Events

  • Tue
    17
    Jan
    2017
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

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

    Join us for the January 2017 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-january-2017.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Wed
    18
    Jan
    2017
    13:00 - 15:00Meadway Sports Centre

    Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4BZ

    Would the people you support benefit from more physical activity, fresh air and social opportunities?

    RBC 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 by the Reading Walks Programme Coordinator, as well as walk leaders from some of the current walking groups about the volunteer role, how they work with Reading Borough Council and recent success stories to will give examples about the benefits they see on a regular basis for their 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.

    Book your place by emailing Philip Burbidge at philip.burbidge@reading.gov.uk by 16 January.

  • Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017
    14:00 - 17:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Does your organisation need a web site? Or do you already have one but want something that looks more modern or is easier to maintain? If you need help with setting up a web site this is the session for you.

    We’ll go through everything you need to get started – how to set up a simple and easy to maintain web site with static and blog/news pages. We’ll be using WordPress, which is completely free and is one of the easiest content management systems to set up and learn, used by millions of web sites worldwide.

    This is a hands-on computer training workshop, so by the end of the session you could even have your own site up and running and ready to add your own graphics and content!

    If your organisation can afford to spend a few pounds per year we’ll also cover purchasing your own domain and getting it going with to your new website.

    Please register on Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/build-a-website-for-beginners-tickets.

  • Tue
    24
    Jan
    2017
    18:00 - 20:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    The Reading Trustee Network returns in the New Year. The network will be a great chance to share ideas with your fellow trustees and charity managers and learn about topics relevant to the sector. Our trustees come from a large range of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience which is waiting to be shared.

    The presentation topics will be:

    ‘What’s Your Story?’ Effective Communication for Organisations (Sarah Browning, Communication Specialist, Browning York Ltd)

    When it comes to communication for your charity, it is very easy to get caught up in the workings of your Twitter account or the wording of your supporter newsletter. But as trustees you have a more strategic role to play and effective communication can be a significant factor in the success of your charity in achieving its mission. Sarah will be giving a taster of some key strategies to get you thinking about telling your story effectively and sharing highlights of where this has been done very well. Sarah is also a local Trustee in Reading and understands the needs and challenges of the sector.

    Employing Staff – what you need to know (Asim Munir, Employment Solicitor, Dexter Montague LLP)

    Has your charity thought about employing skilled staff to deliver part of your service but you’re not quite sure about the difference between employees and workers? Then there’s tax and national insurance considerations, not to mention working out annual leave entitlements. Asim is a local employment law Solicitor in Reading and will give a whistle-stop tour on employing staff and how to avoid falling foul of your key responsibilities. Remember, as Trustees of the charity, you are employers in law, so don’t miss out on these key tips!

    The event will be appropriate for trustees and charity managers so come along and get involved in the network. Tea, coffee and nibbles will be provided, with an opportunity for networking with other Trustees in Reading. Arrival and refreshments from 18:00, with a 18:30 start for the presentations.

    The event is free, but please reserve your place in advance at www.eventbrite.co.uk or through the link below.

    Click here to register

  • Thu
    26
    Jan
    2017
    09:30 – 12:30Central Reading venue

    Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises existing day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Reading MECC project will adopt the broader definition of MECC, known as MECC+. This includes conversations to help people think about wider determinants to their health, such as debt management and welfare advice.

    MECC training for front-line staff and volunteers: The half day training session will prepare you with the knowledge and confidence to make appropriate use of opportunities within your role to raise the issue of lifestyle choices and know where to signpost to.

    Attendees will:
    -Have the ability to identify opportunities with individuals and understand how to make effective approaches in promoting health in the context of their working relationship with the individual, and overcome barriers and concerns
    -Understand what response and actions are appropriate in supporting lifestyle issues, how to measure their impact, and how to signpost clients to appropriate services.

    The training focuses on how to identify appropriate situations in which to use the MECC approach; participants will be encouraged to use the MECC approach with their client groups whenever this is considered beneficial.

    Date of training session: Thursday 26 January 09:30  – 12:30 or 13:30 – 16:30. To book a place please go to www.reading.gov.uk/trainingapplication.

  • Fri
    27
    Jan
    2017
    09:30 - 12:30Cotswold Sports Centre

    Downs Way, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 6SL

    Get Berkshire Active is coordinating a series of open days which will be hosted at Legacy Leisure sites in West Berkshire in January. These events are free and open to older adults, disabled adults and carers are welcome too.

    They’re a great opportunity to get out of the house, socialise, try something new and get active. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been to the centre before or if you haven’t been active for a long time – we can cater for everyone!

    These events feature a range of taster activities including; Walking Football, Walking Netball, New Age Bowls, Steady Steps (fall prevention), Tai Chi, Badminton and Nordic Walking. Local organisations including Age UK, Berkshire Vision, Mencap, Newbury Resource Centre, Alzheimers Society, Carers Hub, Reading Voluntary Action and Solutions 4 Health will also be represented at each event, providing information on the services they provide to this target group.

    Each of the tasters provide an introduction to the activity, all of which can be accessed on an ongoing basis after the event. To reward efforts a free lunch will also be provided.

    For more details email Kirsty.heath@getberkshireactive.org or phone 01628 472851.

