Events

  • Fri
    15
    Jan
    2016
    14:00 - 16:00Whitley Library

    205 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7PX

    Save money on energy with Citizens Advice Reading. Book now for a free one-to-one session on Friday 15 January 2016.

    Last winter the Citizens Advice Bureau helped more than 300 people save over £5,000 in total on energy bills and at this session will advise you on:

    • How to find the cheapest deals on gas and electricity
    • How to shop around for gas and electricity
    • Available help on issues with gas and electricity bills

    Speak to a member of staff at Whitley Library on 01189 015115 to book a place.

     

  • Mon
    18
    Jan
    2016
    09:30 - 12:30Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Whether you are a new organisation, have recently grown, changed committee members or are in the process of dealing with 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 as 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

    Delegates are encouraged to bring along their current budget and/or financial information to work on but a model organisation will also be used as an example.

    Learning outcomes

    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

    Target audience

    The workshop will be open to up to 12 delegates. Post course support is available with each organisation entitled to up to one hour’s post course email support to follow up issues covered on the course.

    Cost

    The training is free to RNN members using the usual promotional code.

    Register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk

  • Wed
    20
    Jan
    2016
    13:30 - 16:30Museum of English Rural Life

    Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

    Come to a volunteer recruitment open day on Wednesday 20 January at the Museum of English Rural Life. This is a drop in session, where people can find out about volunteering and how to get involved.

  • Thu
    21
    Jan
    2016
    10:30 - 12:30Third Floor, Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading  RG1 3BQ.

    Join us for the New Year meeting of the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support from others in a similar role.

    You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy. The format is pretty informal, but we anticipate the following topics will be part of the discussion:

    • Youth volunteering progress
    • Peer support / ongoing training for volunteer coordinators

    RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along.

    Free registration at rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms/volunteer-coordinators-network-21-january-2016

  • Thu
    28
    Jan
    2016
    18:00 - 21:30Reading Voluntary Action

    3rd Floor (back entrance), Reading Central Library, 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 are will include:

    • Basic structure of a voluntary organisation
    • Trustee duties and liability
    • Trustee Roles
    • Choosing/understanding your organisation’s structure
    • Your constitution
    • Reporting
    • 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.

    Tickets are free but do let RVA know if you are unable to attend as places can be used by another voluntary group.

    Registration: www.eventbrite.co.uk
    Email: training@rva.org.uk
    Phone: 0118 9372273

  • Fri
    29
    Jan
    2016
    11:00Coley Park Commmunity Centre

    140 Wensley Road, Reading  RG1 6DW.

    A gentle paced walk of approximately 1 mile around Coley Park on the last Friday of every month (except December). We will walk along the Holy Brook when weather permits but if there is flooding we will take you on an alternative route. Wear suitable clothing and footwear as we walk on uneven ground. Meeting at the Coley Park Community Centre 11am and finishing back at the Community Centre where refreshments will be provided.

    Contact  Annie O'Neill annie.oneill@newhorizons.uk.com for details.

  • Mon
    01
    Feb
    2016
    14:00 - 16:30Whitley Library

    205 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7PX

    For anyone confused by computers, Barclays Digital Eagles and South Reading Digital Inclusion Project can offer help at their Digital Training session on Monday 1 February 2016.

    Computers will be provided, or if you like you can bring your own laptop, tablet or smartphone for friendly one-to-one help.

    The session is free, but please book your place on 0118 901 5115.

  • Tue
    09
    Feb
    2016
    10:00 - 12:00Whitley Community Café

    South Reading Community Centre, 252-260 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7QA

    Do you need help using a computer, or do you know anyone who could benefit from a drop-in help session?  The Get Online Reading project will be at Whitley Community Café - just come in and ask - and we'll help you!

    Computers will be provided, or if you like you can bring your own laptop, tablet or smartphone for friendly one-to-one help.  No booking required - just turn up.

    Further information on the Get Online Reading project and where you can get help with computers in Reading can be found on the Get Online Reading website at www.go-reading.org

  • Thu
    11
    Feb
    2016
    18:30 - 21:00St Laurence's Church

    Friar Street, Reading, Berks RG1 1DA

    Come along and share the love at Reading's Valentine Soup event!

    Reading Soup spotlights local people engaged in local projects. Presenters give a five-minute talk to introduce their project and the audience votes for the winner. The winner gets all of the entry contributions for that event.

    Anyone can attend and anyone can present their idea for community funding. You must send your idea in to ReadingSOUP@gmail.com as there will only be time for a few pitches at each event. If you don’t make it at this event, Reading Soup will try to fit you in next time.

    A £5 contribution on the door entitles the attendees to their choice of delicious, home-made soup and bread. When the presenters have showcased their projects, the audience votes for their favourite and then all contributions are awarded to the winner at the end.

    Anyone can bring leaflets / posters to display on the community board.  Doors open at 6.30pm and the main event starts at 7.00.

    There will be live local music, art and information displayed throughout the lovely space at St Laurence’s Church.

  • Thu
    03
    Mar
    2016
    09:30 - 12:30Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Mosaic have a wealth of experience in using a creative approach to delivering training. Mosaic Creative are committed to using the visual and performing arts in providing fun and accessible training and resources.

    This short training series of three half day workshops seeks to strengthen the skills and understanding of volunteer managers so that they become confident and competent in their role. The workshops work as stand-alone sessions or you may wish to attend two or all three as a series.

    The workshops are accompanied by a comprehensive guide to managing volunteers specifically written and cartoon illustrated for this programme.

    This workshop seeks to equip volunteer managers with the practical skills for recruiting and developing volunteer roles.

    The training session costs £40 plus £3.39 payment processing fee.

    Please register for the training at www.eventbrite.co.uk for information on the other two workshops in the series click here.

  • Fri
    04
    Mar
    2016
    Various timesLocations around Reading

    Reading RESCUE is held twice yearly, in March and October, bringing the public, community and the business sectors together to plan and deliver this popular outdoor clean-up event. The next event is from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March, it is being held to coincide with the national "Clean for the Queen" event which has been launched to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

    This is your chance to make a difference to Reading’s woodlands, waterways, green spaces and streets. With the support of the RESCUE steering group to deliver a safe and co-ordinated event. Teams are provided with litter pickers, gloves, bags and importantly a rubbish pick-up to take away the litter and debris found.

    If you would like to find out what's going on near you there is a downloadable list at www.readingrescue.org.uk/ - if you have any queries about the event please email the RESCUE team at rescue@reading.gov.uk or contact Gina Frost on 0118 937 2551 or Tracey Ward on 0118 937 3353.

  • Mon
    07
    Mar
    2016
    14:00 - 17:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Whether you are new to an organisation, have recently grown, changed committee members or need a boost this practical session will help you improve your understanding and use of spreadsheets. This will be useful to trustees, including chairs and treasurers as well as charity staff.

    Aims of the workshop

    • To build understanding of the importance and limitations of spreadsheets
    • To build confidence and ability to use spreadsheets
    • To leave the workshop having used spreadsheet formula and functions for a variety of purposes

    Delegates will need to bring along a laptop with either a version of excel or able to link up to google sheets.  (There is limited ability for RVA to loan laptops, please email training@rva.org.uk for details)

    Learning outcomes

    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:

    • Understand the basics and purpose of spreadsheets
    • Understand the advantages and potential pitfalls of using spreadsheets for charities
    • Practice use of formulas in the context of a sample organisation
    • Create pivot table and graphs to summarise data
    • Understand the use of control checks etc to improve information quality

    Target audience

    The workshop will be open to up to 12 delegates. Post course support is available with each organisation entitled to up to one hour’s post course email support to follow up issues covered on the course.

    Cost
    Tickets cost £30. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code. RNN members should have received their discount code already by email - please contact us if you need it.

