• Tue
    10:15 - 13:15Reading Central Library

    Third Floor, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ

    All charities, voluntary and community groups have a duty to keep their service users safe from harm. As most charities and community groups run through the hard work and dedication of volunteers, it is important that volunteers as well as paid staff receive basic safeguarding training.

    This course will cover

    • Basic information on Child Protection and Safeguarding Children and Young People
    • Types of abuse, including child trafficking, child sexual exploitation and FGM
    • How to recognise abuse: the signs and symptons
    • What to do when you recognise abuse: the referral process
    • The importance of a multi-agency approach in safeguarding children and young people
    • Safe practice

    Who should attend: Anyone who works or volunteers with a charity, community or voluntary sector group in Reading whose work or volunteering brings them into contact with children or young people in whatever circumstances, whether they are new to the role or require a refresher.

    The trainer: These sessions are hosted by RVA and will be delivered by approved Safeguarding Trainers, who have received training via Reading Borough Council, Safeguarding Children Services.

    Please book online at The cost is £10 per person and includes refreshments and handouts.

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

    96-104 Chatham Street, Reading RG1 7HT

    This month at the Sunday Assembly Reading we are going to be talking on the weighty subjects (which are often of no practical use) and the trivial (the important stuff that is real life).

    Philosophical Dating takes the format of Speeding Dating, but we're looking for intellectual enlightenment, experience sharing and having a laugh rather than romance. No background in philosophy is required in the slightest.

    Then add some great songs, sung with The Word Of Bob, and all the other fun things that make a Sunday Assembly. If the weather stays lovely we’ll picnic in Forbury Gardens after at about 13:15.

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

  • Sat
    10:00 StartColey Park Comunity Centre

    140 Wensley Road, Reading RG1 6DW

    Come and join us for Breastfeeding Berkshire’s sixth time hosting a Big Latch On for Reading!

    This year isn’t just about the Big Latch On though. We’re turning 5 years old too! You are invited to help us celebrate 5 years of mothers supporting mothers.

    You don’t need to be a Breastfeeding Berkshire member to come along to the event. We welcome former members, pregnant women and breastfeeding supporters as well as your families. Please invite anyone you think might be interested! We’d also like to extend a special invite to anyone who are ever helped admin or moderate the group.

    For the latest details please the event on Facebook at

  • Sat
    11:00 - 21:30Abbey Rugby Football Club

    Peppard Road, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8XA

    A music festival for adults and young people with additional needs. Our site is completely flat and wheelchair friendly. The music is not too loud with no flashing lights. We have a sensory area and chill out tent.

    The site is large, with plenty of room to move about and adjacent parking. We have all the usual festival things – food, drink, stalls, workshops and of course fantastic music and a DJ festival set to close.

    Bring a chair, tent, gazebo and settle down for a fantastic day!

  • Wed
    11:00 - 14:00The Weller Centre

    110 Amersham Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 5NA

    The Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Partnership Network (PDSN) is hosting Reading’s second Disability Awareness Day on Wednesday 8 August 2018. The event is open to all and 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 free event will take place from 11:00 to 14:00 at the Weller Centre.

    The day will include free refreshments, information stalls, performances, entertainment for adults and children as well as interactive disability awareness sessions. There will be activities for people of all ages including Seated Tai Chi, Pampering Club and Messy Play.

    A poster for the event can be downloaded here. To find out more about the day please contact 0118 937 2383 or email

  • Sat
    12:00 onwardsKing's Meadow Park

    Reading RG1 8BN

    Reading Pride's annual Parade & Festival returns for its fifteenth year on Saturday 1 September 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

  • Sat
    14:00 - 17:00Caversham Court Gardens

    Church Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7AD

    Take a tour of the historic gardens and fine specimen trees and visit the listed 17th Century summer house to see an exhibition about Extraordinary Women of Caversham available on Saturday and Sunday.

    Guided tours of the beautiful gardens and the listed 17th Century summer house give a unique glimpse of the history of the house that once stood on this site, of the families who lived here and the history of Caversham and its links with Reading, across the Thames.

    Sensory tours for visually or hearing impaired people are available on request, led by experienced guides from the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens. The charity-run Tea Kiosk will be open on site.

  • Tue
    17:30 - 19:30Reading Voluntary Action

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

    Are you passionate about a cause in Reading, have links to particular community group and skills to share? Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee?

    Join the Social Action Mentors:

    • Receive basic good governance training from the RVA Advice Worker
    • Put this into practice by mentoring your community group
    • Be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading
    • Great for your personal and professional development!

    At this launch event you will have the opportunity to find out more, receive some initial training and meet other Social Action Mentors. Light refreshments from 17:30, with a 17:45 start.

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

  • Thu
    10:15 - 13:15Reading Voluntary Action

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

    If you are new to the role of treasurer for a charity, if you would like a refresher of the role, or if you would simply 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

    Aims of the workshop

    • To build an understanding of the role of a treasurer in a small voluntary organization
    • To ensure the ability to deal with the specifics of the finances of a small voluntary organization
    • To give confidence about the issues that are likely to be faced by a treasurer of a small voluntary 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.

    The course is at our reduced rate of £50 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.

    Please register at

  • Sat
    10:00 - 18:00Reading Town Hall and St Laurences Church

    Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH

    Reading's Vegan Festival is a celebration of all things vegan. 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.

    Expect to see stalls selling vegan hot and cold food, makeup, perfume, clothing, tea and coffee. We are expanding our workshops and demos this year, plus we have the hugely popular face-painting and story time for all kids big and small.

    The festival festival will take place in the Town Hall, as well as St Laurences Church, and with a street food market in Market Place.

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

  • Sat
    12:00 - 16:00Forbury Gardens

    Reading RG1 3BB

    Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. All the food is donated by the wonderful growers and allotment holders around Reading, cooked by Reading College students, and served free in Forbury Gardens. The aim is to promote sustainable food production, educating people about the provenance and environmental impacts of food production.

    Alongside the food, there are fun activities for kids and adults, 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 – 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
    -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.

    Register at to confirm your place.