  • Fri
    27
    Jan
    2017
    09:30 – 12:30Central Reading venue

    Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises existing day-to-day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

    What are the benefits of this approach?

    Staff and volunteers:
    -Have the competence and confidence to deliver healthy lifestyle messages, to help encourage people to change their behaviour and to direct them to local services that can support them – “right place, first time”
    -Are able to offer tailored advice to an individual’s circumstances and work with individuals and communities from their perspective
    -Are trained in the theory and delivery of elements of behavioural change, which as a transferable skill can be applied beyond lifestyle and health determinants

    MECC helps improve the accessibility of advice and support services to all, whilst making them more community focused.

    The half day training session will prepare you with the knowledge and confidence to make appropriate use of opportunities within your role to raise the issue of lifestyle choices and know where to signpost to.

    Date of training session: Friday 27 January 09:30 – 12:30 or 13:30 – 16:30. To book a place please go to www.reading.gov.uk/trainingapplication.

  • Fri
    27
    Jan
    2017
    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.

  • Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017
    11:00 - 14:00Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    The Wellbeing Fair will showcase a range of charities and community organisations that help to improve wellbeing. Come along, ask questions and find out how you can get involved with their activities.

    Examples include ‘Sport in Mind’, ‘Green Gym’, ‘Reading Time Bank’, ‘Silvers Workshop’ and social groups for older people.

    There will be around 10-12 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 there will be free refreshments available.

  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017
    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 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.

    The course is free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trustee-training-tickets to confirm your place

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017
    19:00 - 21:00St Michael's Church Hall

    The Meadway, Reading RG30 4JX

    The annual St Michael’s Grand Quiz with fish and chip supper is at 19:00 on 4 February in the Church Hall. Teams of up to 6 people are welcome but must be booked in advance. Please contact Eileen White on 01189 420629.

  • Wed
    08
    Feb
    2017
    15:00Reading Police Station

    Castle St, Reading RG1 7TH.

    Interested community group representatives and individuals are invited to a pop-up 'World Café'-style event looking at unauthorised encampments in Reading.

    This will take place at Reading Police Station on Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 3.00pm. We will use the Word Café format to collaborate on strategy and problem solving surrounding all forms of unauthorised encampments. Refreshments will be served.

    Please do bring a colleague. Please email Laura Wilson laura.wilson4@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017
    10:00 - 12:00Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Reading Befriending Forum is an opportunity for all local organisations that provide befriending services to come together, discuss shared issues and share good practice. The aim is that collectively, we are able to support the most vulnerable people in Reading in the best way possible.

    The discussion of the next Befriending Forum will be:
    -Supporting our waiting lists: what can we do for those waiting to be matched?
    -Innovative ways to recruit new volunteers
    -Targets for Ready Friends: What would help your organisation over the next 6 months?
    -Practical support for befriendees
    -Training for befrienders: What are your needs?

    These themes are not exhaustive and if you wish to attend and have topics you would like us to cover, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    The event is free, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/befriending-forum-tickets.

    Contact details
    Email: rachel.goater@rva.org.uk
    Phone: 01189 372054

  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2017
    19:00 – 20:30Reading College

    Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ

    You are invited to a Community Café Event hosted by Reading Borough Council and Thames Valley Police to help identify community problems and concerns in the area.

    Come along for free refreshments and a friendly discussion.

    For more information email CommunityCafe@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or phone 101

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017
    10:00am - 2:00pmCouncil Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU.

    As part of this year’s Warm Homes Campaign, Citizens Advice Reading are hosting a free workshop giving practical advice on reducing the cost of energy bills and saving energy in the home.

    The event is open to anyone working with people struggling to heat their homes as well as to carers and anyone with an interest in reducing their own energy bills.

    The event will be made up of a number of practical and interactive sessions covering topics such as:

    - Energy efficiency – hints and tips on draughtproofing, dealing with damp and condensation and other energy saving ideas
    - Finding the best deal – demonstrations and opportunities to use the internet to find the best price for gas and electricity
    - Help and support available for consumers, with a local focus.

    Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge.

    Booking is essential – to confirm your place please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keep-warm-for-less-a-free-workshop-tickets-31088650992

  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017
    11:30 - 16:00Great Expectations Hotel

    33 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Come along and find out about LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) Come and meet LETS members over a cuppa. We trade with each other for "Readies" - for instance someone may need their computer fixing or you may need your lawn mowing. You will need to have offers and wants ready for joining!

    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 18 February in The Christmas room at The Great expectations Hotel, London Street - we look forward to meeting you!

    For details please contact Annemarie on 07542 405383.

  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017
    13:00 - 16:30RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    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!

    Workshop: Keeping your house warm by reducing damp and draughts in the home: This free workshop will take place at 15:00 at the Repair Cafe, everyone welcome.

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

  • Thu
    23
    Feb
    2017
    09:30 - 16:00Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    What is the course about and who is it for?
    All voluntary and community groups are legally required to have basic health and safety measures in place. A key step to achieving this is to have a representative from your group who has received basic health and safety training in the workplace and understands how to undertake risk assessments.

    RVA, in conjunction with Redkite Training Solutions, are hosting a one-day health and safety in the workplace training course, which will include risk assessments.

