• Thu
    19:30 - 21:30RISC Main Hall

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Transition Town Reading are hosting a talk by Robert Hutchison, founder of Winchester Action on Climate Change, at RISC on 25 May entitled "Climate Change: The Opportunity" - come along to find out and discuss what we as citizens can all do in response to the crisis facing our planet! Talk will be followed by a chance for questions and discussion.
    Free event, but donations welcome.

    Contact details: Alex Goater

  • Mon
    12:00 - 19:00Road Procession - Hodsoll Road start

    Reading RG1 7HL

    Reading Carnival returns on Monday 29 May 2017 to mark its 40th Anniversary!

    Come and join the festivities by lining the streets for the parade and enjoy some delicious cuisine, drinks and entertainment from the Caribbean and around the world at Prospect Park until 19:00. Carnival is a truly inclusive and family-friendly event, so everyone is welcome!

    The Carnival will start with a road procession from 12:00 to 14:00 starting at Hodsoll Road, heading along the Oxford Road and finishing at Prospect Park. The park will be open from 12:00 to 19:00, and there will be a variety of family entertainment there on the day.

  • Sat
    10:30 - 16:30Victoria Recreation Ground

    Tilehurst, Reading RG31 6HT

    Annual Summer Fete by League of Friends Royal Berkshire Hospital. Booking now for stalls and entertainment.

    See the website at for more information. If you have any queries please phone 0118 322 8592 or email

  • Thu
    18:00 - 21:00Reading Voluntary Action

    Third Floor, Reading Central Library (rear doors), Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    RVA and RCVYS are working in partnership to deliver safeguarding training specifically aimed at Trustees and those running unincorporated groups and community associations (please note this is not training for front-line staff).

    Trustees hold the overall responsibility for the actions of their groups and it is essential to know your safeguarding responsibilities to give you the confidence to run your group effectively.

    By the end of the session you will be able to:
    -Demonstrate an awareness of the safeguarding issues that could emerge in your organisation.
    -Describe key principles and best practice in terms of your responsibilities to safeguard individuals involved with your organisation.
    -Identify resources to help you and your staff/volunteers to safeguard effectively.
    -Identify next steps for yourselves and your organisation in terms of meeting your safeguarding responsibilities.

    The training is free but please register at to book your place.

  • Fri
    20:30 - 23:00South Reading Youth and Community Centre

    252 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7QA

    At the Dialogue Society we would like to invite you to our Iftar Dinner Event in the Holy Month of Ramadan to share our food and feelings.

    Ramadan is a month when the relationships within and outside the community are strengthened by fasting and breaking the fast. To reinforce the friendship and dialogue between diverse communities, we gather in intercultural dinners during Ramadan with people from all walks of life, varied communities and faith groups, to emphasise values such as mutual understanding, deep respect, love and peace.

    The dinner will take place with The Mayor of Reading as guest of honour, on Friday 9 June, starting at 20:30.

    The evening will begin with a short welcome speech followed by a presentation by the partner organisations The Dialogue Society plus The Fellowship Educational Society and then speeches by our guest speakers. When it is time to break the fast, guests will listen to the Adhan (call to prayer) and Turkish homemade meals will be served as Iftar dinner.

    Due to limited space please reply to by 31 May. We hope you can join us.

  • Sat
    11:00 - 17:00Forbury Gardens, Riverside and Chestnut Walk - Reading

    Reading Borough Council and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust come together to bring you Reading Water Fest.

    The event will run from the Forbury Gardens, along the Kennet between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. Watch live performances and join in with free family activities in the Forbury Gardens, browse the avenue of stalls along Chestnut Walk, listen to live music, enjoy a tasty bite to eat and something refreshing at the Bel and The Dragon at Blake's Lock and admire the flotilla of boats along the Kennet Canal.

    If you would like to have a stall at the event please fill in an application form or contact Lucy Daniels on 0118 937 2771 or

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

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

    If you look after the financial records for your charity and need some guidance on how to make sense of it all, this course if for you.

    Aims of the workshop
    -To build understanding of the role of the principles of bookkeeping
    -To consider practical tips for doing this successfully in a small voluntary organisation
    -To ensure the ability to deal with issues that you might face in bookkeeping for a small voluntary organisation
    -To consider the methods you will use in bookkeeping and record keeping more generally for your organisation
    -To leave the workshop confident in your ability to produce the accounts that you need

    Learning outcomes
    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:
    -Understand the components of a charity’s account
    -Understand the key principles of bookkeeping
    -Understand the particular requirements for keeping financial records of a small voluntary organisation
    -Be aware of how they can contribute to effective corporate governance for a small voluntary organisations
    -Be ready to resolve issues with record keeping and know where to get help if they need it
    -Be able to determine what records will need to be submitted to the charity commission and if the organisation they volunteer with needs an audit or independent examination of their accounts

    Target audience: The workshop will be open to up to 10 delegates. It is aimed at treasurers, assistant treasurers or charity managers in Reading’s voluntary sector, but will also be suitable for volunteers who are stepping up to the role of treasurer.