    Click here to register

  • Thu
    10
    Mar
    2016
    14:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 20:00Holiday Inn Reading West
    Padworth Lane, Bath Rd, Padworth, Reading RG7 5HT

    'Overherd' is a 2 hour workshop aimed at the marketing, fundraising, publicity teams of voluntary organisations and small businesses, all of whom face similar challenges in raising their profile.  There are two workshops - both are the same, so you can choose whichever time suits you.

    The guest speakers are from FARM Digital, RAW Productions and To Infinity.  They will be speaking on:

    • Video and the power this can have on increasing fundraising & marketing 
    • Structuring key digital strategies to increase visitors to your website
    • Case studies on websites & charities that have succeeded in rapid growth and donations from changing their website  

     

    The event is free - please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/overherd-reading-tickets-20914995314

  • Thu
    17
    Mar
    2016
    13:00 - 15:30Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Aim: To help you develop the knowledge and skills to work well with your local media at a time of austerity and rapidly-changing media.

    Learning outcomes

    • The workshop will help you to:
    • Understand how local media works (local press emphasis)
    • Identify elements of a good story
    • Write a strong press release
    • Approach journalists (timings)
    • Get your stories and pictures picked up by the media
    • Use local media to help boost your web traffic

    Who it’s aimed at: People who work within the local voluntary sector (charities, community groups) who want to use the power of local media to help them raise their profile, fund-raise, campaign and increase volunteer numbers.

    Trainers

    Sofija Opacic has over 20 years experience working in the Third Sector and for the last five years she has been running Creative Public Affairs which helps people work with the media more effectively to create social good.

    Alan Bunce has been a local journalist for 21 years including as the Business Editor for the Reading Chronicle and Community Editor for the Reading Post. He is currently freelancing in PR and journalism.

    Cost: £30 or free for RNN members using the usual promotional code - please contact us if you need this.

    Click here to register

  • Tue
    22
    Mar
    2016
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

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

    Join Reading Voluntary Action for the Easter meeting of the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that RVA can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event.

    Free registration at rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms/volunteer-coordinators-network-march-2016

  • Sat
    26
    Mar
    2016
    14:00 - 16:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Come along to Caversham Court on Easter Saturday, when the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be hosting an Easter Egg Trail on a nature theme in the lovely riverside gardens.

    All young competitors will win an Easter Egg prize.

    All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Entry is free, but donations to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens will be appreciated.

    The Tea Kiosk will be open for refreshments all afternoon.

  • Wed
    30
    Mar
    2016
    19:45RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    This is the second of a series of four public presentations on climate change.

    Scientists say we are now in a climate emergency, yet CO2 emissions continue to increase. Politicians need grassroots support to take effective measures.

    Clive Elsworth of the Citizens Climate Lobby presents Carbon Fee & Dividend, a policy that would incentivise rapid decarbonisation while enabling the world's economies to thrive. The evening is designed to be informative and fun, with role-playing exercises.

    This event is promoted by the Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN) with support from the Reading Climate Change Partnership. Free entry, no registration required.

  • Mon
    11
    Apr
    2016
    9:30 - 12:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    If you are a new organisation or have recently grown or changed committee members, then this session will help you understand the trustee/committee member’s role in managing the finances of the organisation. This isn’t just for treasurers as the session highlights the role of all members in ensuring the organisation is financially healthy.

    Aims of the workshop

    • To build understanding of the importance of financial management
    • To build confidence and ability to perform good financial housekeeping
    • To leave the workshop having started the work to ensure better financial management of their organisation

    Delegates are encouraged to bring along their financial records to work on but a model organisation will also be used as an example.

    Learning outcomes
    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:

    • Understand their financial responsibilities as trustees
    • Be able to record transactions including fixed assets, expenses, income
    • Understand the concept of debits and credits
    • Learn how to depreciate a fixed asset
    • Start to prepare a receipts and payments account
    • Be able to determine if their organization needs an audit or independent examination of their accounts

    Target audience
    The workshop will be open to up to 6 organisations who may send 1 or 2 delegates each. Each organisation will be entitled to up to one hour’s post course email support to follow up issues covered on the course.

    Cost
    Tickets cost £30. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code. RNN members should have received their discount code already by email - please contact us if you need it.

    Click here to register

  • Wed
    13
    Apr
    2016
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Canoe Club

    The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7TH

    Event hosted by the Friends of Caversham Court Garden. To mark the 300th anniversary of the the birth of landscape gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown, there will be a talk by Ben Viljoen of the Berkshire Gardens Trust. Ben will be looking at Brown’s work at Caversham Park and elsewhere in Berkshire.

    The talk will follow the briefest possible AGM. ​

    All welcome, no need to be a member, free entry.

    Phone: 01189 545779
    Website: www.fccg.org.uk
  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016
    09:30 - 12:30Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Mosaic have a wealth of experience in using a creative approach to delivering training. Mosaic Creative are committed to using the visual and performing arts in providing fun and accessible training and resources.

    This short training series of three half day workshops seeks to strengthen the skills and understanding of volunteer managers so that they become confident and competent in their role. The workshops work as stand-alone sessions or you may wish to attend two or all three as a series.

    The workshops are accompanied by a comprehensive guide to managing volunteers specifically written and cartoon illustrated for this programme.

    This workshop focuses on Building a team of volunteers. The session will equip volunteer managers with a range of tools for improving teamworking, decision making and managing conflict.

    The training session costs £40 plus £3.39 payment processing fee.

    Please register for the training at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sat
    23
    Apr
    2016
    10:00 - 15:00Caversham Court

    Church Road, Caversham RG4 7AD

    An Econet event promoting local woodland products and wildlife friendly gardening.

    Plants, bean poles and pea sticks, willow products, reconditioned and tool sharpening service for sale. Children’s activities.

    Stalls from many local gardening and wildlife groups including Reading and District Beekeepers, Tilehurst Horticultural Association, Food 4 Families, Wildlife Trust, RSPB and more.

  • Sun
    01
    May
    2016
    12:00 - 19:00Prospect Park

    Reading RG30 2ND

    The 2016 Tilehurst Festival will be at Prospect Park on Sunday 1 May. 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:
    Mobile: 07851 490403
    Email: info@tilehurstfest.co.uk
    Website: www.tilehurstfest.co.uk

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016
    12:00 - 17:00Coronation Square

    Southcote, Reading RG30 3QP

    A fun filled day for all the family. We have live entertainment, face painting, dancers, inflatables, food stalls and much, much more!

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016
    13:00 - 16:00St Laurence's Church

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

    How SOUP works:

    • Pay £5 entry and get a warm bowl of soup
    • Listen to pitches from local community projects
    • Vote for your favourite project and the winner receives all of the door money

    What’s not to love?

    We also have LIVE MUSIC from local troubadour Bruce Neil!

    Entry is £5 – all proceeds go to the winning pitch
    *Donations towards running of SOUP gladly welcomed*

    ONE-MINUTE PLUG – Anyone who brings food or drink gets the opportunity to give a one-minute plug to the audience about their cause.

    Reading SOUP raises money and awareness for community projects in Reading with music, art and a warm bowl of soup. Come along and get involved!

  • Wed
    11
    May
    2016
    14:00 - 16:00Reading Deaf Centre

    131-133 Cardiff Road, Reading RG1 8JF

    Following Deaf Awareness Week 2016 (2nd to 9th May) the Reading Deaf Centre is offering a free Deaf awareness training session for services in Reading.

    This event will consist of an explanation of what the Reading Deaf Centre does, plus about 90 minutes of Deaf Awareness training.

    To book a place or find out more please contact Carly Spurling (Information Officer) at info@readingdeafcentre.co.uk or phone on 01189 594969.