    This course will emphasise what you can do to ensure that your service users, volunteers, colleagues and of course you yourself are kept safe when you are carrying out your work, activities and services, as well as helping you to identify and address potential hazards.

    Duration and learning objectives: Duration: 1 day (09:30  – 16:00)
    This programme will enable you to understand:
    -The roles and responsibilities for health, safety and welfare in the workplace
    -How risk assessments contribute to health and safety
    -How to identify and control the risks from common workplace hazards
    -The procedures for responding to accidents and incidents in the workplace

    Cost and booking: The course is provided by an external health and safety expert. We have managed to secure a reduced rate of £35 per participant (plus £2.70 Eventbrite booking fee).

    To ensure maximum participation and space, this course is limited to 12 participants. Please therefore book early at www.eventbrite.co.uk or using the link below:

    Click here to register

  • Wed
    01
    Mar
    2017
    14:00 - 16:00RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    A networking opportunity for people interested in befriending, but wanting to find out a bit more first without doing lengthy research into which organisation offers what, when and where. You'll meet a range of organisations in a short space of time. You will get to quiz a number of people from different befriending schemes (existing volunteer befrienders, members of staff and possibly the odd befriendee) about how their system works, what's in it for you and what would be expected of you as a volunteer.

    After a quick-fire 'speed dating' session (three minutes with each befriending scheme rep) there will be a more relaxed networking opportunity. If you don't have time to stay though, just hand in your check list to show which organisations you would like to hear from again and your details will be passed on.

    The event is free, but in order to allow management of numbers for speed dating, please book your place at www.eventbrite.co.uk to come along.

    Contact details
    Email: ready.friends@rva.org.uk
    Phone: 01189 372054

  • Wed
    08
    Mar
    2017
    11:00 - 14:00Whitley Community Cafe

    252 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7QA

    The Wellbeing Fair will showcase a range of charities and community organisations that help to improve wellbeing in the Whitley area. Find out what’s going on in your community to help you and those around you stay well. Come along, ask questions and find out how you can get involved with their activities.

    At the fair you will be able to meet a range of organisations including:
    -Age UK Reading
    -Age UK Berkshire
    -Get Online Reading
    -Social Prescribing
    -Communicare
    -Utulivu
    -Engage Befriending

    There will be around 10-12 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 the cafe will be open serving refreshments.

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017
    09:30 - 18:30CircleReading Hospital

    Drake Way, Reading RG2 0NE

    Lions Club of Reading aims to make the local community aware of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer and to offer free prostate PSA screening blood tests.

    They are inviting all local men over 50 or those over 45 who have a family history of prostate cancer to come along to the CircleReading hospital on 11 March 2017 to learn more about prostate cancer and take a PSA blood test. There is no parking available at the hospital. Please park at the Madejski Stadium and use the complimentary shuttle bus to and from the hospital.

    Even if you have taken the test in previous years please come along and take another test this year, please also bring a copy of your previous results letter with you.

    Please download and complete the consent form on the website www.readinglions.org.uk and bring it with you on the day. If you forget the form or don’t have access to a printer, consent forms will also be available at the hospital to complete on arrival.

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017
    10:30 - 12:00Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    The Ready Friends project at RVA is delighted to be partnering with Samaritans Reading to host free training on setting boundaries for volunteers. The workshop is open to anyone who volunteers directly with vulnerable people, but may be of particular interest to volunteer befrienders, or those interested in becoming befrienders.

    The workshop will cover:
    -How to support people who present as emotionally challenging
    -Knowing your boundaries
    -When to support and when to refer/signpost
    -Self care and the personal impact of supporting someone who is challenging

    The workshop will last for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Spaces are limited to ensure a small group, so book now at https://boundariestraining.eventbrite.co.uk.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017
    10:30 - 13:00Royal Oak car park

    Knowl Hill, Reading RG10 9YE

    This is a walk organised by the Reading Outdoor Group. Meeting in the Royal Oak car park at Knowl Hill and going on a four mile walk from there.

    The intention is to complete the walk with an optional pub lunch afterwards. Please only park in the pub car park if you are going to have a drink or lunch at the pub.

    For more information, contact Mike by email at contact@readingoutdoorgroup.org.uk.

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017
    07:00Reading Museum

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    Does your community group or organisation have an idea for a heritage project? Could the work you already do be the inspiration for a heritage project? Perhaps you want to tell a story which has been lost, forgotten or never even told?

    The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) offers grants for projects which explore and engage people with heritage of all kinds, including people’s memories and important cultural traditions.

    Book a one-to-one funding session with the HLF South East Development Officer – Joseph Minden. 30 minute slots are available between 13:00 and 18:00 at the Reading Museum. To book, please email Kayleigh Hodges at kayleigh.hodges@reading.gov.uk.

  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017
    10:00 - 13:00Reading 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 8 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 at RVA's reduced rate of £40. FREE places are available for RNN members using the usual promotional code.

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk or using the link below:

    Click here to register - It's free!