    About the Trainer: Rachel is a trainer, speaker, facilitator and coordinating director of Holy Brook Associates. She has delivered a wide range of courses including technical training for Accountants (ACCA, CIMA, ICAS and AAT). An experienced course designer she has been training staff, volunteers and partners since 2007.

    Cost: The training is at RVA's reduced rate of £40 for voluntary and community groups in Reading. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code.

    Register online at

  • Sun
    12:00 - 16:30St Barnabas Church Hall

    Grove Road, Emmer Green RG4 8RA

    Bring along your broken items and get help to repair them. The team of volunteers will be able to help repair a wide range of items including:
    -Computers (software and hardware problems)
    -Electronics and electrical items
    -Mechanical goods
    -Toys, furniture and other objects
    -Blunt and broken tools
    -Textiles and clothing

    Additionally if you have something you are making or a craft project you are stuck with, why not bring it along and one of the repairers can give you a hand to get on the right track!

    Repair Cafe is a free event but donations are welcome to help keep it going. There’s also tea, coffee and cake!

  • Thu
    10:00 - 12:00Grange URC

    Circuit Lane, Southcote, Reading RG30 3HD

    The Wellbeing Fair at Cafe Alive will showcase a range of charities and community organisations that help to improve wellbeing in the Southcote area.

    Find out what’s going on in your community to help you and those around you stay well. At the fair you will be able to meet a range of organisations. Come along, ask questions and find out how you can get involved with their activities.

    There will be around 16 organisations showcased at the event, but if you can’t find what you are looking for, RVA's Social Prescribers will also be there to let you know about other things that are going on locally that can help reduce isolation and improve wellbeing.

    Everyone is welcome to drop in and Cafe Alive will be open selling refreshments throughout.

  • Sun
    12:00 - 18:00Palmer Park

    Reading RG1 3PA

    East Reading Festival is a local community festival that runs in June every year in Palmer Park. The festival aims to strengthen the connections between the people and organisations of East Reading.

    The event culminates in a fun day at Palmer Park with a wide range of attractions, music and performance marquees.

    For more information see the East Reading Festival Website.

  • Sat
    12:00 - 16:00Kensington Park Recreation Ground

    Kensington Road, Reading RG30 2TG

    Oxford Road Fun Day is a family day for the local Community set up by volunteers and organisations working together. Fun and games for all ages with stalls, crafts and refreshments. There's also going to be a dog show run by the Deaf Dog Network.

    Come and meet new people within your community and discover just what is available for you, your children and family in the way of support, help, activities, schemes etc.

  • Sat
    12:00 - 15:00Rabson's Recreation Ground

    Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DF.

    Face painting, talent contests, live music, bouncy castles, free BBQ, tug of war, Battlezone, and a giant slide and assault course: these are just some of the activities and events you will find at the South Reading Churches Fun Day.

    Join us for a great afternoon for all the family at Rabson's Rec!  Details at

  • Fri
    12:00 onwardsChristchurch Meadows

    George Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8BY

    The Readipop Festival returns to Christchurch Meadows this year from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 July 2017.

    The festival includes live music over three stage, theate, arts, comedy and cabaret, world music, bar and festival food and a children's area. This annual event celebrates home-grown music and performing arts.

    For more information see the Readipop website at

  • Sun
    12:00 - 19:00Prospect Park

    Reading RG30 2ND

    The 2017 Tilehurst Festival will be at Prospect Park on Sunday 27 August. Once again it's free to enter. The whole family will be able to enjoy a spectacular mix of fun entertainment including a fairground, a bigger stage, showcasing a cracking range of top live local bands and the return of some of your favourites.

    There will be a huge range of multi-ethnic food stalls with multiple Real Ales, plus wine and spirits in the beer pavilion and with the old faithful's, arts and crafts, bigger games, sideshows, a family picnic area, kids entertainers, bigger face painting for people with really big faces.

    Contact details:
    Phone: 07525 810751

  • Tue
    18:00 - 21:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Trustees play an essential role in our society, making our charity sector work. It’s a hugely rewarding role but it’s not always easy to get all the information you require to be sure you are carrying out your role as effectively as possible. This training will help give you an overview of what’s expected of trustees as well as providing a networking opportunity with your fellow trustees from the area.

    The areas covered will include:
    -Basic structure of a voluntary organisation
    -Trustee duties and liability
    -Trustee Roles
    -Choosing/understanding your organisation’s structure
    -Your constitution
    -Organisational policies

    The training is suitable for new and existing trustees and will also give a valuable introduction to anyone thinking of taking on the role. You will leave with an improved knowledge of what the position entails along with how to limit any liability you might face.

    The session is free but please register at to confirm your place.

    Please note that this training is very popular and we would therefore encourage you to reserve your place early. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your place as soon as possible so that others may attend.