  • Tue
    17
    May
    2016
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

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

    Join us for the May meeting of the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Free registration at rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms/volunteer-coordinators-network-may-2016

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2016
    9:30 - 12:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Employing staff can seem like a tricky business, but it needn’t be. Whether you are employing staff for the first time or you have been doing so for some time, this training will give you an overview of everything you need to know as a voluntary sector employer.

    With the added challenges the voluntary sector is facing with funding and the increased risk of redundancies, it is essential that staff and trustees are confident the correct employment procedures are in place to deal with these challenges. It is important to have safeguards in place before taking action in order to best protect the organisation.

    We will cover the following areas:

    • The contract of employment
    • Contractor or employee?
    • Employment policies
    • Managing performance
    • When things go wrong: Redundancies and avoiding unfair dismissal
    • Discrimination and harassment

    The training will be particularly useful for trustees, committee members and managers of voluntary groups. You will leave with a better knowledge of how to protect your organisation and staff from the pitfalls of employment law.

    Tickets are free but do let RVA know if you are unable to attend as places can be used by another voluntary group.

    Registration: www.eventbrite.co.uk
    Email: training@rva.org.uk
    Phone: 01189 372273

    Click here to register

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016
    11:00 - 14:00St Michael's Church

    Routh Lane, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JX

    On Saturday 21 May St Michael’s Church Tilehurst is holding its Spring Fayre with an extra splash of colour! All the colours of the rainbow will be around the stalls for a happy fun event. Who knows what pots of gold might be discovered there?

    The Fayre starts at 11:00 and finishes at 14:00. Why not start your day with Morning Coffee and a Danish pastry? And at lunchtime try a sweet or savoury pancake or a toastie.

    The stalls will include a raffle, cakes and produce, plants, a chocolate raffle, ice cream and many more.
    And on top of all this why not have a go at ringing the churches 200 year old bells.

    As usual we will try to arrange the weather to suit, but if it should rain the event will be in the Church Hall on The Meadway. Wherever the Fayre is held is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    14:00 - 17:30Harris Garden

    University of Reading Campus, Pepper Lane, Reading RG6 6UR

    Would you like to see inside the locked walled garden at Harris Gardens? Come along on Sunday 22 May!

    As well as having a lovely stroll around the gardens you can get your face painted, go on a rickshaw ride, go on a treasure hunt, or shop for plants, jam from The Jam Lady, fudge from Hartland Fudge, honey from Stella’s Honey, have a go on the tombola or just relax with a cup of tea and a cake.

    Entry is £3 – proceeds to Reading Mencap.

  • Wed
    25
    May
    2016
    19:45 StartReading Quaker Meeting House

    2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB

    Reading climate forum on "Climate change impacts on food security - learning from past food shocks". Dr Jacob Bishop of University of Reading will give the talk at this free entry event. Topics will include:

    • What is global food security?
    • How might global food security be impacted by climate change?
    • Strategies to reduce those impacts of climate change on food production and other aspects of food security
  • Thu
    26
    May
    2016
    17:00 - 19:45Reading Voluntary Action

    3rd Floor, Reading Central Library, 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 are will include:

    • Trustee duties and liability
    • Trustee Roles
    • Your organisation’s structure
    • Your constitution
    • Reporting
    • 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.

    Tickets are free but do let RVA know if you are unable to attend as places can be used by another voluntary group.

    Registration: www.eventbrite.co.uk
    Email: training@rva.org.uk
    Phone: 01189 372273

  • Mon
    30
    May
    2016
    11:00 - 19:00Prospect Park

    Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND

    Supporting Reading 2016 Year of Culture – Reading CaribComm presents the Carnival in the Park.

    Learn the history of Carnival through workshops and see a preview of some of the actual costumes that will appear at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

    Live stage performances showcasing local musicians.

    There will also be a range of food and art stalls plus activities throughout the day.

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2016
    10:30 - 16:30Victoria Recreation Ground

    Armour Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 6HT

    League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital annual summer fete, this year the event will be themed around the Euro 2016 finals in France. There will be stalls, refreshments and entertainment including a dog show.

    See the website at lof-royalberks.org.uk for more information. If you have any queries please phone 01183 228592 or email lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk.

  • Tue
    07
    Jun
    2016
    14:00 - 17:00Reading Central Library

    Ground Floor, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Ready Friends is a new project set up to promoting befriending in Reading. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender then we’d love to see you at afternoon tea in Reading Central Library on Tuesday 7 June, from 14:00 - 17:00.

    This is an informal event for anyone who wants to find out more about:

    • Befriending services in Reading working to reduce the isolation of older people, families, and those with long-term health conditions or disabilities
    • Opportunities to volunteer
    • The benefits of befriending
    • Other volunteers’ experiences of befriending
    • Training available for volunteers

    Ready Friends Afternoon Tea is being hosted as part of National Volunteers’ Week 2016 and we hope to see you there.

    No registration needed, just come along on the day. Email Ready Friends at ready.friends@rva.org.uk with any queries.
  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016
    11:00 - 17:00River Kennet & Forbury Gardens, Reading

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

    The event winds its way through the Forbury Gardens, along Chestnut and Riverside Walks and ending up at the Riverside Museum. Visitors to this year's celebration of canal life will be entertained by traditional music and dance in the Forbury Gardens. Other entertainment and children's activities will take place across the Water Fest site throughout the day.

    A number of boat parades will work their way along the river during the day and there will be a best-dressed boat competition, canoeing demonstrations, a duck race and a boat tug of war on the water too.

    If you would like to have a stall at the festival, please click here and complete the online application form. For charities and community organisations there is no fee to take part but you will need to bring your own tables and chairs. If you would like to attend I would be grateful please complete the online application form by Friday 29 April 2016.

    This year Water Fest is proud to partner with Reading Green Fest, a festival celebrating everything sustainable and environmental in Reading. Come along to the Town Hall square and St Laurence's church for fun activities for all ages, and a chance to find out what's going on near you and how to get involved.

    For more information on the event please contact the Events and Festivals Department on 0118 937 2771.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016
    11:00 - 17:00Town Hall Square and St Laurence's church

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

    Reading Green Fest is a one day community festival celebrating everything sustainable and environmental in Reading taking place alongside Reading Water Fest on 11 June from 11:00 to 17:00. Come along to the Town Hall square and St Laurence’s church for fun activities for all ages, and a chance to find out what’s going on near you and how to get involved!

    There will be pedal generators for kids of all ages, a life size “corporate monopoly” game, and activities from local groups including Berkshire Greenpeace, Reading Friends of the Earth, Transition Town Reading, Reading Food Growing Network and more.

    Workshops will be running throughout the day including Love Food Hate Waste, weaving with recycled materials (Crafted Waste) and discussions about local issues.

    Tasty vegan food will be served in St Laurence’s along with short films such as “Where’s Reading Heading” and “Local Food Roots”.

    This event is brought to you by Transition Town Reading in collaboration with RBC, Reading UK CIC and a range of local groups from across Reading.

    Any organisation that has an environmental message is invited to have a stall at the event. Transition Town Reading are also recruiting volunteers to help on the day. If interested, get in touch at treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk.

  • Mon
    13
    Jun
    2016
    18:00 - 21:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    If you are new to the role of treasurer, have done it for a while but would like to be sure you’re doing the right thing, or would like to find out more about being a treasurer this course is for you. If you aren’t yet volunteering as a treasurer but would like to, RVA can then help place you with an organisation to put your new skills into practice.
    Aims of the workshop

    • To build understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organisation.
    • To ensure the ability to deal with the specifics of the finances of a small voluntary organisation.
    • To leave the workshop confident about the issues that are likely to face the treasurer of a small organisation.

