Thu25May201719:30 - 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
Mon29May201712:00 - 19:00Road Procession - Hodsoll Road start
Reading RG1 7HL
Reading Carnival returns on Monday 29 May 2017 to mark its 40th Anniversary!
Come and join the festivities by lining the streets for the parade and enjoy some delicious cuisine, drinks and entertainment from the Caribbean and around the world at Prospect Park until 19:00. Carnival is a truly inclusive and family-friendly event, so everyone is welcome!
The Carnival will start with a road procession from 12:00 to 14:00 starting at Hodsoll Road, heading along the Oxford Road and finishing at Prospect Park. The park will be open from 12:00 to 19:00, and there will be a variety of family entertainment there on the day.
Sat03Jun201710:30 - 16:30Victoria Recreation Ground
Thu08Jun201718:00 - 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.
Fri09Jun201720:30 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May. We hope you can join us.
Sat10Jun201711:00 - 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.
Mon12Jun201710:00 - 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
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.
Sun18Jun201712:00 - 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
-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!
Thu22Jun201710:00 - 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.
Sun25Jun201712:00 - 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.
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. 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.
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
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.
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.
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.