Sat01Jul201712:00 - 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.
Sat08Jul201712:00 - 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
Thu13Jul201717:30 - 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.
Fri14Jul201712:00 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.
Sat15Jul201712:00 - 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
Sun27Aug201712:00 - 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.
Sun17Sep201712:00 - 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
-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!
Tue19Sep201718:00 - 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
-Choosing/understanding your organisation’s structure
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.
Sat30Sep201712:00 - 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.