthwatch Reading
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) in partnership with Reading Children's & Voluntary Youth Services (RCVYS)
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) in partnership with Reading Borough Council - Funding Information Service
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) supports Get Involved Reading
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) supports The Forum (Reading Voluntary Sector Forum)
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) supports Think Big Reading
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is funded by Earley Charity
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is a member of Reading Compact
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is a representative on Reading Older People's Partnership (ROPP)
Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) is a representative on Forum Voices

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Reading Voluntary Action Highbridge House, 16-18 Duke Street, Reading RG1 4RU
telephone 0118 957 4123

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