    Learning outcomes
    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:

    • Understand their financial responsibilities as trustees.
    • Understand the particular requirements for the accounts of a small voluntary organisation.
    • Be aware of corporate governance issues facing 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 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 12 delegates. It will be aimed primarily at new volunteers who wish to act as treasurers in Reading’s voluntary sector, but will also be suitable for volunteers who are stepping up to the role of treasurer.
    Post course support
    Each delegate will be entitled to up to one hour’s post course email support to follow up issues covered on the course.
    Cost
    The training is at RVA's reduced rate of £30. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code. RNN members should have received their discount code already by email - please contact us if you need it.

    Click here to register

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    12:00 - 18:00Palmer Park

    Reading RG1 3PA

    Join us for an afternoon of music and fun! 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.

    The festival will be on Sunday 19 June, between 12:00 to 18:00 in Palmer Park.

    For more information see the East Reading Festival Website.

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    14:00 - 17:00Forbury Gardens

    The Forbury, Reading RG1 3BB

    Come to Forbury Gardens for a free entry Summer Party on Sunday 19 June. The Friends of Reading Abbey, Friends of Reading Museum and Friends of Caversham Court Gardens are getting together again to host a joint party for all: everybody is welcome and you don’t have to be a member of any of the groups.

    Free entertainment will include music, theatre, a history trail and community singing. Refreshments available at the Kiosk.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016
    11:00 - 19:00Prospect Park

    Reading RG30 2ND

    Join the  Barbados and Friends Association (Reading), the Jamaican Society and St Vincent and Grenadines Association for a family fun day featuring entertainment, sport, food stalls, dominoes and much more.

    For more information see the website at www.bafa-reading.org.uk.

  • Mon
    27
    Jun
    2016
    09:30 - 12:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Whether you are new to an organisation, have recently grown, changed committee members or need a boost, this practical session will help you improve your understanding and use of spreadsheets. This will be useful to trustees, including chairs and treasurers, as well as charity staff. The course will focus around sample spreadsheets, which attendees will build on to practice key functions.

    Aims of the workshop

    • To build understanding of the importance and limitations of spreadsheets
    • To build confidence and ability to use spreadsheets
    • To leave the workshop having used spreadsheet formula and functions for a variety of purposes

    Delegates will need to bring along a laptop with either a version of excel or able to link up to google sheets. (There is limited ability for RVA to loan laptops, please email training@rva.org.uk for details)

    Learning outcomes

    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:

    • Understand the basics and purpose of spreadsheets
    • Understand the advantages and potential pitfalls of using spreadsheets for charities
    • Practice use of formulas in the context of a sample organisation
    • Create pivot table and graphs to summarise data
    • Understand the use of control checks etc to improve information quality

    Target audience

    The workshop will be open to up to 6 delegates. Post course support is available with each organisation entitled to up to one hour’s post course email support to follow up issues covered on the course.

    Cost

    The training is £60 plus booking fee for Reading’s charities and voluntary groups and £90 for others. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code. RNN members should have received their discount code already by email - please contact us if you need it. If you are not a local voluntary group please email training@rva.org.uk to book, otherwise you can register at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

    Click here to register

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2016
    10:00 - 12:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Reading Voluntary Action and Age UK Reading warmly invite you to an information-sharing and networking event about befriending. This event is aimed at organisations from Reading and the surrounding areas that run befriending schemes, work to reduce social isolation or are just interested in finding out more about befriending.

    • 10:00 - 10:30 The future of befriending schemes: the local situation and national case studies
    • 10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break and networking
    • 10:45 - 11:15 Funding
    • 11:15 - 11:45 Volunteers: recruitment and training needs
    • 11:45 - 12:00 Coffee break and networking

    The forum will take place in the Conference Room on the third floor of Reading Central Library. Attendance is free, but please book your place at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2016
    19:30 - 21:30RISC

    35 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    This is the last in a series of four public events presented by GREN with support from Reading Climate Change Partnership and funded by Reading Climate Action Network.

    Dr Rayner Mayer, from Sciotech Projects and the University of Reading, will lead an interactive discussion on:

    • Climate Justice and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, as agreed by the UN in September 2015
    • Can people alter their lifestyle to become part of the solution?

    All welcome.

  • Fri
    01
    Jul
    2016
    11:00 - 12:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    To mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens and the Caversham Branch of the British Legion will be gathering in Caversham Court Gardens. A short ceremony will be held in the vinery, where Head Gardener Will Paice will have planted up a special commemorative border. The President of Caversham Branch of the Royal British Legion will recite The Exhortation (Ode to the Fallen) and then Jason Todd, a Bugler from the Salvation Army, will sound The Last Post and two minutes Silence will be observed.

    Members of the public are most welcome to join those present. An exhibition about Caversham in World War One will be on display, and the Ways & Means Trust will be serving refreshments in the Tea Kiosk throughout the day.

    Email: friends@fccg.org.uk
    Phone: 0118 954 5779

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016
    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.

    Website: www.facebook.com/OxfordRoadFunDay

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016
    12:00 onwardsChristchurch Meadows

    George Street, Caversham, Reading RG4 8BY

    The Readipop Festival (Formerly Caversham Festival) returns to Christchurch Meadows this year from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 July 2016.

    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 www.readipop.co.uk.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016
    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 https://www.facebook.com/SouthReadingChurches

  • Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    15:30 - 19:00Southcote GrowAllot community allotment

    Florian Gardens, Southcote, Reading RG30 3QG

    This is an event held to say farewell to some of Southcote Growallot's founders, Sara and Derek Edwards, who will soon be moving away from the area, and also to say farewell to Jason Searing, who is stepping down from his tutor role on the project.

    Everyone is welcome, so please do come along and join in for another shared lunch in the allotment. The Big Lunch that was held a few weeks ago was a really enjoyable event with lots of yummy food and good company!

    Bring something to share for lunch if you can, and feel free to bring as many friends, family and acquaintances as you like.

  • Wed
    13
    Jul
    2016
    19:00 - 21:00RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Do you work with a local neighbourhood group, or are you thinking of starting one or organising local activities? Help promote your activities and news with our series of free 'Grow your Image' workshops.

    The first of these workshops is led by Alan Bunce, local journalist, PR consultant, and former Getreading community news editor. We'll be discussing ideas for gathering your local news and creating great articles for your community newsletter.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

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

    Join us for the summer meeting of the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal: RVA provides the tea and coffee - feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Free registration at rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms/volunteer-coordinators-network-july-2016.

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    19:00 - 21:00RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Do you work with a local neighbourhood group, or are you thinking of starting one or organising local activities? Help promote your activities and news with our series of free 'Grow your Image' workshops.

    The second workshop in the series will cover the basics of designing and laying out a newsletter for paper and online formats, and give an introduction to using desktop publishing software such as Microsoft Publisher and Scribus. This workshop is led by David Neale, RNN's news editor and webmaster with more than 20 years' experience of producing community newsletters.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016
    11:00 - 17:00Prospect Park

    Liebenrood Road, Reading RG30 2ND

    Reading Family Fun Day is an annual family event that takes place in Prospect Park. This FREE entry event promises a variety of attractions including Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, Trade Stalls, BBQ, Ferret Racing and lots more! Raising money for the British Heart Foundation to help in the fight against Heart disease.

    Web site: www.readingfamilyfunday.co.uk

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    19:00 - 21:00RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Do you work with a local neighbourhood group, or are you thinking of starting one or organising local activities? Help promote your activities and news with our series of free 'Grow your Image' workshops.

    The third workshop in the series will help you take great photos for your newsletter, website and social media feeds. You don't need an expensive camera, just the right angle and arrangement! This workshop is led by Lynda Bowyer, a well-known local photographer who specialises in press and commercial work.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Tue
    02
    Aug
    2016
    10.:30 - 15:00 Church of the Latter Day Saints

    280 The Meadway, Reading RG30 4PE

    FIR-TREE stands for: Friends in Retirement Taking Recreation, Education and Exercise. The club has been running in Reading for 40 years and offers a great range of activities. Members can become activity leaders, but professional instructors are used for certain specialist activities.