  • Wed
    29
    Mar
    2017
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Canoe Club

    The Warren, Caversham, Reading RG4 7TH

    You are invited to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens AGM. A brief business meeting will be followed by an illustrated talk by broadcaster and author Travis Elborough, who will be talking about his book A Walk in the Park, the life and times of a people’s institution. “It will have your next trip to the park brimming with history, anecdote and new meaning.”

    Members and non-members are very welcome. Free event.

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

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

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

    Join us for the March 2017 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-march-2017.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017
    13:00 - 15:30Reading Central Library

    Training room, 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 fast-changing media.

    Learning outcomes - The workshop will help you to:
    -Understand how local media works (press emphasis)
    -Identify key elements of a powerful story
    -Write a strong press release
    -Effectively approach journalists
    -Get your stories and pictures quickly picked up by the media
    -Use social marketing 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 the local media to help them raise their profile, fund-raise, campaign and recruit volunteers.

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

    Please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk or using the link below:

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    10:00 - 13:00Church House

    59 Church Street, Reading RG4 8AX

    The Wellbeing Fair will showcase a range of charities and community organisations that help to improve wellbeing in the Caversham area. Find out what’s going on in your community to help you and those around you stay well. Come along, ask questions and find out how you can get involved with their activities.

    At the fair you will be able to meet a range of organisations including:
    -Age UK Reading
    -Age UK Berkshire
    -Get Online Reading
    -Social Prescribing
    -Feed a Friend
    -Caversham Good Neighbours
    -Engage Befriending

    There will be around 15 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 free refreshments will be available throughout.

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017
    11:30Spey Road games area

    Dee Park, Reading RG30 4ED.

    There will be a table top sale in the multi-use games area (MUGA) in Spey Road – come along and grab a bargain!

    Got items to sell – toys, books, gardening equipment, good quality clothes, bric-a-brac, etc? Tables are available for £3.00 – please arrive at 10.30 to set up your table.

    For details please ask at the Catalyst office in Dee Park or call Tina Ford on 020 8832 3542, email tina.ford@chg.org.uk. There are only 10 tables available so please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Download a flyer for the event here.

  • Sat
    15
    Apr
    2017
    14:00 - 16:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Celebrate Easter with the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens as they host a nature-themed trail around the gardens designed mainly for younger children – but all entrants will receive a chocolate or non-dairy egg at the end, so older siblings will want to join in!

    All children to be accompanied by an adult. This is a free event, but donations to the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens are welcomed.

  • Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017
    14:00 - 17:00Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    Does your organisation need a website? Or do you already have one but want something that looks more modern or is easier to maintain? If you need help with setting up a website this is the session for you.

    We’ll go through everything you need to get started – how to set up a simple and easy to maintain website with static and blog/news pages. We’ll be using WordPress, which is completely free and is one of the easiest content management systems to set up and learn, used by millions of websites worldwide.

    This is a hands-on computer training workshop, so by the end of the session you could even have your own site up and running and ready to add your own graphics and content!

    If your organisation can afford to spend a few pounds per year we’ll also cover purchasing your own domain and redirecting it to your new website.

    The course usually costs £20 plus booking fee - a few free places are available for RNN members!  Members should have received their discount code already by email - please contact us if you need it.

    Details and tickets at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/build-a-website-for-beginners-tickets-33275671429.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017
    09:30 - 15:00Whitley Wood Community Centre

    Swallowfield Drive, Reading RG2 8UH (Bus route 6)

    This course is designed to appeal to anyone who wants to know more about their community and how they can become more active.

    It is suitable for those who are keen to get involved in their community and want to know more, and those who are already active in their communities and would like to develop their knowledge further.

    Content:

    - What is community?

    - Getting involved – why and how

    - Starting a group

    - Local democracy

    - Power and powerlessness

    - Equalities.

    This course is FREE to Whitley residents, £25 for others. To book please email trisha.bennett@btinternet.com.

    For more information please call 07799 146615.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017
    10:00 - 15:00Caversham Court

    Church Road, Caversham RG4 7AD

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

    Bean Poles, Pea Sticks, plants, Willow products, handmade walking sticks, recycled timber products, reconditioned Tools and tool sharpening service for sale.

    Stalls from many local gardening and wildlife groups including:
    -Reading and District Beekeepers (Honey and beeswax products)
    -Chazey Heath Women's Institute (Jams and chutneys)
    -Traidcraft (Fairtrade goods)
    -Food4Families
    -Reading Tree Wardens
    -Tilehurst Horticultural Association
    and other local organisations.

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017
    12:00 - 16:30New Hope Centre

    95 York Road, Reading RG1 8DU

    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!

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017
    12:00 onwardsSub 89

    110-117 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1EP

    The "Are You Listening? Festival", in partnership with Reading Mencap, returns for its 5th year, following its continuing overwhelming success. To date the music festival has raised over £34,000 for the local charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families.

    The one-day music festival is held across Reading town centre venues, including the Oakford Social Club, Purple Turtle, Milk, South Street Arts Centre and more.

    Over 30 acts have already been announced, with Spring King, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy, The Big Moon, Tom Williams and Ollie Teeba confirmed as headliners.

    Super Early-Bird Tickets are available now – details and tickets from www.areyoulistening.org.uk. Tickets can also be collected from Sub 89 on the day.

  • Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017
    13:00 - 15:30The Warehouse

    233 King's Road, Reading RG1 4LS

    A fun and lively social gathering which is open to everyone over 50 living in Reading. There will be live music and singing, light refreshments and the chance to get up and dance or relax and chat to friends.

    This popular event is run by volunteers and is always very relaxed and friendly. Invite your friends along or come alone and meet new people.

    £3 including your entrance and refreshments – payment will be taken at the door.

    You can download a flyer for the event here. To book a place please contact Sarah Hunneman by phone on 07580 870945 or email at sarah.hunneman@reading.gov.uk.

  • Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017
    14:00 - 16:30Chatham Place Green

    Spring Fling a family fun arts and crafts outing at the lovely Chatham Place Green - on the north side of the Oxford Road-near the IDR.

    With some kiddie crafts making flowers with our favourite artists from JELLY! and nibbles from our local fave POP-UP READING for Nomad Bakery and then a real live, authentic Maypole Dance! with a live musician and a professional Maypole dancer that is going to show us how to grab those ribbons and do all those cool Maypole moves.

    Download the flyer for more information. Get tickets and register online at Eventbrite: https://bsanaspringfling.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Mon
    01
    May
    2017
    11:00 - 13:00St Michael’s Church Hall

    The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JX

    St Michael’s Church Tilehurst is holding its Spring Fayre and plant sale in St Michael’s Church Hall on The Meadway. Fun for everyone on Bank Holiday Monday!

    You might like to start with coffee and biscuits and at lunchtime indulge with a sweet or savoury pancake or a toastie. The stalls will include a raffle, cakes and produce, plants, games for children, books, jewellery, a tombola, a craft stall and much more. A magnificent food hamper is always a great raffle prize!

    For the children there will be a bouncy castle and perhaps the opportunity to dance round a very traditional maypole.

    All services and events at St Michael’s are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017
    13:00 - 16:00Reading Town Centre

    As part of Brighter Berkshire, the Year of Mental Health, there is a Walk and Talk for Mental Health in Reading.

    “We aim to connect with others and raise awareness that 2017 is a Year of Mental Health in Berkshire and we want as many people as possible to join in, make a pledge and have conversations about mental health.

    The more people doing this the better and more powerful it will be, so tell your friends, family, colleagues, students, businesses and more. Its open to whoever wants a Brighter Berkshire.”

    The walk will start in Reading Town Centre at 13:00. Watch out for the bright purple tee-shirts!

    Further details and to sign up for the walk at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017
    11:00 - 16:00The Forbury Gardens

    Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3HS

    The launch event of the ever popular Reading’s Children Festival returns to the Forbury. The festival starts on Saturday 13 May with Forbury Fiesta in Forbury Gardens. The Gardens are the perfect venue for a giant party with children's entertainment, workshops, stalls, refreshments and more.

  • Sun
    14
    May
    2017
    14:00 - 17:00Harris Garden

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

    Would you like to see inside the locked walled garden at Harris Gardens? Come along on Sunday 14 May!

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

    Entry is £3 for Adults, children free – proceeds to Reading Mencap. Download the flyer at www.readingmencap.org.uk.

  • Sun
    21
    May
    2017
    14:00 - 16:00Caversham Court Gardens

    13-19 Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    ‘Getting Reading Reading’ joins the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens for an afternoon of storytelling and creative crafts. Children can explore the gardens on a trail featuring their favourite story characters. There will be books to read and stories to hear on the river bank and under the trees.

    Suitable for children of primary school age, all must be accompanied by an adult. Free but donations welcome.

    Bring a picnic – the Tea Kiosk will be open from 11:00 to 17:00 as usual for hot and cold drinks and home-made cakes.

  • Thu
    25
    May
    2017
    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
    Email: treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk

  • Mon
    29
    May
    2017
    12:00 - 19:00Road procession - Hodsoll Road to Prospect Park

    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.

  • Wed
    31
    May
    2017
    19:30 - 21:30Reading Quaker Meeting House

    2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB.

    Here is a rare opportunity to quiz your parliamentary candidates – a ‘reverse hustings’!

    Come and make your views known to the parliamentary candidates for Reading East and Reading West. Whatever you want to talk about – housing, homelessness, environment, health, community and integration… this is your chance. All the candidates for Reading’s two constituencies for the forthcoming general election have been invited.

    All welcome. Anyone wanting to speak can just come along on the night but if possible please contact event organiser Jessica Metheringham jessicam@quaker.org.uk in advance if you wish to speak.

    A poster for the event can be downloaded here.

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017
    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 lof-royalberks.org.uk for more information. If you have any queries please phone 0118 322 8592 or email lof@royalberkshire.nhs.uk.

  • Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017
    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 www.eventbrite.co.uk to book your place.

  • Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017
    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 esener@dialoguesociety.org by 31 May. We hope you can join us.

  • Sat
    10
    Jun
    2017
    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 lucy.daniels@reading.gov.uk.

  • Mon
    12
    Jun
    2017
    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 www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Tue
    13
    Jun
    2017
    10:00 - 12:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    The June befriending forum will be an opportunity to find out about the summer befriender recruitment campaign, find out about the research that has been carried out across the town into loneliness and isolation, insight into new tools and initiatives and discussion about shared issues and needs.

