• Sat
    11:00 - 18:00Town Hall Square 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.

  • Mon
    10:00 - 14:00Walford Hall

    Carey Street, Reading RG1 7JS

    Come and join Reading Association for the Blind (RAB) to have a look at their IT suite and the training they offer to the visually impaired people of Reading.

    There will be demonstrations of the software used specifically for visually impaired people, such as Magnifier, NVDA, Dolphin, Supernova and Guide. This can be done on either a PC, laptop or tablet dependent on your requirements.

    The day is being run by Mike Ferriday and Emmanuel Rwiza who are both visually impaired volunteers and understand the challenges of using IT.

    RAB will be providing 30 minute time slots so you get the opportunity to have a one to one session with RAB's tutors, so they get to understand what issues you may be having and give you the chance to see what IT solutions are out there that may be useful for you. Should RAB run out of these slots arrangements can be made for you to come along another time.

    Tea and coffee will be served for the duration of the day. Please feel free to call RAB on 01189 572960 to book a convenient time slot.

  • Tue
    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

  • Tue
    17:30 - 19:30Caversham Library

    Church Street, Reading RG4 8AU

    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:
    -Info 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 so we know how many people to expect.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Wed
    10:00 - 15:00South Street Arts Centre

    21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU

    Small Green Shoots is a youth arts organisation that nurtures arts and music ideas into vibrant growing projects. An innovative music-based consultancy that develops and delivers high profile music projects for creatives, corporates and community.

    The development day will give you the opportunity to meet with local organisations, artists and project partners to support any ideas or meet any creative needs your young people or organisation might have.

    There will be an Arts Council and PRS Foundation funding officer on hand to promote their relevant opportunities, a live artist performance and Small Green Shoots will provide a lovely lunch.

  • Fri
    09:30 - 12:00Reading Deaf Centre

    131-133 Cardiff Road, Reading RG1 8JF

    Come along to the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 29 September. You can also find out all about Reading Deaf Centre and its activities.

    Everyone is welcome – please feel free to drop in at any time during the morning.

  • Sat
    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

  • Tue
    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 to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, please cancel within 5 working days to enable someone else to attend.

  • Fri
    10:30 - 12:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    The Autumn Befriending forum is a chance for organisations who offer one-to-one social support for their beneficiaries to come together and discuss shared issues, find out about what is going on in the sector and request support where it is most needed.

    The current agenda will cover:
    -Update on Champions to End Loneliness Campaign
    -Individual beneficiary-focused volunteering opportunities
    -Sources of information and how people cross-refer within the sector
    -Data protection, management and sharing of information: best practice and requirements

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

  • Sat
    10:30 - 14:00Reading Civic Centre

    Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU

    We are very excited to tell you that Sport in Mind will be holding their annual sponsored walk on Saturday 7 October 2017. They will be raising money to help benefit people experiencing mental health problems in Berkshire, through running sport and physical activity sessions.

    There are 2 options for the walk:
    -A 5.5km walk to the Cunning Man where there will be refreshments and you will be able to get a bus back into Reading.
    -Or you can continue with the walk back to the Civic Centre which will be an 11km round trip.
    Estimated timings for the day are:

    Start: 10:30 Reading Civic Centre
    5.5km Finish: 12:00 the Cunning Man Pub
    11km Finish: 14:00 Reading Civic Centre

    To take part all you need to do is to email to register your interest. You will then be send information about how to donate your £5.00 registration fee and how to get started raising your sponsorship, no amount is too small!

  • Mon
    13:00 - 16:00Rivermead Leisure Complex

    Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ

    Reading is celebrating National Older People’s Day on Monday 9 October 2017 with a fun-filled afternoon of events at the Rivermead Leisure Complex.

    This annual free event celebrates the contribution of older people to our communities. The festivities kick off at 13:00 with a welcome from the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Rose Williams, followed by a performance by the Firtree Choir. This will be followed by a range of interactive activities throughout the afternoon including guest speakers, song and dance, choirs, arts and crafts and discussion groups.

    The focus of this year’s day is to promote good mental health and wellbeing in older people. Many of the presentations and services available will help people to find out more about how they can best live full and satisfying lives.

    Come and join the fun! Please invite your friends and anyone you know who might benefit.

    For further information about the programme and timing of the activities, please see this publicity flyer. You can also email or call 01189 372383.

  • Wed
    10:00 - 13:00Third Floor, Reading Central Library

    Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ.

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

    The course will be delivered by Rachel Eden of Holybrook Associates. Rachel is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She has delivered a wide range of technical training for accountants and for the voluntary sector.

    Aims of the workshop:

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

    Learning outcomes:

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

    -Understand their financial responsibilities as trustees
    -Understand the particular requirements for the accounts of a small voluntary organisation
    -Be aware of corporate governance issues facing small voluntary organisations
    -Be ready to resolve issues with record keeping and know where to get help if they need it
    -Be able to determine if the organisation they volunteer with needs an audit or independent examination of their accounts.

    The workshop will be open to up to 12 delegates. It will be aimed primarily at new volunteers who wish to act as treasurers in Reading’s voluntary sector, but will also be suitable for volunteers who are stepping up to the role of treasurer. Each delegate will be entitled to up to one hour’s post course email support to follow up issues covered on the course.

    The course is at our reduced rate of £40 for Reading-based charities and community groups. There are a limited number of FREE places for RNN members using the usual promotional code - please contact us at if you need this code.

    Tickets are available from Eventbrite at

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

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

    RVA and RCVYS are working in partnership to deliver safeguarding training specifically aimed at trustees (including committee members) of charities and community groups in Reading (please note this is not training for frontline 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 to confirm your place. If you are unable to attend, please cancel within 5 working days to enable someone else to attend.