    Alongside the weekly activities, outings to places of interest and to the theatre are arranged, as well as annual holidays. The emphasis throughout is on friendship and fun.

    The club has recently moved to a new venue, and to celebrate this and its long history it is holding a free open day. Guests will be able to take part in different activities including table tennis, Scrabble and crafts, as well as finding out about available trips and holidays and meeting the friendly FIR-TREE members.

    Just turn up or contact Colin Ferguson by email at colindf@btinternet.com or phone on 01189 482557 for details.

  • Wed
    03
    Aug
    2016
    19:00 - 21:00RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Do you work with a local neighbourhood group, or are you thinking of starting one or organising local activities? Help promote your activities and news with our series of free 'Grow your Image' workshops.

    The fourth workshop in the series is led by Rob Davies from the Museum of English Rural Life, and will focus on getting more from social media. Social media plays a significant role in many people’s lives. Organisations both large and small are using social media to their advantage, whether it’s promoting their work, sharing ideas or showing support. With so many different platforms and approaches, it can be difficult to know where to begin and how to go about it. This session will provide you with an overview of all social media platforms, how you can use them to your advantage and why your organisation should be using social media.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    18:45Museum of English Rural Life

    University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

    Do you work with a local neighbourhood group, or are you thinking of starting one or organising local activities? Help get more people involved with our series of free 'Grow your Numbers' workshops.

    This session will explore how to encourage members of your community to volunteer and support your organisation. This could be through formal volunteering roles but also supporting your organisation in various ways. Through a series of activities we will discuss what would be best for your organisation and how to create a volunteer strategy. With Rob Davies, Volunteer Coordinator for the Museum of English Rural Life.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Sat
    13
    Aug
    2016
    13:00 - 15:30Berrington House

    21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE

    Don’t miss the Reading Mencap Summer Fair with tombola, raffle, games, cakes, refreshments and much more. There will be something for all the family to enjoy!

    Also featuring:
    - The Jam Lady
    - Hartland Fudge
    - Face Painting from Jade’s Rainbow Faces
    - Kids Bee Happy with Maddi Sand Pictures
    - Plants
    - Adopt a soft toy
    - Kids’ books & toys
    - CDs & DVDs

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016
    18:45Museum of English Rural Life

    University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

    Do you work with a local neighbourhood group, or are you thinking of starting one or organising local activities? Help get more people involved with our series of free 'Grow your Numbers' workshops.

    This session will explore how to retain community volunteers and keep the momentum going, identifying risks and managing expectations. With Rob Davies, Volunteer Coordinator for the Museum of English Rural Life.

    UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE HAD TO POSTPONE THIS EVENT - WE WILL REARRANGE IT AS SOON AS WE CAN. Apologies for any inconvenience.

  • Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016
    12:00 - 18:00Broad Street

    Reading, Berkshire

    Culturemix are organising a Carnival of the World to help showcase and celebrate the wide range of cultures that make Reading the unique town that it is.

    The carnival is all about integrating all cultures in the community, so this is an excellent opportunity to represent your culture as well as having the chance to explore what other cultures have to offer.

    Be sure to expect extravagant costumes and a mix of performances!

    Contact details
    Email: mary@culturemixarts.co.uk
    Website: www.culturemixarts.co.uk

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    18:30 - 20:30St Laurence Church

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

    It is Reading SOUP's First Birthday, so come down and celebrate with Reading SOUP as they continue to support Community Projects in Reading!

    How it works:
    – Pay £5 entry and get a warm bowl of soup
    – Listen to Community Projects pitch
    – Vote for your favourite Project
    – The Project with the most votes wins ALL of the door money

    There will also be LIVE MUSIC from a local act, as well as Art from Reading artists. Anyone who brings food or drink to Reading SOUP gets a One Minute Plug to the audience about their cause. If you’d like to pitch for your Project, get in touch at readingsoup@gmail.com.

    Raising money and awareness for Community Projects in Reading with music, art and a warm bowl of SOUP.

  • Sat
    03
    Sep
    2016
    12:00 onwardsKing's Meadow Park

    Reading RG1 8BN

    Pride returns to Reading in all its glorious glory. There will be a great line-up of entertainment along with a lovely marketplace, food and drink and loads more. Pride is organised by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and provides free fun for all the family.

    The thirteenth Reading Pride Festival takes place on Saturday 3 September 2016 at Kings Meadow. The festival kicks off when the Parade arrives at 12pm with a full line-up of entertainment throughout the day along with a funfair.

    For more information see the website at readingpride.co.uk.

  • Wed
    07
    Sep
    2016
    09:30 - 13:30Museum of English Rural Life

    University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

    South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding it’s next Governing Body meeting in public on Wednesday 7 September and you are welcome to attend.

    Following the Governing Body meeting the CCG will hold their Annual Meeting. Timings below
    09:30 – 11:45: Governing Body Meeting in public
    12:00 – 13:30: Annual Meeting

    Further details (the board papers will be published 5 days before the meeting) on the South Reading CCG website at www.southreadingccg.nhs.uk/board-meetings.

    Please make sure that you register through Eventbrite.

  • Wed
    07
    Sep
    2016
    14:00 - 16:00Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Reading Voluntary Action and Age UK Reading warmly invite you to the second information-sharing and networking event about befriending. Based on feedback from the last forum in June, this forum will explore:

    • Ways of collaborative working
    • Outcomes and impact for volunteers
    • Peer befriending

    This event is aimed at organisations from Reading and the surrounding areas that run befriending schemes, work to reduce social isolation, or are just interested in finding out more about befriending.

    This is a free event, but please book your place via Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016
    09:30 - 15:00Green Park Business Park

    100 Longwater Avenue, Reading RG2 6GP

    The 2016 Berkshire Community Foundation Symposium will take place on Friday 9 September at Green Park in Reading. Local charities and community groups can attend from 09:30 to hear advice from presenters on various topics including fundraising, looking after supporters and the latest legal advice. Hear from Blandy and Blandy and LocalGiving and enjoy a tasty lunch. Places are limited so please book your place at www.eventbrite.co.uk by 15 August 2016. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2016
    14:00 - 17:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Drop in to the 17th century summer house in Caversham Court Gardens to see a special exhibition “Capability Brown in Berkshire”, devised by the Berkshire Gardens Trust to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the father of English landscape gardening.

    Guided tours (including sensory tours for visually or hearing impaired people) of the beautiful riverside gardens are available on Saturday and Sunday, run by the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens. Charity-run Tea Kiosk open on site. Free Entry.

  • Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016
    12:00 - 16:30The Warehouse

    1a Cumberland Road, Reading RG1 3LB

    Repair Cafe is a monthly event that runs in various venues around Reading. Get help to repair a wide range of items such as:

    • Electronics
    • Mechanical items
    • Computers (hardware / software)
    • Toys / Furniture
    • Clothing / textiles
    • Tool sharpening

    In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and the Repair Cafe member are sure to have a go or at least provide some advice about what your best course of action might be. You’re also welcome to come along with repairs you want to do yourself or craft projects you’re working on and you’ll find a friendly helpful bunch ready to welcome you.

    The event is run entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in! As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake. Everything is free, but donations are encouraged to ensure that the repair cafe can keep running  in future.

    Email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2016
    12:45 - 16:4557-59 Bath Road

    Reading RG30 2BA

    North and West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding it’s next Governing Body meeting in public on Tuesday 20 September and you are welcome to attend.

    Following the Governing Body meeting the CCG will hold their Annual Meeting. Timings below
    Governing Body 12:45 – 15:00
    Annual Meeting 15:15 – 16:45

    Further details (the board papers will be published 5 days before the meeting) on the North and West Reading CCG website at nwreadingccg.nhs.uk/governing-body-meetings.

    Please register through Eventbrite.