    The forum will focus on:
    -Launch of befriending volunteer recruitment campaign
    -Insight into loneliness and isolation questionnaire
    -Introduction to Community Connectors (Red Cross), Tilehurst Together (RVA) and Age UK Reading Lively Living Social Clubs
    -Discussion on tools to increase befriending: Ami and Coffee Companions
    -Open space to discuss shared issues
    -Befriending among younger people: an unmet need?

    If there are any themes you feel should be prioritise, please get in touch at ready.friends@rva.org.uk so Ready Friends can add them to the agenda.

    The event is free, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.
  • Wed
    14
    Jun
    2017
    11:00 - 14:00Council Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    This event marks Carers Week 2017 in Reading. Come and join us for an informative programme and find out how local services support carers in Reading.

    The programme includes:
    -Talk on fire safety
    -Topic groups: Dementia, Mental Health (condition), Mindfulness, Learning Disabilities (health), Citizen Advice Reading (benefits)
    -Carer’s Self-Assessment update
    -Social isolation
    -Assistive technology (help to live at home)
    -Dance and relaxation

    In addition, there will be blood pressure checks from the Stroke Association and pampering sessions. Plus information stands from The Carers Hub/Reading Crossroads, Reading Mencap, Compass Recovery College, Age UK Berkshire, Readibus and many more.

    There will be free refreshment and snacks available. No need to register. Please contact Nina Crispin (nina.crispin@reading.gov.uk) if you have any queries.

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017
    11:00 - 15:00Council Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    Reading’s Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Network (PDSN) is hosting the town’s first Disability Awareness Day on Saturday 17 June 2017. The event will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. Disabled people, their families, carers, voluntary organisations and other service providers will have the opportunity to gather and be part of what promises to be a fun-filled and informative day.

    The programme includes:
    -The Rock Choir (outside the Civic Centre at 11:00 and at The Oracle/Broad Street later)
    -REMAP – to find out how you can get free bespoke disability aids for daily living needs
    -Reading Families Forum – Parent carers
    -Exercise with a Tai Chi session
    -Arthritis Matters
    -Advice for staying safe
    -Seated Dance to Music and relaxation.

    There will be blood pressure checks from the Stroke Association.

    A variety of service providers will be on hand to answer queries: Able World, Forestcare, Compass Recovery College, Shopmobility The Oracle, MS Therapy Centre, Reading Fibromyalgia, Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Reading Association for the Blind, Jelly Do, and many many more.

    Light refreshments and snacks will be on offer.

    To book a free parking space visit www.reading.gov.uk/dad17 or call 01189 372383.

  • Sun
    18
    Jun
    2017
    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
    22
    Jun
    2017
    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.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017
    11:00 - 16:30Forbury Gardens and Broad Street

    Reading Town Centre

    Enjoy an afternoon of live music from the bandstand in Forbury Gardens, culminating in an Armed Forces Veterans Badge presentation ceremony.

    Other attractions on the day will include information and fundraising stands, displays and demonstrations hosted by representatives of the Armed Forces veterans' association and related charities.

    Free face painting, balloon modelling, remote controlled tanks, refreshments and lots more. Free entry.

    For all enquires contact Lucy Daniels by phone on 0118 937 2771 or by email at lucy.daniels@reading.gov.uk.

  • Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017
    15:00 - 23:30University of Reading

    Whiteknights Campus, Reading RG6 6UR

    Chand Raat means ‘night of the moon’; that makes it a unique evening event of its kind. The Chand Raat Eid Festival is a traditional festivity marking the end of the fasting month of the Islamic Calendar (Ramadan) and the Islamic annual festivity (Eid ul Fitr).

    The Sath Sath community group aims to celebrate the Eid festivity by promoting culture, friendship and harmony. The event engages multicultural communities across the UK. The festival presents an exuberant cultural display of multicultural British diverse communities working together.

    The festival is an opportunity for families to get together, do Eid shopping and eat delicious foods from a variety of stalls. Community groups, individuals, and businesses will have a variety of stalls to promote businesses, services, handicrafts, art, painting, clothes, jewellery, henna, bangles, shoes and toys and offer a large variety of ethnic food.

    The Chand Raat Eid Festival is a non-alcoholic family event that provides a fantastic opportunity for families and young people to enjoy wonderful amusements, rides, entertainment activities and a delicious variety of foods. This year’s Chand Raat is mainly indoors, with funfair rides and other activities outside.

    For stall bookings please contact 07572 344278 or email coordinatorcrefuk@hotmail.com.

  • Sun
    25
    Jun
    2017
    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
    01
    Jul
    2017
    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. There will be plenty of 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 and schemes in West Reading.

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017
    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

  • Thu
    13
    Jul
    2017
    17:30 - 19:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Loneliness is a national problem, considered to be at epidemic levels. Reading is no exception, but it needn’t be that way. Join us for an introductory workshop to find out more about how you can become a Champion to End Loneliness for Reading.

