our staff, trustees and volunteers
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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.
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Ian joined our volunteer adviser team in February 2012 and has now joined the staff on a temporary basis. He will provide day-to-day support for the volunteer team and help maintain the provision of news and information through RVA's websites, while we prepare for a move into larger shared premises later in 2013.
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Merlyn works with local people and groups to capture their views and experiences of health and social care services, and works with statutory service providers to help shape their services to meet local need. She leads on LINk's Mental Health projects.
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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.
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Steve's key focus is the way we engage with the public at our offices in central Reading and via our growing range of online services. His work involves supporting RVA's team of volunteers to expand our service to the public and to voluntary sector organisations who use RVA's channels and facilities to promote their work and inform community members and stakeholders about it.
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Michele is responsible for providing best practice support to local non-profit organisations who involve volunteers in their work. She is available to talk with organisations about their volunteering requirements and provides expertise on working with volunteers.
Sheena works with local people and groups to capture their views and experiences of health and social care services, and works with statutory service providers to help shape these services to meet local need. She leads on LINks projects with health providers and social care services.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Mandeep is responsible for managing the LINk project and leading the transition to HealthWatch which takes place in April 2013. Her broader role is to promote the involvement of the people of Reading in how their services are delivered.
0118 9023 926
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.