  • Wed
    21
    Sep
    2016
    10:30 - 11:45Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    The Ready Friends project at RVA is delighted to be partnering with Samaritans Reading to host free Listening Skills Workshops this September. The workshops are open to all, but may be of particular interest to volunteer befrienders, or people interested in becoming befrienders.

    Based on the Samaritans' 'Listening Wheel', each workshop will cover:

    • Empathic listening
    • The differences between empathy and sympathy
    • Barriers to effective communication
    • Verbal and non-verbal signs someone needs support
    • Self-care for listeners

    These fun and interactive workshops last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Spaces are limited to ensure a small group, so book now at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sat
    24
    Sep
    2016
    12:30 - 15:00Christ The King Hall

    408 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8NR

    The Big Lunch is held once a month at Christ The King. The lunch is a FREE, three course meal. These lunches are held on Saturday because the elderly have said that Saturdays are the loneliest time of the week for them. This event attracts a lot of pensioners and is in its fourth year.

    Why not come and see for yourself, make new friends and enjoy being spoilt for a change.

    Phone 07961 945030 or email brenda.neale1@virginmedia.com to book a place.

  • Mon
    26
    Sep
    2016
    19:45 StartRISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Reading climate forum on “Warm Homes – Cool Planet” - how to save on space-heating! Tony Cowling and Ian Gough on practical steps to save energy.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2016
    10:30 - 12:30Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Join us for the Autumn meeting of the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Free registration at rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms/volunteer-coordinators-network-september-2016.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016
    13:00 - 15:30Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Aim: To help you develop the knowledge and skills to work well with your local media at a time of austerity and rapidly-changing media.

    Learning outcomes

    The workshop will help you to:

    • Understand how local media works (local press emphasis)
    • Identify elements of a good story
    • Write a strong press release
    • Effectively approach journalists.
    • Get your stories and pictures picked up by the media
    • Use local media to help boost your web traffic

    Who it’s aimed at: People who work within the local voluntary sector (charities, community groups) who want to use the power of local media to help them raise their profile, fund-raise, campaign and increase volunteer numbers.

    Trainers

    Sofija Opacic has over 20 years experience working in the Third Sector and for the last five years she has been running Creative Public Affairs which helps people work with the media more effectively to create social good.

    Alan Bunce has been a local journalist for 21 years including as the Business Editor for the Reading Chronicle and Community Editor for the Reading Post. He is currently freelancing in PR and journalism.

    Cost: £30 or free for RNN members using the usual promotional code - please contact us if you need this.

    Click here to register

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2016
    12:15Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    The Ready Friends project at RVA is delighted to be partnering with Samaritans Reading to host free Listening Skills Workshops this September. The workshops are open to all, but may be of particular interest to volunteer befrienders, or people interested in becoming befrienders.

    These fun and interactive workshops last for 1 hour and 15 minutes, topics covered are:

    • Empathic listening
    • The differences between empathy and sympathy
    • Barriers to effective communication
    • Verbal and non-verbal signs someone needs support
    • Self-care for listeners

    Spaces are limited, so book now at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sat
    01
    Oct
    2016
    12:00 - 16:00Forbury Gardens

    Forbury Road, Reading

    Hundreds of alloment holders and home-growers, along with voluntary groups and local producers will contribute to the meal which will be cooked by Reading College Hospitality and Catering students and served free to over 1,000 local people. The aim is to promote sustainable food production, educating people about the provenance and environmental impacts of food production.

    Forbury Gardens will be filled with fun activities, workshops and local food producers. Community groups will set out their stalls and music from local bands will keep the tempo going all afternoon.

    Find out more at www.readingtownmeal.org.uk.

  • Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    12:00 - 22:00The Rising Sun Arts Centre

    30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST

    A DIY exhibition celebrating the history of radical arts in Reading, the establishing of the Rising Sun, the world it sprang from and the people that made it happen.

    The exhibition will stretch back to the sixties and beyond, offering a fascinating glimpse of the life of the town and its people. A timeline of the Centre’s history and possible future will be created too. If you have memories, thoughts, posters, photos, films or anything related, please contact the centre. The exhibition will be put together on the morning of the 2nd and the rest of the day will feature films, exhibitions, talks, discussions, music etc. The Yellow Teapot Café will be open throughout.

    To follow the exhibition at 20:00 there will a cabaret featuring many local artists including the singer songwriter Terry Clarke, who has written a beautiful suite of music about his hometown.

    Free Entry.
    Contact details
    Email: info@risingsun-artscentre.co.uk
    Phone: 01189 866788

  • Wed
    05
    Oct
    2016
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Bicycle Kitchen

    Jackson's Corner, 1-9 Kings Road, Reading RG1 3AS

    Reading and Wokingham's Local Plans are being extended to 2036; the process of developing them is just starting. Professor Gavin Parker and Kat Salter of UoR will help us understand the planning hierarchy, what local plans can include, what local plans cannot include and how we can best influence them.

    At the end of the meeting ideas will be collated for a GREN response to Wokingham's Issues and Options consultation.

  • Sat
    15
    Oct
    2016
    09:00 - 18:00Wycliffe Church

    233 Kings Road, Reading RG1 4LS

    A Renters Rising workshop for Reading and the Southeast held by ACORN Reading.

    These workshops are at the heart of our plan to build a renters’ union – enabling you to meet like-minded folks, learn about renters’ rights and the small skills we can use to build a BIG movement. It’ll be a day of training in the skills needed to build a large, powerful movement to ensure that renters and the communities in which we live, are able to have a say in guaranteeing that the private rental sector is fit for standard.

    Renters pay the most to live in the worst conditions with the least security. This will give people the tools to change that.We’ll be focused on the methods used to build a movement, looking at Community Organising methods.

    We’ll discuss some of the issues facing renters and look into what can be done to improve the situation. We’ll also look at the organisation ACORN are setting up to fight for these improvements, and finally we’ll decide how we in Reading want to move forward with this campaign.

    Find out more at www.rentersrising.org.uk/renters_rising_reading or email reading@acorncommunities.org.uk for more information.

  • Mon
    17
    Oct
    2016
    19:30 - 22:00RISC Global Cafe

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    As part of Reading International Festival, Reading City of Sanctuary are hosting an event to celebrate what has been achieved so far. The theme for Reading International Festival this year is ‘Human Rights for Human Dignity and Survival’. Issues such as the right to live in peace and flee to safety from wars and climate change, will be raised and debated. Reading City of Sanctuary, with its aim of ensuring that refugees and asylum seekers feel safe and welcome in Reading, are at the very centre of the theme.

    This is a chance to find out more about Reading City of Sanctuary, listen to refugees’ stories and fabulous music from Tomson and the Limpopo Groove, hear poetry and network with other organisations who’ve signed up. Some food and drink from the middle east will be provided. Come and join in and meet like-minded people who care about what happens to refugees and asylum seekers once they have arrived in Reading.

  • Mon
    17
    Oct
    2016
    19:30 StartRISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Reading climate forum on “Warm Homes – Cool Planet” – Low-Carbon Energy Techniques. Topics will include:
    -Dr. Rayner Mayer on heat pumps
    -Dr. Sue Roberts on Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery
    -Kevin Mouatt (CEO Anesco) giving an industry view

  • Wed
    19
    Oct
    2016
    09:30 - 11:30Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Join RVA to celebrate 50 years of voluntary action in Reading at the RVA Celebration AGM.

    Celebrating 50 years of local people organising, learning and working together to improve the lives of the people in Reading. Reflecting on the current challenges, voluntary action has never been so vital.

    Do you have any stories or photos of your volunteers over the past 50 years you wish to share? Email to: info@rva.org.uk.

    Breakfast and networking will be available from 09:30 and the meeting opens at 10:00. Along with the formal business RVA will be reporting on their work and plans for the upcoming year.