    Anyone can be a champion, supporting the cause of ending loneliness through a wide range of ways. As a champion, you will have the opportunity to:
    -Learn: from the very latest research and examples of good practice
    -Campaign: for change and encourage more people to take a role in ending loneliness in Reading
    -Connect: with like-minded people to share ideas and identify ways to work through challenges
    -Act: Become a befriender or get support to set up an initiative in your community

    The workshop is about enabling and informing you to be able to take action to tackle loneliness in a way that suits you. The workshop will cover:
    -A presentation on what we know about loneliness from recent national and Reading-specific research
    -Introduction to what some local charities are doing to reduce loneliness
    -Discussions: what are you doing/what can you do to help?
    -Opportunity to sign up to our pledges

    The workshop is free, but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk so we know how many people to expect.

  • Fri
    14
    Jul
    2017
    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 www.readipop.co.uk.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017
    12:00 - 15:00Museum of English Rural Life

    6 Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX

    The Befrienders’ and Carers’ Summer picnic is a thank you event and celebration for individuals who support others in their homes and to get out and about, either as a volunteer befriender or as a carer.

    If you are (or know) a volunteer befriender or a carer you are invited to come along, enjoy a spot of lunch, meet others doing something similar to you and enjoy the beautiful MERL gardens and museum.

    Lunch will be available from 12:30 to 13:30, and from 13:30 to 15:00 cold drinks, cakes, tea and coffee will be available.

    The event is also an opportunity for members of the public to stop by and find out about what local befriending organisations do and how they can get involved with befriending too.

    The event is free, but please register your attendance for catering purposes on Eventbrite at befrienderspicnic.eventbrite.co.uk

  • Wed
    19
    Jul
    2017
    14:00 - 15:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    As part of RVA's research project “The Impact of Volunteering in Reading” RVA are seeking volunteers to share their experiences of volunteering.

    The focus group will explore questions around the impact of volunteering on the individual volunteer, especially as it relates to feeling of subjective wellbeing.

    We will however cover questions about how we measure the “value of volunteering”, how we promote volunteering and barriers that people experience to getting involved.

    If you are a current volunteer who would be happy to share your insights RVA would love to hear from you, please email hello@rva.org.uk to book your place on the focus group and receive a short pre-session questionnaire.

    Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

  • Tue
    25
    Jul
    2017
    18:00 - 19:15Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall

    26 School Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AN

    Reading Tree Warden Network’s Annual General Meeting gives the opportunity to hear of the work of the borough’s Tree Wardens over the past year and encourages people to get more involved over their work in the coming year.

    Reading Tree Warden Network would like to invite people to join their committee and work to promote the benefits of trees to all. All welcome.

    Email: rtwn2011@gmail.com
    Phone: 01189 545796
    Website: www.readingtreewardens.org.uk

  • Tue
    25
    Jul
    2017
    19:15 - 20:15Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall

    26 School Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG31 5AN

    Join Reading Tree Warden Network outside the Tilehurst Methodist Church hall for our Tilehurst Tree Walk led by Anna Iwaschkin, RTWN Events Coordinator and designer of the walk. The walk is a shortened version of the printed leaflet now in circulation.

    Tilehurst is hilly, so be prepared for uphill and downhill walking.

    To book or for further information please email rtwn2011@gmail.com.

  • Wed
    26
    Jul
    2017
    10:30 - 12:30Elevate Hub

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

    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting 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.

  • Sun
    30
    Jul
    2017
    14:00 - 16:0025 Whiteknights Road

    Reading RG6 7BY

    Do you work with or look after someone with mental health, physical and/or learning disabilities or complex needs?

    The Ridgeline Trust Therapeutic Garden can provide support that could benefit your clients or someone you know. Come along to the Ridgeline Trust’s Open Day on Sunday 30 July and speak to one of their friendly volunteers to find out more.

    To book a place at the Open Day or if you have any queries please email: admin@ridgelinetrust.org.uk.

    More info available from the website at www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk.

  • Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017
    12:30 - 16:00St Margaret's, Upper Warren Avenue

    Caversham, Reading RG4 7EB

    Join us as we continue to celebrate our 70th anniversary year with a barbecue in a lovely Caversham garden. A chance to meet others interested in Britain’s oldest friendship with Germany, share experiences and relax.

    Tickets are £6.00 per person – apply to Sylvia Clarke, either transferring the money to account no. 01717326 sort code 30-91-31 with reference “BBQ ” and your name, or sending her a cheque at the St Margaret's address listed above payable to Reading Düsseldorf Association.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

    Contact details:
    Phone: 0118 957 6314
    Email: sylvia.clarke10@btinternet.com

  • Wed
    09
    Aug
    2017
    18:30 - 20:30RISC

    35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    This Hate Crime Forum will look at local experiences of hate crime and responses. There will be lots of opportunity for constructive discussion if hate crime is of interest to you, or is something that affects your community.

    All welcome. We hope to see you there.

  • Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017
    13:30 - 16:30Council Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    Community providers and other stakeholders are invited to join commissioners to discuss plans for a new commissioning framework for services operating from June 2018.

    A range of topics will be covered including:
    -Tackling poverty
    -Thriving Communities
    -Managing community buildings
    -Care navigation
    -Well-being support

    Reading Borough Council will host the Narrowing the Gap II, but:
    -some services will be commissioned jointly by the local authority and by the Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups
    -some services will be commissioned outside the Reading boundary

    To register your interest and receive further information, please email wellbeing.service@reading.gov.uk.

  • Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017
    13:00 - 15:30Berrington House

    21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 5PE

    Reading Mencap will be holding their annual Summer Fair – stalls include:
    -Raffle
    -Tombola
    -Bric-a-Brac
    -Kids’ toys and books
    -Games (including Splat the Rat)
    -Lucky Dip
    -Cakes and refreshments

    They will also be joined by Hartland Fudge, Jade’s Rainbow Faces and Kids Bee Happy with Maddi.

    Admission 50p and all proceeds from the day will go to Reading Mencap.

  • Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017
    11:30 - 16:00Great Expectations Hotel

    33 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS

    Come along and find out about LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) Come and meet LETS members over a cuppa. We trade with each other for "Readies" - for instance someone may need their computer fixing or you may need your lawn mowing. You will need to have offers and wants ready for joining!

    Well we all have things we want don't we? 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 Sunday 20 August in The Christmas room at The Great expectations Hotel, London Street - we look forward to meeting you!

    For details please contact Annemarie on 07542 405383.

  • Sun
    27
    Aug
    2017
    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
    Email: info@tilehurstfest.co.uk
    Website: www.tilehurstfest.co.uk

  • Sat
    02
    Sep
    2017
    12:00 onwardsKing's Meadow Park

    Reading RG1 8BN

    Pride returns to Reading in all its glorious glory. The fourteenth Reading Pride Parade & Festival takes place on Saturday 2 September 2017 at Kings Meadow. The Festival kicks off when the Parade arrives at 12:00 with a full line-up of entertainment throughout the day along with a funfair, youth area, a wide range of food, drink and marketstalls.

    Pride is organised by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and provides free fun for all the family. For more information see the website at readingpride.co.uk.

  • Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017
    11:00 - 15:00The Weller Centre

    Amersham Road, Reading RG4 5NA

    The Weller Centre will be officially opened on Saturday 9 September. There will be a DJ, Bouncy Castle, Facepainting, Basketball, Live demo's and lots of fun for all ages.

    The cafe will be open serving tea and cake and there will be hot food too.

    Please bring along photo's of the area to share on the Memories of Amersham Road stall. We would like to create a Visual history of the estate and would love to hear your stories.

  • Mon
    11
    Sep
    2017
    10:00 - 12:30Council Chamber

    Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    What are we doing to safeguard vulnerable adults in Reading? Come and find out:
    -How you can raise a concern if you are worried about a friend, neighbour or family member
    -What happens next
    -How the different agencies involved work together, in safeguarding adults locally

    We will hear about the role of the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

    More details and free registration at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    19:00 - 21:00Reading Police Station

    Castle Street, Reading RG1 7TH

    A Cyber Crime Prevention talk is being hosted at Reading police station on Thursday 14 September. Topics covered will include online scams, identify theft, safe online shopping, how to protect your devices and more. All questions you have are welcome on the night.

    Please email ReadingCyberCrime@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk if you are interested in attending and you will be contacted with further information on the event. There is limited availability however there will be more dates available in the future.

  • Sun
    17
    Sep
    2017
    12:00 - 16:30Chalkboard Cafe

    Palmer Park, Wokingham Road, RG6 1LF

    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!

  • Tue
    19
    Sep
    2017
    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
    -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.

    The session is free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trustee-training-tickets 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.

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    11:00 - 18:00Town Hall Square

    St Laurence's Church and the Market Place, Reading RG1 2DQ

    Reading's first Vegan Festival is a celebration of all things vegan and cruelty free. It's an opportunity for anyone who wants to find out more, to try food, hear inspirational and informative speakers, find out what a range of local and national charities do and find out more about the range of ethical and cruelty free products that are out there.

    The event to be free so it's as accessible for everyone as possible, whether you're already vegan, curious about veganism or had never given it a thought in your life before!

    We hope to have over 50 stall holders selling vegan and cruelty free food, clothing, cosmetics and other services. There will be a line up of talks and workshops to discuss issues, provide information and inspire a whole community of vegans and future vegans.

  • Tue
    26
    Sep
    2017
    13:00 - 15:00Elevate Hub

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

    Join us for our regular Volunteer Coordinators’ Network meeting 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.

  • Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017
    12:00 - 16:00Forbury Gardens

    Abbots Walk, Reading RG1 3EJ

    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.

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    18:00 - 20:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    RVA are hosting a further Buildings Forum for Reading-based community and voluntary groups.

    Community buildings are valuable places for local people to meet, do things together and receive services. Many groups are facing the impact of tighter budgets. RVA are therefore hosting a session to explore how your group can continue to flourish and maintain a community presence through sharing buildings. It is also an opportunity to meet other groups, share your experiences of works well and to receive resources and updates.

    There are many benefits of considering sharing a community building, such as ensuring Reading’s community and voluntary groups maintain a presence in the community, reduced running costs and enabling you to share the space with a like-minded charitable organisation/creating a community hub.

    This session is free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, please cancel within 5 working days to enable someone else to attend.

  • Thu
    16
    Nov
    2017
    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 (including Committee Members) of charities and community groups in Reading (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.

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

    The course is free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, please cancel within 5 working days to enable someone else to attend.