Events

  • Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017
    09:30 - 10:30St Michael’s Church

    Tilehurst, Reading RG30 4JX

    St Michael's Church annual Christingle service takes place on Sunday 17 December, is for all ages and the uniformed organisations take a special part. The proceeds for this service go to the Children’s Society.

  • Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017
    10:45 - 12:15The Reading Irish Centre

    96 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    When we ask people what they like best about The Sunday Assembly, the answer always includes the lovely people and the singing, so for December’s Assembly, we’re going to do lots of songs, and you’re going to be lovely.

    Ahh! The cakes also always get mentioned so there will be cakes too, and poems and games, and some uplifting words to tie around the festive present that is The Sunday Assembly. Oh, and there will be kazoos, lots of kazoos.

    Sunday Assembly Reading is free to attend and runs entirely on donations. The Sunday Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life, meeting once a month at The Reading Irish Centre. The Sunday Assembly welcomes all ages and all backgrounds.

  • Mon
    18
    Dec
    2017
    19:30 - 20:30Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens invite you to their annual Carol Evening. The choir of St Peter’s Church will be leading the singing of traditional Christmas carols in Caversham Court. Members of the Salvation Army Band will add to the festive music.

    The floodlit gardens will be open from 18:15 and mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies will be on sale in the tea kiosk in aid of local charities. The church bells will ring out from 19:15.

    Wrap up warm, bring a torch to read the words and come along to sing in the festive season. By kind permission of the rector, the event will take place in St Peter’s church next door if the weather is wet.

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

  • Sat
    23
    Dec
    2017
    17:00 - 18:30Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin

    Chain Street, Reading RG1 2HX

    In aid of The Minster Sanctuary (providing refuge and refreshment to those in need) with Occasions Singers, Reading A440 Choir and Reading Male Voice Choir.

    Tickets on sale at £5 per ticket (under 16's free) from Cards for Good Causes in the Minster, Monday to Saturday 10:00-16:00 (until 18 December) or you can email occasions.singers@gmail.com.

  • Mon
    08
    Jan
    2018
    14:00 - 17:00Reading Voluntary Action

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

    The purpose of this session is to prepare a group of volunteer focus group facilitators to run focus groups so we can gain a greater understanding into how people experience loneliness. The information will help us work with local voluntary sector organisations to meet the needs of residents in Reading who are lonely and socially isolated.

    If you would like to take part as a volunteer focus group facilitator then the training is free. If you are interested in the training but do not want to help out with the focus groups, we can keep you on a waiting list and offer spaces that are available closer to the time.

    The training will cover
    -What is a focus group and what can it be used for?
    -Structure of focus groups
    -Types of questions
    -Creating an environment that encourages people to speak
    -Flexibility and structure – when to stick to plan and when to deviate
    -Set up and administration of your focus group

    The training is targeted at people who are used to working with groups and leading group activity and we will ask participants to demonstrate a level of experience before offering a place on the training.

    Please email ready.friends@rva.org.uk to express interest in the workshop.

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018
    17:30 - 19:30Battle Library

    420 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EE

    This is a new date for this event that had to be cancelled in December.

    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 www.eventbrite.co.uk so we know how many people to expect.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018
    13:00 – 16:30RISC Main Hall

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

    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 homemade cake!

  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    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.

  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    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.

    The session is free but please register at www.eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your place.

    Click here to register - it's free!

  • Wed
    21
    Feb
    2018
    15:00 - 20:00Reading Town Hall

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    Reading’s BIG event to explore ways to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our communities. The focus of the event will be on taking action to create change at both a personal and organisational level.

    The first half of the event will be for organisations across all sectors. The second half will be more targeted at members of the public, to enter into the conversation alongside local organisations.

    • 15:00-17:00 – How organisations can work better together to address shared issues around loneliness
    • 17:00-17:45 – Market Place, Networking and Refreshments
    • 17:45-19:30 – Let’s Make Reading Friendlier – Public Event
    • 19:30-20:00 – Networking and Market Place

    The full programme will be made available in the coming weeks, but please save the date and register to book your place here.

    If you are representing an organisation and would like to attend the whole event, please register here for attendance from 15:00.

    If you want to attend as an individual or just want to attend the evening session, please register here for attendance from 17:00.