    Please let RVA know you are coming: Book online www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Thu
    20
    Oct
    2016
    9:30 - 12:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    If you are a new organisation or have recently grown or changed committee members, then this session will help you understand the trustee/committee member’s role in managing the finances of the organisation. This isn’t just for treasurers as the session highlights the role of all members in ensuring the organisation is financially healthy.

    Aims of the workshop
    -To build understanding of the importance of financial management
    -To build confidence and ability to perform good financial housekeeping
    -To leave the workshop having started the work to ensure better financial management of their organisation
    Delegates are encouraged to bring along their financial records to work on but a model organisation will also be used as an example.

    Learning outcomes
    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:
    -Understand their financial responsibilities as trustees
    -Be able to record transactions including fixed assets, expenses, income
    -Understand the concept of debits and credits
    -Learn how to depreciate a fixed asset
    -Start to prepare a receipts and payments account
    -Be able to determine if their organization needs an audit or independent examination of their accounts

    Target audience
    The workshop will be open to up to 6 organisations who may send 1 or 2 delegates each. Each organisation will be entitled to up to one hour’s post course email support to follow up issues covered on the course.

    Cost
    Tickets cost £30. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code. RNN members should have received their discount code already by email - please contact us if you need it.

    Register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016
    18:30 - 20:30St Laurence Church

    Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DA

    Reading SOUP is getting spooky with a Halloween special!

    Dust off your broomsticks and come on down for community projects, live music, local art and plenty of freshly-made soup.

    Doors 18:30 // Starts at 19:00

    How Reading SOUP works:
    -Pay £5 entry and get a warm bowl of soup
    -Listen to pitches for community projects
    -Vote for your favourite project
    -The project with the most votes wins ALL of the door money
    What’s not to love?

    If you have a community project and would like to pitch, please email Reading SOUP at readingsoup@gmail.com.

    One-minute plug - If you would like to talk to the SOUP crowd about your cause for 1 minute, please contribute some food or drink!

    *Donations towards running of SOUP gladly welcomed*

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2016
    11:00 - 16:00Broad Street

    Reading RG1 2BH

    Reading Voluntary Action will be hosting a Volunteering Fair in Broad Street this October.

    RVA will be joined by a a number of organisations including:

    -Reading Family Aid
    -Parents and Children Together
    -Reading Sea Cadets
    -Age UK Reading

    If you have ever considered volunteering this is an opportunity to find out more about the roles available and the organisations that need your help. Alongside information about volunteering there will be a range of family friendly activities on offer.

    Email: hello@rva.org.uk
    Phone: 01189 372273

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    19:30 - 23:00The Old Mill

    Aldermaston, Reading RG7 4LB

    The Gala is a fundraising event to help prevent social isolation in the elderly community. The Three Cooks already have great success within the community here in Reading offering FREE meals for all people 60 and over and a chance to meet new people, learn new skills and combat social isolation.

    The charity is into its fourth year and serves over 600 pensioners per month. Please attend this gala event to support The Three Cooks in helping more older people in our community.

    For more information and to book your places, phone 07956 425227 or email brenda.neale1@virginmedia.com.

  • Tue
    01
    Nov
    2016
    09:00 - 17:30Olympia Ballroom

    Shehnai, 75-77 London Street, Reading RG1 4QA

    The Live Lab will help us to consider Reading’s strengths and to dream, discover and design an exciting potential future together. In the room there will be representatives from academia, business, the public sector, and arts and culture for an inspirational day of innovation, inquiry and transformation. We have an ambitious aim for the day, tackling how we can help businesses in Reading create connections with a purpose and make Reading a fantastic place to live and work. We believe that if we can get our businesses, community leaders and public sector organisations working together, we can find ways to make this aspiration a reality.

    Among the attendees steering the conversation will be Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen, as well as a selection of Grant Thornton’s Faces of Vibrant Economy from the Thames Valley, who are part of a national list of people helping to shape a vibrant economy. Reading’s Live Lab event will be held in collaboration with Reading UK CIC, Grow@GreenPark and Connect Reading.

    Details and free registration at https://goo.gl/qSdfYn

  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016
    19:45 StartQuaker Meeting Rooms

    2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB

    Reading climate forum on "Reading's Water Supply in a Changing World". Michael Bright and Chris Beales on the issues and opportunities.

  • Tue
    08
    Nov
    2016

    Regrettably we are having to postpone this year's RNN Neighbourhoods Conference on 8 November.  Some of our organisers have had illness in their families so we have been struggling to arrange a good quality event in the time available.

    We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to hold our Annual General Meeting along with a similar kind of conference event early in 2017 - please look out for details.

    If you are interested in helping us organise our conference or getting involved in RNN generally we would be delighted to hear from you - please email us at info@rgneighbours.net.

  • Thu
    17
    Nov
    2016
    12:00 - 18:00South Street Arts Centre

    21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU

    Arts Council England’s Chris Farden (Relationship Manager South East) and Ashai Nicholas (Relationship Manager for Diversity) are providing 30 minute time-slots to organisations and individuals to discuss funding ideas and opportunities.

    More information about Arts Council England funding programmes can be found at www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts. To book a place email kayleigh.hodges@reading.gov.uk.

  • Thu
    17
    Nov
    2016
    18:00 StartSchool of Architecture Building

    London Road campus, University of Reading

    Professor Lorraine Farrelly has adopted Greater Reading Environmental Network's suggested topic “The effect of Architecture and Urban design on new buildings and refurbishments to achieve low environmental impact” for a School of Architecture public meeting.

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    10:00 - 12:00The Oasis

    Baker Street, Reading RG1 7XT

    Join Jelly artists in a family workshop to create your own lantern for a very special parade with Santa taking place in Reading Town Centre on Saturday 3 December. Refreshments during the workshop provided by Pop Up Reading.

    To secure your place, please book online at www.westlightupreading.eventbrite.co.uk. There is a fee of £8.

    For more information see the website at www.jelly.org.uk, for other enquiries email emma@jelly.org.uk.

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    11:30 - 16:00Great Expectations Hotel

    33 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Come along and find out about LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) and we're sure you will decide to join us! We trade with each other for "Readies" - for instance someone else may need their computer fixing and you may need your lawn mowing.

    We all have things to offer - our skills, sewing, gardening, material things we don't need; we could feed a cat, water a garden, take away rubbish, offer transport - the list is endless.  LETS is about supporting each other without money and socialising and working together.

    So do join us in The Christmas room at the Great Expectations Hotel - we look forward to meeting you! Free drink for first timers - come and find me Annemarie before you order your drink!

    For details please contact Annemarie on 07542 405383.

  • Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    12:00 - 16:30YMCA

    34 Parkside Road, Reading RG30 2DD

    Get help to repair a wide range of items covering areas such as:
    -Electronics
    -Mechanical items
    -Computers (hardware/software)
    -Toys/Furniture
    -Clothing/textiles
    -Tool sharpening

    In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and Repair Cafe member are sure to have a go or at least provide some advice about what your best course of action might be.

    You’re also welcome to come along with repairs you want to do yourself or craft projects you’re working on and you’ll find a friendly helpful bunch ready to welcome you.

    The event is run entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in! As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake. Everything is free, but donations are encouraged to ensure that the repair cafe can keep running  in future.

    Email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

  • Tue
    22
    Nov
    2016
    16:30 - 18:30Reading Community Learning Centre (RCLC)

    94 London Street, Reading RG1 4SJ

    You are warmly invited to RCLC's 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

    The AGM is a great opportunity to hear about RCLC's activities, see their premises and celebrate their achievements over the past 12 months. RCLC would also like to hear your views on their work as they plan for the year ahead.

    After a quick formal meeting, there will be a short presentations on the charity’s work by given by their learners, tutors and volunteers. This will be followed by a chance for everyone to meet and talk over tea and cake.

