Voluntary and community sector

Reading has a vibrant, effective, and committed voluntary and community sector. It plays a key role in reducing inequality and improving community cohesion in Reading.

We have a long and proud history of working together with groups and organisations in the voluntary and community sector to support communities throughout Reading. The sector plays a key role in helping us deliver its wider vision of ensuring that everybody in Reading benefits from the town’s success.

The council is committed to continue working alongside the voluntary and community sector to deliver the maximum value to people and communities across Reading.


Find out about sources of funding available to local groups.

Reading Services Guide

A comprehensive guide to local information for all Reading residents.

Voluntary and community sector compact 2023-25

The Compact aims to create and embed mechanisms to ensure that the work of the Council and voluntary sector to improve the lives of our residents and communities is effectively joined up.

VCS information and support

Useful information for local groups.

Reading Borough Council's VCS policies

Find out about Reading’s volunteering and social value policies.


Find volunteering opportunities near you.

The voluntary sector in Reading

Watch these short videos to hear what two local charities are doing in Reading.