  • Tue
    22
    Nov
    2016
    19:45 - 21:30Thameside School Hall

    Harley Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 8DB

    Dr Andy Ciecierski, chair of the North & West Reading Clinical Commissioning Group and partner at Emmer Green Surgery, will talk about how the CCG is meeting the current challenges facing Primary Care. Healthwatch Reading will join the panel and give a brief summary of its latest projects looking into people’s experiences of GP and A&E services.

    Everyone is welcome to attend. It is also a good opportunity to learn more about the Caversham & District Residents' Association (CADRA) and its work, and to take out membership of the association.

  • Fri
    25
    Nov
    2016
    11:00Coley Park Community Centre

    140 Wensley Road, Reading RG1 6DW

    A gentle paced walk of approximately 1 mile around Coley Park on the last Friday of every month. We will walk along the Holy Brook when weather permits but if there is flooding we will take you on an alternative route.

    Please wear suitable clothing and footwear as we sometimes walk on uneven ground. We return to the community centre at the end of the walk for refreshments.

    Details from Annie O'Neill annie.oneill@newhorizons.uk.com

  • Wed
    30
    Nov
    2016
    18:00 - 19:30The Avenue Centre

    Conwy Close (off The Meadway), Reading RG30 4BZ

    Tim Craven, leader of the Arborealists tree art movement, will present an illustrated lecture on “The Arborealists – artists who share the subject of the tree”. The Arborealists have exhibited their work at many venues across the country with great success and excellent reviews.

    Tim, who has a real knack for explaining artworks in terms everyone can relate to, will say something about trees in art, whether landscapes or individual trees, classic in style or very modern, and also ponder on what trees mean to us.

    If you would like to book any places please email rtwn2011@gmail.com or call 01189 545796. Free admission.

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

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

    Join us for the Christmas meeting of the Volunteer Coordinators’ Network facilitated by Reading Voluntary Action.

    You will have a chance to contribute to the agenda ahead of time so that we can make sure your issue or concern can be given some attention, as well as having the opportunity to seek peer support in a confidential space from others in a similar role.

    The format is pretty informal RVA provides the tea and coffee. Feel free to bring your sandwich and eat with us if it helps your day along. You don’t need to stay for the whole event – we know everyone’s busy.

    Free registration at rvaforms.wufoo.eu/forms/volunteer-coordinators-network-christmas-2016.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    10:30 - 13:00Walford Hall

    Carey Street, Reading RG1 7JS

    Reading Association for the Blind invite you to their Christmas Fair.

    There will be Christmas gifts and seasonal treats. All proceeds go towards supporting the work of Reading Association for the Blind. Christmas refreshments will be available throughout the morning.

    Email: funder2@raftb.org

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    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.

    Trustees (also sometimes known as the Management Committee) 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.

    You will also have the opportunity to meet fellow trustees and managers from the local voluntary sector and share your best practice.

    The training is free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Fri
    09
    Dec
    2016
    15:00 - 18:00Ranikhet School ball court

    Spey Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4ED

    Come to Catalyst Communities winter celebration event at Dee Park, with a Christmas market.

    There will be a Santa’s grotto with Santa himself handing out presents to all who visit him.

    Local community groups will be putting on a craft market where they will be showcasing and selling their work. Performance from Thinklockhart, Nature Nurture and Boiler Room art group, showdown puppets, wreath workshops, face painting and turning on of the Christmas tree lights.

    Free refreshments.

    Email: ellie.francis-brophy@chg.org.uk

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016
    09:30 - 13:30Caversham Court

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

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    Come and buy your sustainably grown Christmas tree! Locally grown Scots pine Christmas trees cut as part of heathland management.

    Also holly, mistletoe, cones, willow Christmas wreaths and natural decorations. There will be Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust, RSPB and Fairtrade stalls with cards and gifts. Local honey and beeswax products from Reading & District Beekeepers.

    Contact details:
    Email: info@econetreading.org.uk
    Website: www.econetreading.org.uk

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016
    11:30 - 16:00RISC Cafe

    35 - 39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Come along and find out about LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) and we're sure you will decide to join us! We trade with each other for "Readies" - for instance someone else may need their computer fixing and you may need your lawn mowing.

    We all have things to offer - our skills, sewing, gardening, material things we don't need; we could feed a cat, water a garden, take away rubbish, offer transport - the list is endless.  LETS is about supporting each other without money and socialising and working together.

    So do join us on Saturday the 10 December at RISC cafe - we look forward to meeting you!

    For details please contact Annemarie on 07542 405383.

  • Mon
    12
    Dec
    2016
    09:30 - 12:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    If you are new to the role of treasurer, have done it for a while but would like to be sure you’re doing the right thing, or would like to find out more about being a treasurer this course is for you. If you aren’t yet volunteering as a treasurer but would like to, RVA can then help place you with an organisation to put your new skills into practice.

    Aims of the workshop
    -To build understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organisation.
    -To ensure the ability to deal with the specifics of the finances of a small voluntary organisation.
    -To leave the workshop confident about the issues that are likely to face the treasurer of a small organisation.
    Learning outcomes
    The content covered will be tailored depending on the needs of delegates on the day. However typically attendees will:
    -Understand their financial responsibilities as trustees.
    -Understand the particular requirements for the accounts of a small voluntary organisation.
    -Be aware of corporate governance issues facing 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 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 12 delegates. It will be aimed primarily at new volunteers who wish to act as treasurers in Reading’s voluntary sector, but will also be suitable for volunteers who are stepping up to the role of treasurer.
    Post course support
    Each delegate will be entitled to up to one hour’s post course email support to follow up issues covered on the course.
    Cost
    The training is at RVA's reduced rate of £30. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code. RNN members should have received their discount code already by email - please contact us if you need it.

    Register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

    The course will be delivered by Rachel Eden, ACMA Director

  • Tue
    13
    Dec
    2016
    13:00 - 15:00Meadway Sports Centre

    Conwy Close Tilehurst Reading RG30 4BZ

    Reading Borough Council would be delighted if you could join them at a workshop to discuss an exciting opportunity for the people that you support to benefit from Reading’s Walks Programme.

    The workshop will include information on:
    -How the Walks Programme currently operates in the community
    -Examples of where the Walks Programme has already provided support to local groups and organisations
    -How the Walks Programme and your organisation can work together to create the support you need
    -Free training opportunities and benefits for your staff
    -Next steps

    There will be presentations about the volunteer role, how they work with Reading Borough Council and recent success stories will give examples about the benefits they see on a regular basis for our walkers from many different backgrounds.

    There will also be free refreshments available and a chance to meet and discuss ideas with other organisations in the community.

    For more information and to register your place, please email Philip Burbidge at philip.burbidge@reading.gov.uk.

  • Mon
    19
    Dec
    2016
    19:30 - 20:45Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Come and sing traditional carols along with St Peter’s choir and the Salvation Army band. Wrap up warm and bring a torch to read the words.

    The floodlit gardens and the Tea Kiosk open 18:15, and singing starts 19:30. Mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies will be for sale in the Tea Kiosk in aid of local charities.

    All welcome. Free entry but there will be a collection.

    By kind permission of the Rector the event will be held in St Peter’s Church next door if the weather is bad.

  • Fri
    30
    Dec
    2016
    11:00Coley Park Commmunity Centre

    140 Wensley Road, Reading  RG1 6DW.

    A gentle paced walk of approximately 1 mile around Coley Park on the last Friday of every month. We will walk along the Holy Brook when weather permits but if there is flooding we will take you on an alternative route.

    Wear suitable clothing and footwear as we walk on uneven ground. Meeting at the Coley Park Community Centre at 11:00 and finishing back at the Community Centre where refreshments will be provided.

    Contact Annie O'Neill at annie.oneill@newhorizons.uk.com for details.